Dear Readers: We recently were chatting in Heloise Central about how long appliances last, and the subject turned to irons. An office survey shows that some still iron and some don't. We also took a poll to see how old the group's irons are, and they range from a few years to more than 10 years old. (I have one that's 20 years old in a guest bedroom.)
After some research, we found that the new irons are unbelievable with the super features they offer! They are much lighter and safer, and some even request you use tap water instead of distilled water. Irons range from the $20s to the upper $100s or more for a professional one.
So, how long do irons last? We are asking you to send us a photo and a note with the make, model and age of your still-working iron. We will pick the 10 oldest and send those readers a set of five Heloise pamphlets, plus feature the photos of the irons on the Heloise Web site. Send photos to: Heloise/Iron, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read with interest the hint about placing a roll of toilet paper inside a box to be mailed to secure the contents. Having a grandson in the Air Force for eight years, I'm very adept at packing boxes, and I find that stuffing the box (so it doesn't rattle) with plastic bags from the grocery store works very well, and the bags weigh little, if anything. Also, they can be recycled. Mary Ann Hancock, Susanville, Calif.
Dear Heloise: To prevent pencil and pen marks in my purse, I put them in a plastic travel toothbrush case. Works great -- no more lead or ink marks, and it's easier to find the pencils and pens in my purse. I use pencils to make entries in my check register. If I have an error, it's easier to correct. Mary Herb, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Dear Heloise: Want to get those grease, sauce and meat splatters and cooking-spray spots off glass bakeware? Just use baking soda and the scrubby side of a sponge. You can make your glass and white bakeware look almost new. It works pretty well on cookie sheets, too. Marybeth Bohn, Keller, Texas
Oven cleaner also works well to clean stubborn spots off ovenware. Just spray the dish liberally and let sit for a few minutes. Then scrub, wash and rinse, and voil & agrave; -- clean as a whistle! Heloise
Dear Heloise: When using an insulated cup for coffee in the car, I find that if I put a straw in the sipping hole, it is much easier to use. You don't have to tip the cup at all, and there is no danger of spilling. Denise Lorei, Erie, Pa.
Use care, because steaming, hot liquid can be a real hazard. Heloise
XSend a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.
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