Dear Heloise: I’m writing in the hope that you will give me some helpful advice on how to REMOVE BLEACH STAINS FROM CARPETING. I’ll be most grateful. -- W. Lawson, Laguna Woods, Calif.

Unfortunately, it’s not a stain that you can remove, since it has bleached out the color. But here are some hints to try. There are some companies that sell dyeing kits for carpets to try to get it back to its original color. And check at a home-improvement store, too. You can call a professional if it’s a large area of carpet that is bleached.

Another idea is, if you have any leftover carpet remnants, the area can be cut out and replaced. If you don’t have any leftover pieces, you can cut a piece out of the closet or somewhere else inconspicuous.

If all else fails, you can always cover the spot with an area rug or runner. Hope this helps. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: George and Elaine Statfeld, via e-mail, sent a picture of their 4-year-old miniature schnauzer, Sebastian, snuggled up in a big blanket. George and Elaine rescued him two years ago and say he has added great joy to their family. To see Sebastian’s picture, go to my Web site,, and click on “Pets.” -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I read your column every day in the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald.

We had a freezer-odor disaster! We tried everything from tons of baking soda, to wadding up newspapers and washing it out with bleach. We finally decided that we would send it to the appliance boneyard.

Then a light bulb came on. What about cat litter? We changed the litter every day for about a week, and after that, every few days. The freezer eventually was cured using plain, old, inexpensive clay cat litter! -- Marilyn K. in Nebraska


Dear Heloise: Here is a hint for all the readers out there who have small children in diapers. Most brand-name diaper and wipe packages come with a code that you can redeem for points on the company Web site. Save up enough points and you can get rewards like toys, magazine subscriptions, etc. It is a great way to get a little extra from something you are going to buy anyway. -- A Mom in Texas


Dear Heloise: After being away and walking in dirty places, like airline bathrooms, etc., I like to wipe the bottom of my shoes with disinfectant wipes (not the bleach ones) before walking around on my home carpet. It assures me that I am not tracking in oodles of filth and germs. -- Ursula in Lincoln Hills, Calif.


Dear Heloise: My roommate and I have a double-sided place mat that we use under our dog’s water and food bowl. When the dog has been fed for the day, we switch the mat over to the red-colored side, and we both know that the dog has been fed. -- A Dog Lover, via e-mail

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