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Hints from Heloise: In pinch, blow dryer takes place of your clothes iron

DEAR HELOISE: When you put on an item of clothing and notice that it is wrinkled, but you don’t have time to pull out the iron and ironing board, try this hint: Get out the blow dryer, put it on high and hold it at least 6 inches away from the fabric. Move it up and down over the wrinkled area. The wrinkles will be gone in seconds. This really comes in handy when traveling. Just be careful not to hold the blower too close to the fabric or your skin.

Bren D., via email

DEAR BREN: This is a hot hint that really is cool. Why iron if you can blow-dry the wrinkles out? I do the same, especially when traveling. At home, depending on the item and material, I may toss it in the dryer on medium heat for a few minutes. Sometimes I add a slightly damp (clean) washcloth, and most wrinkles will disappear. Heloise

DEAR HELOISE: I read your column every day in the Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance.

Many of us wake up in the middle of the night, for whatever reason. However, if we decide to get up, it’s not a good idea to go barefoot. So, we start looking for our slippers in the dark, but can’t find them. Why? Because the slippers are brown, black and navy. Think white!

White is the way to go, because they can be seen. We look down, and there the slippers are, right where we left them, on the side of the bed.

Bernadette B., Staten Island, N.Y.

DEAR HELOISE: I use a walker, and when I put it on the back seat of my car, I fasten it in with the seat belt. If I have an accident, the seat belt keeps the walker from coming over the seat and hitting me.

I do the same with my purse. The purse with my cellphone will not fly around in the car, and I will be able to find it.

DEAR HELOISE: I lost a very expensive pair of glasses at a sporting event. They were in a case, and I was wearing my prescription sunglasses. I checked with the event organizers and the lost and found. No luck, so I had to replace them. I now put a business-style card in all my eyeglass cases, with my name and cellphone number. If someone finds them, hopefully I will get them back.

Dana G., via email

DEAR HELOISE: I park my car “away” from the grocery store so I don’t get scratches and dents on it and I get a little extra exercise. I always take a grocery cart in with me and then leave it in the cart corral after loading my car.

A Reader, via email

Send a great hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 79500, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com.