Dear Heloise: As a dry cleaner, we recommend never storing clothing in any kind of plastic. The problem with plastic is it can "hold" any moisture, which will damage the clothing. This is especially true in high-moisture areas like Florida.
This is one of the reasons a person can bring home an item that is perfectly clean, store it for the season and then, upon retrieving it, find various yellow stains that are not removable.
I recommend the use of old bedsheets for long storage periods. Plastic wrap is very good for packing clothing for trips. You may use the bags, and they will cushion the clothing so they will not wrinkle; but always keep them away from children. -- Joanne Davis, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Dear Heloise: Having lots of company for a barbecue and your grill is not large enough? Don't fret -- you can quickly make one using a large clay flowerpot and an oven rack.
Put some pebbles or rocks in the bottom of the pot, then add some charcoal. Light the coals, then put the rack over it. It should be large enough for a few hamburgers and hot dogs, depending on the size of the opening of the pot.
During the summer holidays, our "extra grill" saved us many times. -- Cyndi Smith, Las Vegas
This can work well for a quick grill. However, please be sure the clay pot is not cracked and that you use caution so no one bumps into it. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: To keep your potpourri smelling fragrant longer, simply place a candle of the same scent as the potpourri in the container and cover with the potpourri.
Stir it occasionally, and it will stay fragrant for a long time. -- Jane Steinour, Carlisle, Pa.
Nice idea, but please be absolutely sure that no one lights the candle, as many potpourris are highly flammable. -- Heloise
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