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Hints from Heloise: Wife feeling blue over ink stains in her clothes dryer

Also, tiny photos are perfect for lockets, charms

Published: Saturday, Aug. 28 2004 12:00 a.m. MDT

Dear Heloise: How do I get a lot of ink out of my dryer? My husband (grrrr) left an ink pen in the dryer, which leaked all over his clothes and the dryer. I am afraid to dry anything until it is gone. What do I do? —Kelly Gallagher, Via E-mail

Well, first of all, you will need to check the owner's manual or manufacturer's Web site to see if there are suggestions for cleaning this type of stain from your dryer drum. With that said, here are a couple of methods that might help.

First, unplug the dryer, then try using a cloth and a soap-and-water solution. Scrub at the stains, then rinse with another clean cloth and plain water.

Or, spray a laundry prewash solution on a cloth and use this to scrub the ink stains. Let sit for a few minutes, follow with a cloth dampened with warm, soapy water and rinse.

Sometimes these stains don't want to budge, and you might have to resort to using a nonabrasive, all-purpose cleaner. Be sure to test the one you choose on a small area first to make sure it does not affect the finish. And remember, rinse the inside of the drum after each cleaning method to remove any traces of the cleaner.

Note: Run a couple of old, damp towels through a few drying cycles to see if there is any remaining ink that might transfer before using the dryer to dry laundry. —Heloise

Dear Heloise: When you have photos developed, some photo labs provide an index card with a tiny picture of each of the photos that were developed. These tiny photos are the perfect size for lockets and jewelry charms. —G. Curtis, Peterborough, Ontario

This is a wonderful hint! They are also cute to tape to letters and notes to friends and family. —Heloise

Dear Heloise: I have so much trouble getting my luggage checked when traveling that I have started to ship my belongings ahead of time. I have found that most hotels will store it for 24 to 36 hours, and I can travel light, carrying just important documents, traveler's checks and fine jewelry in a carry-on piece. —Martha Roberts, Gaithersburg, Md.

Dear Heloise: My hint is: In case of an accident or emergency, I have a list of my neighbors and their phone numbers, along with police, fire and all other emergency numbers. This list is kept inside a kitchen cabinet next to the telephone. We don't think well under stress, and this helps. —Sara I., Florence, Ala.

Dear Heloise: I like using reusable cloth wipes because they rinse easily and can also be machine-washed several times. However, since I like the feel of something a bit more substantial in my hands when cleaning, I opened a new package and stitched two of the cloth wipes together. These feel just right! —Joy Jenkins, Kenney, Texas

Dear Heloise: Space in our fifth-wheel travel-trailer bathroom is very limited, so I hung a clear plastic shoe holder on the door. We have grouped items by their use—hair things together, etc. Now we have plenty of room for storage, and it is easy to find what we need.

The shoe holder travels well after my son modified the way it hangs on the door to make sure it stays put. —Brenda Palmer, Via E-mail

Dear Heloise: I've got a great idea for all of the paper perfume samples a person gets in the better department-store fliers: I peel apart the paper to see if I like the scent, and if I do like it, I take the sample and place it under either the driver's or passenger's seat of my car.

Within minutes, my car has a wonderful scent, and it's free. —Ricia Lesk, Coral Springs, Fla.


Send a great hint to: Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000 or fax to 210-HELOISE or e-mail: Heloise@Heloise.com © King Features Syndicate Inc.

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