Dear Heloise: I know this is silly, but my wife and I have different opinions as to the proper way to lay the flat sheet when we MAKETHE BED.

My theory is that the finished side of the flat sheet should face down, toward the mattress. This way, when the sheet and comforter are turned back, you see the finished side of the sheet.

Her theory is that you always put all the sheets finished-side up. When asked why, she doesn’t know; she just feels it’s wrong to put a sheet on upside down.

Please settle this silly dispute so we can sleep happily ever after. -- G.P., via e-mail

A silly sheet dispute indeed! After taking an informal survey in Heloise Central, four out of five of us agreed with you that we make the bed so that when the top sheet is turned down, the finished side is facing up. But, as my father used to say, when the lights are out, I can’t see the sheets anyway. Or, whoever makes the bed makes the call! Readers, share your thoughts on this topic! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Today there was another letter in my local paper from a shopper who lost her purse. The solution is so simple: When I reach my car and unlock it, the keys go in my pocket. The first thing I remove from the shopping cart is my purse, not the bagged items. Then I unload the cart. To reach my purse, a thief would have to knock me aside to get it. It would not be a typical purse snatch. -- M.K., Naples, Fla.


Dear Readers: When accidents happen and you are left with blood on your clothing, what is the best way to get it out? Ideally, you want to treat the stain right away by running it under cold water or soaking it in cold water.

For more stubborn stains, you can treat with a detergent that contains enzymes, which can be used on colored fabrics without damaging them.

Another method is to treat your fabric with 3.5 percent hydrogen peroxide, but only on white or light fabric, though, because it can bleach out the color.

When done, be sure to wash and rinse with cold water. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I believe I found a way to avoid getting shocked when I turn on the light switches in my home during the winter. Instead of using my extended fingers, I use my knuckle to turn on the light switches. With the heater frequently on and the air very dry, it is annoying to get shocked. Using the elbow also works! -- Caron in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Dear Readers: Blinds can be time-consuming to clean and dust. Before taking them down to wash, try using an old sock as a dusting tool. Just slide the sock over your hand and wipe each slat. Quick and easy! -- Heloise

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