HELOISE: Don't get dumped on
Dear Readers: Here is this week's Sound Off, about courtesy trash cans:
"I work for a large retail chain store. Among the many conveniences provided to our customers, we have a number of trash receptacles in our parking lot. These are meant to be used for trash, such as coffee and soft-drink cups, etc. But many customers have taken to using them to dispose of their household garbage. This causes the trash cans to fill up faster than we can empty them. Please let your readers know that dumping household garbage in public trash cans is a big no-no! -- Dumped On in Ohio" -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Other uses for a potato masher:
• Break up ground meat when cooking.
• Mash eggs when making egg salad.
• Use to mix up items in a round pot or bowl.
• Make designs on peanut-butter cookies.
• Crush up fruit to make jams and jellies. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Could you please repeat your recipe for drain cleaner? I am hoping to avoid a clog by cleaning them regularly. -- Jessica H. in Tennessee
Jessica, it is a great idea to clean your drains every few weeks to help avoid a bigger problem, and I would be happy to help you with that! The recipe for drain cleaner is simple: Pour 1/2 cup or so of baking soda down the drain. Then pour 1 cup of vinegar down, and listen to the bubbling. Let sit about 15-30 minutes. Turn on the hot water for a few seconds, then run cold water for about a minute. This method will not work to unclog a sink, but if you do it regularly, it should help prevent a clog. Got a little mold in your bathroom? Put hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) in a spray bottle and spray the areas of mold to clean. -- Heloise
P.S.: Be sure to turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom to help remove moisture when you shower. Or at least open a window, and keep the bathroom door open after showering to let the moisture escape.
Dear Heloise: I do a lot of catalog shopping, sometimes paying with a credit card or check. I make a copy of the order, with the source of payment and also the date. This way, I know which card is used, what has been ordered, the amount and about when I can expect the merchandise to be delivered. -- Glenna D., Chanute, Kan.
Dear Heloise: Whenever I am painting a room or something outside, I wear an old pair of sunglasses. That way, any paint that splatters from the roller will get on the glasses and not in my eyes. -- Jack in Texas