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Heloise: Easy way to keep drains clean

TWO HINTS, ONE READER

- I receive flowers several times a year, and the giver always wants to know what they look like and if they are what he or she really ordered. I've started sending a picture of the arrangement with my thank-you note, either by mail or e-mail. It seems to solve those problems, and lets them know how beautiful the flowers really were.

- When I was making a sauce, I couldn't find my whisk quickly and grabbed a beater from my mixer. It works as great as any whisk. - De Powers, Omaha, Neb.

CANDLE-JAR LIDS

The heavy, glass lids from the candle jars make great paperweights. - Betty, Sheridan, Texas

CLEAR DRAIN

I want to share a way to prevent hair from going down the drain. Cut a piece of net 2 by 6 inches and place it over the drain. It can be thrown out and changed every week. This is a neat little way to keep the drain from getting clogged. - Carol Niedzialek, via e-mail

A DATE WITH A THIEF

In order to prevent theft, I suggest that people do not use specific dates of marriage, honeymoon and funerals in newspaper announcements. I heard some very distressing news of a couple whose home was robbed while on their honeymoon. The same might apply to funeral or memorial dates, as these homes are prime targets while everyone is at the cemetery. - Sandie in Nevada

DISPOSABLE CAMERAS

Another hint for use of disposable cameras is to put one in graduation gift bags for high-school seniors. Every spring, we devote one after-church dinner to honor graduates. I have always gotten a thank-you from each recipient of these handy cameras. - Anne in Texas

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