Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Heloise Hint to Contain Clutter

posted by eolsen

clutterWhen you are in the den or living in room and watching TV, don’t just sit around!

When those endless TV commercials come on, take those minutes to get something simple done. Straighten up, clean up, and clean out clutter. It’s amazing how much what you can do in just a few minutes:

1. Put back what needs to be in place, like toys (pet and kids!) books or pillows.

2. Get rid of that stack of magazines or newspapers. First, go through them to clip the articles you want to save and put them into a paper file or scan into your computer.

3. Give the rug or carpet a quick look. If needed, go over it to pick up crumbs and debris with the vacuum. Take a small rug outside to simple shake away crud!

4. NEVER LEAVE A ROOM EMPTY-HANDED! If you go to get more food or drink, take the dirty glasses and plates that go to the kitchen. Take trash to the garbage bin!

Out of Milk? What to Do!

posted by eolsen

milkIt happens all too often, you are making a recipe, and discover that you don’t have one of the ingredients. What to do at the last minute? Check your pantry! Here are several substitutions you can make for the 1 cup of milk called for in the recipe—which you don’t have!

1. Mix nondairy coffee creamer with water to make 1 cup.

2. Stir ½ cup of evaporated milk with ½ cup of water.

3. Mix powdered milk and water to make 1 cup.

Drinking Glasses Cloudy?

posted by eolsen

glass of waterWhat do you do if take drinking glasses out of the dishwasher and suddenly notice that they are cloudy—even though they are clean? Here’s how to check to see if the cloudiness caused by etching or can be removed.

Here is the Heloise way to find out if drinking glasses have a hard-water buildup or are permanently scratched or etched: Heat full-strength vinegar and soak the glasses in it. However, if they are delicate or fine crystal, use only warm vinegar.

Rub the glasses with a plastic scrubber, rinse and dry well by hand. Examine the glasses to see if the cloudiness has gone. If it is, the cause could be because of hard-water or because of using too much or too little dishwasher detergent. If the cloudiness remains, the glasses may be scratched permanently.

Digital Photos? How to Make Them Last!

posted by eolsen

digital photoEven though we e-mail so many of our digital photos, we also print them out. With the holidays coming up, picture taking will be part of every event, so here are some Heloise Hints on how to save and protect the photos and memories captured in them:

1. If you print pictures using an ink-jet printer, get pigment-ink instead of dye-ink because your photos will last a lot longer. Check the cartridges to find those that indicate pigment on the packages.

2. Always store photo albums in a cool, dry place. Also, be sure to clean and take care of your CD discs.

3. Examine older photos every now-and-then to monitor on their condition, so you won’t find out too late that they have deteriorated.

4. Be aware that daylight and ultraviolet light causes photos to fade, yellow or get brittle. To help preserve favorite shots, switch the photos you have on display in frames on a regular basis.

Out of Silver Polish?

posted by eolsen

silver polishIf you have run out of silver cleaning polish, and you need to clean a sterling silver or silver-plated item, here are two Heloise Home Hints that will do the job in a pinch. Give them a try:

1. If the silver isn’t too badly tarnished, just wash it by squirting a good hand dishwashing liquid onto a sponge and then rubbing—never use any abrasive product. DON’T use the synthetic side of a scrubber sponge or cloth. Rinse completely under warm water and then shine with a soft microfiber cloth.

2. To quick clean or to clean large pieces, but NEVER on thin silver plate or antique pieces, lay a piece of aluminum foil on the bottom of the kitchen sink or in a glass baking dish. Place the silverware on top and cover with very hot water and mix in several teaspoons of baking soda. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Rinse under warm water and polish with a soft cloth.

Halloween Tasty Treats on the Cheap

posted by eolsen

rice krispiesIf you don’t want to buy pricey Halloween candies or treats to give out, you can create tasty, fun and less expensive homemade treats. Here are two recipes:

QUICKIE RICE CEREAL TREATS
This child favorite, no-cook recipe requires only 2 ingredients: a box of rice cereal and a jar of marshmallow cream. Just grease a pan with butter; mix the cereal and cream and pat into the pan and then the refrigerator. Cut into squares. Put Halloween candies on top.

COOKIES FROM A CAKE MIX
Mix 1 box of your favorite cake mix, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Preheat the oven at 350F. Use ONLY these 3 ingredients and nothing else. Mix the batter, according to package instructions, in a large bowl, then drop by small spoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Monitor carefully, so they don’t burn. For a Halloween color, add several drops of food coloring. For orange, mix 3 drops of red and 5 drops of yellow. For black, use black food coloring or experiment with about 5 to 6 blue to 1 to 2 red.

