Here’s the scoop on what to do to keep drains smelling fresh and free-flowing. First, pour in about 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup table salt. You can mix them together first if you want to. Then the magic! Grab a big bottle or jug of cheap household white or apple-cider vinegar and glug, glug away! You will see the foam and bubbles rise out of the drain — it’s really pretty cool! Let it sit for 10-20 minutes (longer is NOT more effective), then turn on the hot water, let run for 20-30 seconds, followed by about the same of cold water. That is it! If you do this every few weeks, it will help prevent a blockage. Another hint? Don’t stand over the sink to brush/comb your hair. Where do you think all of the loose hair goes? Down the drain, in the pipes, and then add gunk from washing hands, washing off makeup and all of the other normal things we do when using a sink. It’s a super-duper gunky mess just waiting for the right time to cause a big old backup of water.
No stinky, yucky drains — ever! -- Heloise
Dear Readers; Lip liner helps define your lips and prevent lipstick from “bleeding.” There’s a product you have that will help make your lipstick last longer. Apply a thin coat of foundation on your lips. Let sit a few seconds, then put on your lip liner and lipstick. Blot with a tissue, then add one more coat of lipstick. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When my now-deceased mother was in an assisted-living center, she dearly loved the terry-cloth robe I gave her. The caregivers put it on her immediately as she stepped out of her bath. It kept her warm and absorbed much of the water on her body while the caregiver quickly dried her feet and legs. It became her favorite present! -- Linda D., Edwards, Miss.
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