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Hairdryer hint helps open tight jar lids

Dear Heloise: Whenever you have trouble opening a tight jar lid, set a hairdryer on high and, in a circular motion, move it over the lid. The heat will release the seal. Works every time. — J.R., Toronto, Ohio

TOOTHBRUSH HOLDER HINT

Dear Heloise: Some toothbrushes are too large for many toothbrush holders. I keep mine in a small vase filled with glass marbles. The marbles and container are easy to clean. — Ann E., York, N.Y.

Ann, now, that is a really clever idea, and I’ll bet it looks lovely on your bathroom vanity. — Heloise

SAFETY FIRST

Dear Heloise: For cleaning, especially the bathroom, I cover my eyes with safety glasses. They also fit with my regular glasses. They keep my eyes safe from harsh chemical cleaners and sprays. I keep them with my cleaning supplies and wear them until I’m done cleaning. — Elizabeth S., Lebanon, Ohio

ANOTHER VINEGAR HINT

Dear Heloise: I’ve found an easy way to clean my microwave. I have a spray bottle that is filled with a 3-to-1 ratio of white vinegar and water. I spray my microwave oven thoroughly to clean. Then let the spray sit for a few moments before wiping down with a wet dish cloth. I also use the spray on my laminate floors followed by a wet sponge mopping. — Mike in Mascoutah, Ill.

SILVER JEWELRY CLEANER

Dear Heloise: You had a recipe to clean silver jewelry years ago, and I don’t remember what it was, but would you reprint it? — Deanna V., Bend, Ore.

Deanna, this works on silver jewelry, but do not try it on anything that has a soft stone such as a pearl, opals, garnets, etc.

1. Line the sink with tinfoil.

2. Make a good-size mound in the center of your hand with salt and another of baking soda.

3. Put both mounds of salt and baking soda on the tinfoil. Mix a little with your finger.

4. Place silver jewelry on the mixture of salt and baking soda.

5. Cover with hot water — just enough to cover all the jewelry.

6. You’ll see a change right before your eyes. — Heloise

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