HELOISE She wants to know how to use her disposal

Dear Heloise: Upon moving into a new apartment, I now have a disposal. However, no instructions were left for me as to how to use it.
Can you please tell me how to use it, as I have had many conflicting reports as to what and what not to put down the disposal? Virginia Pschirrer, Fairport, N.Y.
Ah, the joys and maintenance of a disposal.
First, check with the maintenance personnel at your apartment complex, or take a look on the side or bottom of the garbage-disposal unit (under the sink cabinet) for the manufacturer, appliance model and serial number. Armed with these three pieces of info, you should be able to get a phone number and contact the manufacturer for the use and care of your garbage disposal. The manufacturer might send you a manual at no cost -- others charge for these.
If you have Internet access, go to the manufacturer's Web site and click on your model of garbage disposal. Here you can sometimes find a copy of the use-and-care guide that can be downloaded free and printed within minutes. If a guide for your model is not available, look for a mail-in request form.
A general rule of thumb is to avoid putting in hard substances (fruit pits, bones, shellfish shells) or fibrous things (celery, asparagus, corn silk or husks, artichokes). Also, do not drain grease down the disposal or even a sink drain, for that matter, and avoid drain cleaners -- they can cause damage.
Just remember to run lots of cold water when using your garbage disposal, and grind up citrus rinds, when you have them, to help "freshen" it. Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I attend an out-of-town funeral, special occasion, etc., and I want to preserve a rose for memory, here is how I get it home intact:
I take an empty (clean -- Heloise), plastic, 20-ounce soda bottle, leaving the cap on, and slit it halfway around the bottle, about 2 inches from the bottom. I then place the rose, stem down, inside toward the cap end and then let the slit go back into place. Of course, you have a small stem, but this protects the rose. I even put it in my carry-on bag. It preserves the rose and keeps it safe. Sharon Puhl, Rochester, Minn.
Dear Heloise: I keep a seam ripper in my bathroom and find it very handy to use in getting through the layers of plastic and foil seals on new vitamin bottles.
I originally put it there for help in removing the scratchy tags in the necks of blouses, but discovered that it works like a charm to run around the inside rim of those seals. You can even poke it into the cotton to pull that out of the bottle. Eliece Edge, Alvin, Texas
XSend a great hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, Fax: (210) HELOISE or E-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.
King Features Syndicate

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