Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

How Do You Know When a Steak is Done?

posted by sballou

1. If the steak is soft, it’s rare or undercooked.
2. If it’s firm, and bounces back a bit, it’s medium rare.
3. If the steak is really firm, it’s well done.

Make Your Own Sanitizing Spray

posted by sballou

1. Mix 1 tablespoon of household bleach with 1 quart of water. Put into a clean spray bottle and label it clearly.
2. Make just enough to use during your cleaning on that day because this solution isn’t shelf stable.

Celery Limp?

posted by sballou

1. Put raw celery into a bowl or stand it cut end down in cold water.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice to perk up the flavor.
3. Soak for about an hour in the refrigerator and it should be crisp again.

How Did Pound Cake Get Its Name?

posted by sballou

Pound cake was made with 1 pound of butter, 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of flour and 1 pound of eggs! Today, with lower-fat products we can eat pound cake without gaining a pound!

Cleaning Plasma Screens

posted by sballou

* Unplug the power cord first.
* Wipe screen and remote control with a dry microfiber cloth.
* NEVER use any cleaning solvent on the screen. Unless recommended by the manufacturer.
* Vacuum or dust the vents on the backside panel regularly. You just may be shocked at how much dust and yuck is there!

Computer Mouse Needs Cleaning?

posted by sballou

* First, unplug the mouse. You don’t even have to take it apart!
* Dip a cotton swab into white vinegar and spin the ball as you wipe the swab around it. Or, use a cloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.
* Spin the ball as you dry it with a soft cloth.

If Furniture is Scratched

posted by sballou

Heloise Hints, Wood Cleaning Tips, Hairspray and WOod Furniture* Paste shoe polish that marches the furniture
* Matching color crayon
* Pecan meat that’s been rubbed in your hands first.

How to Tell if a Pineapple is Ripe

posted by sballou

1. Pick the pineapple up and sniff the bottom, which should have a sweet smell.
2. Next, pull out a leaf, which should come out easily, which indicates it’s ripe.

Extending the Life of Cottage Cheese and Sour Cream

posted by jgordon1

heloise hints, sour cream tips, * Make sure the lids are on tight, which prevents air from getting inside.
* Turn them upside down to store in the refrigerator. Put in a bowl just is case the lid does not seal tightly.

Crayons Gone Through a Load of Clothing?

posted by jgordon1

stain remover tips, heloise hints, hints from heloise1. Wash the clothes in hot water, laundry soap and one cup of baking soda.
2. If you still see crayon color on garments, launder with chlorine bleach, if fabrics are bleach-safe. If they are not, soak clothes in an enzyme detergent or oxygen bleach in the hottest water determined safe for the fabric and then wash.

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posted 8:00:45am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Getting Your Children To Help Out
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posted 8:00:53am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Leather Shoes Too Tight? Here's a Hint to Try
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posted 8:00:21am Aug. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Don't Pay a Plumber, Prevent the Problem First!
The drains in your home are basically taken for granted—until there’s a problem, usually a huge one! To avoid a costly repair, monitor and maintain drains by flushing weekly with warm water and checking them regularly. Most drain problems, like blockages, can be prevented by being aware of what

posted 8:00:33am Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Smelly Dog Beds and Dog Dishes Dirty?
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posted 8:00:10am Aug. 15, 2014 | read full post »


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