Dear Heloise: Restaurant waiters always tell me that their pens have a way of walking off. Well, we find ourselves being flooded with free pens from hotels and businesses, and we have too many pens at our house. We leave our excess pens on the table in restaurants, and the wait staff loves it! In essence, we are replacing their pens that walk off. -- A Reader, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: Here’s an idea that has worked well for me: I have a dry dust mop that you can buy refill cloths for. Instead of buying the cloths that go with it, I buy footie socks at secondhand stores and church sales.
I put one of the footie socks on each end and spray with polish. I turn them over until dirty, then inside out and repeat. When I have a bag full of dirty ones, I just wash them, and they are good to go again.
It’s definitely an eco-friendly solution, and they work amazingly well. -- Amy K., Kalamazoo, Mich.
Dear Heloise: Rather than embarrass my children by writing their names in their clothes to keep laundry straight, I use a “dot” system. Using a laundry-marking pen, the oldest child’s clothes are marked with one dot. The next oldest gets two dots. The third-born gets three dots, etc.
As clothes are handed down, dots can be added to indicate the new owner of the clothes. No more arguing over whose clothes are whose! -- Sue S., Springboro, Ohio
Dear Heloise: When I knit with more than one skein of yarn, they always get tangled. Imagine how delighted I was to discover the sectioned cloth bags used to hold bottles of wine. You get them if you buy several bottles of wine at the store. I put each roll of yarn in a section, and there are no tangles. -- Eileen R. in Houston
Dear Heloise: I put ankle socks (like the ones given to patients in hospitals or clinics, but any loosely woven socks will do) over the upholstered half-armrests of my swivel office chair. These keep the upholstery clean, and I can easily slip the socks off to wash when needed. -- Lilly in Lytle, Tex.
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