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Caring for Your Shoes

posted by lwhite

leather shoesWhen 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 should take routinely:

1. Wipe or dust off the surface of your shoes frequently.
2. Use a paste or cream polish to maintain the leather.
3. Examine the tips, soles and heels often. If you see rips or tears, get them to a shoe-repair store right away. If the soles are getting worn, replace them.
4. Use shoetrees to aid shoes in retaining their shape.
5. When shoes get wet, crumple up newspaper and stuff inside and allow to dry for a couple of hours. This also will help to keep the shape.

Hard-Water Spots on Aluminum-Frame Shower Door?

posted by lwhite

ToothburshOften, 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, dip a toothbrush into the solution and rub it into the corners.
2. Dry completely. Polish with a paste wax, such as car wax, to help stop the spots from recurring. Also, if you clean the door frame often, the buildup won’t happen.

Stuffed Animals and Dolls Dirty?

posted by lwhite

cleaning stuffed animals, stuffed animal cleaning, stuffed animal cleaning tipsIf 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 wash the dolls or stuffed animals, put them into a big plastic bag and then pour in about 1 cup of baking or more. Go outside and shut the bag tightly and shake it vigorously. Make sure the baking soda coats everything. They will be refreshed. Take each one out and shake off the baking soda or use a soft hairbrush to remove it all. Let the dolls and animals sit in the fresh air for a couple of hours.

Make Your Own Citrus Deodorizer

posted by lwhite

9-12-JarsTo 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 large pot with water and add any citrus—grapefruit, lemon or orange and that can be slices, leftover wedges or rinds.
2. Add a dash of cinnamon or cinnamon sticks, and simmer on low heat.
3. Then, you can make it even spicier by dropping other spices, like allspice, nutmeg or even a peppermint stick.
4. Watch this pot and don’t let it boil dry. Pour into small glass jars and you can punch holes in the lids, so the aroma will make a room smell nice.

Black Mealy Bugs in Cereal Box?

posted by lwhite

11-09-trashWhen you see these pests in your cupboard, you need to examine it carefully to be sure there’s not a pantry bug or weevil infestation. Here’s what else you should do:

1. If you see the other products/boxes with the bugs inside, you have to throw out the items (you cannot save the food inside). And empty all areas that contain the bugs.
2. Scrub the shelves thoroughly with hot, sudsy water. Then spray the area with a kitchen-safe insecticide. Close the cupboard doors for several hours and then open.
3.To prevent bugs from getting into food item, store them in glass jars or sealed plastic bags.

Exercise Clothes Stinky?

posted by lwhite

dryer cleaning tips, cleaning dryer, heloise hintsWhen we exercise, we sweat and it smells. Here’s the best way to clean your active wear:

1. Turn it inside out, where most of the stink and grime is, then pour a bit of full-strength laundry detergent directly onto the underarms and rub in. Wash as you normally do.
2. When you remove the exercise clothes from the washing machine, sniff again to make sure the underarm odor is gone. If not, dab some household vinegar on the area, and then wait several minutes, give a second rinse and air dry.

Vinegar has many uses around the house. Mix half vinegar and half water to remove fingerprints from shiny appliances. For more vinegar hints, you can find them at my website here.

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

posted by lwhite

kitchen sink cleaning tips, kitchen sink tips, sink cleaning tipsBecause we use these on a daily basis, they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. And be aware that makeup brushes can also retain bacteria, so they should be cleaned frequently. Here’s how:

1. Clean makeup brushes with a commercial brush cleaner or cheap hair shampoo.
2. First, run lots of water over just the brush part, then squirt the shampoo on it and lather up.
3. Rinse thoroughly to eliminate residue and dry off the water with a towel. Let the brush air dry.

Removing Beach Sand

posted by lwhite

7_16_beach_day_heloiseAfter a great day at the beach, it’s so easy to track that beautiful sand into your car and house and it’s so tough to get that beach sand out of clothing, carpets, cars and houses. Here are steps to take to prevent it from getting there in the first place:

1. To keep sand from getting on car seats, buy cheap plastic shower curtains and drape them over the seats. This will keep them from becoming wet and will contain sand.
2. After you and your family members leave the beach, and before getting into the car, have baking soda or baby powder on hand. Sprinkle a good amount of it on the top and bottom of feet, and in between toes because it will help to make the sand come off fast. Then wipe it off.

Summer Dog Safety

posted by lwhite

pet beach tips, heloise hints, lifestyle hints,Our beloved dogs are family members for sure, and we like to share our summer activities with them, but there are many dangers for your pooches. Here are come precautions to take:

1. If you are going to the beach, don’t bring your dog along during the day because the sun and sand can be too hot.
2. If you are heading to a swimming pool or lake, you can bring your dog, but watch him/her closely, because many dogs are not good swimmers.
3. Also, don’t let your pooch drink any pool water because it does contain chemicals and bleach that are dangerous.

How to Clean White Plastic Lawn Chairs

posted by lwhite

white lawn chairsIf you have stored these chairs over the winter, they may need a thorough cleaning to make them look nice on your patio or deck. Here’s what to do:

1. Hose them down to remove dirt or debris.
2. If you notice stains, make a solution with ¾ cup of household bleach and 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent with 1 gallon of water (be sure to test this mixture on a hidden spot to ensure that the plastic does not discolor).
3. Wear rubber gloves and rub the mixture over the stained areas. Let this remain on the chair for 5 to 15 minutes. Then rinse well and air dry.

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