Dear Readers: Here is my funny SOUND OFF for this week. Have any of you noticed how “Box Tops for Education” labels are not always on the TOP of boxes? Sometimes they are on the sides or even on the bottom of boxes! Who knows how many labels I have thrown away because I didn’t see them? Why can’t all box tops be placed on the TOP of the boxes? -- Heloise

P.S.: Ask co-workers and friends if they want you to save box tops for them. They add up!



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Readers: Here are other uses for aprons:

* To hold small gardening tools in pockets for yardwork.

* To hold money while having a garage sale.

* For paintbrushes, etc., while doing craft projects.

* If you’re on crutches, to help with carrying things.

* While doing home-improvement projects.

-- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have used many of your helpful hints for many different remedies, and now I need a remedy for killing weeds. I have a tried weedkillers that don’t work. Can you help? -- E.J. in Indiana

I have a simple and cheap solution for you to try. If you have weeds coming through the cracks of your driveway or sidewalk, you can use full-strength vinegar. It’s safe and environmentally friendly. Either pour or spray it directly on the weeds to kill them. You may need to repeat every few days or so. There are so many other uses for vinegar around the house! I have put together a pamphlet with all of my favorite uses for vinegar. To order, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Want to make your fresh flowers last longer? Place them in a vase of warm water with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of sugar per quart of water. Be sure to change every few days, and snip off an inch of the stem. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: In response to the reader who had trouble hearing dialogue over music on TV shows, we watch TV with the closed captioning on. Of course, we do this because our hearing is getting worse, but it can easily be turned on and off whenever anyone has trouble understanding the dialogue. -- Holly in Chesapeake Beach, Md.

Hey, I don’t care how old or young you are! When the music is so loud, it’s almost impossible to hear the dialogue! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I use inexpensive, zippered bank bags in my cars for keeping trash contained. I grab the bag from the pocket in my car door, unzip, drop whatever waste in it, then zip and drop it back in the pocket. No more mess! Plus I bought five of these online for about $10. I even found them in gray to match my interior. -- Jeremy Larson, via e-mail

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