Brushes need to comb clean

Dear Heloise: What is the proper way to clean hair combs and brushes? — Katherine in Houston

It’s pretty easy! Comb the brushes thoroughly to remove loose hairs, then soak the brushes and combs in a solution of 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1 teaspoon of shampoo per cup of water. Let them soak for 30 to 60 minutes, then rinse well in hot water.

Baking soda is a workhorse around the house. Cheap, safe and readily available, Don’t soak wooden brushes; scrub them with a nailbrush. — Heloise

Curds and whey

Dear Readers: You’ve heard of curds and whey from the nursery rhyme, but do you know what curds and whey are?

Basically, when milk turns solid (usually done on purpose to make cheese, or by spoilage), its proteins separate into curds (solid, also called casein) and whey (liquid).

There’s lots of information on this subject, but now you know the rhyme and reason! — Heloise

Strawberry shortcut

Dear Heloise: I needed to clean and hull lots of strawberries for shortcake. I grabbed my melon baller and used the small end. One quick swipe for each berry and the top was gone. Voila — much faster and safer than a knife. — Carol K., Omro, Wis.

‘Skin-ny’ on


Dear Heloise: Thought you might like a hint I got from my mom. We always had lots of fresh tomatoes. Mom said that to get the peel off easily, just use the dull side of a paring knife and press it against the skin.

Do this all over the tomato, which causes the skin to loosen and then it peels right off. — Janice L., Bella Vista, Ark.

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