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Oven Window Greasy?

posted by lwhite

If you notice that the window of your oven is greasy and yucky that’s not surprising, but you don’t want it to linger. Here’s what to do to remove it: 1. First, let the glass cool completely. Then to clean […]

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

posted by lwhite

Stainless steel looks great and has a durable finish, but it needs a special kind of cleaning, so the surface won’t be scratched. Here’s how to keep it shiny and to remove fingerprints: 1. Rinse, wipe and dry stainless steel […]

Cooking Spray Baked onto Glass Baking Dish?

posted by lwhite

While sprays are convenient, they also leave a yucky mess over time, if they are not cleaned well after each use. Here’s what to do: To get rid of baked-on cooking spray from a glass baking dish, put the dish […]

Smelly Books

posted by lwhite

If you have stored books in a basement, where there might be moisture, they can acquire a mildewy smell. It’s best to store books in a dry spot, like the attic. To remove that odor, try these hints: 1.First, air […]

Sunscreen Stains on Fabric

posted by lwhite

During the summer, we apply sunscreen products to protect our skin from the intense sun. Some products contain ingredients that may cause discoloration, a yellowish hue stain. Here’s how to get it off: 1. When you notice this stain on […]

Hair Dye Lands on Hands and Nails?

posted by lwhite

It’s so easy for this to happen when you are dyeing your hair. Remove it as soon as you can. Use this home-style remedy, which usually works well and safely: Squeeze a lemon or lime, which contain citric acid, on […]

Caring for Your Shoes

posted by lwhite

When you invest your money in a good pair of shoes, it’s important to take the time to care for them. It will pay off because they will look better and last a lot longer. Here are the steps you […]

Hard-Water Spots on Aluminum-Frame Shower Door?

posted by lwhite

Often, these spots are unavoidable because of hard water, and they look so unattractive, but here’s an easy way to get rid of them: 1. Mix half household vinegar with half water. Scrub the frame thoroughly. To clean the corners, […]

Stuffed Animals and Dolls Dirty?

posted by lwhite

If you notice that your children’s stuffed animals or dolls are dusty or funky smelling, and need a bit of cleaning up, here’s how to do it: 1. Brush or vacuum off visible dust and debris. 2. If you can’t […]

Make Your Own Citrus Deodorizer

posted by lwhite

To save money, you can create your own citrus deodorizer for your home. It will cost less than buying commercial ones, but will smell just as good and help to mask odors. Here’s how to make one: 1. Fill a […]

Previous Posts

Storing Vegetables and Fruits
When you bring home vegetables or fruits from the farmers market or grocery store, it’s important to store them properly in the refrigerator to make them last longer. Try to eat fruits and vegetables with several days after you get them. But if you can’t, here’s how to keep them as fresh as po

posted 8:00:08am Nov. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Mock Pecan Pie
This delicious pie really tastes like a pecan pie, but is instead made with pinto beans. It will be fun to serve to guests and then tell them what it really contains. It will be a party favorite. Trust me on this one! I’ve made it, served it and did not tell the truth until everyone was done! M

posted 8:00:00am Nov. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Vacuums Need Cleaning Too!
Our cleaning tools that do such a good job of cleaning up for us, they also need to be examined often to wash or wipe down, so they can do an even better job of keeping our homes clean. Here are the steps you should take with vacuum cleaners: 1. Always unplug the vacuum first. Using hot soapy wat

posted 8:00:49am Nov. 25, 2014 | read full post »

How to Remove Tablecloth Stains
We love to use or good tablecloths during the holidays. They make a table look so lovely. And, of course, the tablecloths take a beating because stains just happen! Here are Heloise Hints to help you take off gravy and red-wine stains: 1. To remove that goopy gravy, spoon it up right after is spi

posted 8:00:55am Nov. 24, 2014 | read full post »

Complain with Clout!
If you have bought something that does not work or you are unhappy with service from a store or business what’s the best way to deal with the situation? Save the receipts and the item purchased or make detailed notes of the service that was not performed successfully. Respond in a calm businesslik

posted 8:00:54am Nov. 21, 2014 | read full post »


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