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December 8, 2013

Heloise: Down low is a no-go

GREENVILLE — Dear Readers: Here is this week’s Sound off, about new car models:

“Why do carmakers make the front of the cars so low? I can’t go down a steep drive. When parking the car, I can’t get close to the curb, or it scrapes the bottom of the car. I can’t drive up a steep drive without scraping the front bottom of the car. — A Reader in Ohio”

— 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: Here are other uses for stale bread:

* Feed the ducks at a park or pond.

* Make breadcrumbs or croutons.

* Use as a meatloaf thickener.

* Make a bird feeder with peanut butter.

* Use in bread pudding.

— Heloise

HAND AIR DRYERS

Dear Readers: Here are some of your responses to a Sound Off about public bathrooms having only hand air dryers:

* Chris in Magnolia, Texas, wrote, “Although the air dryers now are pretty good, did you ever think about how you are drying your hands with ‘bathroom air,’ which, in some situations, is pretty awful?”

* Mary M. in Lake Jackson, Texas, wrote, “I detest them for another reason: Some of them are so loud!” (I’m with you on this. — Heloise)

* Ellen N. in Florida wrote: “When air dryers are used, they deposit all the airborne bacteria/viruses back on the hands of the person who has just washed. If there is no paper-towel dispensers, it is more prudent to just let your hands air-dry.”

A very interesting point! Some research shows that it may depend on the amount of time one uses an air dryer. Ten seconds or longer? Just warm air, or really hot air? There are many, many different types of germs, also. If you don’t like the idea of using a hand air dryer, grab some toilet paper or a tissue cover and use it. — Heloise

P.S.: As a road warrior who uses a lot of different public restrooms, my best defense is hand sanitizer! Even if I wash my hands, I still use it when I get out of the restroom.

TOOTHBRUSH TIME

Dear Heloise: I have a hint for parents with small children. We all know that brushing your teeth is important. When my son was small, I gave him a toothbrush to chew on (under supervision, of course) so he would get used to having a toothbrush in his mouth. When it came time to switch to a regular toothbrush instead of the gum brush, he wasn’t scared of it and transitioned fine. — A Reader in Tennessee

MAGNET ORGANIZER

Dear Heloise: I keep my bobby pins together using a magnetic strip that I keep with my hair accessories. Such magnets are not expensive. You can buy them with tape on the back to hang. It saves me time that I would have spent digging looking for a hairpin. — Marissa in Kansas

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