The winner: After years of annoyingly wrinkled fitted sheets, I found my solution by carefully unfolding a newly purchased sheet for an example. Begin with two corners (narrow ends, perhaps) tucking one into the other, following with the other end. Now tuck one end of corners into the other, making sure that you keep smoothing edges together to end up with a nice, four-cornered pouch. Don’t try to put all four corners together at once. Fold down one side where elastic pulls together. Continue folding.
John Reynolds, Whitetop, Va.
Clever note: We got several similar fitted-sheet tips after mentioning the topic a few weeks ago. There are lots of easy-to-find fitted-sheet lesson videos on the Internet.
Rubber gloves make great rubber bands
When your rubber gloves wear out at the tips, the other ends are in good shape and make great rubber bands.
Margaret Hofmaier, Charlotte
Easy trick cleans the family silver
If you have stained or tarnished silverware, take a plastic dish pan, line sides and bottom with foil, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of baking soda, then add enough very hot water to cover the silver, soak for a few minutes and rinse well. It works!
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