DEAR HELOISE: I have a set of wooden bowls that are dried out, and I remember my mother using kitchen oil or something. Help.
Jean R., via email
DEAR JEAN: Wooden bowls can be beautiful and pretty easy to care for. Don’t put them in the dishwasher or let soak in water. Do hand-wash, rinse and dry right away.
To recondition them, use mineral oil or unscented baby oil (not olive oil), and cover the surface with a thin layer, rub in and let sit several hours or overnight.
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All that’s needed is to wipe off excess oil with paper towels. Do this every so often, depending on use, and the bowls should last a long time.
DEAR HELOISE: I read your column in the (Warren, Ohio) Tribune Chronicle. I have a hint for scrapbookers. I use panels of empty facial-tissue boxes for the frames and borders of my pictures. They are lovely designs, and I’m recycling!
Lonnie in Warren, Ohio
DEAR LONNIE: I like your hint, and hello to my friends in Warren.
DEAR HELOISE: I have an old seam ripper that’s dull and useless when it comes to sewing. I now have it in my kitchen, where I use it anytime I need to peel off a label from a can or container.
Mari T., El Paso, Texas
Send a money-saving hint to Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000.