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Orange-Colored Stains

posted by lwhite

Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth […]

Flower Vase Has Ugly Water Ring

posted by lwhite

If you notice a crusty calcium-type ring inside the vase, it was probably caused by using tap water that contains minerals. However, you can remove the unsightly ring. Here’s how to do it: 1. Warm enough full-strength household vinegar to […]

When You Dust

posted by lwhite

Use only a feather duster. Dry cloth just rearranges dust and pushes it into the air. Do not move it around, re-move it. Here’s how to do the job better: You need to use a furniture polish or a spray […]

Cleaning Cloudy Glasses

posted by lwhite

If drinking glasses have a cloudy film, it just might be a film of hard water build up. Here’s how to clean if off. 1.Soak the cloudy glasses into warm full-strength household vinegar. Scrub with a plastic brush. 2.Then, wash […]

Window Decals Stuck?

posted by lwhite

We often place our parking or school decals on car windows but when the time comes to take them off, it can be difficult. Here’s how to get them off: Apply several coats of household vinegar or a petroleum-based prewash […]

Socks Really Stinky?

posted by lwhite

Socks always seem to get so smelly and sometimes washing them won’t get rid of the bad odor. Here’s what you can do to tame it. READ MORE Wash socks as you normally do, but then rinse them in a […]

Keeping Bird Cage Clean

posted by lwhite

If you have a bird, you know that the bird cage needs to be cleaned often so it does not smell. Here’s a good way to do it and to recycle too. READ MORE To stop smells from getting worse […]

Bed Pillows Need Washing?

posted by lwhite

To refresh and clean bed pillows, first determine the content—down, foam or polyester and read the care labels, here are the next steps to take. READ MORE * Foam pillows: Wash this type by hand in a big sink. Apply […]

Making Your Mattress Last Longer

posted by lwhite

Most mattresses can be used for 8-10 years, if you take good care of them. Here’s what to do. READ MORE * Rotate and flip your mattress every couple of months. That way your body impression won’t be “imprinted” and […]

Coffee Thermos Stained?

posted by lwhite

If you use a coffee thermos/mug while you commute every day, it can easily become stained, particularly if it’s left in the car or on your desk all day. Here’s an easy way to clean it. READ MORE First, sprinkle […]

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Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?
This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water. 2. Very carefully dab the swab

posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?
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 in case. 2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer

posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »

Preventing Kitchen Fire Hazards
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 be plugged in all day, be sure the cords are not frayed or damage

posted 8:00:37am Apr. 16, 2014 | read full post »

Orange-Colored Stains
Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth and dampen it with water and moisten with a squeeze of lemon juice or a bit of

posted 8:00:31am Apr. 15, 2014 | read full post »

Making Better Popcorn
Popcorn is such a wonderful snack for the family. Ever think about how it pops? The dried corn pop opens when heated because the moisture inside the hull vaporizes, causing pressure. When it reaches 400 degrees, the hull bursts open 35 times its size. Here’s how to make it fluffier and better:

posted 8:00:19am Apr. 14, 2014 | read full post »


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