Save Money Making Your Own Cleaners

posted by eolsen

cleaning suppliesYou can easily mix your own household cleaners, which will be just as effective as expensive commercial cleaners. And you will use products you already have in your pantry or cleaning closet. Here are the Heloise Handy Homestyle Formulas.

Multipurpose Cleaner
To remove grease and grime:

Mix 1/2 cup of ammonia and enough water to make 1 gallon. Wear rubber gloves when mixing and using ammonia. This solution is great for tough cleaning jobs and a real go getter on oil and greasy areas. Think stove top of stove filter!

Bathroom Cleaner
Banish mold or mildew:

Mix the juice of 1 good size lemon, 1 tablespoon of household bleach and 1 cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle. Squirt the mixture onto the mildewed area. Allow it to dry, reapply if needed. This is for regular old bathroom mildew, NOT a large spot or black mold.

Window Cleaner
To clean windows and mirrors:

Mix 1/2 cup of white or apple cider vinegar, 1 pint of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon mild dishwashing liquid and enough water to make 1 gallon of cleaner. Pour into a labeled spray bottle. Then dry the windows with a handful of old newspaper. No lint from paper towels and no money wasted either.

Vinegar is environmentally safe and a versatile product you should always have on hand. For more Heloise money saving vinegar hints, click here to find them on my website: www.Heloise.com.

Reusing Coffee Cans

posted by eolsen

coffee groundsDon’t throw out empty metal coffee cans and lids because they are sturdy containers that can be used in a variety of ways around your home. After you have cleaned and dried them well, here are Heloise Hints to repurpose them as is or you can give them a quick coat of spray paint like I do:

1. Store dry pasta, no bugs!

2. Put in a garage or shed to hold nuts, bolts or nails.

3. Use a small can as a scoop for birdseed or dry dog food.

4. Place near the dryer to hold lint.

5. Contain small toys or crayons. Great for auto travel to keep these tiny objects together.

Indoor Air Pollution?

posted by eolsen

vacuumingYes, the air in your home can definitely become polluted from house dust, mites, molds, mildew, animal dander, bacteria and insects. Here are steps you can take to limit or eliminate indoor air pollution:

1. Control the humidity level in your home by keeping it between 30 and 50 percent. Dampness is a perfect breeding ground for mold, mildew, bacteria and insects. Keep things dry but, there does need to be some moisture in your home, so don’t make it bone dry!

2. Dust and clean your home frequently to remove dust mites, animal dander and pollen. Vacuum carpets and drapes often, especially in the winter when many homes are “closed” up a lot and there is less chance for fresh air circulation.

3. Have a pro examine the heating and air conditioning systems annually to be sure they are in the best working condition and help save on your energy costs.

Appliance Needs Repairs?

posted by eolsen

plugHome appliances, as we learn, do break down and require repairs, which can be costly, particularly if the appliance warranty has expired. Keep the booklets that come with new appliances (or check on line) because you can look at the troubleshooting sections to see what steps to take before calling for a costly repair service.

1. Check to be sure the appliance is properly plugged in. Unplug then plug back in to check the connection is secure.

2. Examine home fuses to make certain that one is not blown.

3. Look to see if the lid or doors are ajar, not closed tightly. This can happened especially if the door is just pushed or slammed shut.

Previous Posts

Heloise Hint to Contain Clutter
When you are in the den or living in room and watching TV, don’t just sit around! When those endless TV commercials come on, take those minutes to get something simple done. Straighten up, clean up, and clean out clutter. It’s amazing how much what you can do in just a few minutes: 1. Put

posted 8:00:04am Oct. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Out of Milk? What to Do!
It happens all too often, you are making a recipe, and discover that you don’t have one of the ingredients. What to do at the last minute? Check your pantry! Here are several substitutions you can make for the 1 cup of milk called for in the recipe—which you don’t have! 1. Mix nondairy coff

posted 8:00:17am Oct. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Drinking Glasses Cloudy?
What do you do if take drinking glasses out of the dishwasher and suddenly notice that they are cloudy—even though they are clean? Here’s how to check to see if the cloudiness caused by etching or can be removed. Here is the Heloise way to find out if drinking glasses have a hard-water buildu

posted 8:00:48am Oct. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Digital Photos? How to Make Them Last!
Even though we e-mail so many of our digital photos, we also print them out. With the holidays coming up, picture taking will be part of every event, so here are some Heloise Hints on how to save and protect the photos and memories captured in them: 1. If you print pictures using an ink-jet print

posted 8:00:07am Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Out of Silver Polish?
If you have run out of silver cleaning polish, and you need to clean a sterling silver or silver-plated item, here are two Heloise Home Hints that will do the job in a pinch. Give them a try: 1. If the silver isn’t too badly tarnished, just wash it by squirting a good hand dishwashing liquid on

posted 8:00:17am Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »


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