Dear Readers: In a recent column, a reader named Sylvia wrote about a problem she was having with her BATH TOWELS looking as if someone had spilled bleach on them. Well, you had a lot to say on the issue. Here are just a few comments:

1. “I found out that the culprit for my towel spotting was the new whitening toothpastes people are buying to whiten their teeth,” said Sally, via e-mail

2. “As a mother of three daughters, I believe at least one of the causes is any medication or face wash that contains benzoyl peroxide. It doesn’t show up until after the wash,” said Jean, via e-mail

3. “Same thing happened to me with two sets. Turned out to be my wrinkle cream that I use at night,” said Jane, via e-mail

4. “I’ve had the same problem as Sylvia. I discovered that after washing whites with bleach, you always should rinse inside the tub while filling for the next load. The next load should be light colors or delicates that aren’t affected by bleach,” said Helen from Nebraska

Absolutely yes to Nos. 1 and 2, maybe to No. 3, depending on the ingredients, and possibly to No. 4. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: A hint for runners who travel: I save the cardboard from folded dress shirts that I get from the dry cleaners. I put it under my running shoes when I put them back in my luggage. It keeps the dirt out of your luggage, and you can recycle the cardboard when you return home. -- Roger B. in Houston

Also, you can use the plastic dry-cleaning bag that usually is hanging in the hotel closet. I use it for shoes, soiled clothes and even to hold fresh flowers I may bring home from a trip. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I found an easy way to ID my camera without giving out too much personal information. The very first picture is of my business card, with my name and phone number clearly showing. If it gets lost and someone checks the photos, my contact information is right there. -- David in Florida


Dear Heloise: I have done my fair share of painting around the house. I, like many others, have a certain pair of clothes that I use just for painting. I still turn my shirt inside out, though. If I get a little paint on me, it is only the inside of the shirt that is ruined. That way, if I need to run an errand, like to the hardware store, I turn the shirt right side out and don’t look too bad. -- Jimmie in Texas


Dear Heloise: A lot of restaurants put paper coasters on the table for your drinks. Once my drink starts to sweat, the coaster sticks to the bottom of the glass. I found a simple solution: Sprinkle a little salt on the coaster or napkin, and your glass will no longer stick! -- Abby, via e-mail

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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