Shopping for school supplies

Dear Readers: It’s back-to-school time, and time to shop for school supplies. Your child’s school should put out a list of required supplies — the list is usually available at big retailers, grocers and on the school district’s website.

There are typically great specials now on notebooks, crayons, reams of loose-leaf paper and even hand sanitizer and facial tissue. Stock up; you’ll go through them quickly.

Also, buying materials for a less-fortunate child is always a generous gesture. — Heloise

Wigging out

Dear Heloise: I wear a wig daily due to hair loss. During the summer, it gets hot and humid where I live. An easy way to relieve the heat, especially if I’ve been outside, is to remove the wig and use a witch hazel wipe on my head to cool down.

I plop the wig back on, and I’m ready to go. Hope this helps some of your readers. — Staying Cool in the Midwest

Readers, witch hazel is an astringent derived from a flowering plant. It’s sold over the counter and is 14 percent alcohol. It’s used to relieve skin irritation, cuts and bites, and would feel cool and refreshing on a hot day.

Store witch hazel at room temperature, and keep it out of the eyes. — Heloise

Fringe benefits

Dear Heloise: I have several rugs with fringe. I got tired of trying to straighten them out, so I took my telescoping back scratcher and used it to straighten the fringe.

No stooping or bending over with my aching back. Friends tell me this is a great idea! — Linda L., via email

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)