Joanie in California.
Dear Readers: Here are some new uses for transparent tape:
* Repair hems when the thread has been pulled out.
* Cover a label on a package to keep it from being ripped off.
* When on a trip, attach a note on a mirror to tell your travel mate where you are.
* Tape prices on items at a garage sale.
Dear Heloise: My sister often sends me beautifully scented soaps for gift-giving occasions. I always save the wrapper and put it inside my shoes or in a drawer. I take it out when I wear the shoes. These wrappers work as a free air freshener!
Joan, via email
Dear Heloise: I wanted to store some of my dad's books for him, but I didn't want that "musty, old" smell that books can get. So I used a large plastic bin and placed the books inside. Then I took an old sock, put some activated charcoal inside it and tied up the open end. I put the sock with charcoal inside the plastic bin with the books. A year later, the books were still as fresh as the day they were bought.
Lucy L., Oakdale, Minn.
Dear Heloise: I have tried vinegar, and it works wonderfully, besides being inexpensive and versatile. For window cleaning, I prefer to use a squeegee versus paper towels or cloths.
A clean towel is necessary to wipe the bottom edge. To avoid the frustration of seeing streaks, I use up-and-down strokes (vertical) on one side and side-to-side strokes (horizontal) on the opposite side. This method eliminates the guesswork of going inside or outside if you see streaks.
Rich H., via email
Dear Heloise: I scrub out my sink with a used dryer sheet. It has a nubbly texture, which cleans things perfectly. I buff and dry with a paper towel.
David R. in Oregon