Posted: September 20, 2012 at 3:21 a.m.
LITTLE ROCK DEAR HELOISE: When my flat iron is cold, I take a makeup-remover cloth (the pre-moistened kind - Heloise) and wipe off the built up hair spray. Works like a charm. Then I use the same cloth to give my bathroom countertop a once-over and remove hair spray or powder that has been left.
- J. Rodgers, West Helena
DEAR READERS: Some new digital cameras come with built-in image stabilization, which helps the camera focus on the subject and prevents blurred images. Despite the technology, you can’t prevent shaky hands! Here are hints for keeping your camera still:
Mount your camera on a tripod.
Use the viewfinder rather than the display screen.
Steady yourself against a wall or door frame.
Brace your elbows on the sides of your body, and hold the camera with both hands.
Make a “shelf” out of your forearm to balance your camera on.
DEAR HELOISE: I am a huge fan of the dye-trapping cloths used to keep dyes from running during washing.
One day, I pulled the wet cloth and clothes out of the washing machine to put into the dryer. When I checked the dryer’s lint screen, I ran the wet cloth over the screen. It completely cleaned the screen from even the smallest pieces of lint. It’s now part of my laundry routine to run it over the lint screen before disposal.
- Lana D. in Ohio
DEAR HELOISE: When traveling with children, invariably they spill something on their clothes. Of course, there isn’t always a washing machine available. That’s why I make sure to pack a stain remover stick. I apply it to the stained clothing and don’t worry until we get home. I have had great success with the stains coming out days after they occurred.
- Linda L. in California
DEAR READERS: This is a good hint for adults, too! Just make sure that the stain stick is the kind that can be left on clothing awhile before washing.
DEAR HELOISE: Getting ready for a move? Pack your plates between disposable foam plates. Your dishes will be protected from a bump in the road, and also from bumping into each other.
- Amy R., via e-mail Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail
Weekend, Pages 38 on 09/20/2012