Heloise Hints

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May 2014 Archives

Copper Pans and Pots Need Polishing?

posted by lwhite

These beautiful pans look so great when they are nice and shiny, but they do get discolored. Here’s how you can restore that shine: 1. Create a paste by mixing salt and vinegar together or by using ketchup, which has […]

How to Avoid Lumpy Gravy

posted by lwhite

When you make that delicious gravy that enhances so many dishes, it’s inevitable, it seems, that those unsightly, and definitely not tasty, lumps suddenly appear. Here’s how to prevent them: 1. Blend a bit of a thickening agents, like cornstarch […]

Making Chocolate Last Longer

posted by lwhite

When you receive chocolate as a gift, you may not, as unlikely as this seems, want to eat it all up at one time. Chocolate can be affected negatively by heat, light or other strong odors. Here’s what to do […]

Getting Settled in a Hotel Room

posted by lwhite

After checking in, when you first go into your room, take these steps to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay: 1. First, get out alcohol wipes or anti-germ gel and wipe down the TV remote, phone, door handles and other […]

Cleaning Under the Kitchen Sink

posted by lwhite

This cabinet gets so much daily use and consequently so much dirt, debris, grime and spilled liquids. Here’s how to clear out and reorganize: 1. First, lay down newspaper on the kitchen floor. Then remove everything and put onto the […]

Adding Chocolate Chips and Nut Pieces to Batter

posted by lwhite

When you are baking and mixing the ingredients, here are some hints on how to do this the right way with the mixer or hand mixing: 1. If you have large nut pieces or chocolate chips, they can be chopped […]

How to Freeze Cakes

posted by lwhite

If you have to freeze a cake, it’s better to freeze without filling or frosting because they make the cake soggy. Here are the steps to take: 1. Wrap the cake in a couple of layers of plastic after it […]

Tired of the Same Old Coffee?

posted by lwhite

If you want to jazz up your daily coffee, but don’t want to buy expensive flavored coffees, here’s what you can use right out of your kitchen cabinets to add some flavorings to that cup of Joe: 1. To flavor […]

Hot Paper Plate Leaves Marks on Wood Dining Table

posted by lwhite

Oh, this is so easy to happen when you are eating at your dining room table—hot paper plates placed right on top of the wood. Here’s what you can do to remove that unsightly marks: 1. Make this mixture to […]

Piano Keys Dirty?

posted by lwhite

If your children take piano lessons and practice, practice, those keys can get sticky and grungy. Here are hints to clean the keys: 1. If the keys are plastic, mix a small amount of vinegar with warm water and then […]

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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 »

How Do You Clean a Rodent Cage?
If your children have hamsters or gerbils, the cage/aquarium has to be cleaned often. This task is one the kids need to learn to do to care for their pet/s. Here are the Heloise Hints they can use to clean it out: 1. Empty the cage and really take everything out. That includes, toys, bedding and,

posted 8:00:49am Sep. 24, 2014 | read full post »


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