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Dear Héloïse: My diary comes in a plastic sleeve. They are handy for putting messy vegetable and fruit peelings in the trash. They are good for organizing all kinds of small items.

I use large bags to store clothes and other items to pass on to my favorite association, which offers them for sale. It helps me declutter my house and I’m happy to have less work. My motto has always been “Less is more!” —Annie in Nebraska

Annie, recycling and reusing these plastic bags is good for our environment. Thank you for taking these steps. — Heloise


Dear Readers: Plastic shower curtains get so much use and can get hard water and grime on them. You have to clean them well. Here’s how to remove this stuff. Wash plastic shower curtains in the washing machine with a towel, which will create a scrubbing action. Add 1 cup of white vinegar during the rinse cycle. Tumble dry briefly or hang to dry.

Vinegar is an effective and safe household product. It can be used for cleaning, deodorizing and cooking. You can read more about the uses of vinegar in my brochure. Get a copy by visiting, or send $5 and a long self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: If your hands have a lingering onion or fishy smell after cooking, simply wash your hands with apple cider vinegar to remove the smell. — Heloise


Dear Héloïse: My window blind opens and closes by pulling on a thin chain pulley. Every time I open the window, the breeze clinks the chain repeatedly. I like the fresh air, but the noise bothered me. So I bought a small hook, the kind with a sticky backing that doesn’t damage the paint. I attached the hook inside the vertical window sill next to the chain (half way up). Now every time I open the window I place the chain in the hook. It’s not making any noise! — R. Bosin, Silver Spring, Maryland


Dear Héloïse: My dog ​​is incontinent when she sleeps, so she wets her dog bed sometimes, but not every day. The best solution I’ve found is to cover her beds with crib mattress pads. They are waterproof yet soft and don’t make a crinkling sound like plastic. —Chris Greene, Houston


Dear Héloïse: To make my toothpaste last twice as long, my dental hygienist recommended that I only put a small amount on the toothbrush. You’ll be amazed how little toothpaste you really need! — B. Caudill, Brookville, Ohio


Dear Héloïse: Hi, I’m writing to you about a treat I just read about in your column about how to store holiday chocolates. I just want to know, who has chocolate to store? I want their friends! Mine left on Christmas Eve! Thanks for the laugh! PS I love your articles! —Robert Volm, via email

Robert, you make a very good point! — Heloise


Dear Readers: Meet Aries. Thomas M. sent in a picture of his rescue cat Aries. She has beautiful eyes and although her coat is black, there is a small white patch on her chest.

To see Aries and our other Pet Pals, go to and click “Pet of the Week.” — Heloise

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