HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HELOISE Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio,Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

DEAR READ­ERS: To­day’s Sound Off is about re­cy­cling:

DEAR HELOISE: We live on one planet with dwin­dling re­sources and a grow­ing pop­u­la­tion. Why don’t peo­ple re­cy­cle as much as they can? I would en­cour­age those who think it’s too much trou­ble to re­cy­cle to re­con­sider. Got an empty can or glass bot­tle? Just a quick rinse un­der the tap and into a re­cy­cle bin or bag it goes. My hus­band and I don’t have kids, but we feel we are cus­to­di­ans of the planet, not own­ers. Let’s all re­cy­cle paper, plas­tic, glass and metal, and leave this world in bet­ter shape. — Char­lotte M., Green Bay, Wis.

DEAR READ­ERS: Here are other uses for cat lit­ter: Use to ab­sorb fresh oil and grease on the drive­way or garage floor.

Use un­der tires on icy streets.

Use to re­duce odors and mois­ture in a base­ment.

DEAR HELOISE: Girls no longer seem to re­ceive hope chests upon grad­u­a­tion from high school in an­tic­i­pa­tion of get­ting mar­ried, so I bought one at an es­tate sale. I took it home and lightly sanded the in­te­rior to bring out that cedar scent. Af­ter vac­u­um­ing and wip­ing the in­te­rior, I used it to store sweaters, parkas and other win­ter cloth­ing and wool blan­kets. I may not be think­ing about mar­riage right now, but I am think­ing about moths not eat­ing my fa­vorite sweaters.

— Lucy R., Ohio

DEAR HELOISE: I had a prob­lem with snails and slugs, but I used a trick my grand­mother al­ways used. We kept eggshells in a bag in the re­frig­er­a­tor. When we had a fair amount of shells, we’d crush them and sprin­kle the bro­ken eggshells around our plants. Snails and slugs won’t crawl over the sharp pieces. Ham­ster lit­ter made from cedar had the same ef­fect.

— Jean O., Florence, S.C.

DEAR HELOISE: I clean houses for a liv­ing, and more of­ten than not, I have to clean win­dows. Most peo­ple think us­ing news­pa­per is the best way to get streak-free win­dows, but it’s not. It used to be, but the news­pa­pers changed the ink for­mu­la­tion, and that made all the dif­fer­ence. In­stead, use a soft cloth (mi­crofiber is best) and a lit­tle vine­gar (½ cup) in a gal­lon of wa­ter. Don’t use too much liq­uid, or you’ll get lots of streaks. Spray and wipe.

— Lynn G., Cal­i­for­nia

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