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Hints From Heloise: Keep carts clean

DEAR READERS: Here is this week’s sound off, about supermarket carts:

“When my hubby and I grocery-shop, we each bring in a cart and come out with no carts. It is so easy to do this. My gripe is: When did shopping carts become personal wastebaskets? The things left in them can be disturbing.”

Polly K., Mission Viejo

DEAR POLLY: I hope not too disturbing! A shopping list, plastic produce bag or hand wipe might be left behind, but most anything beyond that can be yucky! There usually are trash cans by the entry/exit door. Folks, toss your trash.

P.S.: Polly, thanks for the reminder to take a “stray” shopping cart into the store.

DEAR HELOISE: Help! I seem to have sunscreen stains on my swimsuits! I think I remember reading about you telling us how to get rid of them. Help!

E. Williams, Key West, Fla.

DEAR E. WILLIAMS: You did read it here, and it’s time for a reprint. Use straight liquid laundry detergent and pour it onto the stains. Sort of rub in with your fingers or a soft old toothbrush, then let sit for 30 minutes or so. It’s important to give the detergent “work time” rather than washing right away. The swimsuits then can be hand-washed in cool water. Dry by hanging up in the shower, then check to see if the stain is gone. If not, re-treat. Try to apply sunscreen and let it dry and absorb before putting your swimsuit on, or use care when slapping on sunscreen.

Have fun, but be safe in the sun!

DEAR HELOISE: Once a month or so, I shake out and wash the area rugs we place by the doors and the dog beds. You would be surprised how dirty they can get. The dog one does get a little stinky, too. Most of them I just throw in the washing machine and then let air-dry.

Lynette in Warren, Ohio

DEAR HELOISE: Whenever I am done drinking a glass of water, I dump the ice cubes into my potted plants. The ice melts slowly, and there is no overflow of water that sometimes happens.

Romda In Atlanta

DEAR HELOISE: I wash my hands a lot during the day, and they get so dry. I now keep a bottle of lotion next to every sink in the house. As soon as I dry my hands, I put lotion on. No more dry, cracked hands.

Amanda, via email

Send a money-saving hint to Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000.

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