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Dear Héloïse: Today’s paper had your column on what you should keep in your car. I’m okay with anything but a tire repair spray! I live in Texas, and there have been cities here that have reached 120 degrees in the shade, and where it almost always exceeds 100 in the summer. I had a thermometer in my car, and sitting in the summer sun it regularly hit 150!

Don’t put aerosols in your car! A good spare tire is a great choice, and there might be a battery-powered pump device that can handle our temperatures, but I’d advise looking at the label. Don’t keep anything in your car that can’t withstand at least 150 degrees! Thank you for your time! —Tanda Rasco, via email


Dear Héloïse: I have other tips for reusing newspaper sleeves.

– They are perfect to put in your glove box or luggage to use as travel trash bags.

— Place leftover food in the sleeve and store in the freezer until garbage day.

— Use a sleeve when you need to retrieve something that has fallen into the bin.

– You can also use them when cleaning something coarse, such as the underside of the disposal rubber seal. When you’re done, just flip them upside down and toss them around. —Linda Webb, Roland, Arkansas


Dear readers: Does your sports bag smell bad? If you put your sweaty gym clothes on it, it will happen. After exercising and before putting your clothes inside, sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the bag to help absorb odors.

Baking soda can also be used for cleaning, deodorizing and cooking. For more information, see my brochure “Héloïse baking soda tips and recipes.” Get one by sending $5 and a long self-addressed, postage-paid envelope (78 cents) to: Heloise/Baking Soda, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: Need to refresh your carpet? Sprinkle baking soda over it and let sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum. — Heloise


Dear Héloïse: I sometimes forgot that I had set the automatic ice maker to “on” on our latest refrigerator model. It would only be much later that I would remember. As you can imagine, there would be an overflow of ice cubes all over the freezer. So now I attach a fridge magnet to the front of the device, when ice cubes are “In progress,” and it serves as a notable reminder. Of course, it’s just as easy to set the timer on the stove or microwave. — Diane, Woodland Hills, CA


Dear Héloïse: I saw your column on the different ways to enjoy oatmeal, and I would like to add that there is also the salty option. I like to drizzle a little olive oil on my rolled oats with a few turns of fresh pepper, then sprinkle some fresh parmesan and walnuts on top. It’s a healthy alternative to sugary versions of oatmeal, especially if you’re trying to avoid sugar. — A reader, by e-mail.

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Héloïse’s advice is sometimes published in Lifestyles. Readers can send a hint to Heloise, PO Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE, or email: [email protected] Letters will not receive a personal response.

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