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Washing Drapes and Curtains

posted by lwhite

Drapes 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 […]

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 […]

Cleaning an Entertainment Center

posted by lwhite

If you have housed your TV, stereo or other high-tech devices for entertainment in one area, it’s a good idea to clean them on a regular basis. Here’s what to do: 1. Dust the TV or computer screen with a […]

Mineral Deposits Inside Glass Vase?

posted by lwhite

If you live in an area with hard water, these mineral deposits will happen and they can be tough to remove. Here’s what to do: Get out household vinegar and warm it on the stove. Pour it into the vase […]

Using Household Products

posted by lwhite

When you are considering cleaning products to use at home, read the labels before you buy them. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that many common products “may have toxic substances.” The EPA says these do: floor or furniture polish, […]

Bleach 101

posted by lwhite

Confused about which bleach—chlorine or oxygen—to use because both clean and whiten? Chlorine bleach is more powerful and is effective on white and colorfast clothing that’s washable, but not on silks or wool. Oxygen bleach is less strong and color-safe. […]

Dirty Flannel Jewelry Polishing Cloth?

posted by lwhite

If you have been cleaning a lot of your jewelry and you notice that the cloth has blackened, here’s how to clean it so you can reuse it: 1. First, read the care label or package instructions. 2. Then hand-wash […]

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 […]

Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances

posted by lwhite

Stainless steel looks great and has a durable finish, but it needs a special kind of cleaning, so the surface won’t be scratched. Here’s how to keep it shiny and to remove fingerprints: 1. Rinse, wipe and dry stainless steel […]

Dirty Rubber Toys

posted by lwhite

Your children play with lots of rubber toys in the house and they do get dirty and need to be cleaned. Here a non-toxic way to do the job: When you notice that the rubber toys are slimy or grimy, […]

Previous Posts

Heloise Hint to Contain Clutter
When you are in the den or living in room and watching TV, don’t just sit around! When those endless TV commercials come on, take those minutes to get something simple done. Straighten up, clean up, and clean out clutter. It’s amazing how much what you can do in just a few minutes: 1. Put

posted 8:00:04am Oct. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Out of Milk? What to Do!
It happens all too often, you are making a recipe, and discover that you don’t have one of the ingredients. What to do at the last minute? Check your pantry! Here are several substitutions you can make for the 1 cup of milk called for in the recipe—which you don’t have! 1. Mix nondairy coff

posted 8:00:17am Oct. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Drinking Glasses Cloudy?
What do you do if take drinking glasses out of the dishwasher and suddenly notice that they are cloudy—even though they are clean? Here’s how to check to see if the cloudiness caused by etching or can be removed. Here is the Heloise way to find out if drinking glasses have a hard-water buildu

posted 8:00:48am Oct. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Digital Photos? How to Make Them Last!
Even though we e-mail so many of our digital photos, we also print them out. With the holidays coming up, picture taking will be part of every event, so here are some Heloise Hints on how to save and protect the photos and memories captured in them: 1. If you print pictures using an ink-jet print

posted 8:00:07am Oct. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Out of Silver Polish?
If you have run out of silver cleaning polish, and you need to clean a sterling silver or silver-plated item, here are two Heloise Home Hints that will do the job in a pinch. Give them a try: 1. If the silver isn’t too badly tarnished, just wash it by squirting a good hand dishwashing liquid on

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


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