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Heloise Hints

How to Kill Dust Mites

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featherdusterWorried about dust mites in your pillows and bed? These little creatures thrive in warm, humid weather and adore chomping down on the flakes of dead skin from people and pets. These pieces often land in beds or in carpeting or furniture. Here’s how to get rid of them:

1. Vacuum and dust your bed and bedroom often to pick up skin flakes.
2. Wash bedding in the hottest water appropriate for the fabrics and dry well.
3. Buy dust-mite covers for pillows and even box springs and mattresses.
4. Sub in polyester fiber pillows rather than feathers.

Fruit Flies Driving You Buggy?

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fruitfliesOh, those pesky flies can drive you crazy in the kitchen. Where do they come from? Be aware that when you bring fruit home from the grocery store, they already may have laid eggs onto the skin. So when the fruit gets to your warm kitchen, it will ripen and fruit flies come to life! Here’s what to do:

1. The new fruit flies will then lay eggs in the garbage can, sink drains or empty bottles. So keep them clean.
2. Don’t let fruit ripen on the counter, eat it right away.
3. Store fruit in the refrigerator to make last longer.

Cleaning Baseball Caps

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hat cleaning tips, baseball cap cleaning, cleaning tips for hats, heloise hintsYou can clean those dirty and sweaty baseball caps without losing the shape by taking these easy steps:

1. If caps are cotton or wool (not vintage), start by testing them for the colorfastness. Dip a white cloth in a mild mixture of mild laundry detergent and cool water and dab it on the interior of the cap. If you don’t see any dye, you can hand wash them.
2. Wash with that solution and rinse well (shake out and pat dry). You can buy an inexpensive baseball form to put the hat over to dry and retain the shape.
3. If the band is filthy, mix 1 tablespoon of cheap hair shampoo with ½ cup of water. Scrub onto the band with a toothbrush, rinse and air-dry.

Homemade Fabric Softener

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heloise hints, fabric labels, fabric careIf you would like to save money on buying fabric softener, you can do so by making your own natural, scent-free softener with this home-style recipe:

1. In a big plastic container, mix 2 cups of baking soda, 2 cups of white vinegar with 4 cups of water.
2. Add this solution to the last rinse cycle to soften your garments.
3. Be aware that commercial cleaners do a good job lessening static cling, but don’t overuse because they make cotton diapers or towels less absorbent.

Baking soda can be used to take all kinds of awful household odors. Click here for more baking soda hints.

Fabric Quick Fixes

posted by lwhite

heloise hints, fabric labels, fabric careMany of the fabrics in our homes are used daily and we don’t pay attention to them, unless there is a spill or emergency. But here’s what you can do to refresh them in between serious cleanings:

Quick Fixes

1. Dryer: Freshen most pillows, bedspreads, comforters or curtains just by putting them, along with a fabric-softener sheet, into the dryer on the AIR setting for several minutes.
2. Vacuum with upholstery and crevice attachment: Dust off heavy drapery, fabric-covered chairs and couches with the vacuum and attachments.
3. Microfiber cloths: Simply dampen a microfiber cloth with tap water and rub over fabric (NOT silk) to get rid of minor surface debris or dust.

Proper Storing of Toothbrushes

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toothbrush care tips, heloise hints, oral hygiene tipsToothbrushes can be stored on the counter as long as they are away from the toilet, so the airborne bacteria from flushing the toilet won’t land on exposed toothbrushes. Here’s what else you should do:

1. Do not allow toothbrushes to touch each other because infections, such as periodontal disease or colds, can be passed from one toothbrush to another.
2. Rinse toothbrush bristles completely after every time your brush.
3. You should change toothbrushes around every three months or when you see that the bristles are worn or splayed.

Hairspray Residue on Doors and Walls?

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curling iron tipsAs we know, hairspray leaves that sticky feeling wherever it lands, which can be wherever we spray it…the door, a wall, counter or the floor. Here’s how to remove it:

1. To eliminate hairspray residue from hard washable surfaces, pour a bit of rubbing alcohol onto a microfiber cloth rub, rinse and dry. Or add liquid dishwashing soap to hot water. Mix well and dip a clean cloth into the foamy water. Wipe and rinse with another cloth dampened with clear water.
2. Depending on the surface, polish or wax the area to make it easier to clean the next time.

Cleaning Stainless Steel

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Heloise Hints, Cleaning Stainless Steel, Stainless Steel CleaningStainless steel appliances are attractive, but take specific care to maintain the durable surface properly to remove fingerprints and keep it shiny. Here’s how you should care for the

1. Clean frequently. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth or sponge. Take note that stainless steel can be scratched easily, so never use abrasive cleaners or steel wool.
2. Do not use cleaning products that contain chlorine, including dishwasher detergent or spray products.
3. If you have hard water, it can leave spots. To remove them, wipe the area with household vinegar on a paper towel, then rinse and wipe dry.
4. To shine stainless steel, apply baby or mineral oil to a paper towel and wipe dry.

Avoiding the Morning Rush

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driveway stain tips, heloise hints, hints from heloiseIt can be crazy trying to get everyone out of the house to school and work every day. So, if you can take a few organizational steps this will make the mornings go more smoothly:

1. Before you go to bed, set the breakfast table. Put out dishes and dry cereal.
2. Make sure your children put all their school papers into their backpacks, so they won’t be searching for them.
3. Try to get your teens to decide what they are going to wear the next day before they hit the hay.
4. For younger children, choose the outfits and lay them out at night.

Once a Year, Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet

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heloise hints, medicine chest tipsExamine everything that you’ve put inside. Reorganize all items by use. So, items you use often, such as toothpaste, bandages or mouthwash should be on a lower shelf. Cold medicines should be on a higher. Arrange medicines so labels that can be easily read. Then go through at your medications.

Read the label and toss out:

1. Tablets that smell funny or discolored or cracked.
2. Capsules that are stuck together.
3. Liquid medication that has come part or is not uniform.
4. Medications that have expired.
5. All bottles that do not have labels.
6. Store in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.

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posted 8:00:43am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Too Many Family and Children Activities?
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Here’s my easy way to help organize your house. Take just 5 minutes or touch and deal with ONLY 5 things a day to deal with clutter that can build up. To deal with items that are not in place, take these 5 steps: 1. File It—Paper work, bills or coupons have piled up. Sort and file them. 2.

posted 8:00:47am Aug. 22, 2014 | read full post »


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