Around the house* Avoid storing summer clothes in attics...


October 20, 1990|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Avoid storing summer clothes in attics and basements. Humidity promotes mildew which attacks fibers in fabrics.

* Use three-way bulbs in table and floor lamps to save energy. The highest wattage of light should be used only when extra light is needed for reading or close work; the middle range of light can be used for general room illumination; the lowest level of light can be used to brighten hallways during the night or to ease eyestrain while watching TV.

* When working with patterns for sewing, use regular scissors to cut out front pieces and pinking shears to cut out backs. Both parts will be easier to distinguish.

* When fireplace isn't in use, close fireplace dampers so that room heat does not escape up the chimney.

* Black heel marks can be erased from no-wax floors with an art gum eraser.

In the garden

* Mark bulb plantings with plant labels. This will prevent accidental digging into bulbs while they are dormant. Place chicken wire over the bed to keep squirrels from digging up bulbs.

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