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By Heloise Friday, June 8, 2007; 12:00 AM

Vinegar Zaps Hard-Water Stains

Dear Heloise: How can I clean the PLASTIC TRAY for the water and ice dispenser on my refrigerator door? It seems to have a hard-water buildup. -- Donna Jo in Laredo, Texas Also In Style

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Vinegar can take care of that hard-water buildup in no time! If you can, take the drip tray out. Heat some household vinegar til warm -- NOT boiling -- and soak the tray. Scrub with a soft brush, rinse and that's it!

Warming the vinegar will help speed up the process, and you'll even notice it bubbling while working. This is also great for the aerator on the sink faucet. Want some more helpful cleaning and deodorizing vinegar hints? Simply order my six-page pamphlet. Just send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (58 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Stubborn hard-water deposits can make cleaning the shower doors, tub, faucets and anything that comes in contact with the minerals found in tap water difficult to clean. Vinegar does wonders on even your pet's water bowl. One gallon of plain old white vinegar can eliminate harsh, expensive commercial products, and it's safe for the environment, too. So stock up now.


Dear Heloise: I've found a great way to recycle contact-lens cases. I keep my pills that I have to take to work in them. With the screw-on lids, I don't have to worry about the pills getting lost in my purse, or worse! -- Joanne, Spring Branch, Texas


Dear Heloise: I have two hints for your column that I hope others can enjoy.

When traveling, I take the color picture of my luggage, containing the brand name and dimensions listed, that is found on the luggage at the time of purchase. I keep this with me in case my luggage is lost; a picture truly is worth a thousand words.

While on vacation, I purchase doubles of all interesting postcards. These pictures are taken by experts during perfect weather conditions and are great for introducing and/or expanding on an area or specific site. I lay them out, back side (information side) down, on a copier and print. I cut each individual "blurb" out, and I have a label ready to accompany the postcard in my album. The second set of cards is used for notecards during the year. -- C. Porter Stone, Harrisonburg, Va.


Dear Heloise: I've found a great way to freshen my kitchen trash can. I use a car deodorizer. I place it in the bottom of the trash can and then put the trash bag in. Now, every time I open it, freshness is all I smell. -- Susan, via e-mail


Dear Readers: An easy way to hull strawberries is to push a straw into the pointed end of the berry, and the leaves and the core will come out the other end. Then use an egg slicer for a more decorative look.

(c)2007 by King Features Syndicate Inc.
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Vinegar zaps hard water stains, strawberry hulling