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Dear Heloise: Following university, I labored in an vehicle human body store. We often instructed prospects to deliver a quart jar and lid for any added paint. We put a handful of gravel (tiny rocks) in the jar for the paint to settle on no far more scraping and stirring. Just shake the jar a number of instances, and you have been completely ready to do touch-ups, and so forth.

 — Ron Dovey, through e-mail

Expensive Heloise: I not long ago study a reader’s idea about storing a painting roller when taking a break from portray. They instructed placing the roller in a plastic sleeve and storing it in the freezer.

As an Ace Components retailer, I have found that the greater part of residence paints offered currently are latex (drinking water-centered) and need to Under no circumstances be frozen. Test placing the sleeved roller in the fridge alternatively. Appreciate your column.

Dear Heloise: I have savored examining your column for so many yrs. I wanted to include some thing I go through in an obituary the other day. A gal was acknowledged for her fantastic backyard garden and her weeding experience. She applied a two-pronged meat fork. Take pleasure in.

Pricey Viewers: If you have veggies that are wilted, soak them in the fridge in a combination of 1 quart of drinking water and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar. They will perk up.

Pricey Heloise: I like examining your column and have performed so for decades.

In purchase to preserve drinking water when cleaning bottles and jars for recycling, I fill the container midway with water, increase a modest dot of dishwashing liquid, place the lid or cap back again on tightly, and shake.

Substances that are sticky, this sort of as peanut butter, are capable to be taken off if authorized to sit for a time and presented a vigorous shake every single now and then. Containers frequently really don’t have to be glowing cleanse to be acceptable for recycling.

Also, to help save water and power on laundry, I consistently spot deal with parts of the garment — this kind of as wherever deodorant was employed or the collar — with heat water, as tolerated by the material, and do the job in a minimal bar or dish cleaning soap. Then the washload can be washed in chilly drinking water still have soil taken out. I put heat h2o in the sink and use it for various garments. Of program, hold your laundry to dry when achievable.

 — Lisa G., Middlebury, Conn.

Dear Heloise: My rest room paper holder has facet tabs as a substitute of a roller to keep the paper. The new rest room paper rolls are as well slender to continue to be on the holder. So, to address this trouble, I squeezed the close of an previous cardboard tube and inserted it into the new tube. This way sufficient trapped out of the other end to engage the tab. It works wonderful.

 — Nancy in New Hampshire

Dear Heloise: This is Shadow, our labradoodle, guarding the entrance doorway.

 — Susan Pieper, New Braunfels, Texas

Viewers, to see Shadow and our other Pet Pals, go to Heloise.com and click on on “Pet of the Week.”

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