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Hints From Heloise: Mineral oil helps spruce up wood bowls

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.

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.