Dear Heloise: I can’t seem to CLEAN MY AUTO WINDSHIELD. I have tried vinegar and ammonia, to no avail. When the morning sun hits the glass, I cannot see out. Any suggestions? -- J.H., via email

Cleaning the windshield is important, because you do need to see out! Heloise Central checked a few automobile owners manuals and spoke with an auto detailer. They all recommend using ordinary household window cleaner, with a soft cloth, followed by drying with a microfiber cloth. This works for both inside and outside the vehicle, and is best to remove smoke and dust film. If possible, leave windows open to circulate the air. Don’t use chlorine-based and disinfectant-type cleaners. They can damage defoggers, electrical conductors and radio antenna pieces. -- Heloise



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Dear Readers: Before you leave on a long trip, disconnect your garage-door opener. There are only so many radio frequencies, and there is the possibility that a crook could have an opener that will open your door! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I had a bunch of leftover rectangular wicker baskets. One day, I needed to wrap a birthday present and couldn’t find a box or bag. Then I spied the baskets. I pulled one out and used it with some tissue paper. It made a lovely package, the gift fit perfectly, and the receiver loved it! -- Joanne from Texas


Dear Readers: When reusing pots for plants, always wash with hot water and a couple of drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Use a solution of chlorine bleach and water (1 part bleach to 8 parts water) and let soak for 20 minutes. Once dry, they are ready for use. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I hated putting the medicated ointment on my husband’s sore muscles because it left my hands smelly and hot. Washing them didn’t always remove the residue. One day at the store, I saw some inexpensive disposable gloves and thought I could use them with the ointment. So, I bought a box, and now everything is great! -- G.R. in Atlanta


Dear Readers: Have a family member making news in the paper? Clip the article, and don’t forget the date and the name of the newspaper. Store the piece in a clear plastic scrapbook page, or have it professionally laminated. You also can have it matted and framed. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Cookie cutters make cute napkin holders! I like the idea, because you can use cutters to match the holiday that is coming up, and your guests can leave with a small gift. The cutters are inexpensive in either plastic or metal. -- Ruth A., Rockport, Tex.


Dear Heloise: I stitch an extra button into the hem of my favorite shirts for work. If I have a button at the ready, it’s no problem to replace. -- Susan in North Dakota

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