Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

January 2013 Archives

Dinner Party Emergency

posted by jkerr

1. Put the tablecloth into the dryer, along with a damp towel. 2. Turn the dryer on to the fluff cycle and let run for a few minutes. 3. Check: The wrinkles should be gone!

Keeping Plants Alive While You are Gone

posted by jkerr

1. Fill your bathtub with about ½-inch of water. 2. Put each of your plants on a saucer and put into the tub. 3. Cover the tub or each plant with a dry cleaning bag or two to create a […]

Removing White Rings from Furniture

posted by jkerr

1. Mix half non-gel toothpaste and half baking soda into a paste. 2. Put some of the mixture on a damp cotton cloth and gently rub until the marks disappear. 3. Buff with a dry cotton cloth. NOTE: DO NOT […]

2 Rules of Stain Removal

posted by jkerr

1. Always test whatever cleaning agents you may be using on a hidden part of the garment, such as the seam, before you begin. 2. Work from the back side of the stain and be sure to put absorbent material […]

Tearing or Cutting Salad Greens?

posted by jkerr

* You should gently tear whatever greens you are going to use rather than cut them with kitchen scissors or a knife. The reason is that the metal can cause browning of the edges faster than if you tear them. […]

Stretching Supermarket Dollars

posted by jkerr

1. Shop weekly sales for extra discounts. 2. Use in-store coupons, which offer discounts on specific goods. 3. Sign up for the store’s buyer’s club. 4. Look high-and-low on the shelves; bargains are usually there.

Deodorizing Trash Can

posted by jkerr

* Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the can and also over the trash to help contain odors. * When you remove the trash bag, clean the inside with hot, soapy water and scrub the baking soda around too. […]

Toothbrushes Are Handy in the Kitchen

posted by jkerr

* The bristles on the brushes will be effective getting leftover bits of food from sieves, graters or food-processor blades. * Toothbrushes can also be utilized on other hard-to-clean stuff, like fork tines, in the kitchen.

Toilet Paper Hint

posted by jkerr

Before you put the roll on the holder, simply slightly flatten, by squeezing, the whole roll. This will help keep paper on the roll a bit longer.

Other Uses for Fabric-Softener Sheets

posted by jkerr

1. To freshen the air, put a sheet under the front seat of your car or hang in a closet. 2. To eliminate soap scum on shower doors, simply wipe clean with a used fabric-softener sheet. 3. To deodorize sneakers […]

Previous Posts

Mock Pecan Pie
This delicious pie really tastes like a pecan pie, but is instead made with pinto beans. It will be fun to serve to guests and then tell them what it really contains. It will be a party favorite. Trust me on this one! I’ve made it, served it and did not tell the truth until everyone was done! M

posted 8:00:00am Nov. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Vacuums Need Cleaning Too!
Our cleaning tools that do such a good job of cleaning up for us, they also need to be examined often to wash or wipe down, so they can do an even better job of keeping our homes clean. Here are the steps you should take with vacuum cleaners: 1. Always unplug the vacuum first. Using hot soapy wat

posted 8:00:49am Nov. 25, 2014 | read full post »

How to Remove Tablecloth Stains
We love to use or good tablecloths during the holidays. They make a table look so lovely. And, of course, the tablecloths take a beating because stains just happen! Here are Heloise Hints to help you take off gravy and red-wine stains: 1. To remove that goopy gravy, spoon it up right after is spi

posted 8:00:55am Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Complain with Clout!
If you have bought something that does not work or you are unhappy with service from a store or business what’s the best way to deal with the situation? Save the receipts and the item purchased or make detailed notes of the service that was not performed successfully. Respond in a calm businesslik

posted 8:00:54am Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Heloise’s Lighter Pumpkin Bread
Our Thanksgiving feasts filled with delicious and highly caloric family food favorites. Here’s a delicious fall treat—with fewer calories and one my family requests every year! HELOISE'S LIGHTER PUMPKIN BREAD 1 2/3 cups regular or whole-wheat flour (or 1/2 each type) Note: If you are usin

posted 8:00:28am Nov. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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