Heloise

Dear Readers: Are you ready? It’s tax time! The Internal Revenue Service is here to help; the website is www.irs.gov. If you have questions about filing your taxes, jump on the computer first.

You also can call and speak to representatives from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time (Alaska and Hawaii residents, use Pacific Time; Puerto Rico residents can call between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. local time). The phone number for individuals is 800-829-1040; for hearing-impaired folks, call 800-829-4059. But be aware: There may be long hold times.

Again, search the website first; most likely your question can be answered. If not, give the IRS a call; they are happy to help.

— Heloise

Storage problems

Dear Heloise: I read your column in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington. I’m surprised that no one has written to you about the problem with storing laundry detergent and other chemicals in the same place as your plastic storage bags.

I have received many baked goods wrapped in plastic wrap, then foil and/or plastic storage bags, and they smell and end up tasting like laundry detergent or a perfumed candle. Have you ever noticed this?

I would love it if you could encourage your readers to never store any storage bags, wrap or other item that touches food next to chemicals, laundry detergent or perfumed candles. First of all, it is not healthy, but it also ruins the natural flavor of the food.

 — Simone, via email

Cost per wear

Dear Readers: Think “quality” when shopping for clothes, bags and jewelry. You will reach for a well-made garment, handbag or piece of jewelry more often than you will a cheap copy.

Figure cost per wear, and the item is usually a great value.

— Heloise

Familiar phone

Dear Heloise: On my cellphone, I simply go to “Settings” and “Do Not Disturb” and select “Contacts Only,” and only calls from people on my contacts will come through.

Believe me, life is much more peaceful with that setting completed.

 — Rose in Huntington, Indiana

Diaper duty

Dear Readers: For everyone involved, diaper rash can be a big problem. What causes diaper rash? The top three:

1. Not changing a diaper frequently enough.

2. Yeast infections.

3. Allergies to the diaper, soaps or wipes.

How to prevent it? Keep baby dry, clean and fresh.

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