We have lots of items in our homes that should be thrown out, after a period of time, and not store for years and years. They are disposable because their effectiveness and safety is limited. Most of these products are cheap, so buy in bulk or when they are one sale.
1. Disposable Razors: Throw them out after 5 to 10 uses, depending on your skin, or when they become rusty, which is dangerous, or when the blades get dull.
2. Toothbrushes: Replace them when the bristles get bent or every 3 to 6 months to be sure they are doing a job of cleaning your teeth.
3. Mascara: Replace every 3 months or so depending on how often you use it. Never apply old mascara because it might cause an eye infection.
You can combine household products that you have in your kitchen to make a home-style polishing product that costs less that buying commercial ones. Here’s how to put it together.
1. Make a 3-to-1 mixture (example ¾ cup oil and ¼ cup vinegar) of cheap olive oil with white or apple cider vinegar.
2. Mix well and apply this polish with a clean cloth to wood surfaces, but do NOT apply to unfinished wood or lacquer.
Did you know that salt, once called white gold, was considered so valuable that Roman soldiers received it as part of their pay? The salt we use daily comes in different varieties, textures and tastes. Here are your choices.
* Table salt is fine-grained and may contain iodine or other agents.
* Kosher salt is manufactured under the supervision of a rabbi and it’s coarse-grained and popular with chefs.
* Sea salt, harvested from sea water, consists of large crystals, which add texture and flavor.
You don’t need a special tool to sharpen scissors. Simply go to your kitchen and pull out a roll of aluminum to get rid of those dull edges. Here’s what to do next.
1. Tear off 3-4 pieces of aluminum foil, place each on top of the other.
2. Take the scissors and cut the foil about 12-15 times. The scissors should be sharper.
3. Then buff the edges of the scissors with a steel-wool pad and you’ll be ready to cut anything.
Broiling is a quick-and-easy way to prepare a meal in a hurry, so watch the food closely as it’s broiling. Spray the plan with non-stick spray for a fast cleanup and add a slice of bread to the bottom of the broiling pan to soak up grease. Here’s how to broil perfectly.
* Put the food in a single layer.
* Place fish, meat or chicken about 3 to 5 inches from the heat source. Broil on each side for about 5 minutes.
When you buy a large container of yogurt, you can transform it into several different delicious desserts. Here’s how.
1. Stir fruit cocktail or fresh fruit pieces into vanilla yogurt.
2. Use a parfait glass and layer vanilla yogurt with jelly or jam or small chocolate pieces.
When you bake cookies, if you want them to come out soft, instead of crispy, use these Heloise Hints.
* Mound the dough on an ungreased baking sheet.
* Keep moisture content high by adding a drop of corn syrup or honey.
* Bake the cookies for a shorter time and take off the baking sheet and put on a cooling rack right away.
If you are having a party and planning to set out an array of hard cheeses, such as cheddar for sandwiches or finger food, here’s a fun idea to make them look festive.
Get out your cookie cutters! Pick ones that are appropriate for the season or the specific party and cut the cheeses into shapes. Arrange nicely on a large platter.
After a party, washing all the glasses can be quite a chore and sometimes, they just don’t seem to come out clear after hand washing. Try again. Here’s the how-to hint.
1. Warm up full-strength vinegar and put the glasses into this vinegar bath. Let them soak a while and cloudiness should be gone. If not, they could be permanently etched with tiny scratches.
2. Be sure to dry glasses immediately (don’t let them air dry) with a lint-free cloth. This will prevent water spots from appearing on them.
If they are getting a musty smell, here’s what to do to reduce the odor.
* Take them outside, open them up and let them sit in the fresh air.
* Put the magazines into a plastic box and pour baking soda over them and seal for a couple of days.