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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 […]

Mildew Spreading in the Basement?

posted by lwhite

Because basements often have lots of moisture or are damp, mildew thrives in these conditions. Try to keep the basement as dry as possible to prevent this growth. Here’s what else you can do. READ MORE Put activated charcoal in […]

Preserving a Christening Gown

posted by lwhite

Of course, you want to save this important piece of family history. First, read the care label to find out the appropriate method for cleaning the fabric. Then take these steps. READ MORE 1. If the grown has lace or […]

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 […]

If Food in the Oven Bubbles Over Onto the Bottom

posted by lwhite

No matter how careful we are, this just seems to happen. Here’s how to deal with this. READ MORE * Sprinkle plenty of salt over the burned-on gunk. It will lessen the smell, the smoke and make it easier to […]

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 […]

Caring for Microfiber Cloths

posted by lwhite

Microfiber cloths are the most versatile and effective cleaning tools we have in our homes. But they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. Here’s how. READ MORE * Machine wash in soapy warm water, but not with towels […]

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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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