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By Heloise Monday, June 4, 2007; 12:00 AM

Vinegar Quells Milk Smell

Dear Heloise: When bringing home groceries one day, the MILK LEAKED. I didn't have time to clean it up at that moment, so you can imagine the smell in my car that greeted me the next day! (This happens often. If the carton or jug is defective, take it back to the store. -- Heloise)

I tried everything to get that smell out. I remembered vinegar and tried a diluted solution first. It helped, but I could still smell it. So, I poured straight vinegar on the spot, waited about 10 minutes and blotted it up with clean, white rags. I did it again the next day, and the smell was totally gone! -- Lori, Staunton, Va.

Don't you love plain old household vinegar? It's not surprising that it helped your situation, given that vinegar has amazing odor-busting qualities. It's the first thing you should reach for, especially since it's all-natural and safe to use around children and pets, and it's cheap! For a list of cleaning and deodorizing hints for everything from air-conditioning vents to windows, order my Fantabulous Vinegar Hints & More pamphlet by sending $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (58 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Another vinegar hint? To deodorize T-shirts that have been stored and smell musty, simply soak in 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water for 20 to 30 minutes, then wash and dry.


Dear Heloise: Here are a couple of ideas for reusing pantyhose:

My mom always cut the tops off the elastic part and used them as large rubber bands for boxes, etc.

We always cut the legs off to tie around tomato plants.

-- A Reader, Port Huron, Mich.

Pantyhose have a variety of uses once they have "run" along. Here are a couple of favorite ideas:

Use a large piece of pantyhose to strain paint.

Cut hose into small pieces and use to stuff pillows or cushions.

Cut different-size "bands" from the hose.


Dear Heloise: I wear high-heeled shoes daily and often slip on the tile floors at work. I decided to buy treads for the bottoms of my shoes, but was shocked at how much they were, so I bought tread for bathtub floors and cut it to fit the bottoms of my shoes. Most discount stores sell these for a couple of dollars, and one package has enough in it for several pairs of shoes. Now all the ladies at work are doing this for a lot less money. -- Meredith in Ashburn, Va.


Dear Heloise: My Sound Off is when shopping -- buying something on sale, either from the sale ad or marked on a sign in the store, and then being charged full price when you check out. Oftentimes you do not notice until you are at home looking at the receipt. -- Marlene Skold, via e-mail

(c)2007 by King Features Syndicate Inc.
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Vinegar Quells Milk Smell