Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Save Money Dry-Cleaning

posted by eolsen

dry cleaningIf dry-cleaning all of your garments has become too expensive for your budget, here are some Heloise alternative hints you can take to clean and freshen your clothing at home in lieu of taking them to a cleaner:

1. Buy and use a home cleaning kit to FRESHEN, which will also remove light stains or odors.
2. Steam a dry-clean garment, when it only needs to be pressed or is slightly wrinkled.
3. Hang clothing in the bathroom, when it’s steamy, to remove wrinkles and freshen. A traveler’s trick from way back!
4. Let garments “AIR OUT” before putting back into the closet. You can hang them outside or near a window to remove many odors.

Burned Pot or Pan?

posted by eolsen

pots pansIt just happens when you cook. Food gets burned onto the base of the cooking pot and it looks and smells terrible. It also can be hard to remove without damaging the surface of the pot. Here is a Heloise safe and cheap way to get rid of the gunk.

Baking Soda to the rescue! Just add 3 tablespoons of baking soda in enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Then, simmer this on the stove until you see the crud starting to come up off the bottom. Remove the water and use some elbow grease to scrub off what remains. Bonus? The pot will shine again.

Baking soda is one of my absolute favorite handy products. It’s an essential and environmentally (plus kid and pet) safe product to have at home. Inside of shoes stinky? Sprinkle baking soda inside to absorb the bad odors. Click here for more baking soda hints at my Website: www.Heloise.com.

Football Party? Popcorn in Your Colors!

posted by eolsen

popcornIf you are having a gang over to watch football, here’s a colorful and cheap recipe to feed a big group. Popcorn is always a big hit and this recipe is different and tasty.

 

Tri-Color Festive Popcorn
24 cups popped popcorn
3/4 cup butter or margarine
9 tablespoons light corn syrup
11/4 cups packed light brown or granulated sugar
3 packages (4-serving size) of cherry, lemon or lime gelatin

 

1. Put 8 cups of popcorn in a large bowl. Heat 1/4 cup butter or margarine and 3 tablespoons of corn syrup in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 package of gelatin. Bring to a boil over medium heat and then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour syrup over popcorn right away and toss to coat.

2. Spread the coated popcorn on a shallow foil-lined baking sheet in one layer and bake for about 10 minutes, but watch it very carefully to ensure it will not burn. Let cool, remove from sheet and break into small pieces.
3. Repeat this twice again and use a different gelatin flavor. Make layers using half of each color in two large bowls. Glass bowls will make it look festive!

Recycling Coffee Grounds

posted by eolsen

coffee groundsInstead of throwing out used coffee grounds they can be reused in a variety of ways around the house. Here are several Heloise Hints to recycle them:

1. Spread the dried coffee grounds over flower beds on acid-liking plants, such s rhododendrons and azaleas.
2. Pour coffee grounds into a margarine tub, poke holes in the lid, and put into your refrigerator to help absorb smells.
3. Store the grounds in a can near the kitchen sink. When you chop garlic or peel onions or handle fish, your hands will stink. Rub the coffee grounds over them to eliminate the odor and rinse away.

Identity Theft? What to Do?

posted by eolsen

credit cardWith all of the current news about credit card information being stolen, if you discover that you are a victim of identity theft and that somebody else may be using your cards, here are the steps you should take ASAP:

1. Call your local police to file a report. Make extra copies because you need this to show to merchants and creditors.
2. Contact credit-reporting companies—Equifax, TransUnion and Experian. They should place fraud alerts on your accounts.
3. To cover all bases, contact all your credit card companies, banks, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration.
4. Call the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-ID-THEFT hotline. You can download a useful theft affidavit.

Vinegar for Beauty and Health

posted by eolsen

vinegarWhile we think of vinegar as a useful product for cleaning around the house, but it is so versatile and safe, that it is amazingly helpful in a million other ways:

1. To clean icky hairbrushes: First, clean off hair, and then soak the brushes for 30 minutes in half vinegar and half water. Rinse well, and air dry.

2. To lessen insect stings and itches: Soak a cotton ball or tissue in white vinegar and put over the areas where you have been bitten an insect or stung by a wasp.

3. To get shinier hair: Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 cup of water and pour through your hair. It will remove soap film and your hair will look better.

