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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 Out Your Spice Rack

posted by lwhite

If you use lots of spices, your rack is probably full old and new spices and they do get stale. It should be cleaned and cleared out at least once a year. Here’s what to do: 1. Open the jar […]

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. […]

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Don't Over Pack Your Suitcase!
It always seems so difficult to fit everything you want to take into your luggage, but here are some Heloise Hints to help you make more efficient use of the space and that means you can take (and bring home) more: 1. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of suitcase, meaning when the bag is pic

posted 8:00:16am Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Sticky, Gummy Video Game or Cell Phone Equipment
Your children’s must-have tech devices do get a messy workout with all those dirty, sticky fingers. So here’s the quickest way to get off the gunk: TO CLEAN: The best way for children to clean a cell phone is by using an alcohol based wet wipe, but not on the screen. This at least will remove

posted 8:00:40am Aug. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Stinky Lunchboxes? Double Yuck!
If your children take lunches to school, the lunchbox or bag will inevitably get dirty and smelly. Here’s how to remove the bad odors: TO CLEAN: Lightly wet a paper towel with a bit of household vinegar or sprinkle some odor-neutralizing baking soda on it. Place inside the lunch bag or box over

posted 8:00:18am Aug. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Filthy Children's Backpacks! Yuck!
Your kids’ backpacks will end up being disgusting during the school year. Everything it seems will be crammed inside and left like it’s a portable garbage bag. Use these hints to try to keep it clean: 1. To get rid of the dirt that you see on the backpack, brush off with a dry brush or vacuum

posted 8:00:14am Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Frantic Morning Rush?
Getting everybody ready for school in the morning can be such a crazy and stressful time. Here are several hints to make it calmer, so hopefully it goes a little more orderly: 1. Before bedtime, make sure your children gather all their school papers and put them into their backpacks, so they won

posted 8:00:43am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »


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