Dishwasher helper for sparkling dishes
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.
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
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,
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.