Dear Heloise: Here are a few of my favorite tips for HOLIDAY DECORATING:
* Replace table lamps with small, lit Christmas trees.
* Take photos of your holiday decorating (Heloise here: for easier reassembly next year).
* Store decorations in heavy-duty shopping bags. They are easier to take up and down attic stairs.
Also, a tip for cooks: When following a recipe out of a cookbook, cover the page that does not have the recipe with a white sheet of paper. It will minimize the seconds needed to find your place. -- Denise in Houston
Dear Heloise: I'm a flight attendant, and on a recent long flight, I worked first class. Before serving the meal, we passed out hot washcloths that passengers could use to freshen up. One passenger cleaned his hands and then wiped down the armrests and tray table. I thought this was a good hint.
In the future, I'll make sure to pack antibacterial wipes for cleaning around my seat. Anything to cut down on germs! -- Janet S., via email
Dear Heloise: My car battery has a lot of corrosion buildup on it. Do you have a hint on how to remove it? -- A Reader, via email
Yes! It's an easy and safe hint! Just mix a little baking soda and water to make a thick paste. Dab it on the battery terminals with an old toothbrush and scrub away. Do be careful, and protect your hands and eyes. Want to learn many other money-saving ideas using baking soda around your house? Order my pamphlet with all my favorite baking-soda hints. Just send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Have a spill in your trunk that left it stinky? After cleaning, sprinkle with baking soda, rub in well and let sit a day or two, vacuum, and the smell should be gone. -- Heloise
Dear Readers: Here is a hint from Sharon, whom I met while doing a speech earlier this year. For anyone who is in charge or works to put on an event, I think it's a super hint!
She has been in charge of several large functions and, having done it before, knew that she would be sending and receiving many, many emails. She set up a separate email account just for the function. That way, everything that came in and went out had to do with the function and only the function. Before, she was bombarded with emails in her personal account and had to search through a ton of emails regarding the special event. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: To keep window-shade cords or others detangled, take a clear soda straw and cut it lengthwise with a small pair of scissors. Push it onto the cord, resting it at the bottom of the cord. Keeps it clean and straight. -- Janice K. in San Antonio