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Hints From Heloise: Fist bump spreads fewer germs?

DEAR HELOISE: Fist bump versus handshake? Due to the spread of germs, I find touching distasteful, yet it continues, especially in large social gatherings, and especially at church. It seems to me that the Japanese had it right all along: A slight bow or curtsy would be a much better means of showing respect.

And if this doesn’t work, the fist bump is far more hygienic.

A Reader in Cincinnati

HELLO, HELOISE: One Saturday, my husband volunteered to do the laundry. I told him to hook my bras together so they would’t snag anything else in the load.

He brought me the finished load, and I began folding. When I got to the bras, I pulled one out. To my surprise, that bra was hooked to the next bra, and that one was hooked to the next one to form a circle.

Well, I did tell him to hook them together! Although I meant individually, I guess he did what I told him. We had a good laugh!

–Beth C. via email

DEAR HELOISE: I have a hint about crystallized honey: If you’re not in a hurry to use it, place it in a warm, sunny window. In a few days, it will be back to its original state.

Or, if you live in a hot place like Texas, put it on a window ledge outside on a hot day, and in a matter of hours it will be good as new.

– Nancy H., via email

DEAR HELOISE: Short on linen-closet space? Store out-of-season quilts and blankets between your mattress and box spring. Fold the blankets carefully, fit on top of the box spring and replace the mattress until the weather turns chilly again.

– Nancy in Punxsutawney, Pa.

DEAR HELOISE: I love to bake and make loaves of banana nut bread for my friends and family. Because I have to divide the batter into several loaf tins, it can get frustrating scooping the batter. Using a ladle is very helpful. I can get a large scoop and divide the batter easily and evenly.

– Deanna, via email

DEAR DEANNA: Sounds yummy! Try this: Rather than using a ladle, make the batter in a mixing bowl that has a spout. Just pour the batter into the pans. Much less cleanup!

Send a great hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 79500, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com.