LITTLE ROCK DEAR HELOISE: 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. 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
DEAR READER: 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.
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.
As a meatloaf thickener.
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!
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.
Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail
ActiveStyle, Pages 26 on 04/16/2012
Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS