Dear Heloise: I have several pairs of clear prescription EYEGLASSES, and I was wondering if it’s possible to have the lenses darkened on one pair to make sunglasses. What would the cost be? -- Shelley in Des Moines

Shelley, it IS POSSIBLE to have lenses darkened to make sunglasses. Here are some things to consider:

* The glasses need to be inspected to make sure they are in good-enough shape to darken the lenses.

* Some lens types, like polycarbonate lenses that have a nonglare or polarized coating, cannot be tinted.

* The cost varies, depending on the company and the area of the country. The costs we found after calling around ran anywhere from $15 to $30.

* This definitely can be a better option than buying a new pair of prescription sunglasses, especially if you have frames you like. I’ve done this, and they turn out wonderfully!

-- Heloise


Dear Readers: Stacy in Fort Worth, Tex., sent pictures of her darling red miniature pinscher, Ranger, looking quite dapper wearing a white dress shirt and a tie! He seems to be asking, “Where is the paw-ty?” To see Ranger and our other Pet Pals, visit www. and click on “Pets” on the left-hand side of the page. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Hair products such as shampoo and hair spray that we use regularly can cause buildup and alter the texture of the hair, but a pinch of one of my favorite household helpers, baking soda, can help! Mix in your palm with any regular shampoo, and wash and rinse as usual. Do this just once a week, and you can help remove the shampoo and hair-spray residue. This is just another reason to love baking soda -- it does so many things! To learn more hints about baking soda, order my Baking Soda Hints and Recipes pamphlet by sending $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5001. Want a cheap and effective toothpaste? Look no further than that box of baking soda. Sprinkle a bit on your toothbrush and gently buff away! -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Does this sound familiar? You have an old dresser cluttering up the spare bedroom or attic, and you need extra storage.

Pull the drawers, add a caster to each corner of the drawer and roll it under your bed! Add big knobs to pull the drawer out. Perfect for storing sweaters and other out-of-season clothes, shoes, etc.! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Don’t toss the laundry-detergent bottle when it no longer pours. Carefully remove the spout with pliers, and you’ll usually find enough detergent for another load of clothes! Also works with dishwasher detergent. -- Dolores G., via e-mail

Dolores, you also can add some water to the bottle, slosh it around and pour into the washer while it is filling up! -- Heloise

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