When 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.
If 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.
If 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.
If 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.
Stainless 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.
Your 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.
Have 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.
With 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.
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.
While 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.
Kids Computer Keyboard Yucky?
Your kids will use their computer while eating or drinking or with sticky hands, just like adults! Of course, the keyboard will get grimy. So, here’s how they can clean it when it is dirty and disgusting!
1. First, turn off the computer and unplug the keyboard.
2. Put down a sheet of newspaper
posted 8:00:05am Sep. 18, 2014 |
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Friendship Celebration Cake
This is a wonderful long time favorite Heloise reader idea for sharing at family gathering. If you are celebrating a big anniversary, everyone one can participate in bringing a part of this Friendship Celebration Cake.
1. When you send out the invitation this kind of special family event, ask eac
posted 8:00:09am Sep. 17, 2014 |
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Photo Stuck to Glass in a Frame?
Oh no! When you see a favorite family photo adhered to the glass, this can be a tough thing to remove. First, before you try to unstick it, take a picture of the photo through the glass or scan it, if possible. You then will at least have a copy, just in case. Here are the steps to take to attempt t
posted 8:00:12am Sep. 16, 2014 |
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Buying Hi-Tech Devices
Buying computers, smart phones, readers, gaming equipment is expensive and so is repairing them. To make them last longer, it’s important to clean and care for them regularly, but we also know that accidents do happen. Heloise here with how to protect that costly equipment.
Think about getting
posted 8:00:56am Sep. 15, 2014 |
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Save Money Dry-Cleaning
If dry-cleaning all of your garments has become too expensive for your budget, here are some Heloise alternative hints you can take to clean and freshen your clothing at home in lieu of taking them to a cleaner:
1. Buy and use a home cleaning kit to FRESHEN, which will also remove light stains or
posted 8:00:11am Sep. 12, 2014 |
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