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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. […]

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 […]

Previous Posts

Oven Window Greasy?
If you notice that the window of your oven is greasy and yucky that’s not surprising, but you don’t want it to linger. Here’s what to do to remove it: 1. First, let the glass cool completely. Then to clean it, wipe both sides with ammonia and let it stay on for a couple of minutes. Get a pl

posted 8:00:43am Aug. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Cleaning Out Your Spice Rack
If you use lots of spices, your rack is probably full old and new spices and they do get stale. It should be cleaned and cleared out at least once a year. Here’s what to do: 1. Open the jar or can of herbs or spices and take a good sniff. It should smell strong and flavorful. If the color is st

posted 8:00:42am Jul. 31, 2014 | read full post »

Have Extra Cake Leftover?
While that may seem impossible to all my dessert lovers, you just may have some. Here are ideas to jazz it up and transform it into another dessert: 1. Cut the cake into bite-size pieces. Then layer with your favorite softened ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce. 2. Use a liqueur over the ca

posted 8:00:31am Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »

Have Ice Cream Sticks?
When your children are done eating ice cream on sticks, don’t throw them out. Instead, they can be useful around the house. You can recycle them these ways: 1. Use as a stir for coffee on the go. 2. Utilize to level dry ingredients when measuring. 3. Take to picnics for spreading condiments l

posted 8:00:19am Jul. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Where Should Toothbrushes Stay in the Bathroom?
This is a good question because it’s important to protect them. They get such use and you want them to be clean and effective. Here’s what to do: 1. Store toothbrushes on the counter—as long as they are away from the toilet. Keep them in a container with a cover. Airborne bacteria can spre

posted 8:00:22am Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »


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