The Pilot News

Double-check all bank statements


Dear Heloise: I wasn’t paying very close attention to my credit card statement, but with Christmas over, I decided to take a look and found suspicious charges, which I reported. Then, I started looking at past statements and found even more charges. These were small charges with different company names, none of which I recognized. So, I reported the additional charges to the fraud department.

I urge everyone to take a close look at their statements, if they haven’t already. -- Marsha Lindsey, Tustin, California


Dear Readers: When carpets in your home or car have a stale smell, just pour baking soda into a clean, shaker-type container and sprinkle it liberally over all of the carpeted areas. Allow the baking soda to remain on the carpet for 30 minutes to absorb the odors, and then vacuum up.

If you’re curious to learn what else baking soda is good for, my six-page pamphlet “Heloise’s Baking Soda Hints and Recipes” will tell you all that you need to know. You can get this informativ­e pamphlet by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Heloise/ Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX, 78279-5001.

FYI: Clean and deodorize a butcher block or wooden cutting board by dampening a sponge and sprinkling baking soda onto it, and then scrub until clean. Rinse well and dry to finish the job. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: When checking your car’s tire pressure, don’t forget to check your spare or donut tire. If you need your spare, you don’t want that one to be flat, too. -- Katherine Carbone, via email Dear Heloise: There were excellent suggestion­s for repurposin­g a hope chest in a recent column featured in the Pasadena Star News. Turning it into a toy chest is a lovely idea and a great way to keep it in the family. However, for safety measures during the conversion, please make sure that there is a mechanism installed to keep the lid from closing suddenly. Also, remove the locking device in case an adventurou­s little one decides to climb inside. Thank you. -M.T.S., via email


Dear Heloise: The best way to avoid any possible scamming over the phone is to not pick up numbers you don’t recognize. Let them leave a voicemail, and if you’re interested in talking to them after thinking about your options, you can call them back on your terms. -- M.G., via email


Dear Heloise: I read a recent hint about using a hanger to keep recipes dry. I do something similar to keep mine from getting stained while I cook. I tapped in a tiny nail below and behind the lower edge of a cabinet. I now hang a small chip clip (with a hole) on the nail and then attach the recipe card. The nail isn’t visible and doesn’t harm the cabinets. This has saved me many recipe cards!

I have enjoyed your column in the Orange County Register for many years. -- Gloria L., Mission Viejo, California 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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