Shampoo away soap scum

King Features Syndicate

DEAR HELOISE: I have a clear-glass shower door and have tried different methods to remove the soap scum that accumulates. Hard water seems to accelerate the buildup of soap residue on the door.

I thought of shampoo as a possible soap-scum remover, because shampoo is formulated to rinse hair completely. It works like a charm, with little effort.

The type of shampoo doesn’t seem to matter. Put a small amount of shampoo on a cloth and go over the surface. Rinse, use a squeegee, and you are done.

I’ve also used shampoo to clean a clear-vinyl shower curtain. — Delores, via e-mail


DEAR HELOISE: To clean the cylinder in a bagless vacuum, put your newspaper bags to use. Slide the dirty cylinder into the delivery bag that the paper comes in, cinch the top and tap away to knock the dirt out. This keeps the dust from flying everywhere, including on garbage day. — Janet, via fax

DEAR HELOISE: I save used dryer sheets for reuse in an old tissue box. The box keeps them organized and handy to get at. — A.J., via e-mail

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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