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Try this simple way to clean walls

By Heloise - Hints From Heloise | Apr 20, 2024

Dear Readers: When washing your walls, dust them before washing and wash them from the bottom up so that the drips won’t leave their marks. Clean one small area at a time, then rinse and dry before moving on to another area. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have found that using my rice cooker for old fashioned oats is very easy. I put 2 1/4 cups of water and a dash of salt in my 6-cup rice cooker and let the water warm up. I then put a crumbled nut granola bar and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in, then let it melt while stirring. Next, I add 2 cups of old fashioned rolled oats. After the oats start to boil, I turn off the rice cooker and let them sit for 10 minutes. Then I serve and enjoy! — J.B., via email


Dear Heloise: There are a number of new gadgets to monitor your precious pets, such as collars with a GPS and a video camera. Boarding and day care places have doggie cams so that you can check on your pooch from your laptop or smartphone. — Betsy, Bellingham, Washington


Dear Readers: You can remove most mildew from the grouting between tiles by rubbing it with an old toothbrush dipped in laundry bleach. Don’t use abrasive powders or steel wool pads because they will scratch the tile. Rinse with clear water after cleaning. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: I love peanut butter cookies, and so does my family. I often used a fork to mash a crisscross pattern in the middle. Then I sprinkled some brown sugar on top, and they always turned out delicious. But I had another idea:

I now use a potato masher. It works just as well. I dampen the masher, then dip it into brown sugar. Then I just press the pattern into the cookies. Works like a charm! — L.B., Dallas


Dear Readers: Want to display flowers, but don’t have a vase? Just about anything that holds water can work as a vase. For example, you can display flowers in a crystal ice bucket, fluted champagne glasses, mugs or cocktail pitchers.

Don’t throw away your favorite crystal water glass or pitcher when it has a chip in it. Use it to hold fresh or artificial flowers. Silk flowers can be arranged in your favorite containers that don’t hold water. — Heloise


Dear Readers: If you are looking for work, going to job fairs can be very helpful. There may be lots of employers and companies attending, so try to make contact with as many as people you can. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: Calypso is a Maine coon who plays dominos. Today she is 13 years old and my constant companion. Warm regards! — Mary Metcalf, Rotonda West, Florida

Readers, to see Calypso and our other Pet Pals, go to Heloise.com and click on “Pet of the Week.”

Do you have a furry friend to share with our readers? Send a photo and a brief description to Heloise@Heloise.com. — Heloise

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.


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