Dear Eloise: I just read a Louisiana woman’s suggestion about using crib sheets to protect your pet’s bed. I found that a king-size pillow fit a large size travel crate. It was my little Doxy Charlie’s favorite nap spot. I put a pillowcase on top. I bought a washable pillow. They continued until he finally started biting the hole and taking out the stuffing.
I read your column daily on the San Antonio Express-News. — Glenda Duming, San Antonio
always carry keys and mobile phone
Dear Eloise: Regarding Michael Knoll’s suggestion of always taking your house key with you when you go outside as a safety precaution – that’s good advice, but if you don’t have an emergency call button, your cell phone too. Don’t forget to bring it with you. — Sebastian, Florida, Sarah R.
Remove stains from stainless thermos and carafes
Dear Heloise: I recently discovered a great and safe way to remove stains from a stainless (not actually stainless) coffee cup, thermos or carafe. Removes coffee and tea stains. Mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Place in a thermos or carafe and let sit for about 30 minutes. You can easily wash it off with hot water and don’t worry about using toxic detergents. have a great day. — Mike Hopton, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I am looking forward to hearing from Steve about his response to robocalls. I recently got a call from “Amy” with her automated message every 3 days. I hung up each time. Fourth time, how are you doing? I said, “I fell off the roof and am waiting for an ambulance.” I received absolute silence. She never called again. I was her 79 and she was selling her prepaid funeral plan. — Linda, by email
Dear Heloise: I was losing my sight and didn’t know how to connect my phone, tablet or earbuds. I bought cheap, different-colored nail polishes and put dots on both the correct side of the plug and the device so I knew where to plug it in.
I use different colors for each plug because each plug has a different size. — Jill, email
Cleaning reusable food storage bags
Dear Heloise: I like to use reusable food storage bags to store leftovers, ready-made green smoothies, and soups. The bag does not take up much space and can be used over and over again.
Cleaning the bag is easy, but drying it thoroughly can be difficult. I have tried many different methods, but my favorite is to wipe the inside with a clean, soft towel. Then, roll up a small, clean dishcloth and place it in an open bag to help air circulate.By the next day, the bag will be completely dry and ready for storage. No need to worry about moisture remaining during storage. — Theresa V., Hamilton, Ohio
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