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Icky Oil Smell Lingers After Deep-Frying?

posted by lwhite

Oh, 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 […]

Furniture Has Small Scratches?

posted by lwhite

It’s so annoying to find scratches in your wood furniture but you can repair or cover them up. Here are several hints on how to do it by using one of these: 1. Use a matching crayon. 2. Apply paste […]

Keeping Fresh Flowers Lasting Longer

posted by lwhite

When you receive a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers, you want to keep the flowers around for as long as you can. Here are the steps you can take to achieve that: 1. Strip off all the leaves or anything […]

Metal-Looking Scratches on Dinner Plates?

posted by lwhite

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 […]

Piano Keys Dirty?

posted by lwhite

If your children take piano lessons and practice, practice, those keys can get sticky and grungy. Here are hints to clean the keys: 1. If the keys are plastic, mix a small amount of vinegar with warm water and then […]

Fruit Flies Driving You Buggy?

posted by lwhite

Oh, 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 […]

Once a Year, Clean Out your Medicine Cabinet

posted by lwhite

Examine 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 […]

Dishwasher Smelly?

posted by lwhite

Dishwashers do get stinky and dirty and need to be cleaned. Look in the bottom to see if there’s any debris or gunk and wad up paper towels to lift it out. Then here’s what you should do to clean […]

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?

posted by lwhite

If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully: 1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just […]

Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards

posted by lwhite

If you are using a number of kitchen appliances, like slow cookers or electric frying pans, it’s important to check the cords often because they can become fire dangers. Here’s why: 1. When using a slow cooker that’s going to […]

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Quickie Rice-Cereal Treats. Easy to Make and Yummy to Eat
If you have unexpected children coming by after school, you can whip up these favorite kid snacks in a hurry. Here’s the short-cut Heloise recipe: 1. Make rice cereal treats faster simply by melting miniature marshmallows in this no-cook recipe. 2. Mix the rice cereal with the melted marshmall

posted 8:00:45am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Getting Your Children To Help Out
With the new fall school year looming; Mom and Dad may feel like it is managing the family circus in overtime. With all the school and sports activities, play dates, sleepovers and more going into full swing, you can enlist your children to be more organized. Here are some simple ideas: 1. Use

posted 8:00:53am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Leather Shoes Too Tight? Here's a Hint to Try
If you realize the leather shoes you have in your closet are not comfortable, you can stretch them a bit. Here’s what to do. 1. To stretch leather shoes a little, use a shoe stretcher and a shoe-stretch spray, which you can find at shoe-repair shops. 2. Apply the spray inside the shoe, and a

posted 8:00:21am Aug. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Don't Pay a Plumber, Prevent the Problem First!
The drains in your home are basically taken for granted—until there’s a problem, usually a huge one! To avoid a costly repair, monitor and maintain drains by flushing weekly with warm water and checking them regularly. Most drain problems, like blockages, can be prevented by being aware of what

posted 8:00:33am Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Smelly Dog Beds and Dog Dishes Dirty?
We love our dogs, but they can get dirty (especially if they play outside or have a doggie door) and carry that to their beds. They also can be messy eaters and drinkers. Here are some hints on cleaning up after them: 1. Yucky dog food (especially moist canned) and water bowls need to be cleaned

posted 8:00:10am Aug. 15, 2014 | read full post »


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