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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

Icky Oil Smell Lingers After Deep-Frying?
Oh, that oily stink hangs over the kitchen, but you can get rid of it rather easily with these hints. Here’s how: 1. Bring in a lot of fresh air and circulation into the kitchen. Open windows, a door or turn on a fan. 2. Put out a bowl of vinegar or utilize a room deodorizer, which will mask t

posted 8:00:10am Jul. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Want to Use Green Cleaning Products?
If you don’t want to use household cleaning products that contain chemicals, you can go green. There are many staples you have in your kitchen cabinets that will do the cleaning job just as effectively and you can make your own home-style cleaning solutions that will also cost a lot less. Here’s

posted 8:00:57am Jul. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Furniture Has Small Scratches?
It’s so annoying to find scratches in your wood furniture but you can repair or cover them up. Here are several hints on how to do it by using one of these: 1. Use a matching crayon. 2. Apply paste shoe polish. 3. Rub pecan or walnut meat in your hands and until warm, and then rub over the sc

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

Cleaning an Entertainment Center
If you have housed your TV, stereo or other high-tech devices for entertainment in one area, it’s a good idea to clean them on a regular basis. Here’s what to do: 1. Dust the TV or computer screen with a dry microfiber cloth, but wipe it first to the right and to the left and finally up-and d

posted 8:00:58am Jul. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Keeping Fresh Flowers Lasting Longer
When you receive a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, you want to keep the flowers around for as long as you can. Here are the steps you can take to achieve that: 1. Strip off all the leaves or anything else that goes below the water line, but keep the leaves near the top of the flowers. 2. Cha

posted 8:00:05am Jul. 16, 2014 | read full post »


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