Dear Heloise: If you want to have a really clean bathtub, use shampoo to clean it occasionally. It will shine like nobody's business. Rinse well with hot water. —Bea Dodson, Rapid City, S.D.

Absolutely — it's cheap and safe way to clean shower doors and walls, too. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the shower or tub after using any cleaner. And if nasty mildew is a problem, try one of my two cleaning formulas specially made for stubborn tub and shower stains.

The first one is undiluted hydrogen peroxide (3 percent) sprayed or applied directly on the mildewy areas. Let it dry, and the stain should be gone. The second is made by mixing Borax (a laundry booster found next to the powdered laundry detergents) with 2 cups of water and then applying with a sponge or spray bottle.

You can find these and a lot of other easy, inexpensive and environment-friendly cleaning formulas in my BRAND-NEW six-page Heloise's Homemade Cleaning Solutions. Please send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (59 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Most of the ingredients are products you'll already have on your shelves.

FYI: Hydrogen peroxide and chlorine bleach are heat- and light-sensitive, so any of my cleaners containing these should be used within a day. —Heloise

Dear Heloise: When I travel, before I pack a suitcase I take all the clothes to the cleaners for press and heavy starch. When unpacking, the clothes are in great shape to wear. If they are somewhat wrinkled, a quick ironing brings them to life. A great timesaver. —Richard Larsen, Abilene, Texas

Dear Heloise: I had an open house and was serving wine. I had different-style wineglasses. I tied curling ribbon of different colors on the stem of each glass (some with two colors). Everyone was able to tell which glass was his or hers. —Renee Glenn, via e-mail

Dear Heloise: I was refinishing some cabinets and wanted to reuse the beautiful hinges. There were about three coats of paint on them, and I had just read about the great things vinegar does. I put the hinges into a bucket of white vinegar and let them sit for 24 hours. Almost all the paint came off using a little wire brush. I soaked them again overnight and then wire-brushed them again. They came out beautifully. —Walt Piantek, Camarillo, Calif.

Dear Heloise: For the unsightly black spots on cauliflower, I use a potato peeler and lightly scrape them off with a swiping motion away from me. —Nanci, via e-mail

Dear Heloise: You know how you leave your house and wonder if you shut the garage door? To solve that mystery, when I leave my home and use the remote to shut the door, I say out loud, "The garage door is shut." It works every time! —Katie Goble, Valparaiso, Ind.

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