Home & Garden

New use for sheets and shower curtains

The winner: I use vintage cotton sheets to line vintage or new fabric shower curtains, which I make into duvet covers. I add lace or buttons to jazz it up. I also use fabric shower curtains for window curtains. Inexpensive and yet stylish window treatments.

Christina Miller, Shelby

Try this with foil or shower curtain rings

To remove tiny rust stains on stainless steel, crumple aluminum foil into a ball and rub it over the spot. The rust is gone and there are no scratch marks. (Proceed at your own risk.) Another tip: Shower curtain rings that snap together have many uses. They can be attached to strollers or shopping cart handles to hold items like a purse to keep your hands free.

Miranda Osmolski, Charlotte

Clever clarification

Charlotte residents who bag their yard waste for city crews to empty must provide some type of notification if they want the bags left behind. An “I’m So Clever” item last week was not clear on that point.

Win an ‘I’m So Clever’ book

Send your clever tip, address and phone to clever@charlotteobserver.com or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” book. You can order a copy at www.charlotteobserver.com/clever for just $5.99, plus shipping. Also available at Park Road Books and Blackhawk Hardware.