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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

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

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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

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 […]

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

Heloise’s Lighter Pumpkin Bread
Our Thanksgiving feasts filled with delicious and highly caloric family food favorites. Here’s a delicious fall treat—with fewer calories and one my family requests every year! HELOISE'S LIGHTER PUMPKIN BREAD 1 2/3 cups regular or whole-wheat flour (or 1/2 each type) Note: If you are usin

posted 8:00:28am Nov. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Drying Clothes Well and Lint-Free!
Don’t you hate it when you take out clothes from the dryer and they are either covered in lint or dampish or crumpled up? Here are the steps to take prevent this: 1. Clean out the dryer-lint screen after (or before if others use the dryer) every load. If the lint-screen is full, the buildup can

posted 8:00:23am Nov. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Candle Safety Reminders!
During the holidays, candles provide a lovely glow and aroma all around the house. They add such a festive ambiance for parties, BUT you have to watch them carefully, so they don’t tip over or start a fire. Be vigilant and follow these Heloise Hints: 1. Have a fire emergency plan! Each family m

posted 8:00:38am Nov. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Reducing Stress Before a Holiday Party
Getting everything ready for a holiday family gathering can be stressful. We all know that! Here are several Heloise Hints to ease the stress—get the family involved and plan ahead! 1. Start a Thanksgiving/Christmas / Hanukkah file to contain lists for guests, shopping, menus and recipes. Print

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

Getting Rid of Dust Mites
When you notice dust in your pillows and linens, you want to eliminate/kill them right away. Here’s how to do it successfully. 1. Wash sheets, blankets, pillows (do follow the directions for type of pillow. Foam, feather down, buckwheat) and pillowcases in hot water that’s at least 130 degree

posted 8:00:10am Nov. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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