HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST/TELEVISION - 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 Heloise@Heloise.com

DEAR HELOISE: I got tired of hav­ing to clean the bath­room mir­ror ev­ery time I flossed and brushed my teeth. I re­al­ized that if I leaned down over the sink to do the job and didn’t watch my­self in the mir­ror, the mir­ror stayed clean. An ob­vi­ous so­lu­tion, but one I didn’t think of for years!

— Nancy B., North Lit­tle Rock

DEAR READ­ERS: Buy­ing fur­ni­ture is an in­vest­ment. Cheap fur­ni­ture is not a good pur­chase. De­cide on a bud­get and how much you can spend on fur­ni­ture, and ask fam­ily and friends for ad­vice. Here are some hints to help:

On wood fur­ni­ture, look for solid wood. Avoid pieces la­beled “par­ti­cle­board,” “press­board” and “fiber­board.”

Dove­tail joints are high-qual­ity. Fur­ni­ture put to­gether with sta­ples and glue is, of course, lower qual­ity.

Draw­ers should close smoothly.

Cush­ions need to con­sist of a firm in­te­rior, wrapped in pad­ding. Bare foam means the maker didn’t take the time to do qual­ity work.

Up­hol­stery pat­terns should match, and the pleat­ing around the bot­tom should be weighted.

Look around your home to see what pieces can be moved and re­pur­posed. Rear­rang­ing fur­ni­ture you have can give your room a new look, and can save you money, too.

DEAR HELOISE: I have twin tod­dler grand­chil­dren, and they make a mess. Can you give me some hints to keep their clothes clean? — Grandma Flo

in Louisiana DEAR READER: How won­der­ful to have two lit­tle grand­kids. But I agree — it’s dou­ble the work. Fol­low the three rules of stain re­moval:

At­tack the stain ASAP. Setin stains are harder to re­move.

Give it time. Spray pre-treater and let the cleaner do the work.

Some stains are stub­born. You may need to re­peat a treat­ment. Don’t put clothes in the dryer un­til you are sat­is­fied that the stain is gone.

Don’t over-stuff the washer. Items need to move freely to get cleaner.

DEAR HELOISE: When my son was born, we took a pic­ture of him ly­ing on the same blan­ket ev­ery month on the same day. We took the pic­ture of him in his di­a­per alone.

It was amaz­ing to see his devel­op­ment over his first year of life.

— Bev Collin, Ohio

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