Alone with your coffee

Dear Readers: My mother, the original Heloise (1919-1977), was a passionate activist for homemakers and heads of households everywhere.

From one of her books, “Heloise All Around the House,” here is a hint. Change your perspective on your morning routine, and you won’t get so bored:

“Drink your first cup of coffee in the living room, not in the kitchen. Take five minutes alone to meditate, be grateful, and find a purpose for the day!”

Sound advice today, too! — Heloise II, the daughter


Dear Heloise: I really get annoyed with people and companies that insist on using their services that can only be found online.

Where I live, the paper is printed only three days a week, because everyone can use a computer to get updated information!

If something happens on a Thursday, I have to wait for the Sunday edition for coverage. Thank you for your hints. Companies would have so many more consumers if they used all forms of communication. — Patsy R., Halifax, Pa.

I HEAR YOU! Hope they do, too. — Heloise



Dear Heloise: I lost my favorite (yours) recipe for cleaning bathrooms. You should run this often. I wrote it on the bottle, but the last ingredient got erased. — Reba J., Mobile, Ala.

Reba, this is one of my multipurpose go-to cleaners. The last ingredient missing was ammonia. So, here is the complete

Heloise cleaning solution:

1/2 cup regular household ammonia

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (50, 70 or 90 percent)

1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid

1 gallon water

Pour into a clean spray bottle and be sure to label CLEARLY with the ingredients. Also, use a microfiber cloth to clean — they are just wonderful! This recipe, along with many other easy cleaners, can be found in my pamphlet Heloise’s Homemade Cleaning Solutions. Visit my website,, to order one, or send a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise/HCS, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Keep all cleaners labeled clearly, and store them up and away from children and pets. — Heloise


Dear Heloise: When it comes to removing an adhesive bandage, it can be painful. I soak a cotton ball in baby oil and rub it on the bandage, then gently pull it off. — Ana M. in Hawaii


Dear Heloise: At my office, we order lunch often, and at home, we order out once a week or so to give Mom and Dad a break.

I started keeping a file of our favorite restaurants’ menus, which makes ordering easy. But an even easier option is to look at the restaurant’s menu online. Each location of a franchise may have a different menu, so I make sure I’m at the right location. — Emily and family in Dallas


Dear Heloise: Some library books can carry a cigarette-smoke odor. I slip a clothes-dryer sheet somewhere within the pages to eliminate it. — Mary Rose W., Columbus, Ohio


Hints from Heloise run occasionally in Lifestyles. Readers may send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: Letters won’t be answered personally.