Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Tar or Bird Droppings on Your Car?

posted by sballou

birdpooThese substances can be damaging to your car’s finish. Don’t let them stay on the surface for long periods of time. Instead remove ASAP. Here’s how.

1. Wipe off any of the top debris first.
2. Spray the covered areas with an oil-based prewash spray.
3. Let it remain on the surface for several minutes to work.
4. Scrub off with a nylon scrubber.
5. Wash car or take to a car wash to finish the job.

Stuffed Animals Need a Cleaning?

posted by sballou

stuffed animalsYour young children love these toys and play with them a lot. They do get dirty and need some refreshing. Here’s how.

* Put several of the stuffed animals into a large plastic bag.
* Pour in a healthy amount of baking soda.
* Close the top tightly and shake really well.
* Take the bag outside and lift the furry toys out. Use a hairbrush to remove leftover baking soda.

Saving Bananas

posted by sballou

BananasIf you buy a bunch of bananas and they ripen
faster than you can use them, here’s what you can do to save them.

1. Peel and mash bananas and add only a bit of lemon juice.
2. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Just defrost before using in a recipe.

Walnuts Gone Stale?

posted by sballou

57422040 Mixed nutsDon’t throw them out (they are expensive)!
Instead you can bring back the nut’s flavor with this Heloise hint.

1. Pour a bit of boiling water over the walnuts.
2. Then spread them on a baking sheet and heat in the oven for a few minutes at a low heat. Watch carefully and stir. The crunch and taste should be revived.

Bundt Cake Pan Trick

posted by sballou

Bundt CakeBundt cake pans are great to use to create a lovely-looking cake, but getting that cake out of the pan perfectly can be difficult. Here’s a hint to solve this problem.

1. First, grease the pan lightly and then sprinkle sugar inside instead of flour before putting the batter inside.
2. Bake as directed and let the cake cool, tap the sides, turn upside down and the cake should come out easily.

Making Cupcakes or Muffins?

posted by sballou

blueberry-muffin-large1When you are mixing up these delicious treats,
it can be such a mess when transferring the mixture to the baking tins. Here’s
a useful hint.

To prevent the mixtures from dribbling over the tins, use an ice cream scoop to pick up the right amount of batter. There will be no mess and no waste.

Easy-to-Make Cleaner and Deodorizer

posted by sballou

a4If you want to save money with your cleaning
supplies, here’s one recipe that’s cheap and will help to get rid of smells,
and cleans, too.

1. Mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda with 1 quart of warm water.
2. Put the solution into a small bucket. Use it to clean ceramic surfaces or the smelly refrigerator or freezer walls and shelves.

TV Screen Dusty?

posted by jgordon1

dusting tips, heloise hints, hints from heloiseNo matter how often we wipe these screens, dust just seems to accumulate almost every day. Here’s the best way to clear it off.

Use a clean microfiber cloth to gently wipe across the screen. This type of cloth will lift off and hold the dust on the cloth. Never apply any kind liquid or abrasive cleaner to the screen!

Saving Money on Summer Energy Bills

posted by sballou

Summer EnergyTo help keep your kitchen cooler during the summer, use your microwave more, and turn on your dishwasher, only when in full. Here’s another energy-saving hint.

If you cook food in glass or ceramic baking dishes, you can turn the oven down 25 degrees. The reason? This type of cookware retains heat better than other materials. This will save you money on your energy bill.

Make Bagel Chips

posted by sballou

Bagel ChipsIf you have leftover bagels after a Sunday brunch, don’t throw them out. Instead, make bagel chips, a crunchy treat your kids will devour. Here’s how.

1. Cut the bagels into 1/8th-inch or thin slices
2. Put them on a baking sheet and place into the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes on each side.
3.To jazz up, brush the sides with olive oil and sprinkle herbs or salt on top.

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