Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

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.

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!

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!

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