HELP­FUL HINTS

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - HELOISE Heloise@Heloise.com

DEAR HELOISE: I have a ques­tion about tip­ping at a ho­tel: Does the maid who cleaned the room yes­ter­day get the tip I leave, or the maid com­ing in to­day?

— Loma J. in South Dakota DEAR READER: I checked with a cou­ple of ma­jor ho­tels, and here were their sug­ges­tions:

Tip ev­ery day, but do not tip if the ser­vice was poor.

The go­ing rate is $1-$2 per day; $3-$4 for bet­ter ho­tels. Place the cash in an en­ve­lope (no change) and la­bel it for maid ser­vice or house­keep­ing.

You also can just wrap it in a sheet of pa­per, but la­bel it.

Leave it in an ob­vi­ous place.

DEAR HELOISE: I re­cently pur­chased a home that came with stain­less-steel ap­pli­ances. They are a mess! I’ve tried mul­ti­ple clean­ers, and noth­ing seems to help. Do you a home rem­edy?

— Carol B., via email DEAR READER: There are dif­fer­ent grades of stain­less steel, so I rec­om­mend do­ing a patch test first. Don’t let a clean­ing prod­uct dry on an ap­pli­ance, and re­mem­ber that less prod­uct is bet­ter than too much. It of­ten causes streak­ing. Wipe in the di­rec­tion of the steel’s grain. It’s best to use a mi­crofiber cloth. If your ap­pli­ances have a matte fin­ish, they will never have that shiny ap­pear­ance.

Try olive oil or baby oil. Pour a small amount of oil on a soft cloth, and wipe in the di­rec­tion of the grain. Buff with a soft clean cloth.

It has been rec­om­mended that you use 50/50 wa­ter and vine­gar to clean the ap­pli­ance first, then try an oil pol­ish.

Some peo­ple use rub­bing al­co­hol on their stain­less-steel kitchen sinks.

DEAR HELOISE: In the spring, when all dan­ger of frost is gone, I plant a pot of green onions on my deck. I buy a bunch at the gro­cery store and cut off the white ends, about 1 inch into the green. I make a hole for each stalk, plant and wa­ter well. The stalk will grow al­most im­me­di­ately, and I can snip the fresh onions as needed.

— Gayle P., Colorado

DEAR HELOISE: I’m a trav­eler for busi­ness, and I have a sug­ges­tion: If you work out of an of­fice, put your busi­ness ad­dress or your busi­ness card in the lug­gage tag, not your home ad­dress. With my wife home alone with three young kids, I felt it was safer for my fam­ily if lost lug­gage was de­liv­ered to my of­fice.

— Robert T. in Los An­ge­les

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

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