Dear Heloise: I'd like to pass this hint on to parents who are sending kids off to college. I filled a bag with all the different over-the-counter medications that I felt my son would need if he got sick. That way, he didn't have to visit the store and try to remember what Mom gave him when he was at home. I plan on checking the expiration dates every year and replace or replenish what's needed. —Pamela, via e-mail

Pamela, loved your hint — bet your son did, too. — Heloise



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Dear Readers: Many people have baking soda around their house. It has a multitude of uses — here are a few:

— Keep shoes fresh by sprinkling some baking soda inside (do not use on leather shoes).

— Dog toys in need of a cleaning? Baking soda to the rescue! Make a solution of baking soda and water and give the toys a good scrubbing.

— Stinky trash compactor? Sprinkle some baking soda in the bag every once in a while to keep odors at bay.

Want more great ways to save money by using baking soda around your home? I have put together a six-page pamphlet that every household should have handy. To receive a copy, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (58 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.

We get a lot of questions here at Heloise Central about musty-smelling books, so here's a suggestion using our good old faithful friend, baking soda. First, be sure the pages of the book aren't damp or wet, then generously sprinkle the baking soda throughout the pages and give it a day or two to absorb the odor. Now shake out the baking soda, and the odor should be gone. Strong smells might need a couple of applications. Do not use on heirloom books! — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I save a paper coffee cup with the lid after my morning coffee and use it as a trash container. It is perfect to stash candy wrappers, apple cores, etc. It stores conveniently in a cup holder by my seat in the car. When it is full, I just toss it into the trash. —Don Tarnasky, Sacramento, Calif.

Don, thanks for writing with your good hint. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: When my expensive powder blush cracked, I put it in a small, plastic container and pulverized it with the end of a blush brush and now have a few more weeks of use. You can easily keep this in your bathroom vanity with other makeup. —Pat Norbut, St. Augustine, Fla.


Dear Heloise: Regarding the hint about annoying tags in the necks of shirts, I would like to send a huge thank-you to the manufacturers who have forsaken tags in favor of printing information directly on the clothing. It is a great idea that was long overdue! — Diane E., Springfield, Ill.

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