Heloise Hints

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August 2013 Archives

Other Ice Cube Tray Uses

posted by sballou

If you have extra ice cube trays you aren’t using for ice cubes, you can use them for other liquids. Pour leftover stock, coffee or tea into the trays, freeze and store in sealed freezer-safe bags. Here’s how to use […]

Revive Stale Bread

posted by sballou

If you have extra stale bread, crackers or rolls, don’t throw them out. You can revive them. Here’s how. * To perk up a loaf of uncut bread, brush water over the bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and heat in […]

Cooking Dried Beans

posted by sballou

Cooking dried beans takes some time, but is worth the effort. Here are several hints that are useful when cooking them. 1. If your water has high mineral content, it will take longer to cook the dried beans. 2. If […]

Jewelry Chains Knotted?

posted by sballou

When we take off jewelry chains, it’s so easy for them to accidentally get tangled up or knotted. And it can be such a pain to undo or straighten them. Here’s how. * Lay out a piece of waxed paper […]

Wood Furniture Has Tiny Cracks?

posted by sballou

Over time, furniture can develop small cracks or scratches. You can repair these minor flaws without taking to a restorer. Here’s how to cover them up. 1. Use wax sticks, which you can find in hardware stores. 2. They come […]

Tar or Bird Droppings on Your Car?

posted by sballou

These substances can be damaging to your car’s finish. Don’t let them stay on the surface for long periods of time. Instead remove ASAP. Here’s how. 1. Wipe off any of the top debris first. 2. Spray the covered areas […]

Stuffed Animals Need a Cleaning?

posted by sballou

Your young children love these toys and play with them a lot. They do get dirty and need some refreshing. Here’s how. * Put several of the stuffed animals into a large plastic bag. * Pour in a healthy amount […]

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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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