Dear Heloise: It would take reams of paper to list and thank you for the many hints I have used from your column. I have discovered that there is still much to learn from your readers!
I’ve never written you, but one of the best hints prompts me to break my silence. For years, small items would get trapped in the corners of FITTED BEDSHEETS during the drying cycle.
A reader suggested gathering the corners as you would a parachute before tossing the sheets in the dryer. I don’t know why, but it miraculously works, and every time! No more disappearing hankies, socks or panties. Please repeat this hint every so often. -- Vickie Greene Urban, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Vickie, you are so right! This neat trick does work! I tested this in Heloise Central, and we know it produces a happy laundry outcome! So, I am delighted to reprint this hint for anyone who may have missed it. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: Being a thrifty soul, I always want to get the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube. After I have used as much as I can by squeezing the tube, I cut it off just below the shoulder, which gives me a little cup with a surprising amount of toothpaste in it. I then dip my brush in the cup and have a few more days’ use before I need a new tube. -- Amanda S., Durham, N.C.
FAVORITE PHOTOGRAPHY HINT
Dear Heloise: Here is my favorite photography hint: Don’t be afraid to get close up (or use your zoom) when taking a photo of one person — when you don’t care about the surroundings. So many people just “aim and shoot,” ending up with a 6-by-4-inch picture, thus chopping the person in half and including all that extra space on each side.
My suggestion: Either move close up to get a chest/shoulder/head shot, or turn your camera a quarter turn in order for the photo to come out truly 4 by 6 inches. You will end up with your subject as the central focus of the picture and NOT have the wasted space and half a person. I have spent quite a bit of time (and a few pennies) taking a picture to a photo department and cropping and/or rotating a photo to end up having a really super-special close-up.
I am by no means a professional photographer; just an amateur who has had a camera in hand for many years — with more than 90 (bulging) photo albums — and who is always asked to do the honors when a friend wants photos taken at a special gathering. -- Lyn T., Piqua, Ohio
A BELL ALERT
Dear Heloise: A compassionate friend of mine adopted a beautiful, white, blue-eyed cat. It is obvious that it once had a home, but then was dumped, probably because it is deaf. A tiny bell attached to her collar alerts the guardian of her location in the household. -- M.M. in Texas