Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Have a Roach Infestation?

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10-07-roachesRoaches can easily get into your home. Here’s a non-toxic approach to help get rid of them. Create this tasty, but deadly, treat for them:

Mix equal amounts of boric acid powder with one of the following: flour, cornmeal or sugar. Sprinkle this over infested areas. Roaches will walk through this, and then eat it when they clean their feelers and legs. The boric acid powder will render them dead over time. Don’t let pets or small children come in contact with this mixture. Do use caution.

Cleaning Dirty Phones

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, telemarketing tips,When doing routine household cleaning, don’t forget to check out how dirty the landlines or cell phones are. They need to be cleaned. Here’s how:

1. To get rid of smudges, makeup or dirt, spritz an all-purpose on a paper towel and wipe over the dirtiest areas. Do not spray cleaners directly onto the phone.
2. For a fast clean, use prepackaged wet towelettes to clean.
3. Don’t forget the cord!

Easy Clean Sheer Curtains?

posted by lwhite

a19These curtains can get dusty from hanging in a busy room with lots of traffic. Here’s an easy hint to clean them:

1. Wash them according to the care label.
2. Then, dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in hot water.
3. Dip the sheers in the solutions.
4. Hang in the shower to dry. Then you won’t have to iron them.

Avocados Not Ripe?

posted by lwhite

buying avocado, how to buy avocado, heloise hintsIf you’ve bought avocados at the supermarket and they haven’t softened enough to eat, here’s what you can do to hasten the process:

1. Place the avocados into a brown paper bag and add a banana or an apple in with the avocado and close the bag.
2. Let sit for a day or so and check to see if they’ve softened.
3. When you cut the avocado, squeeze some lemon juice on it to prevent the meat from turning brown.

Don’t Waste Spray Cleaners

posted by lwhite

organize cleaning supplies, cleaning supplies organization, cleaning suppliesWhen you get to the last several inches of product in spray cleaners, it is often hard to use up all of it. Here’s what to do get all the spray out:

Add several marbles to the bottle. This will raise the level back up, so that the spray pump will work and you can use up all the liquid.

Make Your Own Odor Remover

posted by lwhite

9-12-JarsIf you have stinky smells around your home, you don’t have to buy expensive odor removers. Instead, you can create your own very cheaply. Here’s how:

1. Pour household vinegar into several wide-mouth, big glass jars.
2. Next, add several cloves or cinnamon.
3. Then, microwave for just a minute or two.
4. Finally, place the jars in the rooms that need some refreshing.

Many Uses for a Toothbrush

posted by lwhite

ToothburshAlways buy toothbrushes in bulk. They come in handy for things other than cleaning your teeth! Here are a few unconventional ways you can you toothbrushes around the house:

1. To remove bits of food stuck in the tines of a fork.
2. To clean the handles of pots and pans.
3. To eliminate dirt and grit on the handles or the rubber around the stove or oven.

Storing Cheese

posted by lwhite

cheeseWhen you bring cheeses home from the supermarket, it’s important to store them properly, so they last longer and you don’t end up tossing them out! Here’s what you should do:

1. Place cheese in the refrigerator in a sealable plastic bag. If the cheese is sliced keep it in the original wrapper then into a plastic bag.
2. Moisture may cause many types of cheese to become moldy. To prevent that, place a couple of sugar cubes or a paper napkin in a plastic zippered bag, along with the cheese.

Storing Chocolate for Cooking

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chocolate When you buy this kind of chocolate, you should wrap it well and store in a cool spot that’s also dry. Here’s what else you should do.

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* You do not need to put chocolate in the refrigerator, just keep it away from light, heat or strong odors because they can negatively affect it. Don’t keep it next to the stove.
* Chocolate of this type should last for about a year, but if it’s texture or flavor seems different, time to throw it out.

Peeling Garlic Cloves

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organizingcooking If you have to peel and mince a lot of garlic cloves for a dish, it can be time-consuming, here’s hint used by chefs that will make it faster.

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Place the garlic clove on a cutting board, then put the widest part of a French chef’s knife flat-side on top of the clove. Whack it with the heel of your hand. The garlic clove with be crushed and zoom right out of the peel.

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posted 8:00:17am Oct. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:00:38am Oct. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Save Money Making Your Own Cleaners
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posted 8:00:05am Oct. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Reusing Coffee Cans
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posted 8:00:03am Oct. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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