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• “I have two guest bedrooms that hardly get used until holidays. I keep the beds made up, but when I am expecting guests I will usually strip the beds to freshen the sheets and blankets. I toss the sheets into the dryer with a fabric softener sheet and hang the blanket outside in the sunshine for several hours. It always does the trick, and I don’t need to wash linens that are already clean!” — U.C. in California

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• According to an eBay survey, more than half of Americans (56 percent) have unused smartphones in their home and nearly half (48 percent) have thrown away a smart phone that they no longer use. If you have unused smartphones hanging around, why not offer them up for sale. eBay has a kit to make it easy to value and sell your device, or use other local services, like Facebook’s marketplace option or Craigslist. Be sure to factor in shipping or meet in a safe place to conclude your transaction — like a local police substation!

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• No time for making scratch dinner rolls for Thanksgiving? Here’s a way to make store-bought rolls look and taste delectable: Reserve a small bit of any fresh herbs you used for seasoning your turkey or dressing. Finely chop it. Brush warmed rolls with melted butter, and sprinkle with the finely chopped herbs and some flaked salt.

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• It’s still not too late to get a flu shot, which is the No. 1 way to avoid getting the flu this season. Here’s No. 2: Keep your hands clean and away from your face — that’s eyes, nose, ears and mouth.

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• Snow flurries got kids down unexpectedly? Give them a little extra traction on their bike tires with the addition of well-spaced zip ties. About 30 per tire, a couple inches apart. Just be sure they’re not too tight.

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