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DEAR READERS: Today's Sound Off is from a nurse who works in a physician's office.

DEAR HELOISE: Please tell your readers to leave their young children with a friend, relative or professional sitter when they visit the doctor's office. First, the child can pick up a disease from another patient. Second, the nurses cannot and will not babysit your child.

If someone needs to drive you to the physician's office, be sure it's only one person. Sometimes the waiting room gets filled up with patients' relatives and there is little room left for those who are sick.

-- A Nurse in Illinois

DEAR READERS: Here are some other uses for the little pots that plants come in:

• Scoop potting soil from a bag.

• Start new seedlings.

• Place weeds in while weeding the garden.

DEAR HELOISE: I discovered that if I have something that's still serviceable and still of value, such as an old dishwasher, dryer, etc., if I put it out at the curb with a sign stating: "It still works and it's yours for free," by morning of the next day it's gone!

-- Latrice W., Indiana

DEAR HELOISE: How can I get chocolate stains out of my son's T-shirts?

-- Odette in Arizona

DEAR READER: This is a popular question, especially for young moms. The first thing you'll need to do is to soak the T-shirt in cold water. Next, rub liquid laundry detergent into the stain while the fabric is wet. Then rinse and launder in warm water.

DEAR HELOISE: There is a new scam in town: infusing plasma from a young person's blood into an older person as a way to treat Alzheimer's disease, memory loss and almost anything related to aging. It's about as effective as snake oil. Since the Food and Drug Administration has warned the public about this scam, there are fewer and fewer companies trying to push this treatment, but some persist. Do not fall for this scam.

-- Frederick in Los Angeles

DEAR HELOISE: Please inform your readers that if they don't own a shredder, they may want to invest in one. A cross cutter is best. It's important to shred bills and financial documents that are no longer needed.

-- Viola R. in San Antonio

Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

Heloise@Heloise.com

ActiveStyle on 08/05/2019

Print Headline: Helpful Hints

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