Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

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

posted by lwhite

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

posted by lwhite

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

posted by lwhite

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.

Easy Summer Dessert

posted by lwhite

heloise hint, apple cutting tips,Buy your favorite apples, which are so abundant in the summer, and transform them into a tasty, healthy, crunchy dessert. Follow this recipe. First, do not peel the apples, but rust remove the cores. Then make these fillings:

1. Cut up dried apricots and almond paste and then pack this into the apples and drizzle lemon over the top.
2. Mince almonds and gingersnaps and spoon into the apples.
3. Chop walnuts and dates together and add into the apples and then pour a bit of maple syrup over the top of them.
4. Bake apples at 475 degrees for around 45 minutes.

Cooking Spray Baked onto Glass Baking Dish?

posted by lwhite

Heloise Hints, Removing NonStick Spray, Cleaning pots and pansWhile sprays are convenient, they also leave a yucky mess over time, if they are not cleaned well after each use. Here’s what to do:

To get rid of baked-on cooking spray from a glass baking dish, put the dish into the sink and spray liberally with oven cleaner (used for cold oven). Allow it to stay on for a couple of minutes and then scrub well. You probably will have to repeat this several times to eliminate all the sticky stuff.

How to Deal with Summer Fleas

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heloise hints, fleas and ticks helpful tipsFleas abound during the summer. And your pets that are playing and running around outdoors do become the host animal because fleas feed on their blood. Here’s how to control them:

1. Bathe and comb your pet regularly.
2. Wash pet’s bedding often to get rid of fleas that may be hanging out in it.
3. Chat with your vet about products that can be used to control fleas on your pets.
4. Check your home for fleas and vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture all the time because you do not want an infestation. If you do notice a lot of them, you may need to apply an insecticide or to contact an exterminator.

Hate Telemarketing Calls?

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, telemarketing tips,Those annoying telemarketing calls seem to come just when we are sitting down to dinner. You can do something to stop them from coming into your home. Follow these steps:

1. Add your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry by going online to: DONOTCALL.GOV or call 1-888-382-1222. When you register online, you will get an e-mail confirmation. You must click onto the link to assure that your number is added to the registry.
2. After you number has been in the registry for 3 months, most telemarketing calls should stop.
3. Not all calls will stop because some can come from companies that you do business with. If you think these calls are fraudulent, file a complaint by calling
1-877-382-4357.

Smelly Books

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, organizing a bookcase, bookshelf organization tipsIf you have stored books in a basement, where there might be moisture, they can acquire a mildewy smell. It’s best to store books in a dry spot, like the attic. To remove that odor, try these hints:

1.First, air out the books by fanning them open several times. Then, let them sit in the sun for a while.
2.If they still smell, sprinkle baking soda over the pages and let it stay on them for a couple of days.
3. Try this also, if you still see mildew. Place one book in a zipper plastic bag, don’t shut it, and put into the freezer to kill the mildew. Repeat with remaining books.

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