Dear Readers: Here is this week’s SOUND OFF, about the quantity of food in packages:

“My pet peeve is manufacturers lowering the quantity of food in their packages and charging the same amount of money. Do they think we don’t notice this? I would prefer that they keep the quantity the same and raise the price a bit. It has happened to coffee, ice cream, cheese, tuna, etc. -- Bev in New Hampshire”

How right you are, and many readers have complained about this same thing, Bev.

It also can throw off a recipe. If you were using a can of tomato sauce before and now there is less sauce in the can, you may have to buy two cans. Folks, check the size of your favorite food item -- you may be shocked that it’s smaller! -- Heloise

FAST FACTS

Dear Readers: What to do with one unmatched sock:

* Dust window blinds or furniture with it.

* Put around a drink for insulation.

* Use on a dust mop instead of cloths.

* Make an eye mask out of it.

* Cover an armrest on a chair to keep it clean.

-- Heloise

FROST-FREE

Dear Heloise: I do not have a garage, so my car is exposed to the elements overnight. During the colder months, I am always dealing with frost on my windows. Do you have any hints to help me? I often am late due to waiting for my windows to defrost. -- Kevin in Chicago

I do have a hint for you, and it is simple and cheap! Mix a solution of 1 / 2 vinegar and 1 / 2 water. Coat each window with the solution, and it should keep them from getting frosted overnight. Vinegar is the perfect product to have around because it is good for so many things! Want to know what else I use it for? Order my pamphlet Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More. To receive it, send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (66 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. A good, multipurpose household cleaner is 1 / 2 cup white vinegar, 1 pint rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid and enough water to make a gallon. Put it in a spray bottle and label clearly. -- Heloise

MOP FOLLOW-UP

Dear Heloise: In response to a column regarding how to clean mop heads, I would like to share my tip. I have a sponge mop, and each day as I clean up the kitchen, instead of wetting the mop, I dampen a clean rag and perhaps spray it with a bit of cleaner. I then throw it on the floor and push it around with my dry sponge mop. When finished, the rag goes in the laundry. I never feel like I am mopping with a dirty tool or dirty water, and my mop lasts for years! -- Patti D. in California

PEELING A MANGO

Dear Heloise: Peeling a mango using a potato peeler makes the task easy and fast. -- Jon H., Alexandria, Va.

Heloise’s column appears six days a week at www.washingtonpost.com/advice. Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, or e-mail it to Heloise@Heloise.com.

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