Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

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?

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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

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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.

Microfiber Cloths Need Cleaning?

posted by sballou

microfiber1. Machine wash in soapy warm water, but do not wash with towels. The microfiber attracts the lint in the water and stays on the cloth.
2. Never use fabric softener or chlorine bleach, they make the microfiber lose its effectiveness.
3. Dry on low heat. Never iron them because microfiber melts at high heats.

Spider Invasion in Your Home?

posted by sballou

spider1. Remove spider webs by vacuuming them up or taking them down with a broom wrapped in a paper towel.
2. Scoop up all the egg cases and debris and put into the trash.
3. Examine where spiders are gathering and dust the area more often, like corners or behind furniture.

Hair Brushes Dirty?

posted by sballou

hairbrush1. First pull out all the hair stuck in the bristles.
2. Mix half white household vinegar with half water.
3. Soak for an hour or so; rinse completely. (Don’t soak a wooden brush.)
4. Shake off the water and air dry.

A Hidden Place For Your Linens

posted by sballou

1. Put an adjustable tension curtain rod in the back of closet.
2. Fold nicely and place linens on hangers that you cover with garbage bags, so they don’t get dusty. Just pull them out and they are ready to use!

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