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Using Household Products

posted by lwhite

organize cleaning supplies, cleaning supplies organization, cleaning suppliesWhen you are considering cleaning products to use at home, read the labels before you buy them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that many common products “may have toxic substances.” The EPA says these do: floor or furniture polish, oven cleaners, laundry detergents, paints and pesticides. Some of these can also do harm to the environment in your home, along with the septic system. Here’s more info:

Companies provide good labels. Read them and pay attention to these words: Caution, Warning and Danger.

1. Caution: This indicates a product that might harm you, if it gets into your eyes or you inhale the fumes.
2. Warning: Not quite as serious, but this could cause sickness and often it means that the product could catch fire.
3. Danger: Be very careful when you use this product. If it not used in the right way, a family member could become ill or have a medical crises.

Bleach 101

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bleach tips, how to use bleach, bleach laundry tipsConfused about which bleach—chlorine or oxygen—to use because both clean and whiten? Chlorine bleach is more powerful and is effective on white and colorfast clothing that’s washable, but not on silks or wool. Oxygen bleach is less strong and color-safe. Here’s more information:

1. Read the fabric-care labels before you use bleach. Test a small bit of bleach for colorfastness on a hidden area of the garment and read the labels on bleach bottles to ensure that you use the right amount.
2. To use chlorine bleach, add it about five minutes after the wash cycle starts, so any fluorescent whiteners and enzymes will not be destroyed.
3. To use oxygen bleach, add it to the wash water before the clothes are put into the washer. Do not pour powdered bleach directly onto wet clothes. Warm to hot water should be used.

Sunscreen Staining Towels?

posted by lwhite

child fun in poolWhen you come from a day at the beach or around the pool, chances are the sunscreen you slathered on your skin for sun protection has also gotten on your towels. Here’s how you can remove this greasy stain:

1. Treat the towels apart from any other garments. First, apply a prewash spot-and-stain remover and allow this to rest for a while. Then wash in cold to warm water (hot water will set the stains).
2. When you take the towels from the washer, examine them to be sure the stains are really gone, before you put them into the dryer. This is important because the dryer heat would make the stains permanent. Use a longer drying cycle at a cooler temperature.

Hiking Boots Muddy?

posted by lwhite

11-23-bootsIf you have enjoyed a wonderful summer hike, your boots, most likely, will need a good cleaning. Get them ready for your next trek:

1. If the boots are only dusty, get a shoe brush to get off the dust.
2. If the boots are muddy and wet, let them dry totally. Then use a soft-bristled brush to get rid of all the dried mud. Don’t forget to scrub the hidden spots and seams. Wipe off boots with water.
3. Air out the inside of the boots and place a couple of used fabric softener sheets inside to deodorize them.
4. If the boots are real leather, finish up by applying a leather conditioner.

Dirty Flannel Jewelry Polishing Cloth?

posted by lwhite

4_4_documentingvaluables_dbkingIf you have been cleaning a lot of your jewelry and you notice that the cloth has blackened, here’s how to clean it so you can reuse it:

1. First, read the care label or package instructions.
2. Then hand-wash or machine-wash (alone) in cool water with a mild detergent. 3. Air dry. The polishing property should still be good.

Metal-Looking Scratches on Dinner Plates?

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, camping tips, baking soda usesIf you notice these unusual kinds of scratches on your plates, here’s what you can do to remove them:

These marks might be caused from normal usage of utensils or silverware or they might rub against the plates in the dishwasher. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water. Rub it in a circular pattern to remove them. But if the marks are still there, rub a silver polish in a circular pattern to remove what’s left.

Note: Baking Soda is so versatile around the house. Need a soothing bath? Add a ½ cup of baking soda to make it more refreshing.

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

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Heloise Hints, Cleaning Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel CleaningStainless steel looks great and has a durable finish, but it needs a special kind of cleaning, so the surface won’t be scratched. Here’s how to keep it shiny and to remove fingerprints:

1. Rinse, wipe and dry stainless steel with a clean cloth or sponge frequently to maintain the surface.
2. Never use abrasive cleaners, like steel wool or steel brushes, because they can starch the surface.
3. Don’t use any cleaning products that contain chlorine (sodium hypochlorite), which includes dishwasher detergent and other spray products.
4. Make a paste of liquid soap and baking soda to remove stains. Rub with the grain of the stainless steel. Rinse, and then wipe the surface thoroughly. Put a bit of mineral oil on a paper towel to give it a shine. Then, wipe dry.

Dirty Rubber Toys

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rubberduckYour children play with lots of rubber toys in the house and they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. Here a non-toxic way to do the job:

When you notice that the rubber toys are slimy or grimy, place them into a gallon-size container or bucket. Fill it with water and at least 2 cups of vinegar.
Allow the toys to soak for 5 minutes or more, if needed. Wipe off with a clean sponge and then rinse in clean water. Let them air dry.

All about Curry Powder

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Curry_PowderHave a jar of curry powder in your spice rack, but don’t use it often? It’s popular in Indian cooking and is made of 3 spices—turmeric, coriander and pepper or chilies and it varies in heat intensity. Try these hints to use it more often to spice up your cooking:

1. Before you add it to a recipe, sauté the amount in a dab of butter for around a minute to lessen the raw taste. Be aware that curry powder gets hotter the longer it remains in the dish you have made.
2. Transform chicken, fish and soup dishes by adding curry powder with yogurt or coconut milk. It will have a wonderful flavor.

Summer Food Safety

posted by lwhite

thawing foodWith all of the outdoor cooking events during the summer, it’s really important to understand the how heat affects food and causes bacteria to grow, making it dangerous to eat. Here’s the info you should know:

1. Do not thaw food on the counter during summer heat.
2. Never let food sit outside the refrigerator for more than 2 hours. If perishable foods have been left out for more than two hours, they MUST be thrown out.
3. BUT if the summer heat is 85 degrees or more, it should NOT be left out for more than 1 hour and be aware that includes food at a picnic or at the beach.

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