Dear Heloise: Recently, you printed a letter urging people to take safety precautions, such as using goggles for eyes and gloves for hands, when doing outdoor chores. There was an important omission.
Please urge people also to use ear protection when using any kind of power tools. Those lawn mowers, edgers, chain saws, whatever, produce a lot of noise that, if you do not take precautions, can damage your hearing.
You should be able to find earplugs or earmuffs in sporting-goods stores or large pharmacies, or get suggestions from your doctor.
Remember, protect your ears -- they let you hear the world. -- Marjorie Boone, Charlottesville, Va.
You're right -- ear and eye protection are a must when working outside or in a shop. While we are discussing earplugs, pick up a few extra and put them in your travel bag to use on airplanes or when you need to shut out noise for a good night's sleep. Thanks for the reminder. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: For those with washing machines that have a cup at the top of the center post for automatically dispensing fabric softener at the appropriate time in the cycle: The cup can become very "gunked up" and need frequent cleaning.
To alleviate this problem, put about a 1/4 cup of water in the dispenser cup while the machine is filling, and then put in the softener. This keeps the dispenser cup much cleaner and is so easy to do. -- Barbara VanderMolen, Walker, Mich.
Dear Heloise: After recently replacing the hinges on my kitchen cabinets, I discovered that many of the holes had been stripped for screws of the same size.
I purchased a dowel rod of similar width for a few cents. I cut off a piece just long enough to fit in the hole, then screwed the same screw back in. A nice, tight fit without searching for replacements. -- Julie Brim, Dublin, Ohio
Dear Heloise: When your scrubbing sponge has had it, don't throw it out.
Instead, when you need to scrub something with steel wool, place the wool on one side of the sponge to save your hand from pressing directly on the scratchy steel wool. -- Brenda Gant, Vero Beach, Fla.
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