Suggestions for Utilizing Your Microwave Oven Safely | Valley life | – Antelope Valley Press


Dear readers: Here are some safety tips from the FDA about using microwaves:

• Do not run an empty microwave.

• Do not heat liquids longer than recommended. Overheated water can cause severe burns.

• Do not put metal in the microwave. This includes aluminum foil or hidden metal like gold rimmed plates.

• Use glass, ceramic, and only plastic containers that are labeled for microwave cooking.

Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions in the manual.

Dear Heloise: When I come in from my daily morning walks, I wash my cloth mask and hands together with pleasant smelling hand soap.

When I wash my cloth masks in the washing machine, I put them in a delicate bag.

– Mary H., Arlington, Virginia

Dear Heloise: My neighbor decided to take bird and squirrel feed with bird feeders in his front yard. Last December I got a new car that I parked in my driveway. Within two weeks, the squirrels got on my car’s wires and caused $ 1,600 damage.

My dealer who did the repairs suggested putting mothballs under the hood because squirrels don’t like the smell. Bingo. It’s seven months later and no longer a problem. If your readers have a squirrel problem, I recommend mothballs.

Dear Heloise: I use my used dryer sheets to clean the filter in my clothes dryer. It picks up any lint on the net and on the felt strip along the outside edge. Once cleaned, just toss the sheet.

Vicky, the dryer sheet works fine, but it can leave plasticizer residue on your lint filter. If you notice any sticky build-up, gently scrub the screen with hot water and dish soap. Rinse and let dry thoroughly before putting it back in place.

Dear Heloise: I read your column in The Villages Daily Sun every day. I have had great success cleaning coffee / tea stained mugs and my filter coffee pot with salt. I just sprinkle over it and rub either with a tea towel or a scrub.

It is also suitable for cleaning and shining pots, baking trays, aluminum oven pans and glass oven dishes. They turn out squeaky clean.

– Helen T., The Villages, Florida

Dear Heloise: One morning when I was getting dressed, I got a hook in one of the legs of my pantyhose. A lightbulb went out when I took it out – stretchy legs … elastic. Hey, what if I cut them across the legs in 1 inch strips and cut these in half? Voila! A pair of stretchable strips for the COVID masks.

I made a pair for my husband and daughter and they both said these were more comfortable on their ears than the elastic band. The pair I cut up made enough strips for 16 masks.

– Elsie B. via email

Send a money-saving or time-saving note to Heloise, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to I cannot answer your letter personally, but I use the best advice in my column.

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