Dear Heloise: Candle wax has melted onto my carpet. What can I do to remove it?K.D. in Idaho
Here's how to handle the spill: Fill a metal pan with ice and place it on top of the candle wax until it's completely frozen. Use a small hammer to break up the hardened wax. Pick up or vacuum the pieces. Then apply a dry-cleaning solvent on a clean cloth to get rid of any residue left on the carpet. Heloise
Dear Heloise: It's easy to use the acrylic paint from craft projects (comes in small plastic jars) to paint an identifying design on soft-sided luggage. Initials are good, or a simple design. Mine has copper stripes. Easy to pick out from the baggage carousels. Mine has lasted a year so far. Barton, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I was reading your column and noticed a hint about a reader getting her family into the habit of making sure shirts go in the wash right side out. While this would make laundry easier, I was taught to put all T-shirts, especially ones with designs or screen printing on them, through the laundry cycle inside out, as it results in less wear on the image printed on the shirt. Zach, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I read your column in the Naples (Fla.) Daily News where it was suggested to be sure you check everything listed on the mover's inventory as the van is unloaded.
There is a very important step to take first, and that is to personally make sure that everything is, in fact, listed before being loaded into the van. Many years ago, I foolishly left the packing and listing to the moving company, trusting that everything was in order. Imagine my horror upon discovering that several things, including furniture and boxes of household items, were put into the van but never listed on the inventory. There was no way to prove that anything was missing. A very expensive lesson!Too Late Smart, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I live in a trailer and found a way to freshen the rooms. I place a scented dryer sheet into the floor vents and secure it in place with the metal top. It can't be seen, and every time the air conditioner comes on, it freshens the whole room. Just change sheets every five days or so. Kerrie Cagle, West Monroe, La.Dear Heloise: Prepare your favorite guacamole-dip recipe. Add diced tomatillo (small green tomato from Mexico) or a teaspoonful or so of bottled green taco sauce (any brand). The green taco sauce will enhance the flavor of your dip, and the sauce contains the tomatillo, which will keep guacamole fresh. Edith Benavidez, Chula Vista, Calif.
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