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

Sticky, Gummy Video Game or Cell Phone Equipment
Your children’s must-have tech devices do get a messy workout with all those dirty, sticky fingers. So here’s the quickest way to get off the gunk: TO CLEAN: The best way for children to clean a cell phone is by using an alcohol based wet wipe, but not on the screen. This at least will remove

posted 8:00:40am Aug. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Stinky Lunchboxes? Double Yuck!
If your children take lunches to school, the lunchbox or bag will inevitably get dirty and smelly. Here’s how to remove the bad odors: TO CLEAN: Lightly wet a paper towel with a bit of household vinegar or sprinkle some odor-neutralizing baking soda on it. Place inside the lunch bag or box over

posted 8:00:18am Aug. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Filthy Children's Backpacks! Yuck!
Your kids’ backpacks will end up being disgusting during the school year. Everything it seems will be crammed inside and left like it’s a portable garbage bag. Use these hints to try to keep it clean: 1. To get rid of the dirt that you see on the backpack, brush off with a dry brush or vacuum

posted 8:00:14am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Frantic Morning Rush?
Getting everybody ready for school in the morning can be such a crazy and stressful time. Here are several hints to make it calmer, so hopefully it goes a little more orderly: 1. Before bedtime, make sure your children gather all their school papers and put them into their backpacks, so they won

posted 8:00:43am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Too Many Family and Children Activities?
Getting your household running efficiently can be a daunting task. Here are a few Heloise Hints to help wrangle your children’s extracurricular activities in some sense of order, which will help everybody save time and energy: 1. Put a basket on a table near the front door to put your children

posted 8:00:14am Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »


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