HELOISE

HOUSEHOLD HINTS


Dear Readers: Well, it seems some of you don't flip-flop on wearing flip-flops in the shower while at home. Some had safety concerns from their experiences. Good point, if you have a medical condition that makes you unstable and might cause dizziness.

In general, these types of flipflops are used by a lot of people at gyms, spas and athletic venues to prevent picking up a nasty foot problem. You don't want to catch athlete's foot from a public shower! Read on:

"Greetings, Heloise: I had to chuckle after reading the letter from Peggy M. in Woodway, Texas, about using rubber flip-flops in the shower. As an ex-GI, serving in the Air Force from 1953-1957, all GIs wore those while showering, but we called them 'shower clogs'! Who knew they would become fashionable? Thanks, Heloise. Just thought you'd like to know."

Hans G., Lebanon, Pa.

"Dear Heloise: Your safety hint (a reader's hint Heloise) of flip-flops for oldsters made me giggle. When I was teaching, we knew spring had sprung when the girls started wearing flip-flops. One principal said they should be banned. (They are, in some schools. Heloise)

"If you have never seen girls fall up steps, go to a high school on a spring day when flip-flops are in bloom. The girls would try to step up the steps and get the toe of the flip-flop caught on the step edge and go facedown up the stairs. Lots of skinned knees and spilled books."

Roberta H., via email

"Dear Heloise: Flip-flops in the shower are a bad idea, in my opinion. They provide no support to the heel or ankle. Someone could slip on the soapy, wet surface of the flip-flop. I use a rubber shower mat and grab bars in the shower for support."

Valerie A. in San Antonio

Readers, each to his or her own. What works for one may not be good for another. And why are they called flip-flops?

Heloise

Dear Heloise: When the weather is bad, I take the bus to and from work. It has saved me so many times. My neighbor Jan suggested this when we had really bad rain and I did not want to drive to work. I checked the schedule and printed it out for the next time.

My husband drove me to the stop, only a few blocks away. I settled in with the newspaper and my coffee. Thirty minutes later, I got off, walked a block and was at work. The ride home was not bad, either. Saved gas and my nerves.

C.P., via text

Dear Heloise: The plastic knife from a fast-food restaurant can find new life as an eyebrow comb. I carefully "comb" my eyebrows up, and I can see sparse areas that may need a line of eyebrow pencil.

Jenna in New York Tested, tried and true! Fun, too!

Heloise

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