Dear Heloise: I have used your homemade cleaning products for years because we had allergies to some store products and I don't like all the perfumes. My favorite is the glass cleaner, original — not updated. When I see it printed in the paper, I cut it out and tape it to my spray bottle so when I run low (always in the middle of a job!), the recipe is always handy. — Sue in New York

1/2 cup ammonia (nonsudsy)

1/2 cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol

1/2 cup water

Combine the ingredients and put into a well-labeled spray bottle. This is so cheap (less than 25 cents a bottle), works fantastically and lasts a long time! Home-style cleaners can save you a lot of money! -->I have a brand-new pamphlet filled with my tried-and-true, money-saving homemade cleaners, including this and many others. To receive a copy, please send $5 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (58 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Cleaners, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001.

You probably have the ingredients needed to make these money-saving cleaners — vinegar, baking soda, etc. — on your pantry shelf! — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I needed to mail a package and wanted to use a box I had received that had my name and address on the label. A friend told me to run my hair dryer on the label and it would peel right off. And boy, did it ever work great. — Sharon in Kansas

Dear Heloise: It is no longer necessary to use those plastic ties on airline luggage. I purchased a lock that is approved by the Transportation Security Administration, and airports have the key to open them. This summer, I traveled from Chicago to London and Nairobi, Kenya, with my luggage locked and had no problems. — Terry Ternes from Arkansas

Dear Heloise: I always wear out a hole in the index finger of my right rubber glove. That leaves me with a lot of left-handed gloves. Instead of tossing them, I turn them wrong side out and use the handle of a long wooden spoon to push the fingers through. — Faye from Dallas

Dear Heloise: We have a very precocious 3-year-old who decided to finger-paint the couch with diaper cream. Not just a few spots — huge globs — and it took up four of the seven cushions. My husband was frantic because he had tried to clean it.

I thought about dishwashing liquid, which people use to clean animals covered in oil. It took me at least an hour, but I applied a drop directly to the spots and scrubbed with hot water, and the dishwashing liquid broke up the impenetrable ointment. — Jane Hicksenhythzer Lansing, Manchester, N.H.

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