Dear Heloise: You have my profound thanks for your Good Housekeeping April magazine hint about a hot pizza box leaving a grease stain on a wooden kitchen table. I had gone to a chain home-improvement store for advice, and what I was told did NOT work! I then tried your advice on my butcher-block kitchen table, and after three applications, all is well. Virginia Kronk, via e-mail
Virginia, so glad this tried-and-true traditional hint worked for you. This method is great because you probably have the ingredients you need right in your home.
For those readers who might have missed the solution, I am reprinting it with permission from Rosemary Ellis, editor in chief of Good Housekeeping magazine:
"Heat marks can be tough to remove. Here's a method to try on lacquered wooden surfaces only. Mix a dab of non-gel toothpaste with baking soda to make a paste. Rub gently over the stain until the paste feels warm.
"Then wipe clean with a damp cloth. You may have to repeat this process several times to lift the mark. Follow up with furniture polish or oil." Heloise
Dear Heloise: As to the problem of loaning books, there is no easy answer. Once people have them, they "forget" that the books belong elsewhere. My husband and I lived overseas for many years and have amassed a large number of possibly out-of-print books that definitely would be difficult to replace. Those I don't loan out, except to my very most trusted friends. Hence, I rarely loan books. Friends are welcome to come peruse anytime, but just not to remove the books from the premises. Resa Webber, Center Point, Texas
Dear Heloise: I found that a good clothes lint roller is excellent for cleaning dusty fabric lampshades. Just roll up and down a few times, and they look good as new. Irene Kuralak, Parma Heights, Ohio
Dear Heloise: Whenever I buy cheddar cheese, I usually buy a large quantity. I find that if it isn't eaten fairly quickly, it will either dry out or become moldy. I have tried freezing some of it and found that it didn't slice as well when thawed out.
Now, I cube most of the cheese as soon as I buy it, keeping some in a bag in the fridge and freezing the rest in a plastic container. I layer it, using wax paper in between each layer. It works beautifully! Dorothy K. from Ontario, Canada
Dear Readers: Recently in the office, I was standing at my assistant Kelly's desk and noticed a plant with dusty leaves. I grabbed one of my trusty microfiber cloths (we've been using them for 10 years) and dusted the leaves. It worked wonderfully, and the leaves were shiny and dust-free. This got us to thinking: These cloths are fantastic dusting just about anything, from plants to pets. Heloise
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