Say­ing ‘thank you’ the right way

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE - Hints from Heloise

Dear Read­ers: Have you and/or your kids and grand­kids writ­ten thank-you notes for hol­i­day gifts? A hand­writ­ten thank-you note is not only ap­pro­pri­ate, it tells the gift-givers that you ap­pre­ci­ate them.

Rules for thank-yous, from Good House­keep­ing mag­a­zine: Men­tion the gift specif­i­cally and how you will use it. Don’t froufrou up your lan­guage; write as you would speak. And def­i­nitely use the per­son’s name in your note.

Fi­nally, con­sider the clos­ing: “Love” is great for fam­ily mem­bers; “Fondly” for friends; and “Sin­cerely” for peo­ple you may not know as well. — Heloise

P.S. You don’t have to use fancy sta­tionery, but no emails.

Sponge scrub­ber

Dear Heloise: Years ago, I jumped on the bak­ing soda/vine­gar band­wagon when read­ing Heloise I [the orig­i­nal Heloise, 1919-1977].

In­stead of us­ing cel­lu­lose or foam sponges, I found one that is many times bet­ter. It is the melamine scrub­bing sponge. These, used with or without a bak­ing soda paste, are great. They are sim­i­lar to a com­mer­cial-brand eraser but without the clean­ing ad­di­tive. That’s where the bak­ing soda comes in. — Teresa C., Omaha, Ne­braska

Teresa, is it pos­si­ble we were sep­a­rated at birth? I am with you. Bak­ing soda is an ef­fec­tive scrub­ber.

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