Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Gunk Burned Onto Skillet?

posted by sballou

skilletIf you cook, this just happens, and it can be such a pain to remove. Here’s an easy way to handle this cleaning job.

1. Sprinkle the gunked areas with salt and cover with a small layer of hot water to make a paste. Scrub hard with a plastic brush or scrubbie and the stuff should come off.

Throw Pillows Need Freshening?

posted by sballou

throwpillowsThe throw pillows on your couch or bed can get a bit dusty or stale. So here’s an easy way to freshen them.

1. Put several into the dryer on AIR or FLUFF only.
2. Toss in a scented fabric softener sheet.
3. Run the dryer for just several minutes to remove the dust.

Have Dents in Hardwood Floors?

posted by sballou

hardwood floorsIf you notice that furniture or chair legs are damaging your beautiful hardwood floors, here are two hints on how to lessen the damage or prevent it from happening in the future.

* Fill the existing dents with clear nail polish or shellac.
* To prevent more dents, put adhesive-backed moles on the bottom of the chair legs.

Hair Spray on Bathroom Walls or Door?

posted by sballou

hairsprayIf hair spray has built up on these surfaces, here’s a Heloise hint to get this sticky stuff off.

* Pour rubbing alcohol onto a terry cloth towel or microfiber cloth and simply wipe over the sticky areas.
* To prevent this from recurring, when you spray your hair, stand the in shower/stall to contain it. Then it can be rinsed off when you shower.

Smelly Plastic Containers?

posted by sballou

plasticontainerIf the inside of plastic bowls or storage containers stink, here’s how you can get rid of the odors.

* Make a paste of baking soda and water.
* Rub this all over the interior surfaces and let sit overnight.
* Wash with hot soapy water, rinse well and dry.

Other Ice Cube Tray Uses

posted by sballou

ice cube trayIf you have extra ice cube trays you aren’t using for ice cubes, you can use them for other liquids. Pour leftover stock, coffee or tea into the trays, freeze and store in sealed freezer-safe bags. Here’s how to use them.

* To season a dish you’re cooking, toss in a cube of stock.
* To flavor milk or drop into too-hot coffee, use the coffee cubes.
* To perk up iced tea, add an ice tea cube.

Revive Stale Bread

posted by sballou

stale breadIf you have extra stale bread, crackers or rolls, don’t throw them out. You can revive them. Here’s how.

* To perk up a loaf of uncut bread, brush water over the bread. Wrap in aluminum foil and heat in a medium-hot oven for about 10 minutes.
* To freshen rolls, dip each into a bowl of milk and place in a hot oven for a couple of minutes.
* To bring soggy crackers back, put them in a microwave on HIGH for around 30 seconds.

Cooking Dried Beans

posted by sballou

dried beansCooking dried beans takes some time, but is worth the effort. Here are several hints that are useful when cooking them.

1. If your water has high mineral content, it will take longer to cook the dried beans.
2. If that bag of dried beans has been on your shelf a long time, it will take longer for the beans to cook.
3. Put a pinch of dried ginger into the pot to help lessen the gaseousness of the beans.

Jewelry Chains Knotted?

posted by sballou

tangled chainWhen we take off jewelry chains, it’s so easy for them to accidentally get tangled up or knotted. And it can be such a pain to undo or straighten them. Here’s how.

* Lay out a piece of waxed paper and pour a drop of baby oil on top of it.
* Place the chain on top of the waxed paper.
* Use to straight pins to untangle the knot.

Wood Furniture Has Tiny Cracks?

posted by sballou

vinyl cushionsOver time, furniture can develop small cracks or scratches. You can repair these minor flaws without taking to a restorer. Here’s how to cover them up.

1. Use wax sticks, which you can find in hardware stores.
2. They come in many colors, so purchase the one that matches your wood finish.
3. Run the stick over and into the scratch or crack until it is even with the surface.
4. Put a putty knife into hot water and then use the flat side to press over the area to achieve a smooth surface.

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