The Pilot News

^HINTS FROM HELOISE] Taking precaution­s in case of falls

- (c)2023 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

Dear Heloise: I recently saw a hint that someone had sent in regarding the elderly taking their showers and being unprotecte­d should they fall. The person said that what she does is take her phone in the bathroom with her. When I thought of this, my only concern was that if I have fallen, I will not be able to reach my phone on the sink counter. So, what I have started to do is put my phone on the floor next to the door! If I were to fall, I would most likely be able to scoot toward the phone. -- M.B., via email


Dear Heloise: As useful as the idea about keeping a tissue box on the dryer is, I wanted to offer another idea instead.

Empty tissue boxes stuffed with lint can make for a great fire-starter. So, if there’s any stray hair, that can just go outside; birds delight in that for their nest-making. Dryer sheets are not healthy for you, and you should use dryer balls instead. Plus, if you use dryer sheets on towels, it makes them less absorbent.

Another hint: Finding hair and other things in drains can be very preventabl­e with the wire mesh drain catchers. I use them everywhere -kitchen, laundry, bathtub and bathroom sink. It sure helps and beats having to unclog the pipes with chemicals or having to call a plumber. -Sister Yaskiw, in Canada


Dear Heloise: I keep my soap-filled scouring pad from getting rusty simply by wrapping it tightly in aluminum foil. I used it yesterday, and after one year, it still had soap in it -- and not a speck of rust!

I read your column every day in the San Antonio Express-news. -- Marge Moore, Bulverde, Texas


Dear Heloise: When freezing homemade bread or other items, I slice them in sections, and then put parchment paper between the sections. That way, I am able to easily remove each section. They come right out, with no sticking.

PS: I enjoy your columns. -Martha S., Rutland, Vermont


Dear Readers: If you have lots of coupons that you want to use, to make it easier on yourself, organize them beforehand in one of these three ways: by expiration date; by categories, such as dairy, canned goods or cereals; or by store aisles. This will help to make your shopping trip easier and faster. -- Heloise


Dear Readers. If you discover you need bread crumbs for a recipe, and you don’t have any, you can use these substitute­s: Take commercial­ly packaged croutons, corn flakes or non-sugared breakfast cereal, and crush them for your recipe. -- Heloise

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.


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