November 23, 2022
November 22, 2022
Dear Heloise: Once my shredder broke in the middle of a job. But, a tip came from a friend, and now I use it all the time.
I fill a large household bucket with lukewarm water, about half full to accommodate the batch of papers. Try to cover most of the paper. Sometimes I add a little dishwashing detergent. Set it aside to soak it well.
The next day, with household gloves, I fish out a handful of sheets. At this point, the paper will tear easily into long, narrow strips. Then I wring them out – some will break into small clumps. It’s really easy to do, and trying to undo this process won’t succeed whether you got it wet or dry. I usually throw them away with the big trash bags I use to throw away other trash.
I can get rid of a lot more paper this way than with the shredder. Unless the FBI is waiting to decipher this information, this should work for you, as your garbage collector won’t have the time or the resources.
Dear Heloise: At 94, I had trouble cleaning around my dresser in my tiny bathroom. So I retrieved my “grabber” and an old washcloth from my cleaning box that I had soaked in hot soapy water. I found it to be the perfect size for getting in and around tight spaces. The suction cups on the end of the pliers did a great job of holding the fabric. When I finished cleaning, I simply sterilized the clamp with hydrogen peroxide, and it was ready for the next job. My daughter found this useful for her too.
I read your column every day. I appreciate it very much. I look forward to your advice and good recipes.
—Georgia Posvar, Temple, Texas
Dear Heloise: Replacing smoke detector batteries every year is a great idea. However, few people know that the smoke detector itself must be replaced every 10 years. Six years ago, we rented a condo in Santa Fe, and around 11 p.m., all the detectors went off. Since there was no smoke, we removed the batteries, but they continued to beep intermittently. We had to remove and disable each one ourselves (try to get maintenance to come at 11pm), and the detectors actually had a warning printed on them to replace them after 10 years.
—Rick Jaksha, via email
Sound on newspaper covers
Dear Heloise: I saw several letters in your column about the use of newspaper sleeves, but I wonder if anyone gave any thought to where/how these sleeves were handled before they hit the aisle? Do all these reusers think these sleeves are sterile? That they have never been touched by human hands, or that the machine that may have been used to load the papers is spotlessly clean? Personally, I just throw mine away. With pretty much everything people have suggested using them, I just use fresh bags. I’m just saying.
— Dan Curran, Canyon Country, CA.
Dear Heloise: My pet is 20 months old. She is smart and cute as can be. Daisy thinks everyone likes her. Our neighbor gives her treats and makes her sit or give her paw. Daisy is a Maltese/Shih Tzu, and she does not shed.
— Jane and Robert, Florida.
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