Dear Readers: With the approach of the first day of spring, spring cleaning comes to mind for many. One of the chores some people tackle at this time is window washing. Here are some Heloise hints:
UAdd 1/4 cup of nonsudsing ammonia to 1 gallon of water and wash away grime. To minimize streaking, don't wash windows when the sun is shining directly on them. Too much heat can cause windows to dry too quickly. If the windows are really dirty, wipe off surface dirt and dust first.
UTo dissolve hard-water deposits on windows, spray full-strength white vinegar on the windows, let it sit, then wipe or scrub with a plastic brush. Heavy deposits might require two or three applications and scrubbing with a stiff brush.
UFreshen curtains by putting them in the dryer on the fluff cycle.
UIf you move furniture and are left with "fur-dents" (indentations) in your carpet, don't fret. They can be removed by putting an ice cube in the indentation and letting it sit overnight. In the morning, blot up any moisture with paper towels and fluff up the carpet fibers carefully with the tines of a fork.
Hope these help! Heloise
Dear Readers: When making travel arrangements into or out of an unfamiliar airport, ask the airline the specific required time to be at the airport before the flight. Also, if you are checking luggage, give yourself an extra 10-15 minutes just in case there are problems or long lines. Heloise
Dear Heloise: Last night, I started a load of laundry and forgot it. This morning, I went to move the wet clothes to the dryer and noticed a musty smell. I was about to rewash them when I thought of you. I set the washer to the rinse cycle and added about 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the rinse dispenser. The clothes smelled fresh, and I saved the water and soap cost for the wash cycle. Bill L., Rochester, N.Y.
Smart thinking, Bill. Isn't vinegar wonderful? I just love its practicality and money-saving uses. I have a Heloise's Fantabulous Vinegar Hints pamphlet -- six pages filled with hints and recipes. To receive a copy, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5001. Did you know that vinegar also keeps washing-machine hoses and drains clean and smelling fresh? So, when Bill freshened his laundry load, he also freshened the hose and drains. Don't you just love double-duty hints? Heloise
Dear Heloise: To pour coffee into a canister or other container from a large coffee can without spilling any coffee, cut a wedge in the plastic cover for the coffee can. It should be about 1 to 1.5 inches at the outside edge of the can. When not in use, the lid can be stored on the bottom of the can to avoid scratching the cabinet or countertop, and you can seal the coffee can with a lid from another can. George K. Gaspard, Milton, Fla.
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