When cooking certain foods, the kitchen can fill with big stinky smells. Here are Heloise Hints to help you abolish some of the most common stinks:
1. When you boil, sauté or fry foods like broccoli, fish or cabbage, put several small bowls of household vinegar on the counter adjacent to the stove to absorb the odor.
2. When food bubbles over in the oven, which it always seems to do, sprinkle salt on top of the burned mess, which will get rid of the smoky odor. Remove the debris when the oven cools.
3. When food splatters and smells in the microwave, fill a large microwave-safe bowel with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 cup of water. Turn the microwave on HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes. Then wipe off the tray and the walls to remove the odors.
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If your children have lots of T-shirts that they have outgrown or don’t want to wear any more, don’t throw them out. They offer memories of fun times the family has had taking trips or going to sporting or musical events. So instead, here’s how you can repurpose them:
1. Have your children spread them out and separate out all the T-shirts they do not want. (Use them as cleaning rags.) Then, they can select the logos or designs on the ones that the like the most.
2. You cut them into squares or other shapes and then sew them together to make a fun T-shirt Memory Throw or Quilt.
Instead of buying expensive beauty products, you can make your own that can be just as effective and cost a lot cheaper. After I clean my face, I hold a warm towel to it to open the pores. Then I dab some honey on (especially nose and chin area) and leave it for about 4 to 5 minutes until it’s a little dry. Using a warm, wet washcloth I remove the magic potion. Works great and cleans out pores. Here are two other honey facial hints:
1. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 6 tablespoons of water and 2 tablespoons of ground orange peel and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Apply to your face, rubbing in little circles, rinse and pat dry.
2. Mix 1 whole (beaten) fresh egg with enough honey to create a paste. Spread onto your face and allow it to harden into a mask. Then rinse with warm water first, and follow up with a damp wash cloth. Finally, rinse your face with cold water for a fresh feel.
We all refreeze food, but there are key safety hints to know. Usually, a food is safe, if only partially thawed, it’s safe to refreeze it, but if the food looks off-color or has a bad odor, throw it out. Here are other guidelines to follow:
1. If food has been stored in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days, and it just thawed a bit, it can usually safely be refrozen.
2. If you have thawed meat or poultry in the refrigerator, it is all right to refreeze with 24 hours of defrosting. However, stews or casseroles that have been thawed should not be refrozen.
3. If food has thawed completely or warmed to room temperature or been at room temperature for more than 2 hours, it has to be tossed out.
The leather furniture or pillows in your home do need cleaning occasionally. Be aware that leather is a skin, so you must treat it with care. Use these Heloise Hints:
1. For smooth leather (not suede), dampen a microfiber cloth with tap water and wipe over the surface several times going in many directions. The cloth will pick up dirt and grime. Do not scrub leather or use caustic or abrasive cleaners. However, if the leather needs a bit more cleaning, dilute 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo with 1quart of water.
2. If there are oily or greasy stains on leather, pat a bit of flour or cornstarch into the stains to absorb the oil. You may have to repeat several times.
Sponges are one of the most useful and effective household cleaning tools in your home. They get used in almost every room of the house. They can get very grungy and smelly. Plus, they can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Here are my best Heloise Hints to clean them:
1. Wash sponges often by placing them in a squirt of dishwashing liquid and hot water. Squish them several times, rinse and dry.
2. Put them into the dishwasher (on the top rack!) to clean during a regular washing cycle. Use a clothespin to clip them to the rack so they don’t go missing.
3. But, if you want to sanitize sponges, soak them for 5 minutes in a solution of 1 gallon of water with ¾ cup of household bleach. Don’t rinse.
4. Don’t keep battered old sponges. Kitchen sponges should be thrown away every 2 to 8 weeks, depending on use. I buy new sponges in big packs, when they are on sale. You know you are going to use them! Plus, they don’t go bad.
If brass objects in your home have become tarnished, you can make home-style cleaning polishes to shine them up. What you use will depend on whether the item is lacquered or non-lacquered. Here’s what to do:
1. To clean lacquered brass, first step is to wipe it with a soft, clean damp cloth. Do not use any kind of cleaner on this surface.
2. To shine non-lacquered brass, here are several hints: Squirt ketchup onto a cloth and rub over the object. Rinse very well and dry. Or, make this solution: dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt with ½ cup of white vinegar and add enough flour to make a paste. Rub mixture onto the brass and let stay for 10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and buff dry.
Any fire in a house can spread very quickly. Often, heat and smoke can be more dangerous than the flames. Gases make people sleepy and asphyxiation is a leading cause of fire deaths. Here’s what you should do during a fire and be sure all family members know what to do, too:
1. If the fire is small, grab an extinguisher to try to put it out. If you can’t get it under control with in a very short time, leave the house ASAP. Call 9-1-1.
2. If your clothes catch fire, drop to the ground and roll until the flames are gone.
3. If you have to escape from a closed door, use the back of your hand to touch the doorknob and top of the door—before you open it. If they are hot, don’t open. Attempt to get out a window. If the door is cool, open slowly to determine if there is a clear escape route, shut the door behind you when you leave the room.
4. If you see smoke in the escape route, crawl on the floor, underneath the smoke, because smoke and poisonous gases rise to the ceiling.
If you have purchased an item that doesn’t work or you are not happy with the service from a store or business, here’s a checklist to help you make an effective complaint in writing or over the phone—that will get you a refund or the results you want:
1. Save the receipts of the item you bought or make a detailed note of the service that was not done.
2. Include your name, address, work, home or cell numbers.
3. Cite the date and place of purchase.
4. Provide the serial and model number of the merchandise.
5. Give the name of the person, who did the work, if it’s a service complaint.
6. Make copies of your complaint and wait for a response, it may take time,
7. If you don’t get a response, contact the Better Business Bureau or newspaper or TV stations that have consumer reporters who might be able to help.
If they aren’t going to be eaten right away, might go stale or you don’t have room to freeze them, repurpose these yeasty treats into something else. Here are several crunchy ideas:
1. Transform bread into breadsticks: Cut into strips, cover with butter or olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings, bake till crispy.
2. Mix bread into a meatloaf or casserole: Tear bread into pieces; add an egg and seasonings to spice it up.
3. Cut bread into croutons: Dice into bite-size cubes, coat with olive oil and cover with seasonings before baking.