Candles are lovely if they don’t drip

Dear Readers: Candles add a lovely light to a dining-room table, holiday centerpiece or just on a mantel. However, many candles can leave an ugly mess if candle wax drips on a tablecloth or even the carpet.

First, try to keep candles in holders with bobeches to contain that melting wax. Then, if wax lands where it shouldn’t, try the following hints:

U To remove from a tablecloth, put it into the freezer for several days until the wax hardens and dries out, then carefully scrape the wax off with a dull knife. Place paper towels on both sides of the stain and turn on the iron to a warm setting. Press over the stain to absorb all of the wax. Note: Keep moving the paper towels to a clean area. Launder as usual.

U On carpeting, freeze by putting a metal pan filled with ice cubes over the wax spill. When it has hardened, take a small hammer and hit to break up, then vacuum up the pieces. A little left? Cover it with paper towels and press with an iron set on a warm setting. Still a stain? Apply a bit of dry-cleaning solvent to a clean white cloth and blot the stain until removed.


P.S.: Candle caution — don’t burn candles in unoccupied rooms. Too many devastating home fires have been started by a simple candle!

Dear Heloise: I have a couple of hints for traveling, especially with children. I have a pop-up hamper that I flatten and put in my suitcase. When we get to a hotel or Grandma’s house, I unpop it, and we use it for all of our dirty laundry. It sure helps avoid piles of dirty laundry everywhere. When we travel, I also pack several quart, gallon and 21⁄2-gallon sealable plastic bags. We always find uses for every bag that I pack during our trip — wet swimming suits, garbage, seashells, hair gel, etc. Nicole Gamble, Spokane, Wash.

I love those foldable, pop-up hampers. They are perfect for all kinds of lightweight things. Input, readers? Heloise

Dear Heloise: In my bathroom, there were blow-dryers, curling irons, brushes, combs, makeup sponges, bath loofahs, etc., and most were just stuffed under the sink or lying around in the way. I bought one of those clear-plastic shoe holders (10 pockets) that can be hung on either side of a door. It’s great not to have all those twisted cords, and things are always at eye level and easy to get to. Try it — it’s great! Doris Barton, Moorpark, Calif.

Dear Heloise: We started using this hint to hold kitchen waste when we traveled full time in our motor home. We would screw a small wastebasket to the inside of the cabinet door under the sink, put a plastic grocery bag inside and then fold the edges of a paper plate and place it in the bottom of the bag. Eddie and Jackie Lewis, Conway, Ark.

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

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