DEAR HELOISE: I've never written to you before, but one of the best hints prompts me to break my silence.
For years, small items would get trapped in the corners of fitted bedsheets during the drying cycle.
A reader suggested gathering the corners as you would a parachute before tossing the sheets in the dryer. I don't know why, but it miraculously works every time!
No more disappearing hankies, socks or panties.
Vickie Greene Urban, Colorado Springs, Colo.
DEAR VICKIE: You are so right this neat trick does work.
I tested this in Heloise Central, and we know it produces a happy laundry outcome.
So, I am delighted to reprint this hint for anyone who missed it.
DEAR HELOISE: Being a thrifty soul, I always want to get the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube.
After I have used as much as I can by squeezing the tube, I cut it off just below the shoulder, which gives me a little cup with a surprising amount of toothpaste in it. I then dip my brush in the cup and have a few more days' use before I need a new tube.
Amanda S., Durham, N.C.
DEAR HELOISE: Here is my favorite photography hint: Don't be afraid to get close up (or use your zoom) when taking a photo of one person when you don't care about the surroundings.
So many people just "aim and shoot," ending up with a 6-by-4-inch picture, thus chopping the person in half and including all that extra space on each side.
My suggestion: Either move close up to get a chest, shoulder or head shot, or turn your camera a quarter-turn in order for the photo to come out truly 4 by 6 inches.
You will end up with your subject as the focus of the picture and not have the wasted space and half a person. I have spent quite a bit of time (and a few pennies) taking a picture to a photo department and cropping and/or rotating a photo to end up having a really super- special close-up.
I am by no means a professional photographer; just an amateur who has had a camera in hand for many years with more than 90 (bulging) photo albums and who is always asked to "do the honors" when a friend wants photos taken at a special gathering.
Lyn T., Piqua, Ohio
DEAR HELOISE: A compassionate friend of mine adopted a beautiful, white, blue-eyed cat.
It is obvious that it once had a home, but then was dumped, probably because it is deaf.
A tiny bell attached to her collar alerts the guardian of her location in the household.
M.M. In Texas
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