Heloise Hints

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February 2014 Archives

Have a Roach Infestation?

posted by lwhite

Roaches can easily get into your home. Here’s a non-toxic approach to help get rid of them. Create this tasty, but deadly, treat for them: Mix equal amounts of boric acid powder with one of the following: flour, cornmeal or […]

Cleaning Dirty Phones

posted by lwhite

When doing routine household cleaning, don’t forget to check out how dirty the landlines or cell phones are. They need to be cleaned. Here’s how: 1. To get rid of smudges, makeup or dirt, spritz an all-purpose on a paper […]

Easy Clean Sheer Curtains?

posted by lwhite

These curtains can get dusty from hanging in a busy room with lots of traffic. Here’s an easy hint to clean them: 1. Wash them according to the care label. 2. Then, dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in hot […]

Avocados Not Ripe?

posted by lwhite

If you’ve bought avocados at the supermarket and they haven’t softened enough to eat, here’s what you can do to hasten the process: 1. Place the avocados into a brown paper bag and add a banana or an apple in […]

Don’t Waste Spray Cleaners

posted by lwhite

When you get to the last several inches of product in spray cleaners, it is often hard to use up all of it. Here’s what to do get all the spray out: Add several marbles to the bottle. This will […]

Make Your Own Odor Remover

posted by lwhite

If you have stinky smells around your home, you don’t have to buy expensive odor removers. Instead, you can create your own very cheaply. Here’s how: 1. Pour household vinegar into several wide-mouth, big glass jars. 2. Next, add several […]

Many Uses for a Toothbrush

posted by lwhite

Always buy toothbrushes in bulk. They come in handy for things other than cleaning your teeth! Here are a few unconventional ways you can you toothbrushes around the house: 1. To remove bits of food stuck in the tines of […]

Storing Cheese

posted by lwhite

When you bring cheeses home from the supermarket, it’s important to store them properly, so they last longer and you don’t end up tossing them out! Here’s what you should do: 1. Place cheese in the refrigerator in a sealable […]

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Getting Your Children To Help Out
With the new fall school year looming; Mom and Dad may feel like it is managing the family circus in overtime. With all the school and sports activities, play dates, sleepovers and more going into full swing, you can enlist your children to be more organized. Here are some simple ideas: 1. Use

posted 8:00:53am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Leather Shoes Too Tight? Here's a Hint to Try
If you realize the leather shoes you have in your closet are not comfortable, you can stretch them a bit. Here’s what to do. 1. To stretch leather shoes a little, use a shoe stretcher and a shoe-stretch spray, which you can find at shoe-repair shops. 2. Apply the spray inside the shoe, and a

posted 8:00:21am Aug. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Don't Pay a Plumber, Prevent the Problem First!
The drains in your home are basically taken for granted—until there’s a problem, usually a huge one! To avoid a costly repair, monitor and maintain drains by flushing weekly with warm water and checking them regularly. Most drain problems, like blockages, can be prevented by being aware of what

posted 8:00:33am Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Smelly Dog Beds and Dog Dishes Dirty?
We love our dogs, but they can get dirty (especially if they play outside or have a doggie door) and carry that to their beds. They also can be messy eaters and drinkers. Here are some hints on cleaning up after them: 1. Yucky dog food (especially moist canned) and water bowls need to be cleaned

posted 8:00:10am Aug. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Mothball Odor in Clothes? Easy Fix!
If clothes or furniture have been stored with mothballs, the stench can be overpowering and awful when you take them out to be used. Here are some Heloise Hints to get rid of the stink: 1. Give clothes and furniture plenty of air circulation to lessen the mothball odor. 2. For clothing, hang them

posted 8:00:26am Aug. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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