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Monday Newspaper

June 9, 2014

One proposal for disposal

Hints from Heloise

Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound off, about leaving furniture, etc., outside:

“It really bothers me when I see perfectly reusable items, such as furniture, children’s toys, etc., thrown out for garbage when they easily could have been donated to a charity, shelter or organization that helps the poor. Count your blessings and help someone less fortunate.” — A Reader, via email

That can be frustrating to see, but you never know if there is a reason they threw out the items, instead of donating them. They might be broken or unsafe, and you wouldn’t want something like that to go to someone else. — Heloise

SEND A GREAT HINT TO:

Heloise

P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com    

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: Other uses for cloth wrap with self-gripping fabric closure, found around blankets:

* Use to hold back curtains.

* Put around a sleeping bag.

* Bundle newspapers or magazines to carry.

* Wrap around other blankets or towels.

* Let a child use as a belt.

— Heloise

CLEANER CONFUSION

Dear Heloise: I have used the recipe for drain cleaner, and it worked, saving me the expense of a plumber! However, your directions for mold in the bathroom are confusing. You indicate 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Is it 3 percent of peroxide to one cup of water, or what? — Brenda L., Alexandria, Va.

I’m so glad the drain cleaner worked for you! When talking about 3-percent hydrogen peroxide for the bathroom mold cleaner, it is simply the concentration of hydrogen peroxide. It’s sold in stores as “hydrogen peroxide, 3 percent.” For the cleaner, you do not need to mix it with anything. Simply put the hydrogen peroxide into a bottle and spray on any areas with mold, then let dry. Hope this helps clear up the confusion! — Heloise

EASY DEFLATE

Dear Heloise: My kids and I love to spend afternoons and weekends at the pool. The kids love to bring inflatable floats and toys. I hate having to deflate them when we are done. I have found an easier way. I take a clothespin and use it to pinch open the nozzle so the air comes out. I no longer have to stand there and hold it open myself. I can use the clothespin, walk away and come back later to find it done. Hope this helps someone else with a ton to deflate! — Kenzie in Florida

CHECK THE DETECTORS

Dear Heloise: An easy method for “short folks” to check smoke alarms is, instead of dragging a stool from room to room, just take a wand from a discarded window blind. Place an eraser on the end, and you can check from a standing position. — Joan M., Cranford, N.J.

TOILET T-SHIRT

Dear Heloise: I wanted to paint my bathroom but didn’t know how to get around the toilet. I didn’t want to get paint all over the tank. I took an old T-shirt and slid it over the tank. It worked perfectly as a cover, and I didn’t get any paint on the toilet! — Sharon in Seattle

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