Penny good for opening makeup case

By Heloise Cruse

King Features Syndicate

DEAR HELOISE: Here is a handy way to open small makeup cases containing eye shadows, blush, etc., without breaking fingernails. Use a penny to pry open the top, and the lid will simply lift up. Thanks for allowing me to share my hint. — Barbara Richman, Stephens City, Va.

DEAR HELOISE: Do you know why eggs stick to cartons and how to remove them? — Larry M., via e-mail

Eggs usually get stuck in the carton because one of the eggs has cracked and leaked.


The easiest way to remove the other intact eggs is to soak the carton in water. When the carton is soaked, you should be able to carefully lift the whole egg or eggs out. Place the rest of the eggs in an extra egg carton or in a bowl in the fridge. A word of caution: Do not use any eggs that are cracked or broken because of contamination and possible food poisoning. — Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: My teapot and cup always looked like they hadn’t been cleaned, even though I had scrubbed them. The cup has gold on the side of it, so I was afraid to put it in the dishwasher.

I put dishwasher powder and water in the teapot and let it soak. It came out sparkling clean. I then put the solution in a small bowl and turned my cup top side down and let it soak. — Doris in Florida

DEAR HELOISE: We were asked to check on a friend’s mother who had not arrived, as planned, to visit him four hours away. With her car missing and not being able to contact her, we feared that something had happened on the highway. Her son didn’t know the make, model or color of her car, or, of course, her license-plate number. We now have our loved ones’ makes/models and license-plate numbers for such occasions. — Cris Ramsey, Allen, 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 1-210-HELOISE or e-mail it to

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