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Social Security scam alert | ‘Hints of Heloise’ | Eating and cooking

Dear Heloise: A huge scam is happening that you and your readers need to be aware of in order to protect yourself. The callers are scammers claiming to be from the Social Security Administration. They can tell you all sorts of things, like new cards are being sent out and they just need to check your Social Security number to make sure you get your card.

Always remember that Social Security never:

— Suspend your Social Security membership.

— Request payment immediately.

— Require any form of payment by cash, bank transfer or gift card.

If you receive a call, text, or email that is suspicious:

2. DO NOT call, text or email back from unknown sources.

3. DO NOT provide any financial or personal information, no matter what.

4. Report all suspicious calls, texts and emails to This is the Inspector General’s office where you can get even more information. — James R., New York City

Dear Heloise: I’ve had my natural hairbrush for about seven years and never washed it. I know it sounds gross, but it’s my favorite hairbrush and I finally want to get it sparkling clean. I tried soaking it in a gentle liquid soap, but it had little effect on my hairbrush. Can you help me? — Lauren K., Springdale, Arkansas

Lauren, to keep your favorite hairbrush in good condition, you really need to remove the hair on a daily basis. Use a fine-toothed comb to remove the hairs. Wash your brush at least once a month by filling a bathroom sink with warm (not hot) water and a few drops of shampoo. Wet the bristles, but not the entire brush if it is a wooden hairbrush, for about a minute. Plastic brushes are completely submersible. Use an old toothbrush and scrub between the rows of bristles. With proper care, a hairbrush can last for many years. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: My mouse pad was broken and I had to finish a few projects. I searched around to find something to pass my mouse over and found that I had a large piece of felt from the craft store. I cut out a large square, and it worked beautifully! If it gets dirty I can throw it away and use another piece of felt. — Lisa T., Bend, Oregon

Dear Heloise: Years ago I worked full time and kept a spotless home. I always made sure we had clean linens and the windows were shiny and clear. I took good care of my husband and three children. Now my husband has passed away and my children are grown and gone.

I am no longer obsessed with a perfect house and I even clean one room a day. The rest of the time I work on my hobbies (which I usually sell at a craft fair). When we have a family gathering, I assign my daughters and daughter-in-law different side dishes to take away. In short, I don’t do it all anymore. And I am much happier. — Anita G., Albuquerque, NM