Dear Heloise: Another tip for cleaning melted plastic off appliances. I have tried this, and it works well.
Heat the appliance after rubbing the spot with petroleum jelly or baby oil. The plastic comes off quite readily without much trouble scraping. Vivian O., Thornton, Colo.
Just be careful when removing the plastic because it could be really hot. Use a plastic spatula to scrape it off so you don’t scratch the surface. - Heloise
Dear Readers: Here are four great ways to help keep kitty out of your potted plants.
Cut plastic mesh to size and place on top of dirt.
Sprinkle some black or cayenne pepper over the soil. One sniff and no more spilled dirt.
Place some pine cones around the plant base to cover the dirt.
Place some large seashells on the dirt.
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