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Dear Readers: Have you noticed that your shower head no longer shoots out a steady stream of water? Minerals from hard water may have clogged up the holes. Before you call a plumber, try this first:

If it is possible, remove the shower head, totally submerge it in a bowl of hot vinegar. After the vinegar has dissolved the buildup, use an old toothbrush or toothpick to loosen any remaining clogs.

If you can't remove the shower head, fill a sturdy plastic bag with vinegar and secure it with a rubber band, tape or tie, so the shower head is submerged in the vinegar. Letting it soak overnight is best.

After either cleaning method, when you turn on the shower again, you should have a full, strong stream of water. This is only one of dozens of cleaning methods that can be found in my six-page vinegar pamphlet that you can order by visiting or by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. — Heloise


Fast Facts

Dear Readers: Here are some uses for washed plastic pill bottles:

- To hold lotions, shampoo, conditioners, mouthwash, etc., for a trip

- To store nails, screws and tacks.

- To hold jewelry while at the gym.

- To organize craft items.

- To hold spare change.

— Heloise


Donate to Food Banks

Dear Heloise: During these difficult economic times, many people have had to visit a food bank who may never have had to before. I have been fortunate that I didn't lose my job, so I decided one way that I could help is when I buy groceries, I look for buy one, get one free sales and donate the extra one to my local food bank. — Tessie in Florida


Sticky Stickers

Dear Heloise: Since manufacturers insist on using price stickers that are difficult to remove, I've found that heating the sticker with my hair dryer on a warm setting loosens the glue so the sticker lifts off easily without damaging the item. — Abby in Tennessee.


King Features Syndicate

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