• A Tip From JoAnn: I like bottled water, but it’s expensive and creates a lot of waste. I have plenty of reusable bottles, but bottled water always seemed more convenient and, frankly, better. I found that what I really like is to take a bottle of very cold water out of the fridge and drink it, so instead of storing those reusable bottles in the cabinet, I fill them straight from the dishwasher and put them in the fridge. Now I have the convenience of bottled without spending the money, and I’m happy I am not creating waste.
• To remove stubborn contact paper from kitchen shelves, use a hair dryer set on low to loosen the adhesive, then peel away slowly.
• Here’s a trick for removing hard-water stains on windows or glass doors: Apply full-strength fabric softener to surface. Let dry, then use a wet cloth to remove, rinsing the cloth frequently.
• Hang a bag of clothespins near the laundry basket. Then if something has a stain that needs to be addressed, put a clip on it before adding it to the basket. This way, you’ll know what to pretreat on wash day. — D.W. in Washington
• To keep pants on a hanger from creasing, I slit a paper towel cardboard roll and slip it over the hanger. I tape it together and then put the pants over it. This has worked for me for many years. — I.R. in Nebraska
• Got a grease stain on your shirt? Cover it with baking soda right away. The baking soda will absorb the oil. Repeat several times and launder as quickly as you can.
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