DEAR READERS: Who has a messy refrigerator ? It's time to get organized. Take everything out and put it on the counter. Now you can see what you have. Turn back to the fridge; it's time for a deep clean.
Spray the shelving, drawers and walls with a solution of 4 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with water. Wipe down with a clean cloth. Get in all the tight places -- cotton swabs may come in handy. Wipe dry with paper towels.
Throw away anything you don't need or recognize (ha-ha -- anything fuzzy). Combine those two open jars of pickles.
Now to restock. Avoid overstocking the fridge; the cold air needs to circulate. Keep milk and juices up front for easy access. Store tiny fruits like strawberries in a basket inside the fridge.
P.S. Where is the best place to store eggs? According to the American Egg Board (incredibleegg.org), keep eggs in their original container on a shelf in the fridge, not in the door. This keeps them insulated and protects them from cracking and absorbing other flavors.
DEAR HELOISE: My hint, which I have done for years: When stirring cookie dough, etc., I put the bowl in my sink, because with the leverage from being lower than my countertop, it makes it easier to stir with not so much effort.
An aside: If I'm adding something and it spills over the side of the bowl, it is easier to clean up.
-- Sue W., via email
DEAR HELOISE: One effective way to treat bloodstains (even dried ones) is to saturate the stain with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. It may require a couple of applications. When the stain is gone, wash in cold water to remove the peroxide.
-- Judy P., Boerne, Texas
DEAR READER: You're on to one of my favorite low-cost cleaners! One caveat: Hydrogen peroxide may discolor fabrics; test in a hidden area first.
DEAR HELOISE: In a recent column you discussed removing the crusts of bread in sandwiches. Cutting a sandwich into four triangles results in the crust occurring along the base of each triangle. This way, it's easier to cut off those crusts.
-- Bonnie K.,
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email
Weekend on 05/16/2019
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