Dish­washer helper for sparkling dishes

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE -

Dear Heloise: I sprin­kle bak­ing soda in my dish­washer when I empty it. The bak­ing soda keeps the dish­washer smelling fresh and keeps bugs away. The dishes, when washed, have a great sparkle.

— R.M.Q. in The Vil­lages, Florida

Sprin­kling bak­ing soda on the bot­tom of the dish­washer be­tween uses will def­i­nitely help to con­trol odor. In fact, bak­ing soda also can freshen and de­odor­ize the mi­crowave and butcher block, and is a great scour­ing pow­der in the sink and on the coun­ters. I’ve com­piled a col­lec­tion of my fa­vorite bak­ing soda hints, recipes and helps into a handy six­page pam­phlet. Would you like to re­ceive one? It’s easy. Send a long, stamped (70 cents), self-ad­dressed en­ve­lope, along with $5, to: Heloise/Bak­ing Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001. Or you can or­der it on­line at www. Heloise.com. FYI: An empty grated cheese con­tainer makes an ex­cel­lent bak­ing soda shaker. Be sure to label it or you might wind up with bak­ing soda on your pasta.

— Heloise

Noo­dle use

Dear Heloise: A pool noo­dle can be used as a head­rest for wooden chairs. Cut it to the length you need, then cut through the cen­ter of the length. Place it on the chair.

— Johnny B., Long Beach

Scary scraper

Dear Heloise: Many peo­ple do not re­al­ize that kitchen spat­u­las might re­quire ex­tra clean­ing.

Check yours out, be­cause you might have some spat­u­las that are two pieces (the han­dle slides out of the scraper). There could be a nasty sur­prise in­side that scraper por­tion and on that lower por­tion of the han­dle. Ac­tu­ally, it can be quite ghastly.

When buy­ing a new spat­ula, it might be worth­while to get the one-piece kind. Prob­lem solved.

— Mary A., Van­cou­ver,

Wash­ing­ton

Mil­i­tary men need togs, too

Dear Heloise: Your col­umn was on point about cloth­ing do­na­tions for women. No less im­por­tant is a need for men’s cloth­ing, es­pe­cially for mil­i­tary men tran­si­tion­ing to civil­ian busi­ness life. In Hous­ton, there is an or­ga­ni­za­tion ori­ented to out­fit­ting sol­diers, sailors and air­men for the busi­ness of­fice.

I have do­nated my no-longer-needed suits and shirts. I have sug­gested the wid­ows of three late friends give their hus­bands’ cloth­ing, too. The sugges­tions were ap­pre­ci­ated.

I hope you pub­lish this idea, es­pe­cially in sup­port of our mil­i­tary.

— Tom C., via email

Al­ways thrilled to sup­port our mil­i­tary.

— Heloise

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