Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Oven Window Greasy?

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heloise hints, oven cleaning tipsIf you notice that the window of your oven is greasy and yucky that’s not surprising, but you don’t want it to linger. Here’s what to do to remove it:

1. First, let the glass cool completely. Then to clean it, wipe both sides with ammonia and let it stay on for a couple of minutes. Get a plastic scraper to remove the greasy gunk. Clean with hot soapy water, rinse and dry completely.
2. If this grease has somehow gotten between the glass, the only way it can be cleaned is to take the door apart to clean the glass and seals around it. Have a repairman come to do this job. It might be covered by your warranty.

Cleaning Out Your Spice Rack

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hhspiceIf you use lots of spices, your rack is probably full old and new spices and they do get stale. It should be cleaned and cleared out at least once a year. Here’s what to do:

1. Open the jar or can of herbs or spices and take a good sniff. It should smell strong and flavorful. If the color is still OK, bright and not pale, you can keep it.
2. If the aroma is flat or the color is not right, get rid of it. Repurpose to a dried-flower potpourri or a sachet.
3. Proper storage is the key to making spices and herbs last longer—no strong light, heat or moisture. Don’t put them over the stove, in direct sunlight or in a window.

Have Extra Cake Leftover?

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Bundt CakeWhile that may seem impossible to all my dessert lovers, you just may have some. Here are ideas to jazz it up and transform it into another dessert:

1. Cut the cake into bite-size pieces. Then layer with your favorite softened ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate sauce.
2. Use a liqueur over the cake. For example, drizzle chocolate liqueur over chocolate mint ice cream and cake or pour a bit of orange liqueur over vanilla ice cream and cake.

Have Ice Cream Sticks?

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Yogurt PopWhen your children are done eating ice cream on sticks, don’t throw them out. Instead, they can be useful around the house. You can recycle them these ways:

1. Use as a stir for coffee on the go.
2. Utilize to level dry ingredients when measuring.
3. Take to picnics for spreading condiments like mayo or ketchup.
4. Scrape off mud or crud from shoes.
5. Spread glue or paste for craft projects.

Where Should Toothbrushes Stay in the Bathroom?

posted by lwhite

toothbrush care tips, heloise hints, oral hygiene tipsThis is a good question because it’s important to protect them. They get such use and you want them to be clean and effective. Here’s what to do:

1. Store toothbrushes on the counter—as long as they are away from the toilet.
Keep them in a container with a cover. Airborne bacteria can spread to your toothbrushes!
2. Do not let toothbrushes touch each other because infections from a cold or even periodontal disease can be passed from one toothbrush to another. Rinse the bristles completely after each use.
3. Change toothbrushes around every three months or when the bristles are worn or splayed.

Washing Drapes and Curtains

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curtain cleaning tips, cleaning drapes, how to clean drapes, heloise hintsDrapes and curtain can be dust and debris magnets. They need to be cleaned on a routine basis. Here’s how:

1. Draperies or curtains that can be washed first should be taken down. Get them outdoors for a good shake to remove the dust. But if they are really soiled, soak them in warm water and fabric safe bleach, if okay on the care label. Then wash on a HIGH water level, so that they can move around in the washing machine. Add regular detergent to warm water or cold for some fabrics. When done, take out and hang to dry.
2. Sheers should be washed, as indicated on the care label. Then dissolve a cup of Epsom salt in hot water in a sink. Dip the sheers into the mixture and hang on a shower rod to dry (you will not have to iron them).

Have Extra French Bread?

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breadIf you have leftover French bread that has gotten stale, don’t throw out. Instead you can transform it with these ideas. Here’s how:

1. Slice the French bread and drizzle olive oil over the slices or you also can sprinkle your favorite grated cheese over it. Bake in the oven until the slices are brown and crunchy and the cheese is melted.
2. Cut the stale bread into cubes and mix with beaten eggs or egg beaters and fry in a bit of margarine or butter for a quick breakfast. Serve with syrup.

Popcorn Ideas

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popcornDoes your family love to eat popcorn? Here are some new things you can try to make eating it even better. Here are some tasty hints:

1. Create gourmet popcorn, which is a lot cheaper than buying it. Sprinkle regular popcorn with seasoned salts, taco or chili seasoning mixes or even dry salad dressing mixes. You also can grate hard cheese, like Cheddar or Parmesan over the cooked popcorn!
2. Make edible popcorn serving cups: When you make a recipe for popcorn balls, instead of forming them into balls, put the popcorn ball mix over the bottoms and sides of small glasses (to make a cup) that you have greased with margarine. Let the mixture harden. Then you can fill them with nuts or candies.

Icky Oil Smell Lingers After Deep-Frying?

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vinegarOh, that oily stink hangs over the kitchen, but you can get rid of it rather easily with these hints. Here’s how:

1. Bring in a lot of fresh air and circulation into the kitchen. Open windows, a door or turn on a fan.
2. Put out a bowl of vinegar or utilize a room deodorizer, which will mask the smell.
3. To prevent this awful odor, turn on exhaust fans and open windows while you are deep-frying.

Want to Use Green Cleaning Products?

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earth day, heloise hints, recycle tips, how to recycleIf you don’t want to use household cleaning products that contain chemicals, you can go green. There are many staples you have in your kitchen cabinets that will do the cleaning job just as effectively and you can make your own home-style cleaning solutions that will also cost a lot less. Here’s a list of what you can use:

1. These are green products: baking soda, vinegar, salt, lemon juice, cornstarch, cream of tartar, isopropyl alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Borax and washing soda.
2. For example, here’s one vinegar cleaner you can make to clean windows, mirrors and stainless steel: Mix ½ cup of white or apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle and label it.

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