Next time you wash your sheets, give your laundry a little something extra by adding 1/2 cup of baking soda along with your regular detergent! You can find more helpful hints in my baking-soda pamphlet. To order one, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Have a stuffed animal that you’re nervous about putting through the wash? Sprinkle baking soda on the “fur” and let sit. Follow with a gentle brushing. You’ll be shocked by how much grime you’ll remove! Baking soda is cheap and environmentally friendly, so stock up! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: We recently installed a doggie door in our sliding door, which has an east exposure. When the slider/screen was open for fresh air, there was a gap where flying insects could come in, plus the doggie door let in too much sun.
For only a few dollars and a trip to the dollar store, our problems were solved in minutes. A table runner taped at the top of the doggie door blocked out the sun. Then, by fitting a water “noodle” in the gap between the doggie door and the screen door, we were able to handle both problems. The noodle can be cut easily with a serrated knife. -- Marcia M. in Washington
Dear Heloise: I know that smoking is a horrible habit, and I am trying to quit. In the meantime, it is harder and harder, when out in public, to find a place to smoke one cigarette, let alone find an ashtray for the remnants.
I now carry one of the metal mint tins in my pocket or purse. This way, I have an ashtray with me, and no worries about what to do with my ashes or leftover cigarette butt. -- Gwen, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I eliminate the tangled miniature-light problem by wrapping them around empty gift-wrap tubes. I cut a 36-inch tube in half in order to make two 18-inch tubes, and I use each for wrapping a 100-150 set of lights. I cut a 30-inch tube in half in order to make two 15-inch tubes and use for a 35-50 set of lights. -- Tony M., Steubenville, Ohio
Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com. Please include your city and state.
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