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This article was published January 11, 2013 at 1:48 a.m.

— DEAR HELOISE: My daughter has old plaster walls. Unfortunately, there are at least four layers of wallpaper on the walls. How do we go about removing the paper without damaging the walls?

  • Diane, via e-mail

DEAR READER: Try using a little fabric softener or liquid starch and water. Score the wallpaper with a wallpaper scorer first. You can find one at most home-improvement stores.Apply the solution and wait. When the wallpaper starts to loosen, start at a corner and gently pull the wallpaper from the wall. Remoisten if the wallpaper is not loose enough.

If there is glue residue, use my favorite household product: Vinegar! Mix a solution of vinegar and water (50/50). Spray it on the area and let sit. Wipe away with an old, clean cloth. Vinegar is a great product to keep around the house. Apply white vinegar to old decals until soaked for easy removal.

DEAR HELOISE: I found another way to use the cloth wine-bottle carriers that you get from the grocery store. I use a four-pack size to hold my hair products, lotions, brushes, etc., when traveling.It is so easy to just put on the counter in the hotel, and not have so many bottles and cans all over the sink area.

  • Karen in Washington

DEAR READERS: With so many having been affected by natural disasters in recent years, people are beginning to prepare, just in case. Don’t let your pets be overlooked. Whether a natural disaster or an unforeseen accident, pet owners need to make arrangements for their pets. Who would look after them? Where would they go? Unfortunately, too many animals end up in shelters or worse.

Make sure you have a plan in place for your pet. Keep a document with all the needed information with your other estate documents. Keep a card in your wallet with pet and contact information in case of an accident.

DEAR HELOISE: I have several garments that are dry clean only. I hated having to take them to the dry cleaner all the time, especially if I had worn them for only a few hours and they weren’t very soiled, just a little wrinkled. I found that if I hung them where they could “air out” for a few hours, most of the wrinkles would go away, and I could get another wearing out of them.

  • A Reader in Texas

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

MovieStyle, Pages 34 on 01/11/2013

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