Dear Heloise: After working with hot peppers, I wished that I had heeded my mother's warning about wearing plastic gloves. I sat for hours holding cans of cold soda in my hands. Maybe next time I will listen! Debbie from Pennsylvania
Ouch! This can be painful. It is very important to wear gloves when handling jalapenos or any other hot peppers. Another important reminder is to wear eye protection as well. Also remember: Don't touch anything until you remove the gloves. If you rub your eyes, boy, will you regret it! Heloise
P.S. Milk will relieve that burn, so if it happens, soak your hands in milk, and no "mooore" burn.
Dear Readers: Let's take a moment to test your Heloise hint IQ. What fruit shouldn't be stored in the crisper drawer with carrots?
If you chose apple, then you were 100 percent right! Apples shouldn't be stored with carrots because they give off ethylene gas. This gas will make the carrots bitter and unedible. Heloise
Can't find a certain appliance manual? Don't fret. Call toll-free business information at (800) 555-1212 and ask if there is a listing for the maker of the appliance. Then give the company a call and request a new booklet.
If you have Internet access, you can go through one of the many search engines to find the manufacturer and then either call or e-mail with your request. Heloise
P.S. Don't forget your library's reference desk.
Dear Heloise: I recently made peanut butter cookies and wanted to put a design on them while flattening them. I couldn't think what to use. Then I thought about my potato masher. Well, it worked perfectly! The kids and my hubby loved them. Jamie from California
Dear Heloise: We have an ice cooler that we use quite a bit. To keep it fresh-smelling and mildew-free between uses, I sprinkle it liberally with baking soda and put a block of wood between the lid and the rim so that air can circulate.
This works great, and the cooler just needs a quick rinse and it's ready for use. Randy Larson from Texas
Nothing is worse than a smelly cooler, and your hint will prevent the problem! Baking soda is a versatile product that has many money-saving uses around your home, inside and out! To receive a Heloise six-page pamphlet filled with many great uses, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5001. To keep baking soda handy, pour it into a shaker-top container. Then when you need some, just give it a shake or two to dispense some baking soda. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I always shop with coupons and end up saving a lot of money. I only save the coupons for products that I regularly use. To make sure I get the most from my coupons, I file them by expiration date instead of product type. This way, a "good" one doesn't expire before I have a chance to use it. Karen from Illinois