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Hints From Heloise

Sun., Nov. 2, 1997

Dear Heloise: The other day I got my jar of Epsom salts out. It was hard as a rock! The doctor didn’t know how to soften it. After some thought, I decided to add a piece of bread to it like you do with brown sugar. After several days, it was soft again. I keep bread in the jar all the time.

Here is the answer if other people have this problem. - Shirley Hiles, Columbus, Ohio

How smart of you! Putting a slice of bread in with brown sugar draws the moisture out, so why not use the same hint for Epsom salts. Pass your smart idea along to your doctor as a tip from Shirley. - Heloise

Dear Heloise: Since I retired I’ve started helping more with the household chores. I was having a bit of trouble cleaning the lint filter on the dryer.

Now I use an old fabric softener sheet that has been used a couple of times. I wipe the screen of the lint filter with it and all the lint comes off much easier and not so much lint dust flies around in the air. - Bill, Carlsbad, Calif.

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