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September 2013 Archives

Sharpening Scissors

posted by sballou

You don’t need a special tool to sharpen scissors. Simply go to your kitchen and pull out a roll of aluminum to get rid of those dull edges. Here’s what to do next. 1. Tear off 3-4 pieces of aluminum […]

Gunk Burned Onto Skillet?

posted by sballou

If you cook, this just happens, and it can be such a pain to remove. Here’s an easy way to handle this cleaning job. 1. Sprinkle the gunked areas with salt and cover with a small layer of hot water […]

Throw Pillows Need Freshening?

posted by sballou

The throw pillows on your couch or bed can get a bit dusty or stale. So here’s an easy way to freshen them. 1. Put several into the dryer on AIR or FLUFF only. 2. Toss in a scented fabric […]

Have Dents in Hardwood Floors?

posted by sballou

If you notice that furniture or chair legs are damaging your beautiful hardwood floors, here are two hints on how to lessen the damage or prevent it from happening in the future. * Fill the existing dents with clear nail […]

Hair Spray on Bathroom Walls or Door?

posted by sballou

If hair spray has built up on these surfaces, here’s a Heloise hint to get this sticky stuff off. * Pour rubbing alcohol onto a terry cloth towel or microfiber cloth and simply wipe over the sticky areas. * To […]

Smelly Plastic Containers?

posted by sballou

If the inside of plastic bowls or storage containers stink, here’s how you can get rid of the odors. * Make a paste of baking soda and water. * Rub this all over the interior surfaces and let sit overnight. […]

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Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards
If you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why: 1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damage

posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Knives for Your Kitchen
As most of us know, one of a cook’s best friends in the kitchen is a quality, sharp knife. In fact, you really can do most everything—cutting, dicing and chopping—with just three knives. Here’s the cutting edge info on the three: 1. A long chef’s knife will be the best for slicing and

posted 8:00:54am Apr. 11, 2014 | read full post »

Baking Soda as Fire Extinguisher
When baking soda is on sale, buy extra boxes to keep in your kitchen. You can use it to contain small grease or oil cooking fires. Here’s how-to use it most effectively in an emergency: 1. If you see small flames, try to turn off the stove. 2. Then move back away from it and toss a handful of

posted 8:00:47am Apr. 10, 2014 | read full post »


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