Dear Heloise: The inside of a CAR PARKED IN THE SUN can get scorching hot. Here are some hints to help stay cool, especially when first getting into the car:

Provide one cool washcloth per family member. Store in a small insulated cooler. Use either ice and water or a reusable gel pack.

Have an extra damp cloth to wipe down the ignition switch, steering wheel, car seats and buckles. This prevents burns on a small child.

Use a large cooler to keep cold foods colder longer after grocery shopping.

Here are some other hot-weather hints:

Take a kitchen towel, dampen with water, roll, shape like the letter “C,” freeze and place on your neck when ready for yardwork.

Fold a paper towel into a square, wet, place in a zipper-top bag, and freeze. Use as an ice pack for a child’s injury. Always keep two or three stored. -- Kathy in Arizona


Dear Heloise: When getting ready to go on vacation with my family, I started thinking about all the electronics that would be coming with us. With cellphones, laptop computers, digital cameras and tablet computers, I wondered how we would possibly have enough outlets in the hotel room. I packed an extension cord (with multiple outlets), and everyone was impressed that something so simple saved the day! -- K.D. in Fort Wayne, Ind.


Dear Heloise: My family loves to read, and we are always buying new books. Here is a hint I learned from my father back when I was a small child that keeps book bindings in top form.

Take a new book and lay it spine down on a table. Holding the book on both sides, starting with the front cover, lay the cover flat down on the table (while holding the rest of book up). Take your fingers and press down along the crease where the pages all meet in the center. Now, do the same with the back cover. Next, continue doing this, alternating back and forth with several pages at a time until you finish at the center of the book. As you read, the binding will now be kept from breaking. -- Laura W., via e-mail

Love it, Laura! A few minutes doing this will extend the life of a book and help protect the binding. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: My icemaker is in a bin on the top shelf in my freezer. When I clean it regularly (once a month), I wash it, dry it and lay a piece of wax paper on the bottom. Before I came up with this trick, the bottom pieces of cubes often were stuck together. -- David P. in Maryland


Dear Heloise: Here is a hint for getting typewriter correction fluid off hands: Use isopropyl alcohol. It was an accident that I found out when I had some correction fluid on my hand. I went to test my glucose, and the alcohol spilled on my hand. With a little rub, the correction fluid came off! -- Ruth in West Virginia

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