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Now here’s a tip

• There’s a reason most refrigerators have more than one crisper drawer. Some items need to be stored separately. For example, keep apples and carrots in different compartments. The apples give off a gas that can give the carrots a bitter taste.

• Here’s a great tip from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: During the winter, outdoor cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. They can be hurt or even killed by the starting of the motor. Before you start your car in the morning (or any time of day, really) give your hood a nice, loud rap to give the cat a chance to escape.

• “To keep melting snow, mud and leaves out of your house and off of your floors, line a wide, shallow box bottom with plastic wrap or a kitchen-size garbage bag. Place the lined box near the front door to hold dirty shoes.” — R.I. in Ohio

• Apply lemon juice to the cut surface of an apple to prevent browning.

• “Mix some salt with a little bit of water and rub the mixture over your hands for a few minutes to get rid of the smell of garlic or onions from cooking. Rinse under cold water.” — J.J. in Nevada

• “I usually keep a small blanket in the car for spontaneous picnics with the kids in the spring and summer. Last week, when my son and I got into the car to run errands in the morning, the car was really cold, which is kind of unusual for where we live. So, I grabbed the blanket and my son snuggled in it until the heater was able to warm the car. I am glad I had it in the car already.” — R.T. in Florida (c) 2011 King Features Synd.

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