Cleaning hint works on melted gum in the dryer

King Features Syndicate

DEAR HELOISE: Help! Chewing gum melted all over the inside of my clothes dryer. What can I do to get rid of it? I don’t want to have to buy a new dryer. — Lorraine S. from Utah


This cleaning hint works on melted crayon as well as gum: To soften the gum, pop two or three old towels into the dryer on warm for five to 10 minutes. Then make a paste of 1 tablespoon powdered laundry detergent and a little water, and scrub off the gum with a plastic scrubbie. Next, use a damp rag to wipe out the inside of the dryer. Don’t dry any clothes in the dryer until you run one cycle with several damp rags. — Heloise

DEAR READERS: Do you have tired feet? Here’s a pick-me-up hint. Put a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in a trigger spray bottle with water (about 8 ounces). Give your feet a spritz of the quick refresher and then let dry. They will feel great! You can even do this through stockings. — Heloise


DEAR HELOISE: Have you heard of cutting a cake with dental floss? You can cut a sheet cake very easily and neatly with floss. — Kathy McCoy, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Just be sure it’s the plain variety, not dental floss that is flavored. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: You know how difficult it is sometimes to put a fresh pillowcase on a pillow? Well, I’ve discovered how to do it in a snap! Have you ever seen what they call "satin pillow protectors"? Of course, they are not satin, but polyester. They are not expensive. They have a zipper in them. So, when you change pillowcases, they slip right on. — Joan Edge, Plano, Texas

Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to

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