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Dear Heloise, Today’s newspaper featured your column about what to keep in your car. I agree with everything except an aerosol to fix tires! I live in Texas and there have actually been cities here that have reached 120 degrees in the shade and where it almost always gets over 100 in the summer. I had a thermometer in my car and when I was sitting in the sun in the summer it regularly hit 150!

Do not put aerosols in your car! A good spare tire is a good choice, and there might be a battery powered pump device that can handle our temperatures, but I’d recommend checking the label. Don’t keep anything in your car that can’t withstand at least 150 degrees! Thanks for your time! – Tanda Rasco, via email


Dear Heloise: I have a few more tips for reusing newspaper covers.

— They’re great for stashing in your glove box or luggage to use as travel trash bags.

— Put leftovers in the sleeve and store in the freezer until garbage day.

— Use a pod when you need to fish out something that fell down the garbage can.

— You can also use it when cleaning something rough, like the bottom of the disposal rubber seal. When you’re done, simply peel them inside out and throw them away. — Linda Webb, Roland, Arkansas


Dear readers, sports bag stinks? If you put your sweaty workout clothes in, this will happen. After you’ve worked out and before you put your clothes in, sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the bag to absorb the odors.

Baking soda can also be used for cleaning, deodorizing, and cooking. To find out more, check out my brochure “Heloise Baking Soda Tips and Recipes.” Get one by sending $5 and a long self-addressed stamped envelope (78 cents) to: Heloise/Baking Soda, PO Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. FYI: Need to freshen up your carpet? Sprinkle baking soda on top and leave for 30 minutes, then vacuum. – Heloise


Dear Heloise, I occasionally forgot I had the automatic ice maker on “on” with our newer refrigerator model. I wouldn’t remember until much later. As you can imagine there would be overflowing ice cubes throughout the freezer. So now I attach a fridge magnet to the front of the unit when there are ice cubes “in progress,” and this serves as a tangible reminder. Of course, it’s just as easy to set the timer on the stovetop or microwave. — Diane, Woodland Hills, California


Dear Heloise, I saw your column on different ways to enjoy oatmeal and I would like to add that there is the savory option too. I like to drizzle my oatmeal with a little olive oil and some fresh pepper, then sprinkle on some fresh Parmesan cheese and walnuts. It’s a healthy alternative to the sweet versions of oatmeal, especially if you’re trying to avoid sugar. — A reader, via email.

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