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Preventing Microwave Messes

posted by sballou

When you put milk and cereal or creamy mixtures into the microwave, it always seems to bubble over and create a big gloppy mess. Here’s how to avoid it. * Buy cheap paper plates when they are on sale. * […]

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

posted by sballou

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

posted by sballou

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

posted by sballou

* 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 […]

Previous Posts

Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?
This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water. 2. Very carefully dab the swab

posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?
If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully: 1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just in case. 2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer

posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards
If you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why: 1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damage

posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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