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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.

Nut-Crunch Appetizer

posted by sballou

NutsKeep a couple of varieties of nuts in your freezer in a zip bag. If you have unexpected company drop by, you can make a crunchy nibble in a hurry. Here’s how.

1. Add olive oil or butter into a skillet. Toss in a handful of nuts and sauté.
2. Top off with a bit of seasoned salt or cayenne pepper.

Preventing Microwave Messes

posted by sballou

MicrowaveWhen you put milk and cereal or creamy mixtures into the microwave, it always seems to bubble over and create a big gloppy mess. Here’s how to avoid it.

* Buy cheap paper plates when they are on sale.
* Before you place foods that might boil up fast and overflow inside the microwave, put a paper plate down first and then the dish. It will contain any spillage.

Toothbrushes in the Kitchen?

posted by sballou

ToothburshToothbrushes aren’t just for use on your teeth! Buy several extra toothbrushes when they are on sale. Store in the kitchen drawers. Here’s how you can use them.

* Use toothbrushes for removing bits of leftover food on food-processor blades, sieves or graters.
* Also, they make great brushes scrub to dirt and debris from potatoes or other vegetables.

Removing Burnt Stains from Stainless Steel Skillets

posted by sballou

skillet1. Sprinkle the burned area with coarse salt and a bit of water to make a paste.
2. Scrub well and the stains should come off. You may have to repeat.

Cleaning White Plastic Lawn Chairs

posted by sballou

white lawn chairs1. Mix ¾ cup of household bleach with 1 tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent and 1 gallon of water (first test on a hidden spot to make certain the plastic does not discolor).
2. Wear rubber gloves to scrub the mixture over the stained areas. Let remain on the chairs for 5 to 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Recycle Foam Peanuts

posted by sballou

foampeanuts* Pour peanuts into the base of large planters to help aerate the soil, flow of water and also to lighten the pot.
* Pack them in sealed plastic jugs to make buoy markers on trout lines.
* Fill droopy beanbag chairs with all those foam peanuts. Stuff them in!

Mouse-Proofing Your House

posted by sballou

mice* Check the outside of the house for cracks to see if they are coming in that way.
* Then look inside. Examine the kitchen, bathroom, attic, chimney and basement to find possible entry points.
* Cracks around water and gas pipes are often the route they use. So stuff steel wool in the cracks around them and another other small openings.

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posted 8:00:31am Jul. 30, 2014 | read full post »

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posted 8:00:22am Jul. 28, 2014 | read full post »

Washing Drapes and Curtains
Drapes and curtain can be dust and debris magnets. They need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Here’s how: 1. Draperies or curtains that can be washed first should be taken down. Get them outdoors for a good shake to remove the dust. But if they are really soiled, soak them in warm water and f

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Have Extra French Bread?
If you have leftover French bread that has gotten stale, don’t throw out. Instead you can transform it with these ideas. Here’s how: 1. Slice the French bread and drizzle olive oil over the slices or you also can sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over it. Bake in the oven until the slices

posted 8:00:00am Jul. 24, 2014 | read full post »


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