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Spray furniture polish kills door squeaks in a jiffy

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: I never use that smelly WD-40 on squeaky door hinges. I use furniture polish spray. It removes the noise with no bad smell. And that way, you don’t have to buy another product. (Editor’s note. We’ve had luck at home with cooking sprays like Pam for door squeaks, too. On the other hand, we do not recommend cooking with WD-40.) Bonny Salmeri, Charlotte

Ring stuck? Grab the Windex

If you have a ring on your finger and you have tried everything to remove it, try spraying the finger with Windex and the ring will come right off. But be sure that your sink is stopped up. It works like a charm. Doris Elizabeth White, Charlotte

Copy your important cards

Once a year, I take all my important cards (debit, etc.), line them up on the glass of a copier, copy them, flip them over and copy the reverse sides which display the contact phone numbers. If my purse is stolen or lost, I can immediately make calls to stop possible unauthorized activity. Alice Habbal, Monroe

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Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” T-shirt.

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