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• “I like to make cubed potatoes for breakfast. To keep it simple to cook in the morning, I boil a big batch on Sunday to use throughout the week. I keep them nice and white by adding a quarter cup of vinegar to the cooking water. You can’t taste it at all, and there’s no browning, even by Friday.” — J.D. in Florida

• “Keep a small package of wet wipes in your car so that you can wipe off your hands after you pump gas. I feel like there’s always some residue, and the wipes are convenient for other things, too.” — T.A. in Nevada

• When painting, use a wet travel-size bar of soap to coat the windows (glass only), smearing the soapy residue all over the glass. Let it dry. When you paint, any splatters will land on the soap, which can be easily wiped away when the paint is dry.

• “If you get a new contact via your cellphone, make sure you write it down in a good old-fashioned paper address book. These days, we never dial someone, so we never learn their phone number. If something happened to your phone, you might lose the telephone numbers of people you want to stay in touch with, especially non-digitally inclined friends and relatives who might be older.” — E.U. in Indiana

• Sink odor can be real problem, especially if you use a strainer in your sink. Sometimes, we forget to remove it and clean the drain underneath. Make it a point to clean and freshen your kitchen drains weekly by using this quick tip: Microwave several cups of water to boiling. Pour half down your drain, then dump in about 1/2 cup of baking soda. Follow up with a cup of full-strength vinegar (it should bubble and sputter). Wait three minutes, and then add the rest of the hot water. All clean!

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