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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Learn new ways to polish silver, treat bites

Joann Derson King Features

• “If you use a hair dryer to dry your hair, put a little of your favorite perfume on the back of it, near the air intake, and your hair will take on the scent of the perfume.” — S.H. in Ohio

• Another use for Alka-Seltzer: Got insect bites? D.K. from South Carolina swears by dissolving two tablets in a small glass of water and dabbing the solution on minor insect bites.

• “To preserve the life of your cupcake pans, make sure to put water into any unused cups. I make cupcakes/muffins, and I like them larger than the recipe calls for. As a result, I usually only fill two-thirds of the cups. My pans have lasted a long time because I take good care of them.” — Amy, via e-mail

• “Take 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a small glass of water after a meal for no heartburn and no more expensive heartburn medicine.” — F.F. in Colorado

• Here’s a tip from C.S.R. in Florida: Washing produce takes a lot of water, which you can reuse. Catch it in a dishpan, and use it to water your outdoor plants!

• “This is an awesome way to clean silver. Take an aluminum-foil pan — the disposable kind — and line it with a piece of aluminum foil. Sprinkle in some salt (I use sea salt, but any kind will do), then add a dash of dish soap and fill the container with boiling water. Put your silver, including jewelry, into the mix and, voila, it cleans instantly. Of course, you’ll have to turn the larger pieces, so be careful not to burn yourself.” — L.N. in B.C., Canada