Revamp your refrigerator

Dear Readers: We’re well into fall and the busy holiday season is almost upon us, let’s get that refrigerator cleaned out and working efficiently. This is a process; plan for at least an hour.

Take out everything from the fridge: all foods and condiments, bins, shelves, trays and wire racks. Use a good antibacterial cleaner on the bins and racks, and also wipe the rubber gasket seal on the door. Use a cotton swab to get into the folds of the gasket.

Vacuum under the refrigerator; remove the grill on the front, if possible. This is really important if you have pets; stray hair and dander can collect under there, and keeping it clean will help your energy bill!

Finally, check your foods before you put them back. Make sure all foods are fresh and in good condition. — Heloise

Signaling device

Dear Heloise: My son went out of the house and walked onto the driveway. Then I needed him back inside.

My keys were in sight, so I pushed the “panic” button. That got his attention, and he came inside to see what I needed. I’m 98 years old, so he figured that it might be important. I love your hints every day in the Pekin Times. — Nelda M., Pekin, Ill.

Nelda, this is a good system to use for safety’s sake. Hugs to you and your son! — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)