Wash dishcloths frequently to keep them clean and smell-free. After using the cloth, rinse in cold water, leave a little bit of soap in it and lay it someplace so it can dry between uses. -- Heloise
HANDY COFFEE STIRRERS
Dear Heloise: My husband travels on business and frequently must dress in a suit and tie. He was always forgetting to pack the collar stays for his dress shirts. He was advised by a friend that good emergency collar stays are the coffee stirrers you find in most coffee shops, hotel restaurants, etc. Just fold the stirrer to the correct length or cut the stirrer to the desired length. The stirrers are strong and handy. -- Kathy Smith in Dallas
Dear Readers: Arline Benes Nenni of Goffstown, N.H., sent in a photo of her Scottish terrier, Buddy, frolicking in the snow. Arline says, “Buddy loved the snow and didn’t mind it clinging to his snoot and feet.” To see a picture of Buddy, please visit my Web site, www. heloise.com, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: My mother said that her mother told her to go around the house after everyone is in bed and pick up items that are “dragging” -- our way of saying not in their right place -- and put them up. Then in the morning, everything is ready to start another day with a lot less work.
Also, when my children were young, they weren’t allowed to go out to play, watch TV, etc., until I checked their rooms to make sure they had made their beds and picked up their things. They turned out to be very neat grown-ups. -- P.M., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I have so many pairs of earrings, and I have found that by keeping them in plastic ice-cube trays, I am able to keep the pairs together for easy access and loss prevention. Plus, the trays are stackable and fit in most dresser drawers. -- Pat K. in Louisville
And the trays are cheap, cheap, cheap! Many times you can find them 3 for $1 on sale! You can stock up for all the earrings you have! -- Heloise
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