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DEAR READER: Here is this week’s Sound Off:

“When did they start making beds so high? I had a difficult time finding a mattress recently that I could actually get onto comfortably. I am short, about 5 feet, and suffer from a back problem.

“On a road trip, my husband and I stayed in a higher-end motel in a handicapped room. Again, the bed was so high that I almost could not get into it. Motel chains need to consider that people of all types use their rooms, and considering that this was a ‘handicapped’ room, what would some have done who are more disabled than I?” - E.D., Converse, Texas

DEAR READER: I agree with you. Sometimes you almost need a stepladder to get into one.

DEAR READER: Other uses for hanging shoe bags:

In a bathroom for hair dryers, curling irons, lotion bottles, etc.

In the kitchen for spice bottles, aluminum foil, etc.

By the front door for umbrellas, gloves, scarves, etc.

In kids’ rooms for toys, hats, clothes, etc.

In a closet for towels, cleaning supplies, etc.

DEAR HELOISE: I tried to dust my plasma-screen TV with a multipurpose-cleaner-covered washcloth, and now I have streaks! Any suggestions?

  • Sharon in West Sacramento, Calif.

DEAR READER: Plasma screens can be damaged by wet cleaning, and unfortunately, as you found out, it can cause severe damage. Sorry to say, there is nothing I know of to help fix your situation. You can try the manufacturer for hints, but I’m afraid you are stuck. For my other readers, please take note: To clean, simply dust them with a soft, dry microfiber cloth. If you have streaks from a previous cleaning, fingerprints or other stubborn spots, you can try wipes designed specifically for electronics.

DEAR HELOISE: I have an idea that my husband and I have been doing for several years. We think it is fun and nostalgic. We save all our personal greeting cards in separate boxes and “re-give” them to each other at a later date. They may be 10-15 years old, but it is fun to read our feelings and the notes we wrote “back then.”

  • Ruth W., Westminster, Calif.

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 26 on 03/31/2014

Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS

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