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By Heloise

This article was published March 17, 2014 at 2:28 a.m.

DEAR READER: Here is this week’s Sound Off, about drivers not using their turn signals:

“My Sound Off is to remind motorists that turn-indicator usage is not an option - it saves lives and prevents crashes. Freeway travel is stressful at its best, and displaying five clicks of the turn indicator before changing lanes (not just one or two blinks) alerts fellow motorists to what’s about to happen.” - Theresa S. in Alabama

A major pet peeve of many, many folks, myself included. It’s the law in most states. Not only are you being rude, you also might get a ticket. There are so many vehicle accidents, some fatal, where the driver did not signal the intended turn. And folks, do me a personal favor and be aware of motorcycles. We are on the road, too.

DEAR READER: Here are other uses for a photo album:

Use to hold recipe clippings.

Keep sports or other trading cards in one.

Keep empty seed packets in one as a reminder of what was planted.

Use to hold extra ID or reward cards.

Save special greeting cards in it.

DEAR HELOISE: My husband comes in covered in mud sometimes after working outside. Do you have any tips for getting mud stains out of his clothes?

  • A Reader, via email

DEAR READER: Let the stain dry, and then brush off as much of the dry mud as you can. Treat the stain with a prewash spray, or take a little liquid laundry detergent and rub it from the back of the material to “push” the mud through.Then run it through the wash. Check it before placing in the dryer to make sure the stain is completely removed. If not, repeat the steps. Have grass stains? Rub them with liquid detergent and launder in the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric using an enzyme detergent.

DEAR HELOISE: When cooking, I pre-measure as many ingredients as I can. I have only a couple of measuring cups and one set of measuring spoons, so once measured, I place the ingredients in cupcake liners (if it is a small quantity) until ready to use. It helps having everything already measured and handy.

  • A Reader in San Antonio

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

ActiveStyle, Pages 29 on 03/17/2014

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