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Glass top cleaner restores cloudy glassware

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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 had some beautiful glasses of my mother’s that became cloudy from the dishwasher. After trying everything with no luck, I used Cerama Bryte that I use to clean my glass top stove. I used that on the glasses inside and out and now they look brand new! Myrtle Wall, Lilesville

(Editor’s note: We can’t vouch for what this product will do to your glassware, but it gets a lot of good reviews online for cleaning glass top stoves and other surfaces. It’s available at many stores.)

Save money on kids’ shoes

Instead of buying new cleats for fall sports, go to a children’s consignment store and buy a used pair. Then use an old toothbrush and some water to scrub the dirt away. Buff them with a damp rag and your shoes will look as good as new. I just saved over $30 doing this trick myself, which is awesome. Wilson Bacon, age 8, Charlotte

Keep those torch wicks dry

To keep tiki torches dry when not in use, I cut the tops off 2-liter bottles to cover them. Ruby Elrod, Sherrills Ford

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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.

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