Dear Readers:

Doesn't it drive you crazy when you wash your drinking glasses and crystal but they still look cloudy? There could be a number of things contributing to the problem.

It just might be a hard-water buildup. If so, try to remove it by soaking the glasses in hot vinegar and then rubbing them with a plastic brush or scrubbie. If the film doesn't come off, the glasses are probably permanently etched with little scratches.

Cloudy glasses also might be caused by using too much detergent, especially with soft water.

If your dishwasher is overloaded or not working properly, the glasses might not be getting rinsed properly, either. Try these hints, and I'll bet your glasses will look sparkling-clean in no time.

Hint: To avoid spotted wine and other special glasses, wash with the right amount of detergent and rinse in the hottest water possible. Then dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Air-drying might cause spots, especially if you have hard water.

Dear Heloise:

When I used to pack lunches every day but went grocery shopping only once a week, I came up with this idea after throwing away leftover pieces of spoiled lunchmeat. I put what I needed per day in individual packages in a plastic, freezer-safe sandwich bag and froze it. I would also lay packages in a large, plastic container, like a 9-by-12 size, so they could easily be found. I made the sandwiches in the morning while the meat was still frozen, so it was always fresh and also kept the sandwich much colder for a longer period of time. I would use the same sandwich bag to put the sandwich in -- less waste.

Mary Pat, via e-mail

Dear Heloise:

What a wonderful idea Great-Granny Vi Johnson had about adding family recipes in with family genealogy. For another idea, collect family medical history. My mother was in a gene study at a hospital in Houston. You wouldn't believe all the medical history that was needed. You could pass the medical history on to future generations.

Traci Surtzer

Santa Fe, Tex.

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