Dear Heloise: I read your article about the many uses of baking soda. I also found a great use for baking soda as a facial scrub/mask that I use weekly. Put 1 teaspoon of baking soda into the palm of your hand, add warm water to make a paste, apply to your face, leave on for about three minutes, then rinse. Great for dead skin and blackheads. Sally Baez, Santa Maria, Calif.
What a refreshing, natural way to really clean your face. In fact, I recommend that very thing in my Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet, which you can receive by sending $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. It's the texture of the baking soda that makes it a mild facial scrub -- so, after washing with your usual cleanser, apply the baking-soda mixture (you can also mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water) and lightly scrub to a healthy glow. Rinse, pat dry and follow with your favorite face cream.
Hint: A baking-soda scrub can also benefit tired, overworked hands! Just wet your hands, sprinkle with baking soda and begin to scrub away the day's work! Rinse and dry, then rub in a generous amount of moisturizing hand lotion. Just another way to use good ol' baking soda! Heloise
P.S. This is a good scrub for elbows and feet, too.
Dear Heloise: My older friend wanted to call a close friend who had been moved to nursing home out of her local calling area. She found this process confusing, and it was difficult to read the small print on the long-distance phone card.
I typed the instructions and what to expect at each step in the process of the call in large type. Now she is able to use the paper to guide her when calling her friend.
When she runs out of minutes, I just call the number listed on the card and add more time. Kay W., Harrisonburg, Va.
What a wonderful friend you are! This type of "service" could benefit a lot of nursing-home residents who have friends or family who live outside their area code.
If you need a gift idea for a friend or family member in a nursing home or rehab care center, here it is! Heloise
Dear Heloise: As a mother of three children, all under the age of 5, I buy tubs of baby wipes, and when they are empty, I fill them with blocks, little toys -- the possibilities are endless! They are small enough to fit just about anywhere, and they keep those little pieces in one place. I usually label the top with a marker, so we can just grab the one we need without having to search for it.
I read your column in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, and you have saved me money and time through the years. Jeannie Mullen, Springdale, Ark.
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