2012-08-01 / Columns

Hints From Heloise

PRAISE FOR BOOK DONATIONS

Dear Heloise: The Friends of Caestecker Library in Green Lake, Wis., gratefully accepts book and puzzle donations all year long. Like many libraries, our used-book sales are major moneymakers, allowing us to provide all of our library’s newspapers and magazines, sponsor special programs, add to the library’s audiobook, large-print, children’s and adult-book collections, and assist with major projects such as replacing the library’s roof.

Ask first, and if your local library says no, call the ones in nearby towns. We will be glad to pick them up. – A Friend of the Caestecker Public Library, via email

Dear Friend: There are libraries like yours all over the country, and I applaud them and the wonderful volunteers who make things happen. I recently was in Roswell, N.M., speaking about literacy for the Friends of the Roswell Public Library. You are right – they, too, accept books and sell them to raise funds. – Heloise

P.S.: Hi and thank you for a wonderful time in Roswell. I met a lot of fantastic people, but sadly, no space aliens!

PAPER COFFEE FILTERS

Dear Heloise: I always wet a paper coffee filter before inserting it in the coffee maker. This way, it adheres to the sides of the filter chamber and does not fold over once the coffee has started percolating or dripping. It prevents the coffee grinds from floating down into the coffeepot. – Susan B., Edison, N.J.

A very good hint that prevents one of those little annoying “things” and can start the day off right. This is a good hint for all coffee drinkers. I start my day with coffee and have many coffeeblend recipes that you can make yourself, such as Mocha, Vienna and Orange, available in my Heloise’s Flavored Coffees and Teas pamphlet. To order one, just send $3 with a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Coffee & Tea, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279- 5001. After dumping the used filter and grounds, put a new filter in the coffee maker so it’s ready for the next time. – Heloise

HANDY BANDS

Dear Heloise: I save the rubber bands that come wrapped around my newspaper and find them useful for many purposes. I place one or two around bottles of dish detergent, shampoo, hair spray, etc., to prevent slippage.

They even help on jars of face cream, etc. I wrap them around pens and put several on handles of garden trowels and other small tools for a more comfortable grip. – Susan H., Pekin, Ill.

SHEET BUNDLES

Dear Heloise: My linen closet has “bundles” of sheets. I take a set and “bundle” it with fabriccoated elastic hair bands. It keeps sets together. – Denise, via email

CAN YOU ‘KILL’ A SEPTIC TANK?

Dear Heloise: Recently, you had an excellent segment for septic tank users in your column. When we had a new septic tank installed several years ago, the installer cautioned us that excessive use of household antibacterial cleaning products can “kill” a septic tank.

There are times when the use of antibacterial cleaning products is desirable. Most often, just plain soap and water are sufficient for daily cleaning jobs. – Barbara in Iowa

Barbara, household antibacterial products may kill some of the bacteria in a septic system, but it depends on how you use the products. Normal daily use in a household of two to three people probably is all right. Using too much of any cleaning product that kills bacteria is what can cause problems in a septic system. It’s advisable to be mindful of this when cleaning and doing dishes, as well as laundry. – Heloise

STURDY SLATE TILES

Dear Heloise: I purchased a box of slate tiles at a yard sale, intending to use them for various craft projects. I never did. It was quite windy yesterday, and I had to fetch my garbage can from the neighbor’s yard twice. I remembered the tiles and put two in the bottom of the trash can and replaced the bag, and it stayed put the rest of the night.

I realized the tiles are perfect for holding down a tablecloth on a picnic table. They also are the perfect place to put hot dishes – even more so if the tablecloth is plastic or vinyl, because it won’t melt. – Kim in Pennsylvania

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@ Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.

(c) 2012 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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