• Y.L. in North Carolina writes: “I was sorting out tools in the shed and didn’t realize that rust had gotten all over my T-shirt and shorts. Any tips?” You can try this, Y.L., and remember never to machine dry an item until the stain is gone, as it may set the stain. For rust, apply lemon juice to the stain, and then sprinkle with cream of tartar from your kitchen and rub it into the fabric. Allow the clothing to sit until the stain is gone, and then launder as usual. Good luck!
• “Oh, that grease buildup on top of the cabinets is terrible. But you can make cleaning up a snap with this tip: All you need to do to keep the tops of your cabinets clean is line them with waxed paper. Some people use newspaper, but I like waxed paper.” — W.T. in Kentucky
• “When you shop for shoes, go in the evening. Feet swell and expand throughout the day, so if you buy shoes in the morning, the fit might not feel too good later in the day.” — A.T. in Louisiana
• Can’t seem to get organized in the kitchen? Start with baby steps. For instance, every time you put away groceries, check your fridge and freezer to see if there are any expired items that are ready for the refuse bin. Also, pull items from the freezer that have been in there for a while, and defrost them. Now, that’s what’s for dinner!
• “To give rooms the illusion of extra height, hang curtains from a spot very near the ceiling. The long vertical lines of the fabric draw the eye up. It can be enough to make a very small room look and feel a little more spacious.” — R.
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