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Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?

posted by lwhite

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 […]

Orange-Colored Stains

posted by lwhite

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 […]

Flower Vase Has Ugly Water Ring

posted by lwhite

If you notice a crusty calcium-type ring inside the vase, it was probably caused by using tap water that contains minerals. However, you can remove the unsightly ring. Here’s how to do it: 1. Warm enough full-strength household vinegar to […]

Cleaning Copper Objects

posted by lwhite

When they tarnish and need to be shined, you can make cheap homemade cleaners to make them shine again. 1. Douse a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice. Then sprinkle salt on it and rub the metal, rinse and dry […]

Cleaning Pewter

posted by lwhite

Pewter has such a lovely soft finish rather than a shine. Occasionally, pewter pieces may need to be buffed up. Here are two home-style ways to do it: 1. Go to your refrigerator and take out several cabbage leaves and […]

When You Dust

posted by lwhite

Use only a feather duster. Dry cloth just rearranges dust and pushes it into the air. Do not move it around, re-move it. Here’s how to do the job better: You need to use a furniture polish or a spray […]

Is the Inside of Your Washing Machine Dirty?

posted by lwhite

Yes, the interior of this appliance can get a residue buildup from hard-water mineral or detergents. To remove this, here’s a hint: Pour a gallon of cheap white or apple cider vinegar into the washer and fill with hot water. […]

Cleaning Cloudy Glasses

posted by lwhite

If drinking glasses have a cloudy film, it just might be a film of hard water build up. Here’s how to clean if off. 1.Soak the cloudy glasses into warm full-strength household vinegar. Scrub with a plastic brush. 2.Then, wash […]

Maintaining a Waffle Iron

posted by lwhite

With waffles being so popular today (particularly with chicken), you can enjoy them frequently for dinner, lunch or brunch at home! Here’s what you should do to get the best results. 1. Season a new waffle iron before using. Grease […]

Ants Invading Your Kitchen?

posted by lwhite

If you see ants marching across the counters, they have found a happy spot. They love to munch on food that’s been left out. Here’s what to do to prevent them from returning. 1. Clean all the work surfaces and […]

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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