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Washing Drapes and Curtains

posted by lwhite

Drapes and curtain can be dust and debris magnets. They need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Here’s how: 1. Draperies or curtains that can be washed first should be taken down. Get them outdoors for a good shake […]

Icky Oil Smell Lingers After Deep-Frying?

posted by lwhite

Oh, that oily stink hangs over the kitchen, but you can get rid of it rather easily with these hints. Here’s how: 1. Bring in a lot of fresh air and circulation into the kitchen. Open windows, a door or […]

Want to Use Green Cleaning Products?

posted by lwhite

If you don’t want to use household cleaning products that contain chemicals, you can go green. There are many staples you have in your kitchen cabinets that will do the cleaning job just as effectively and you can make your […]

Furniture Has Small Scratches?

posted by lwhite

It’s so annoying to find scratches in your wood furniture but you can repair or cover them up. Here are several hints on how to do it by using one of these: 1. Use a matching crayon. 2. Apply paste […]

Cleaning an Entertainment Center

posted by lwhite

If you have housed your TV, stereo or other high-tech devices for entertainment in one area, it’s a good idea to clean them on a regular basis. Here’s what to do: 1. Dust the TV or computer screen with a […]

Mineral Deposits Inside Glass Vase?

posted by lwhite

If you live in an area with hard water, these mineral deposits will happen and they can be tough to remove. Here’s what to do: Get out household vinegar and warm it on the stove. Pour it into the vase […]

Bleach 101

posted by lwhite

Confused about which bleach—chlorine or oxygen—to use because both clean and whiten? Chlorine bleach is more powerful and is effective on white and colorfast clothing that’s washable, but not on silks or wool. Oxygen bleach is less strong and color-safe. […]

Hiking Boots Muddy?

posted by lwhite

If you have enjoyed a wonderful summer hike, your boots, most likely, will need a good cleaning. Get them ready for your next trek: 1. If the boots are only dusty, get a shoe brush to get off the dust. […]

Dirty Flannel Jewelry Polishing Cloth?

posted by lwhite

If you have been cleaning a lot of your jewelry and you notice that the cloth has blackened, here’s how to clean it so you can reuse it: 1. First, read the care label or package instructions. 2. Then hand-wash […]

Metal-Looking Scratches on Dinner Plates?

posted by lwhite

If you notice these unusual kinds of scratches on your plates, here’s what you can do to remove them: These marks might be caused from normal usage of utensils or silverware or they might rub against the plates in the […]

Previous Posts

Have Ice Cream Sticks?
When your children are done eating ice cream on sticks, don’t throw them out. Instead, they can be useful around the house. You can recycle them these ways: 1. Use as a stir for coffee on the go. 2. Utilize to level dry ingredients when measuring. 3. Take to picnics for spreading condiments l

posted 8:00:19am Jul. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Where Should Toothbrushes Stay in the Bathroom?
This is a good question because it’s important to protect them. They get such use and you want them to be clean and effective. Here’s what to do: 1. Store toothbrushes on the counter—as long as they are away from the toilet. Keep them in a container with a cover. Airborne bacteria can spre

posted 8:00:22am Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Washing Drapes and Curtains
Drapes and curtain can be dust and debris magnets. They need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Here’s how: 1. Draperies or curtains that can be washed first should be taken down. Get them outdoors for a good shake to remove the dust. But if they are really soiled, soak them in warm water and f

posted 8:00:56am Jul. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Have Extra French Bread?
If you have leftover French bread that has gotten stale, don’t throw out. Instead you can transform it with these ideas. Here’s how: 1. Slice the French bread and drizzle olive oil over the slices or you also can sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over it. Bake in the oven until the slices

posted 8:00:00am Jul. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Popcorn Ideas
Does your family love to eat popcorn? Here are some new things you can try to make eating it even better. Here are some tasty hints: 1. Create gourmet popcorn, which is a lot cheaper than buying it. Sprinkle regular popcorn with seasoned salts, taco or chili seasoning mixes or even dry salad dres

posted 8:00:18am Jul. 23, 2014 | read full post »


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