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Hints From Heloise: Use for more than one load?

Dear Heloise: My hint is that I love using the DYE-TRAPPING IN-WASH CLOTHS, but they can be expensive. Sometimes, I’ll throw one in a load because I have one or two colored items and I’m not sure if their colors might run or not. When the load is done and I remove the sheet, if it’s still white, I save it and throw it in with another load, and it works fine.

I can sometimes use the same sheet two or more times before I have to throw it out. I take the sheets right out of the washer, though. I don’t let them run through the dryer. -- Sandra in Northern Virginia

Hi, Sandra! Good hint if it works for you. A major manufacturer of this type of product says not to reuse the cloths -- to ensure best results, use a fresh cloth every time. My hint? Try cutting it in half for a small load to save a little. Thanks for the hint! Keep writing! -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Readers: Here are hints for stale bread:

* Use to make croutons or bread crumbs.

* Use to make French toast.

* Feed to wild birds or ducks.

* Make into bread pudding.

* Use as a thickener for meatloaf.

-- Heloise


Dear Readers: A previous column shared how to get Valentine cards stamped with a special postmark. Well, what about other days of the year — an anniversary, birthday or other special occasion? Would you like a special postmark for those days?

Here are just a few cities that have re-mailing programs that might be perfect for a special occasion:

For a little romance, try Romance, Ark. (72136).

To send some love, Loving, N.M. (88256).

Or try Darling, Miss. (38623).

To have your cards postmarked, send them, pre-addressed and stamped, in a larger envelope to the Postmaster of (selected city), Re-mailing program. What a wonderful surprise for someone you love! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: We have king and queen beds in our house, with three sets of sheets for both. We stored them in the hall closet with the towels, etc., which became quite cramped.

I put them in plastic bags and stored them under their respective beds. Eventually, I accumulated heavier-duty plastic bags with zippers that quilts come in, so now I use those. Saves a lot of room in the closet. -- Ed in Spokane, Wash.


Dear Heloise: Often, families of deceased members ask that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to a certain charity. This is a good idea until you keep getting requests for donations. I think this is a stinky way to solicit money. -- Pat Z., Warren, Ohio

This can be a kind way to remember a person. Charities give an option not to be added to the mailing list, so be sure to say so if you do give a donation. -- 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.

2012, King Features Syndicate

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