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Toothbrushes in the Kitchen?

posted by sballou

Toothbrushes aren’t just for use on your teeth! Buy several extra toothbrushes when they are on sale. Store in the kitchen drawers. Here’s how you can use them. * Use toothbrushes for removing bits of leftover food on food-processor blades, […]

Removing Burnt Stains from Stainless Steel Skillets

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1. Sprinkle the burned area with coarse salt and a bit of water to make a paste. 2. Scrub well and the stains should come off. You may have to repeat.

Cleaning White Plastic Lawn Chairs

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1. Mix ¾ cup of household bleach with 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent and 1 gallon of water (first test on a hidden spot to make certain the plastic does not discolor). 2. Wear rubber gloves to scrub the […]

Recycle Foam Peanuts

posted by sballou

* Pour peanuts into the base of large planters to help aerate the soil, flow of water and also to lighten the pot. * Pack them in sealed plastic jugs to make buoy markers on trout lines. * Fill droopy […]

Mouse-Proofing Your House

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* Check the outside of the house for cracks to see if they are coming in that way. * Then look inside. Examine the kitchen, bathroom, attic, chimney and basement to find possible entry points. * Cracks around water and […]

Microfiber Cloths Need Cleaning?

posted by sballou

1. Machine wash in soapy warm water, but do not wash with towels. The microfiber attracts the lint in the water and stays on the cloth. 2. Never use fabric softener or chlorine bleach, they make the microfiber lose its […]

Spider Invasion in Your Home?

posted by sballou

1. Remove spider webs by vacuuming them up or taking them down with a broom wrapped in a paper towel. 2. Scoop up all the egg cases and debris and put into the trash. 3. Examine where spiders are gathering […]

Hair Brushes Dirty?

posted by sballou

1. First pull out all the hair stuck in the bristles. 2. Mix half white household vinegar with half water. 3. Soak for an hour or so; rinse completely. (Don’t soak a wooden brush.) 4. Shake off the water and […]

A Hidden Place For Your Linens

posted by sballou

1. Put an adjustable tension curtain rod in the back of closet. 2. Fold nicely and place linens on hangers that you cover with garbage bags, so they don’t get dusty. Just pull them out and they are ready to […]

How Do You Know When a Steak is Done?

posted by sballou

1. If the steak is soft, it’s rare or undercooked. 2. If it’s firm, and bounces back a bit, it’s medium rare. 3. If the steak is really firm, it’s well done.

Previous Posts

Digital Photos? How to Make Them Last!
Even though we e-mail so many of our digital photos, we also print them out. With the holidays coming up, picture taking will be part of every event, so here are some Heloise Hints on how to save and protect the photos and memories captured in them: 1. If you print pictures using an ink-jet print

posted 8:00:07am Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Out of Silver Polish?
If you have run out of silver cleaning polish, and you need to clean a sterling silver or silver-plated item, here are two Heloise Home Hints that will do the job in a pinch. Give them a try: 1. If the silver isn’t too badly tarnished, just wash it by squirting a good hand dishwashing liquid on

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

Halloween Tasty Treats on the Cheap
If you don’t want to buy pricey Halloween candies or treats to give out, you can create tasty, fun and less expensive homemade treats. Here are two recipes: QUICKIE RICE CEREAL TREATS This child favorite, no-cook recipe requires only 2 ingredients: a box of rice cereal and a jar of marshmallow

posted 8:00:38am Oct. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Save Money Making Your Own Cleaners
You can easily mix your own household cleaners, which will be just as effective as expensive commercial cleaners. And you will use products you already have in your pantry or cleaning closet. Here are the Heloise Handy Homestyle Formulas. Multipurpose Cleaner To remove grease and grime: Mix

posted 8:00:05am Oct. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Reusing Coffee Cans
Don’t throw out empty metal coffee cans and lids because they are sturdy containers that can be used in a variety of ways around your home. After you have cleaned and dried them well, here are Heloise Hints to repurpose them as is or you can give them a quick coat of spray paint like I do: 1. S

posted 8:00:03am Oct. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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