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This article was published January 10, 2013 at 2:38 a.m.

— DEAR READERS: The convenience of a dishwasher is undeniable. However, loading the dishwasher is always a topic of debate. Here are some hints from the manufacturers about the correct way:

If you are not running the dishwasher right away, be sure to pre-rinse.

Load plates and bowls with the serving surface facing the water spray.

Be careful when placing long-handledutensils in the dishwasher - they can catch in the dishwasher swing arm and prevent dishes from getting clean.

Forks and spoons should be alternated right side up and upside down to prevent nesting.

Do not place glasses or mugs on the tines. Place them between the tines, according to most manuals. Yes, I know most of us place them over the tines.

Flat pans and cookie sheets should be placed around the sides of the bottom rack so they don’t block the water spray.

Read your dishwasher’s manual, or check online, to learn the best way to use your machine. If you’re not sure about putting something (wood bowls, wood-handled knives or crystal) in, then wash it by hand.

DEAR HELOISE: I read your previous column on securing your purse in the shopping cart at the grocery store (Heloise here: in the child seat with the seatbelt straps). I found that when I put mine in the cart, under the child seat, the belt reaches it, and it is safer than in the child seat. The purse also is not as easy to reach into. It makes me feel safer.

  • Shirley H. in New York

DEAR READER: Even though your way does “hide” and secure your purse, it’s still possible for a thief to get into it and grab your wallet.

DEAR HELOISE: After trimming holly branches with thorns and having no gardening gloves, I thought of oven mitts, which are perfect for picking up any thorny garden clippings. They wash easily, and protect my hands and arms.

  • Kathleen K., California

DEAR HELOISE: I purchased a couple of standing paper-towel holders and placed them in our bathrooms. They are perfect for storing two or three rolls of toilet paper. That way, if the roll in use runs out, extra rollsare available.

  • Jean M. in Connecticut 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

Weekend, Pages 34 on 01/10/2013

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