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Heloise gives tips on spring cleaning

Dear Readers: Spring is here! Stock up with cleaning essentials. Clip this list and take it with you:

≤ Wet mop

≤ Sponges

≤ Chlorine bleach

≤ Dry mop

≤ Microfiber cloths

≤ Furniture polish

≤ Trash bags

≤ All-purpose cleaner

≤ Window cleaner

≤ Vacuum

≤ Bathroom cleaner

≤ Toilet bowl cleaner

≤ Step ladder

≤ Toilet bowl brush

≤ White vinegar

≤ Bucket

≤ Scrub brush

≤ Baking soda

≤ Gloves

≤ Ammonia

≤ Paper towels

Think about products that can do double duty! When you have everything you need spring cleaning is a breeze! — Heloise

Sneaker cleaner

Dear Readers: It’s time to be out and about in canvas sneakers, but they can get muddy. Here’s how to machine wash them:

Take out the insoles and use a mild detergent and cold water. Pretreating stains with a commercial pretreater, but never use bleach or treatments that contain chlorine bleach. Set your washer to delicate and throw some old towels in the wash as well.

Don’t put canvas shoes in the dryer. It can get too hot. Instead, wad up paper towels and fill the part that covers the toes to shape. Let them air-dry. Dry cleaning is not recommended. — Heloise

Temperature, taste

Dear Heloise: There is a relationship between temperature and taste. Heat generally enhances taste. If drinking beer for the intoxicating effect, it should be consumed ice cold. However, if it is consumed for taste, it should be at room temperature.

For ice cream, try this: Spoon ice cream into a cup and heat. Consume hot or warm like hot chocolate. You will be amazed at the improved taste. — Dr. Robert P., via e-mail

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

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