Dear Heloise: Please run an article about bedsheets. I am told that most have formaldehyde in the fabric. And wrinkle-free have the highest percentage of formaldehyde. Any hints?

A Reader, via email

Yes, I have hints! Don't fret too much. You are not sleeping on a time bomb! The component that helps keep fabrics wrinkle-free may contain a small amount of formaldehyde. But unless you are highly sensitive or sleep with your nose buried in the sheet the whole night, there shouldn't be a problem.

Formaldehyde is found in many, many items in and around your home. The levels are below anything considered dangerous.

If you are concerned, follow these hints to a healthy sleep, and feel comfortable wearing new clothes. First, wash all new clothing and bedsheets a time or two before wearing or using. This also will make most sheets feel softer.

When shopping for new clothing or sheets, look for labels that state "chemical-free" or "form-aldehyde-free." The word "organic" just means that no pesticides or chemicals were used during the growing of cotton. Formaldehyde or other chemicals may be used during manufacturing.


Dear Heloise: I love your column in the Palm Beach (Florida) Post. I have misplaced your delicious recipe for Heloise Mocha Coffee.

Sally D. in Florida

Here is the recipe for this yummy, easy-to-make drink:

Heloise Mocha Coffee

Vi cup instant coffee granules

(regular or decaf)

Vi cup granulated sugar (or equivalent measure of artificial sweetener)

1 cup powdered milk or powdered creamer (I use nonfat creamer)

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Mix all ingredients together and put the heavenly blend into a sealed container for storage. For one cup, place 2 rounded teaspoons (less if you used sweetener) into a 6-to 8-ounce cup. Add boiling water and stir. Some nonfat creamers have sugar, so check and adjust the amount of sweetener accordingly.


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