Scratch that match

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dear Heloise: I live in Alaska, where we have very little daylight about eight months of the year. As a result, I use candles a great deal. My problem is that the ďscratchyĒ section on the side of the box of WOODEN MATCHES wears off long before all the matches are used. How do I ignite them? Iíve tried emery boards, but that didnít work. Any suggestions? -- Maggie B., Soldotna, Alaska

Maggie, a lot of people think you can use any scratchy surface to light a match, but itís not true for strike-on-box matches. That strip on the side of the box contains a chemical that interacts with the match to ignite a flame. You need strike-anywhere matches. -- Heloise



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Dear Heloise: It seems that when I travel, I never have enough room to bring back the souvenirs I collect. So, I pack only the oldest underwear that I no longer want. When Iíve worn them for a day, I then trash them instead of packing them to bring home. This frees up enough space for souvenirs and decreases my laundry load! -- Mary, Mountain Top, Pa.

Mary, not only does this lighten your laundry load, it frees up space in dresser drawers at home and helps keep those drawers from becoming messy. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: The humble spaghetti squash can be used in place of pasta, but unlike pasta, spaghetti squash has only 42 calories per serving (1 cup); pasta can have nearly 200 calories per serving (1 cup). Pasta also is lacking in vitamins C and A, while spaghetti squash has both vitamins. Spaghetti squash is high in beta carotene, which helps prevent heart disease. The level of potassium in spaghetti squash helps lower high blood pressure over time. The omega-6 fatty acid is excellent for the brain, and the folate contained in spaghetti squash is essential for pregnant women to help prevent birth defects. Also, spaghetti squash contains 0 grams of cholesterol.

When a recipe calls for pasta, you might want to replace it with spaghetti squash for a more interesting and nutritious dish. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My sister did my laundry when I was visiting her, but she used a fabric softener with a scent I cannot stand. It actually makes me sick. I have washed and rewashed the clothes in question, and the scent is still strong. HELP! -- Lizzie, via email

Lizzie, the next time you launder these items, first pre-soak them in water and 1 cup of baking soda for about two hours. Next, launder these same items in 1 cup of vinegar and your regular detergent, and, if weather permits, dry outside on the line. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I love to use hair conditioner when shaving my legs. The razor glides smoothly, and there is no razor irritation. -- Lisa R., Colorado Springs, Colo.

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