Dear Heloise: While volunteering at a local animal shelter, I picked up a great PET GROOMING TIP. I now have three rescue dogs of my own who go to the groomer monthly. Between visits, I wipe down my dogs with baby wipes -- I buy them by the case. It's a quick way to keep them clean and fresh-smelling. The baby wipes work well to pick up loose hair before it falls on the furniture. -- N.J., via email
Thanks for volunteering to help take care of (and adopt out) our four-footed friends. "Woof, woof" to you and your three rescue dogs. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have a rather large piece of aluminum foil that is stuck to the bottom of the oven. How can I remove it without damaging the finish? -- Kathy P., via email
Yikes! This may take a little work! Place a wet, warm, soapy washcloth over the foil and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then scrub the foil with a nylon scrubbie or the rough side of a sponge with warm water to get as much foil off as possible. Also, while wet, try carefully scraping with a plastic scraper or an old credit card. This may take several attempts, and all the foil may not come completely off.
In the future, since manufacturers DO NOT recommend lining the bottom of ovens with aluminum foil, try nonstick oven liners. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I just opened some packing boxes that had been in storage, and all my purses were smashed and out of shape. I had lots of packing paper, so I put a plastic grocery bag into each purse, then stuffed it with packing paper. The shape of each purse came back quickly. I tied the grocery bag at the top so when I wanted to use the purse, all I had to do was pull out the grocery bag and go. This also makes it easier to "stand" my purses on closet shelves. -- Dixie in Arkansas
Dear Heloise: Your mom taught my mom to place a silky scarf over her hair, holding the ends between her teeth, before pulling a sweater over her newly styled hair so it wouldn't get messed up. When done, pull it off, front to back, and your hair will still be perfect. I've passed this hint on to my daughters. Some things never go out of style. So thankful you took up where your mom left off. -- Paula Rice, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Thanks! This also works if you don't want to get makeup on your sweater! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When I buy a cutting board, I always buy one with the juice channel on one side. When in use, it reminds me that the channel side is only for meat and the bottom is for vegetables. Helps me not get them mixed up. -- Glenda in Council Grove, Kan.
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise(at)Heloise.com. I can't answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.