Heloise Hints

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Dinner Party Emergency

posted by jkerr

1. Put the tablecloth into the dryer, along with a damp towel. 2. Turn the dryer on to the fluff cycle and let run for a few minutes. 3. Check: The wrinkles should be gone!

Keeping Plants Alive While You are Gone

posted by jkerr

1. Fill your bathtub with about ½-inch of water. 2. Put each of your plants on a saucer and put into the tub. 3. Cover the tub or each plant with a dry cleaning bag or two to create a […]

Removing White Rings from Furniture

posted by jkerr

1. Mix half non-gel toothpaste and half baking soda into a paste. 2. Put some of the mixture on a damp cotton cloth and gently rub until the marks disappear. 3. Buff with a dry cotton cloth. NOTE: DO NOT […]

2 Rules of Stain Removal

posted by jkerr

1. Always test whatever cleaning agents you may be using on a hidden part of the garment, such as the seam, before you begin. 2. Work from the back side of the stain and be sure to put absorbent material […]

Tearing or Cutting Salad Greens?

posted by jkerr

* You should gently tear whatever greens you are going to use rather than cut them with kitchen scissors or a knife. The reason is that the metal can cause browning of the edges faster than if you tear them. […]

Stretching Supermarket Dollars

posted by jkerr

1. Shop weekly sales for extra discounts. 2. Use in-store coupons, which offer discounts on specific goods. 3. Sign up for the store’s buyer’s club. 4. Look high-and-low on the shelves; bargains are usually there.

Deodorizing Trash Can

posted by jkerr

* Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the can and also over the trash to help contain odors. * When you remove the trash bag, clean the inside with hot, soapy water and scrub the baking soda around too. […]

Toothbrushes Are Handy in the Kitchen

posted by jkerr

* The bristles on the brushes will be effective getting leftover bits of food from sieves, graters or food-processor blades. * Toothbrushes can also be utilized on other hard-to-clean stuff, like fork tines, in the kitchen.

Toilet Paper Hint

posted by jkerr

Before you put the roll on the holder, simply slightly flatten, by squeezing, the whole roll. This will help keep paper on the roll a bit longer.

Other Uses for Fabric-Softener Sheets

posted by jkerr

1. To freshen the air, put a sheet under the front seat of your car or hang in a closet. 2. To eliminate soap scum on shower doors, simply wipe clean with a used fabric-softener sheet. 3. To deodorize sneakers […]

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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