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Early packing saves space, time

Dear Heloise: My friend was visiting yesterday and getting ready for a trip. I offered her my idea, and she said I should mail it in to you.

Since my closet space is limited, I must store clothes away by the season. Because we go to the South every winter, and to save time and aggravation, I put some summer clothes and sandals in a suitcase. Then when it is time to pack for our trip, all I have to do is take out this suitcase and pick what clothes we want to take.

It saves a lot of time taking out boxes to go through, and when I return, I pack them all back into the suitcase. When summer comes, I know where they are. Works great. — Wendy Srdar, Prior Lake, Minn.

Dear Heloise: I knew a woman who conditioned her hair with mayonnaise. She told me to wrap my hair with plastic wrap and leave it on for 30 minutes, then wash and style. Her hair looked great.

What I need to know is the procedure for doing this. I have lost contact with her, and I need more information. Do you put the mayonnaise on your hair when it is dirty, or do you wash your hair first and then treat it and wash it again?

If anyone knows the answer to this, it will be you. Help! — Diane, Dallas

Dear Diane: Great question!

With the price of hair conditioners these days, mayonnaise can be an easy, cheap way to treat hair that is dry or damaged.

You can apply the mayonnaise before you shampoo. Just dampen the hair slightly and massage in a good glob, being sure to saturate the ends, where it is needed most. Wrap your hair in a plastic bag and then cover your head with a warm towel fresh from the dryer. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes, then shampoo (probably two latherings). You will love the results.

Another great hair hint is, after shampooing, to rinse with a tablespoon of white vinegar added to one cup of water. This will remove soap film and leave your hair fluffy and shiny. Vinegar can be used in so many ways that you might not have thought of, so I have put together a six-page pamphlet with tons of great uses and even a few recipes. To order, please send $4 and a long, self-addressed, stamped (60 cents) envelope to: Heloise/Vinegar, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. You can also try using vinegar to clean those nasty-looking hairbrushes. Soak them for a few minutes in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, rinse thoroughly and let air-dry. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I have two sponges in my kitchen, and they are different colors. We use blue for washing dishes (it matches our liquid dish soap) and green for wiping the counters and stove, etc. No chance of "counter germs" getting on food plates. — F.C. from Washington

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