Heloise Hints

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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

Quickie Rice-Cereal Treats. Easy to Make and Yummy to Eat
If you have unexpected children coming by after school, you can whip up these favorite kid snacks in a hurry. Here’s the short-cut Heloise recipe: 1. Make rice cereal treats faster simply by melting miniature marshmallows in this no-cook recipe. 2. Mix the rice cereal with the melted marshmall

posted 8:00:45am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Getting Your Children To Help Out
With the new fall school year looming; Mom and Dad may feel like it is managing the family circus in overtime. With all the school and sports activities, play dates, sleepovers and more going into full swing, you can enlist your children to be more organized. Here are some simple ideas: 1. Use

posted 8:00:53am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Leather Shoes Too Tight? Here's a Hint to Try
If you realize the leather shoes you have in your closet are not comfortable, you can stretch them a bit. Here’s what to do. 1. To stretch leather shoes a little, use a shoe stretcher and a shoe-stretch spray, which you can find at shoe-repair shops. 2. Apply the spray inside the shoe, and a

posted 8:00:21am Aug. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Don't Pay a Plumber, Prevent the Problem First!
The drains in your home are basically taken for granted—until there’s a problem, usually a huge one! To avoid a costly repair, monitor and maintain drains by flushing weekly with warm water and checking them regularly. Most drain problems, like blockages, can be prevented by being aware of what

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

Smelly Dog Beds and Dog Dishes Dirty?
We love our dogs, but they can get dirty (especially if they play outside or have a doggie door) and carry that to their beds. They also can be messy eaters and drinkers. Here are some hints on cleaning up after them: 1. Yucky dog food (especially moist canned) and water bowls need to be cleaned

posted 8:00:10am Aug. 15, 2014 | read full post »


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