• Use aluminum-foil strips on furniture that you do not want pets to get on. They dislike the noise and feel of the foil. You also can wrap the arms of couches to discourage cats from using them as scratching posts.
• “Use a plastic bag to protect your flashlight when you are using it in the rain.” — R.I. in Indiana
• “Baby wipes make great cleanup wipes. I use them on counters, shoes, the highchair, you name it. They are especially handy in the car. I keep a quartsize zipper-style bag in the front console, and I find myself doling them out and using them often.” — S.S. in Arizona
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