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

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 »

Halloween Tasty Treats on the Cheap
If 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

posted 8:00:38am Oct. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Save Money Making Your Own Cleaners
You 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

posted 8:00:05am Oct. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Reusing Coffee Cans
Don’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. S

posted 8:00:03am Oct. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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