The winner: It’s hard to vacuum the many steps in our townhouse. Using a lint roller on each step, I am able to clean the stairway and also spot-clean little spots with a damp cloth as I roll each step. Ida Hickerson, Charlotte
Paint brush helps with tricky dusting
I found that a short, 2-inch angled paint brush is ideal for dusting electronic and pressure-sensitive objects like pictures and lamps. I spray the brush head with window cleaner (which evaporates) to aid in picking up the dust. Ed Carlson, Charlotte.
Note: Clever readers have pointed out that a paint brush can also work on dusty HVAC registers, blinds and other tight or narrow places.
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How to convert cassettes to digital files
Here’s an inexpensive way to turn old cassettes and records into digital files. I paid $9 at Radio Shack for a cord with two RCA plugs at one end and a small headphone jack at the other end. Connect the RCA plugs to a tape deck or record player and the jack into your computers microphone port. Download the free Audacity program online and hit play. Doug Miller, Charlotte