UNSHRINKING A SWEATER
Dear Heloise: Help! I shrunk one of my favorite sweaters. Is there anything I can do to reshape it? -- A Reader, via e-mail
I do have an old-fashioned remedy that might help. It works if the sweater has shrunk only a small bit, not several sizes. Fill your sink with cool water and add 2 tablespoons of regular hair shampoo. Soak the sweater for 30 minutes, then gently squeeze out the excess water. Do not rinse the sweater -- simply lay it on a towel and roll it up to remove moisture. Unroll and gently stretch it back into shape, and block it on a flat towel. Have any other clothing disasters that you need help with? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Handy Stain Guide for Clothing. Send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stain Guide, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Prior to washing, trace around the sweater. Once out of the washing machine, you now have a guide for reshaping your sweater. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: When my father died, I fell heir to a couple dozen unused check registers. Hating to throw away good paper, I have developed some ways to use them:
* Keep one with my blood pressure monitor to record blood pressures, pulse, dates and times.
* Carry one in my purse on which to jot notes, addresses, etc.
* Keep one on my desk to keep track of passwords, etc.
* One for birthday and Christmas presents.
Thanks so much for your dedication to making life easier for all of us. -- Jessie in Kerrville, Tex.
Dear Heloise: As a mechanic most of my life, I’ve lost many a tool due to failure to return, or abusive damage of the tool. I solved this problem by insisting that a deposit, the approximate price of the tool, be given before the tool is loaned out. If the tool was not returned or was broken due to abuse, I would keep the deposit and purchase a brand-new tool. Every tool I have loaned out since has been returned or replaced. -- C.G. in New Hampshire
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