Dear Readers: The column about HINTS FROM OLDER FAMILY MEMBERS inspired a mountain of mail, and here are some of the best:

* Susan writes: “One hint that has stuck with me through the years was to lay my clothes out the night before; that way, I am not rushed or wasting time in the morning.”

* Elner notes: “My grandmother gave me this advice: Learn to prepare three things really well. I chose bacon, deviled eggs and whipped cream. To this day, I laugh and think about the times I have quickly stretched a meal by adding deviled eggs, or made a wonderful dessert pop by adding real whipped cream.”

* Pauline says: “A hint from my aunt: Always dry the bathroom sink and faucet after use. This is especially helpful in hard-water areas. And the last one to take a shower should use a squeegee and a towel to dry.”

* Delta comments: “My grandmother told me to always keep an iron skillet on hand. You can use it to cook with, and to keep a wayward husband in line.”

* Another Susan says: “Our grandma taught us to wash the silverware and glasses first, since these were the items that people put into their mouths. You then wash the dishes, followed by the pots and pans.”

-- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Hi there! My dad, Roger P. in New Brunswick, Canada, came up with a space-saving idea when hanging clothes on the line. He hangs one sock and attaches the other sock to the bottom of it with a clothespin. This saves a lot of room for other articles of clothing on the line! -- Shary J., via e-mail

Shary, love this hint and the photo you sent! Readers, to see the photo of the “double-decker socks,” visit my Web site, “Sock it to me!” -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Kate and Shawna e-mailed a picture of an adorable Yorkie puppy named Linus, enjoying a San Antonio sunbath. He is quiet as a mouse and is a giant snuggle bug. Shawna is trying to persuade her husband to adopt the dog for their son! To see Linus and our other Pet Pals, visit and click on “Pets” on the left-hand side. -- Heloise


Dear Readers: Summer is the perfect time to clean out your closet by removing clothing that has grown too tight, too big or has finally worn out. For kids and parents, getting your closet under control for summer can make it easier to find play clothes.

If you are going to donate items, please be sure they are clean. One hint to help: Do not overstuff the washer or dryer. Overloading can lead to dingy and wrinkled clothes! You will find more clothes-saving and money-saving hints in my handy stain pamphlet, Heloise’s Handy Stain Guide for Clothing. To receive one, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (65 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Stains, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Remember, when using a spray-type stain remover, always turn the stained item inside out, and spray the stain from the wrong side. -- Heloise

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

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