How long does water last?
Dear Heloise: We in California store water in the event of a major
earthquake. My question is, How long can one STORE WATER before it
becomes unpalatable? - Frank P., via email
Well, Frank, the general rule is to keep tap water stored for six
months, and prepackaged, bottled water for up to a year. The water does
not really "go bad," but it's better to be safe. Rotate stored water
regularly. You want to have enough water to equal 1 gallon per person or
pet per day. It is important to store it in proper, food-grade
water-storage containers, especially if it is your tap water.
Store water away from the sun or heat sources in a cool, dark place -
not the garage! Refrain from storing near gasoline, kerosene or other
chemicals. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: I was getting so frustrated with my garden hose and how
kinked it was that I was considering throwing it out. However, while
doing some yardwork, I was using the hose off and on. When not in use,
the hose was sitting in the sun, filled with water, until I needed it.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered my hose was much straighter.
Apparently, the heat of the sun on the hose was all that was needed to
get the kinks out! I thought others could use this hint. - Sally D.
Dear Heloise: When I was shopping for vinegar, there was a gallon called
"cleaning vinegar." It was with the regular vinegar. I was hesitant to
buy it because I use vinegar for cooking and cleaning.
What can you tell me about this "cleaning vinegar"? Is it safe to buy
and cook with?
- Bernie L. in Connecticut
Cleaning vinegar is not really that new. Regular white vinegar is 5
percent acetic acid, where some of the "cleaning vinegars" are 6 percent
acetic acid. So, you are paying for only 1 percent more acidity of the
vinegar. What I would do is buy one of each and compare them to see if
it's worth paying a little more.
It is safe to cook with, but remember, it's a little stronger. You know
I love vinegar, and that's why I wrote my Heloise's Fantabulous Vinegar
Hints and More pamphlet to share the many money-saving uses. To order
one, please send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (70 cents)
envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX
78279-5001. Boiling potatoes? Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water to
keep them white. - Heloise
Dear Heloise: After my mascara is gone, I keep the wand to separate my
eyelashes and groom my eyebrows. I just clean it with soap and water.
- Sophie D., via email
Dear Heloise: I received a bouquet of flowers, and some of the flowers
had clear straws around the stems to hold them up. I now do this with my
own flowers. - Jane W. in Illinois
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