Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUR TOWN - HELOISE Send a money- or time-sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San An­to­nio, Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or email

DEAR READ­ERS: Mid-Au­gust means back to col­lege for lots of young peo­ple. It may be their first time liv­ing on their own and do­ing chores such as laun­dry. Here are some of my time-tested and clas­sic Heloise laun­dry hints for col­lege stu­dents (and ev­ery­body else):

Step One: Sort­ing. Whites and light col­ors get washed separately from dark clothes. Empty pock­ets, zip zip­pers and fas­ten fas­ten­ers. Turn jeans in­side out to de­lay fad­ing.

Step Two: Wash­ing. Read the care la­bel thor­oughly. Use the cor­rect wa­ter tem­per­a­ture for the gar­ments; cooler wa­ter usu­ally works just fine. Don’t over­fill the washer or use too much de­ter­gent. Less is more!

Step Three: Dry­ing. Shake items to loosen them when trans­fer­ring them from the washer to the dryer — this will speed up dry­ing. Select the cooler tem­per­a­ture on the dryer. A too-hot dryer can shrink and dam­age clothes. A dryer sheet can help elim­i­nate static. Re­mov­ing clothes as soon as the dryer stops can lessen wrin­kling.

One reader sent her son off to col­lege with navy-blue ev­ery­thing: sheets, tow­els and jeans. This is one way to limit laun­dry dis­as­ters.

DEAR HELOISE: Could you sug­gest a method to clean peanut but­ter residue from the jar prior to dis­card­ing it for re­cy­cling?

— John M., Texas

DEAR READ­ERS: Re­cy­cling cen­ters typ­i­cally ask that you wipe out jars that have sticky residue with a used pa­per towel or tis­sue (then toss the towel on your com­post pile).

The jar doesn’t have to be per­fectly clean, but a jar that is deemed too dirty can be rel­e­gated to the trash. Call 311 for guide­lines in your city.

DEAR HELOISE: I’ve dis­cov­ered that pass­words need to be more com­plex than peo­ple make them. Don’t for­get to fol­low the guide­lines that the web­site rec­om­mends, and look at your key­board — there are so many pos­si­bil­i­ties.

I use a com­bi­na­tion of cap­i­tal and low­er­case let­ters, num­bers and sym­bols. Spa­ces usu­ally are not al­lowed. I never use my dog’s name, my house num­ber or my phone num­ber — any­thing eas­ily as­so­ci­ated with me.

My hint is to make your pass­words more dif­fi­cult for hack­ers to de­code by mix­ing let­ters, num­bers and sym­bols.

— Mike L. in Salt Lake City

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