DEAR HELOISE: I recently ran out of toilet-bowl cleaner. I dropped a denture-cleaner tablet into the toilet, waited a few minutes and brushed it out. This worked as well as regular cleaner.
Leo D., Little Rock, Ark.
DEAR LEO: There usually is another use for most items in our homes. Yes, bubbly denture tablets can give the toilet bowl a quick cleaning. Of course, these are safer to use than many commercial bowl cleaners. Do know that this will only help freshen and clean a toilet bowl; it will NOT remove stains or hard-water buildup. Also, it can be a bit pricey. However, if you simply pour in what’s left from cleaning dentures, hey, it’s almost free!
DEAR HELOISE: I loved your fast hints to keep your house clean! I have two tricks. The first is to use the time when I am waiting for something in the microwave. I can wipe off the counter or put away dishes, depending on if I am waiting 20 seconds or two minutes.
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The second is to use the time during commercials on television. My secret addiction is a soap opera that I watch every day. My guilt is assuaged by cleaning during the commercials. I can really get a lot done in those few minutes!
Marilyn F., Arlington, Texas
DEAR HELOISE: I have a collection of photo buttons from school pictures, sports teams and dance teams. I carefully clip the pin off the back and glue on a magnet. Instant photo magnet for the refrigerator!
Kathy Taylor, Vandalia, Ohio
DEAR HELOISE: I make postcards from greeting-card fronts and give them to friends with a stamp, ready to address and mail.
Fay Williams, Mayfield, Ky.
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