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Cleaning Stainless Steel

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Heloise Hints, Cleaning Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel CleaningStainless steel appliances are attractive, but take specific care to maintain the durable surface properly to remove fingerprints and keep it shiny. Here’s how you should care for the

1. Clean frequently. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth or sponge. Take note that stainless steel can be scratched easily, so never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool.
2. Do not use cleaning products that contain chlorine, including dishwasher detergent or spray products.
3. If you have hard water, it can leave spots. To remove them, wipe the area with household vinegar on a paper towel, then rinse and wipe dry.
4. To shine stainless steel, apply baby or mineral oil to a paper towel and wipe dry.

Avoiding the Morning Rush

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driveway stain tips, heloise hints, hints from heloiseIt can be crazy trying to get everyone out of the house to school and work every day. So, if you can take a few organizational steps this will make the mornings go more smoothly:

1. Before you go to bed, set the breakfast table. Put out dishes and dry cereal.
2. Make sure your children put all their school papers into their backpacks, so they won’t be searching for them.
3. Try to get your teens to decide what they are going to wear the next day before they hit the hay.
4. For younger children, choose the outfits and lay them out at night.

Once a Year, Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet

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heloise hints, medicine chest tipsExamine everything that you’ve put inside. Reorganize all items by use. So, items you use often, such as toothpaste, bandages or mouthwash should be on a lower shelf. Cold medicines should be on a higher. Arrange medicines so labels that can be easily read. Then go through at your medications.

Read the label and toss out:

1. Tablets that smell funny or discolored or cracked.
2. Capsules that are stuck together.
3. Liquid medication that has come part or is not uniform.
4. Medications that have expired.
5. All bottles that do not have labels.
6. Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

Dishwasher Smelly?

posted by lwhite

Heloise Hints, Other Dishwasher Uses, Dishwasher UsesDishwashers do get stinky and dirty and need to be cleaned. Look in the bottom to see if there’s any debris or gunk and wad up paper towels to lift it out. Then here’s what you should do to clean it:

1. Use household or vinegar or citric acid powder. Pour a gallon of vinegar in the bottom let set for about an hour and then run the washer through a full cycle. Or add half-cup of citric acid powder and run the dishwasher.
2. If there’s still a strong, bad smell, call a plumber because it could be a plumbing issue, like sewer gas.

Cleaning CDs and DVDs

posted by lwhite

10-26-dvdcleaningTaking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching:

1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface.
NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the center to the edge of the disc. Never use a circular motion because it could create micro-scratches, which will damage the data on the disc.
2. If the disc still looks dirty, dampen a soft cloth with a mild soap and water mixture and wipe again. Dust the inside of the player often.
3. To really preserve your discs, hold discs by the center hole or outer edge. Do not touch the surface and store discs upright in cases

Scuffmarks on Patent Leather?

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leather shoesIt’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks:

1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks.
2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton swab and dip it into rubbing alcohol and rub over the mark. Wipe off with a clean cloth.
3. To keep patent leather clean, dampen a cloth with mild soap and water, and then wipe over the marks. Buff with a soft cloth to shine.

Spider Webs inside Your Home?

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spiderIf you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them:

1. Clean up the inside of your home really well to get rid of all other pests. Vacuum up webs and remove all egg cases and place in the trash. Dust corners and behind furniture and anywhere else you have seen webs. Spiders won’t come in your home, if there’s nothing to eat.
2. Around the outside of your house, remove wood or debris where spiders might like to hang out. Also wipe away all the webs too.

Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?

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microfiberThis 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 onto the stain (do not let any drip into computer keys.
3. Wipe the area with a soft or microfiber cloth.
4. If the stain has not been removed, look for commercial screen cleaning products.

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?

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heloise hints, picture frame tips,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 bag (but don’t close it totally shut, so moisture can evaporate) and put it into the freezer for a day or so. You should be able to slowly lift the picture from the glass.

NOTE: DO NOT try this with antique, valuable, one-of-a kind pictures. Instead contact a professional photo restorer.

Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards

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electric cord inspection tips, heloise hints, hints from heloiseIf 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 damaged. Wipe them clean after use.
2. Also, it’s best to plug them directly into the wall socket. Do not put into extension cords because the temperature might vary and that could change the cooking effectiveness.

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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 »

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