Dear Heloise: Thank you for the pamphlets I received today. I also want to ask you for the proportion of dishwasher detergent and bleach in water to soak dirty dish towels to remove all the stains.
I used this for years but lost the formula in moving. It was great! -- E. Forman, Denton, Texas
I'm happy you are enjoying the pamphlets. The formula you are asking about is a Heloise classic "recipe" that was first printed more than 40 years ago in my mother's column. It's great for soaking white cotton fabrics such as tea towels.
Pour 1 gallon of hot water into a plastic (do not use aluminum) wastebasket or other large container. Add 1 cup of automatic dishwashing detergent and 1/4 cup household bleach. Stir well. Put the items in and let them soak for at least 30 minutes, then w ash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Your tea towels should come out white as snow. Here's to really white tea towels! Remember, treat a stain as soon as you see it. A favorite hint is to keep a stain stick next to the hamper so stains can be treated before they are placed inside. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: A suggestion for an address book: They never have enough lines and have to be made up new every so often. I decided that was not necessary.
Now I have a recipe box with index alphabet cards. I write each address along with phone numbers and any other information that might be useful. They are filed by the last name.
Every so often I throw out the ones that are no longer, etc. The whole list doesn't have to be redone. Even my husband can find an address or phone number if he has to! -- Betty Klosterman, Rapid City, S.D.
I use the same method and have some cards that are more than 20 years old. It's fun to go back and see some of the information. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My mother, who is 94 years old, came up with this idea for people who shop for others.
She'd write her grocery list and then put the front labels from the products in an envelope.
That way, I knew the exact size, brand and weight that she wanted me to purchase. -- Joyce Ramspeck, Escanaba, Mich.
Dear Heloise: My new refrigerator has large glass shelves, and I found them difficult to wash in the sink.
I decided to put a towel in the bathtub and wash them in there, then rinse with the hand-held shower.
It worked great. -- Dixie Todd, Forsyth, Mo.
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