Around the house* Spray kitchen curtains with a fabric...

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January 14, 1995|By Dolly Merritt

Around the house

* Spray kitchen curtains with a fabric protector. Curtains that hang directly over a sink are particularly vulnerable to splashes and spills.

* Hang small wicker baskets on bathroom wall for extra storage. Each family member's basket can hold razors, toothpaste, toothbrush and other items.

* Minimize static cling. Rub a fabric-softener sheet over a slip or the inside of a dress.

* Remove coffee stains from the inside of a thermos. Place crushed ice, a small amount of water and several teaspoons of salt inside thermos, shake vigorously, then rinse.

* Avoid scraping ice from the windshield of your car. Slip a portion of a paper shopping bag under wipers that are pointing straight up. The next morning, simply remove bag and windshield should be clear.

* Dust light bulbs frequently. Bulbs covered with dust use the same amount of electricity but give off as much as 15 percent less light than clean ones.

In the garden

* Mist ferns daily with plastic spray bottle to keep them green and lush. Central heating can take moisture from the air. Keep ferns away from drafts in a cool room and keep out of direct sun. A room that has an eastern exposure is ideal. Remember to keep plants free from dried foliage and debris, both of which can cause disease.

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