 

Vinegar is a cheap, safe and multi-use household product you should always have handy.To lessen sunburn, pour apple-cider vinegar onto a soft cloth and dab over burned areas. For more Heloise money saving vinegar hints, click here to find them on my Website: www.Heloise.com

Baby-Formula Stains Be Gone!

posted by eolsen

baby fomulaIt’s inevitable that adorable babies gurgle and spit up baby formula all over clothing and other things! Here are my favorite Heloise Hints to get these tough-to-remove stains out:

1. Attack the stain immediately, because, if not, it can become difficult to remove or even permanent.

2. Soak the article of clothing in cold water for 5-10 minutes first, then rub liquid laundry detergent into the stained area. You also can spritz the stain with an enzyme pre-soak or pre-wash spray.

3. Wash as normal; don’t put in the dryer. Air dry, and recheck the stain.

4. If the stain lingers, sponge it with a dry-cleaning fluid and wash again.

De-Stressing! Water to the Rescue

posted by eolsen

bathtubAfter an action-packed, long day, taking a relaxing bath can be a wonderful way to unwind. You can grab low cost items you have in your house to make the bath even more aromatic and calming. I do this after a business trip when I come home with sore and stress muscles:

1. Add 1/4-1/2 cup of herbs, such as rose petals, rosemary or mint into a net bag and into the water for an herbal bath. The bag makes clean up easy.

2. Put several drops of lavender, geranium or eucalyptus essential oil into your hot bath.

3. If your skin is really dry, also put 1 tablespoon of castor or sweet oil into the bath to soften skin.

Make Kids Breakfast Fun

posted by eolsen

kids breakfastIf your kids are bored with breakfast or just don’t like to eat it, try these Heloise Hints to get their attention and make them more interested in breakfast:

1. Create a breakfast pizza: Bake a whole-wheat crust and top with cheesy scrambled eggs and (real or fake) bacon bits. Add tiny pieces of veggies, too.
2. Make a breakfast banana split: Put out a flat bowl and then fill it with a peeled and split banana. Sprinkle 1 cup of dry cereal over it and mix in ½ cup of yogurt. Top off with berries, slices of apple or even miniature chocolate chips.

Don’t Over Pack Your Suitcase!

posted by eolsen

suitcaseIt always seems so difficult to fit everything you want to take into your luggage, but here are some Heloise Hints to help you make more efficient use of the space and that means you can take (and bring home) more:

1. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of suitcase, meaning when the bag is picked up.

2. When packing shoes, store sole-to-sole, with the heel of one shoe meeting the toes of the other. Don’t waste the space inside the shoes; tuck stockings, hose and underwear there.

3. To prevent clothing from wrinkling while in transit, roll items instead of folding.

4. Pack only travel or trial-size toiletries! Don’t take the big bottle of shampoo!

5. Attach a business card (or note) with a contact or cell number inside the luggage, in case it’s lost. Of course, you should have a tag on the outside too.

Previous Posts

Save Money Dry-Cleaning
If dry-cleaning all of your garments has become too expensive for your budget, here are some Heloise alternative hints you can take to clean and freshen your clothing at home in lieu of taking them to a cleaner: 1. Buy and use a home cleaning kit to FRESHEN, which will also remove light stains or

posted 8:00:11am Sep. 12, 2014 | read full post »

Burned Pot or Pan?
It just happens when you cook. Food gets burned onto the base of the cooking pot and it looks and smells terrible. It also can be hard to remove without damaging the surface of the pot. Here is a Heloise safe and cheap way to get rid of the gunk. Baking Soda to the rescue! Just add 3 tablespoons

posted 8:00:34am Sep. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Football Party? Popcorn in Your Colors!
If you are having a gang over to watch football, here’s a colorful and cheap recipe to feed a big group. Popcorn is always a big hit and this recipe is different and tasty.   Tri-Color Festive Popcorn 24 cups popped popcorn 3/4 cup butter or margarine 9 tablespoons light corn syrup

posted 8:00:34am Sep. 10, 2014 | read full post »

Recycling Coffee Grounds
Instead of throwing out used coffee grounds they can be reused in a variety of ways around the house. Here are several Heloise Hints to recycle them: 1. Spread the dried coffee grounds over flower beds on acid-liking plants, such s rhododendrons and azaleas. 2. Pour coffee grounds into a margari

posted 8:00:32am Sep. 09, 2014 | read full post »

Identity Theft? What to Do?
With all of the current news about credit card information being stolen, if you discover that you are a victim of identity theft and that somebody else may be using your cards, here are the steps you should take ASAP: 1. Call your local police to file a report. Make extra copies because you need

posted 8:00:32am Sep. 08, 2014 | read full post »


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