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Once a Year, Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, medicine chest tipsExamine everything that you’ve put inside. Reorganize all items by use. So, items you use often, such as toothpaste, bandages or mouthwash should be on a lower shelf. Cold medicines should be on a higher. Arrange medicines so labels that can be easily read. Then go through at your medications.

Read the label and toss out:

1. Tablets that smell funny or discolored or cracked.
2. Capsules that are stuck together.
3. Liquid medication that has come part or is not uniform.
4. Medications that have expired.
5. All bottles that do not have labels.
6. Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

Dishwasher Smelly?

posted by lwhite

Heloise Hints, Other Dishwasher Uses, Dishwasher UsesDishwashers do get stinky and dirty and need to be cleaned. Look in the bottom to see if there’s any debris or gunk and wad up paper towels to lift it out. Then here’s what you should do to clean it:

1. Use household or vinegar or citric acid powder. Pour a gallon of vinegar in the bottom let set for about an hour and then run the washer through a full cycle. Or add half-cup of citric acid powder and run the dishwasher.
2. If there’s still a strong, bad smell, call a plumber because it could be a plumbing issue, like sewer gas.

Cleaning CDs and DVDs

posted by lwhite

10-26-dvdcleaningTaking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching:

1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface.
NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the center to the edge of the disc. Never use a circular motion because it could create micro-scratches, which will damage the data on the disc.
2. If the disc still looks dirty, dampen a soft cloth with a mild soap and water mixture and wipe again. Dust the inside of the player often.
3. To really preserve your discs, hold discs by the center hole or outer edge. Do not touch the surface and store discs upright in cases

Scuffmarks on Patent Leather?

posted by lwhite

leather shoesIt’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks:

1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks.
2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton swab and dip it into rubbing alcohol and rub over the mark. Wipe off with a clean cloth.
3. To keep patent leather clean, dampen a cloth with mild soap and water, and then wipe over the marks. Buff with a soft cloth to shine.

Spider Webs inside Your Home?

posted by lwhite

spiderIf you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them:

1. Clean up the inside of your home really well to get rid of all other pests. Vacuum up webs and remove all egg cases and place in the trash. Dust corners and behind furniture and anywhere else you have seen webs. Spiders won’t come in your home, if there’s nothing to eat.
2. Around the outside of your house, remove wood or debris where spiders might like to hang out. Also wipe away all the webs too.

Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?

posted by lwhite

microfiberThis can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully:

1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water.
2. Very carefully dab the swab onto the stain (do not let any drip into computer keys.
3. Wipe the area with a soft or microfiber cloth.
4. If the stain has not been removed, look for commercial screen cleaning products.

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, picture frame tips,If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully:

1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just in case.
2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer bag (but don’t close it totally shut, so moisture can evaporate) and put it into the freezer for a day or so. You should be able to slowly lift the picture from the glass.

NOTE: DO NOT try this with antique, valuable, one-of-a kind pictures. Instead contact a professional photo restorer.

Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards

posted by lwhite

electric cord inspection tips, heloise hints, hints from heloiseIf you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why:

1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damaged. Wipe them clean after use.
2. Also, it’s best to plug them directly into the wall socket. Do not put into extension cords because the temperature might vary and that could change the cooking effectiveness.

Orange-Colored Stains

posted by lwhite

Heloise Hints, Other Uses for Spaghetti, Leftover Spaghetti usesSpaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them:

1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of white vinegar.
2. Turn the garment inside out and place on a towel and blot the stain (do not rub because that could spread it) until it’s gone.
3. Rinse in clear water.

NOTE: Use this ONLY on synthetic fibers or cottons, but NOT on silk.

Vinegar is an amazing household product that can be used in so many ways around the home. For more vinegar hint, click here.

Making Better Popcorn

posted by lwhite

popcornPopcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

1. Store popcorn in an airtight container and put into the refrigerator or freezer.
2. The more moisture in the popcorn, the bigger it will cook up.
3. When cooking popcorn, keep the lid ajar a bit so the steam escapes. Then the popcorn won’t be soggy.

Previous Posts

Once a Year, Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet
Examine everything that you’ve put inside. Reorganize all items by use. So, items you use often, such as toothpaste, bandages or mouthwash should be on a lower shelf. Cold medicines should be on a higher. Arrange medicines so labels that can be easily read. Then go through at your medications.

posted 8:00:38am Apr. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Dishwasher Smelly?
Dishwashers do get stinky and dirty and need to be cleaned. Look in the bottom to see if there’s any debris or gunk and wad up paper towels to lift it out. Then here’s what you should do to clean it: 1. Use household or vinegar or citric acid powder. Pour a gallon of vinegar in the bottom le

posted 8:00:11am Apr. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Cleaning CDs and DVDs
Taking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching: 1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface. NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the c

posted 8:00:43am Apr. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Scuffmarks on Patent Leather?
It’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks: 1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks. 2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton s

posted 8:00:28am Apr. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Spider Webs inside Your Home?
If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them: 1. Clean up the inside

posted 8:00:58am Apr. 21, 2014 | read full post »


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