No drawstrings attached

Dear Heloise: I’m pleased to see manufacturers produce hooded sweatshirts without drawstrings. A drawstring can be extremely dangerous; it poses a strangulation risk. — Janet M. in Illinois

Janet, how right you are. Parents, many children’s garments today are made without a drawstring, either for the hood, the waist or around the bottom of the garment. The drawstring can catch on the slide at the playground; it can get caught in the door of a vehicle; it can get yanked on — too many scary scenarios.

If there’s drawstringed attire that your child still wears, remove the drawstring, for safety’s sake. — Heloise

P.S. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) has recommended recalls for many garments with drawstrings.

ITS OR IT’S?

Dear Heloise: My writing students get “its” and “it’s” confused. Here’s a primer:

“Its” shows possession: “The dog can chase its tail.” “It’s” is a contraction for “it is”: “It’s amusing to watch the dog chase its tail.” — Mae G. in Virginia

It’s a pleasure to share your letter, Mae. — Heloise (Did I get it right?)

LINT ATTRACTS LINT

Dear Heloise: Did you know that no tool is needed to collect dryer lint? My mother told me that “lint attracts lint,” and all I have to do is run my finger lightly over the lint screen and all the lint comes off easily. It isn’t dirty.

We live in the country and must burn our trash, and I keep the lint in a box in the laundry room until we light up the burn barrel. — Lisa in Tennessee

NO PLASTIC WRAP

Dear Readers: You might want to consider using a method other than plastic wrap to preserve your food. Clear plastic wrap can contain chemicals, is not recyclable, and because it does not decompose well in the landfill, it can end up in the oceans.

Use washable, airtight containers instead. — Heloise

NOT THIS YEAR

Dear Heloise: I’ve decided not to let people get to me this year. After all, I can’t control anyone but myself.

If people want to lie, cheat and steal, I don’t know how I can help them. The only thing I can do is be deliberate about my choices. It’s actually liberating. — Bonnie in Rochester, N.Y.

A SITE FOR SORE EYES?

Dear Readers: Check out my new, updated, refreshed and revamped website: www.Heloise.com. It’s here for you. — Heloise

Send a money-saving or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to Heloise@Heloise.com. I can’t answer your letter personally but will use the best hints received in my column.

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