Dry-cleaning a suit only once a year or every season seems to be not enough. A handful of times a year or after many wearings seems to be the happy medium. Get a suit brush to give the suit and pants a once-over after wearing. Always hang the suit up after wearing to air out any odors and decrease wrinkles.
If the suit is taken care of, it will last a long time and remain in good condition. -- Heloise
P.S.: Do have the WHOLE suit cleaned at the same time. Some people think they can get away with cleaning just the jacket, but it’s not a good idea.
Dear Heloise: Most of us are aware that letter writing is a thing of the past. I have sent letters to my younger grandchildren, enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope and including a piece of notepaper. I have received many letters in return from the grandchildren and even one with “Gramma and Grampa” written over our names on the self-addressed envelope. I am a grandmother trying to keep letter writing alive. -- B.M. in Florida
How smart of you! A great hint to keep in touch with the grandchildren. I love it! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I store my plastic-bowl lids in plastic storage bags, with small lids in quart-size bags and larger in gallon-size bags. You don’t have to hunt for matching lids because they’re all stored in one place. Saves cabinet space, and you easily can stack bowls. -- Barbara L., Roseland, Fla.
Dear Heloise: My hint has to do with the frustration of trying to open plastic produce bags in the grocery store. Many grocery stores provide sanitizing wipes. I keep mine and use the moisture from it to open the produce bag with ease. -- Karen R. in Texas
Dear Heloise: I am a big recycling fan and like to put used newspapers in grocery sacks/bags. To keep the bags stronger, I tape all the way around the top with packaging tape. The sacks are used until they literally wear out! -- Pat A., via e-mail
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