DEAR READERS: Halloween is coming soon and with it come neighborhood pranks.
Here are some helpful hints on what to do if you are a target:
Toilet-papered trees: The most important aspect is getting to the paper right away. If it rains, the wet paper can be nearly impossible to remove. Use the handle of a broom, mop, rake, etc., to reach into the tree and knock down or grab streamers.
If there are small pieces high up in the tree, the wind eventually will knock them down, and you can clean them up as they fall.
Egg on car: If you see egg on your car; get to it immediately. The yolk, white and shell can cause damage to a car's finish. Just grab the garden hose and rinse off. Stubborn bits and pieces can be removed by the high pressure of a car wash.
Shaving cream: How to clean it up will depend on where it was sprayed. Usually, a garden hose will do the trick. Some surfaces may need scrubbing and then a good rinse with the garden hose.
DEAR HELOISE: When traveling, I always stop to purchase postcards with beautiful pictures of the locale. I take them home and use them when scrapbooking about the trip. I take a lot of pictures myself, but I have found that often the postcards have pictures I couldn't have gotten myself, and they add that little extra something special.
Katy In Washington
DEAR HELOISE: I need some information on an inexpensive way to clean windowsills besides using a clunky vacuum. Thank you.
Robyn, via email
DEAR ROBYN,: Robyn, one of my favorites is a damp (water only) microfiber cloth. If that isn't enough, try using one of the white all-purpose abrasive foam sponges that you find at grocery stores.
DEAR HELOISE: Thank you for giving us all a place to exchange ideas to ease our lives. Something that has helped me throughout the years is keeping items right where they'll be used: Keep hot pads on top of the microwave oven to put under hot dishes. Keep restaurant coupons in the car. Have a big, attractive basket by the door for children to use for caps and mittens. Always know where a hand towel is in the kitchen by "threading" a heavy rubber band through, then slipping it over a cabinet knob near the sink.
Vangie In Ohio
DEAR HELOISE: Recently, I went to visit a pet cemetery in our area. Someone had used PVC pipe to make vases for many of the graves. The pipe was cut about 3 inches long, with one end stuck in the ground and the other end made into a nice little vase. They even had put flowers in the "vases." How kind.
Betty In Mississippi
DEAR HELOISE: I have a hint for how to use leftover, solid milk chocolate: Put some in a cup of hot milk and stir until dissolved yummy.
A Reader In Ohio