Emergency clothing for kids

Dear Heloise: I was going through my children’s clothes and was about to throw out several pairs of pants that had developed holes in the knees, since I didn’t think a thrift store would want clothing with holes. Then I remembered our school nurse lamenting the fact that she never had enough pants to put on the kids at school who had spilled on or soiled their pants and needed a clean pair. She was very happy to accept these pants to keep in the health office for these situations. I would encourage other parents to call their local elementary school to see if they also would be willing to accept clothing donations rather than throwing them out! – Carol, via email

What a wonderful hint! I’m sure schools could use shirts, too! Call to see if they accept donations like this, or if the school has certain dress codes. They might not be the best, but anything is better than soiled clothes! – Heloise




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Travel hint

Dear Heloise: The lack of humidity in New Mexico would cause me to have bloody noses and chapped skin. Since we were traveling, I did not have a humidifier, so I had to improvise. I would wet a hand towel, wring it out and hang it in the hotel room. In the morning, the towel would be mostly dry, and I would not have a bloody nose or dry skin. – Fernanda, via email

I’ve done the very same, but I use a bath towel and drape it over the back of a chair. I know it may look silly, but it sure helps add some moisture to the room. Or fill the tub with about an inch of water, and that helps, too. – Heloise

Clever idea

Dear Heloise: Place a sheet of white printer paper on the table under your work when replacing a screw on your eyeglasses. The paper “brightens up” your work area. And when you drop that tiny screw the third and fourth time, you’ll see it right away on top of that white paper! – F.D. Logan in New Mexico

Easy clean

Dear Heloise: I clean my walk-in shower stall with a stiff broom. I spray the stall with a cleaner, let it sit awhile, then scrub with the broom. It gets into all the corners and grout lines, and the long handle makes it easy to get all of it standing up. – Cecile B., Englewood, Fla.

Snack bowl

Dear Heloise: I use paper coffee filters as snack bowls for the grandkids. They also are great for putting hot sausage, bacon and burgers on, because they collect the grease. Then you can just toss them. – Carol L. in Virginia

Giving gifts

Dear Heloise: I think this might be the best gift ever: Give your significant other a really nice card and a kiss. If they don’t like the gift, they can give it back! – Judy in Ohio