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By JUDY STARK

© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 15, 2001


Briefs and news of note

Bathroom breakthrough

Our topic today is toilets, so here's word of the latest bathroom accessory: Cottonelle Fresh Rollwipes, a moist wipe that comes on a dispenser that attaches to your dry toilet-paper holder. The dispenser and four 100-sheet rolls are priced at $8.99; refill packs of four rolls cost $3.99 and should be available wherever Kleenex and Cottonelle products are sold. The manufacturer, Kimberly-Clark, says the wipes are flushable and will break up into small pieces so they don't clog pipes, sewers or septic systems. Visit the company's Web site at www.rollwipes.com for a survey, an interactive game titled "Cheek2Cheek," and a dream bathroom sweepstakes.

Stains aren't set in concrete

If you have oil and grease stains on your garage floor, here's a simple way to eliminate them, from The Family Handyman magazine. Pour dry cement mix on the stains and let it sit a few days, then sweep it up. The cement will absorb the oil and grease and will bleach the concrete back to its original color.

It's nice to have a niche

Create a niche for the phone, for display of decorative items or plants, for keys and change, for makeup. This polymer niche from Balmer Studios, in a shell shape or with classical columns, weighs 11 pounds and simply hangs on the wall. It comes in white and can be painted, stained or faux-finished. The back can be drilled to accommodate phone cords and jacks, or you can install a piece of mirror. The mid-size is priced at about $150. Find it at home centers or call the Balmer Studios help line toll-free at 1-877-999-7019.

Saving newspapers for posterity

Life-changing news events can cause newsprint to stack up in your house. Here are some tips from a news librarians' message board for preserving newspapers:

Do not put the paper in a plastic bag for storage in an attic or basement, where it will decay.

Lay the newspaper flat -- do not store with paper folded along the middle. The fold is the first place a newspaper will decay and discolor.

Store in an acid-free paper folder available at most art and office stores. They prevent age toning and embrittlement.

Keep paper away from extremes in temperature or humidity.

If framing, use an acid free matte and UV-3 Plexiglas, which protects paper from 96 percent of ultraviolet rays and prevents discoloring and fading.

- Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK

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