Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

May 2013 Archives

Removing Burnt Stains from Stainless Steel Skillets

posted by sballou

1. Sprinkle the burned area with coarse salt and a bit of water to make a paste. 2. Scrub well and the stains should come off. You may have to repeat.

Cleaning White Plastic Lawn Chairs

posted by sballou

1. Mix ¾ cup of household bleach with 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent and 1 gallon of water (first test on a hidden spot to make certain the plastic does not discolor). 2. Wear rubber gloves to scrub the […]

Recycle Foam Peanuts

posted by sballou

* Pour peanuts into the base of large planters to help aerate the soil, flow of water and also to lighten the pot. * Pack them in sealed plastic jugs to make buoy markers on trout lines. * Fill droopy […]

Mouse-Proofing Your House

posted by sballou

* Check the outside of the house for cracks to see if they are coming in that way. * Then look inside. Examine the kitchen, bathroom, attic, chimney and basement to find possible entry points. * Cracks around water and […]

Microfiber Cloths Need Cleaning?

posted by sballou

1. Machine wash in soapy warm water, but do not wash with towels. The microfiber attracts the lint in the water and stays on the cloth. 2. Never use fabric softener or chlorine bleach, they make the microfiber lose its […]

Spider Invasion in Your Home?

posted by sballou

1. Remove spider webs by vacuuming them up or taking them down with a broom wrapped in a paper towel. 2. Scoop up all the egg cases and debris and put into the trash. 3. Examine where spiders are gathering […]

Hair Brushes Dirty?

posted by sballou

1. First pull out all the hair stuck in the bristles. 2. Mix half white household vinegar with half water. 3. Soak for an hour or so; rinse completely. (Don’t soak a wooden brush.) 4. Shake off the water and […]

Previous Posts

Yucky, Stinky, Dirty Sponges?
Sponges are one of the most useful and effective household cleaning tools in your home. They get used in almost every room of the house. They can get very grungy and smelly. Plus, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Here are my best Heloise Hints to clean them: 1. Wash sponges often by

posted 8:00:19am Oct. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Clean and Polish Brass with These Easy Heloise Hints
If brass objects in your home have become tarnished, you can make home-style cleaning polishes to shine them up. What you use will depend on whether the item is lacquered or non-lacquered. Here’s what to do: 1. To clean lacquered brass, first step is to wipe it with a soft, clean damp cloth. Do

posted 8:00:40am Sep. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Fire in Your Home? What to Do!
Any fire in a house can spread very quickly. Often, heat and smoke can be more dangerous than the flames. Gases make people sleepy and asphyxiation is a leading cause of fire deaths. Here’s what you should do during a fire and be sure all family members know what to do, too: 1. If the fire is s

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

Faulty Merchandise or Service? How to Get What You Want!
If you have purchased an item that doesn’t work or you are not happy with the service from a store or business, here’s a checklist to help you make an effective complaint in writing or over the phone—that will get you a refund or the results you want: 1. Save the receipts of the item you bo

posted 8:00:49am Sep. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Extra Bread, Crusts, Rolls or Buns?
If they aren’t going to be eaten right away, might go stale or you don’t have room to freeze them, repurpose these yeasty treats into something else. Here are several crunchy ideas: 1. Transform bread into breadsticks: Cut into strips, cover with butter or olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings,

posted 8:00:04am Sep. 25, 2014 | read full post »


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