Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Dinner Party Emergency

posted by jkerr

1. Put the tablecloth into the dryer, along with a damp towel.
2. Turn the dryer on to the fluff cycle and let run for a few minutes.
3. Check: The wrinkles should be gone!

Keeping Plants Alive While You are Gone

posted by jkerr

how to repot plants, repotting plant tips

1. Fill your bathtub with about ½-inch of water.
2. Put each of your plants on a saucer and put into the tub.
3. Cover the tub or each plant with a dry cleaning bag or two to create a mini-terrarium.

Removing White Rings from Furniture

posted by jkerr

Heloise Hints, Wood Cleaning Tips, Hairspray and WOod Furniture

1. Mix half non-gel toothpaste and half baking soda into a paste.
2. Put some of the mixture on a damp cotton cloth and gently rub until the marks disappear.
3. Buff with a dry cotton cloth.

NOTE: DO NOT USE THIS ON UNFINISHED, LACQUERED OR ANTIQUE FURNITURE.

2 Rules of Stain Removal

posted by jkerr

clothes cleaning tips, heloise hints, hints from heloise

1. Always test whatever cleaning agents you may be using on a hidden part of the garment, such as the seam, before you begin.
2. Work from the back side of the stain and be sure to put absorbent material under the stain area.
3. Apply the cleaning agent to the stain to force it down into the cloth.

Tearing or Cutting Salad Greens?

posted by jkerr

* You should gently tear whatever greens you are going to use rather than cut them with kitchen scissors or a knife. The reason is that the metal can cause browning of the edges faster than if you tear them.
* Also the torn greens will hold dressing better.

Stretching Supermarket Dollars

posted by jkerr

Heloise Hints, Bargain Shopping Tips, How to Shop Smart,

1. Shop weekly sales for extra discounts.
2. Use in-store coupons, which offer discounts on specific goods.
3. Sign up for the store’s buyer’s club.
4. Look high-and-low on the shelves; bargains are usually there.

Deodorizing Trash Can

posted by jkerr

heloise hints, camping tips, baking soda uses

* Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the can and also over the trash to help contain odors.
* When you remove the trash bag, clean the inside with hot, soapy water and scrub the baking soda around too. It will be fresh again.

Toothbrushes Are Handy in the Kitchen

posted by jkerr

* The bristles on the brushes will be effective getting leftover bits of food from sieves, graters or food-processor blades.
* Toothbrushes can also be utilized on other hard-to-clean stuff, like fork tines, in the kitchen.

Toilet Paper Hint

posted by jkerr

Before you put the roll on the holder, simply slightly flatten, by squeezing, the whole roll. This will help keep paper on the roll a bit longer.

Other Uses for Fabric-Softener Sheets

posted by jkerr

dryer cleaning tips, cleaning dryer, heloise hints

1. To freshen the air, put a sheet under the front seat of your car or hang in a closet.
2. To eliminate soap scum on shower doors, simply wipe clean with a used fabric-softener sheet.
3. To deodorize sneakers or shoes, put a sheet inside each shoe overnight and they will smell better in the morning.

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posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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