Dear Heloise: We have subscriptions to several magazines. When we have finished reading them, instead of tossing them in the recycling bin, we take them to the doctor's or dentist's office so that people in the waiting room can enjoy them and have something to read that is less than five years old. — Erwin Plumer, Durham, N.C.
Good for you, Erwin. Recycling magazines and passing them on is the right thing to do. Other places to take them would be nursing homes, schools, hospital waiting rooms, day-care centers (used for picture projects) and veterinarians' offices. Note: Be sure to remove the address label and check inside to see if there are any "return cards" with your information on them. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: This is a hint I have used for more than 15 years with no damage.
To clean your sports shoes (running, tennis, sneakers, etc.), after removing loose dirt, use a pre-wash stain remover. Place each shoe in a man's sock and put it in the washing machine with a load of clothes. When the wash is completed, remove the shoe from the sock and permit to dry at room temperature.
This hint has never failed, and the shoe is cleaner compared with normal methods. Everyone I suggested to try this agreed it's an easy way for shoes to look good, inside and out. — Ellen Milles, Seattle
As long as the shoes are washable, this is a very good hint. If they have leather parts, you might not want to take a chance. — Heloise
Dear Heloise: This is my helpful hint: When using my computer, I find many pages that have to be retyped because of printer errors. This leaves unused portions of the paper. I collect these and have the empty sides showing. Then I cut these useful pages into quarters and staple a group together for a scratch pad. — Betty Stern, Blairstown, N.J.
Dear Heloise: I have three children, ages 9 years, 7 years and 19 months. I try to do everything I can with them. We spend time together coloring, but what to do with all those pictures you spend hours coloring?
Well, we cut them out and pasted them on construction paper. One Sunday after church, we took the pictures to nursing homes and handed them to the elderly. I don't know who was more joyful — my children handing out the pictures or the people receiving them. I had tears in my eyes every time we handed one out. — Crystal Downam, Vero Beach, Fla.
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