Subscribe Register Login

Monday, April 21, 2014, 2:33 a.m.
Top Picks - Capture Arkansas

HELPFUL HINTS

By HELOISE

This article was published January 31, 2013 at 2:20 a.m.

— DEAR HELOISE: I had a party, and now I have redwine stains on my beige-colored carpet. Is there anything I can do?

  • Lorraine D., via e-mail

DEAR READER: At this point, it is best to use a commercial stain remover. In the future, as soon as the spillhappens, blot up as much of the wine as you can. Mix a solution of 1 part mild liquid dishwashing detergent and 20 parts water.With a clean microfiber cloth, blot the stain until color stops coming out.

Then take half-vinegar/ half-water and blot the stain to get the last remnants of color out. If you still see the red color, put some 3 percent-5 percent hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and blot.

As always, try out a hidden area of carpet first to make sure you won’t fade the color. Finally, rinse with cold water, blot dry and then allow to air-dry. This is another reason to keep vinegar in your household. Use any leftover vinegar-and-water solution to wipe down and clean plastic, dusty outside furniture.

DEAR HELOISE: When we first moved into our home, the dishwasher did a poor job. I realized that the water heater was on the opposite side of the house, and a full cycle had run before the water entering the washer was hot. We always opened the hot-water tap in the kitchen and let the water get warm before hitting the “Start” button.

To avoid wasting water, I use the water flow to flush the garbage disposal or for other uses while waiting for it to warm.

  • Doug J. in Louisiana

DEAR HELOISE: I have a hint for cushioning metal bed-frame legs and sofa legs.It seems manufacturers place these legs right where you crack your toes. I use soft, foam soda-can covers, removing the bottom to form a sleeve. I place the sleeve around the leg so the furniture can still be “shoved around.” I use these covers on chair legs that have “skirts” as well.

  • Marlene P., Decatur, Ala.

DEAR HELOISE: I cannot lift my mattress to tuck my top sheet between the mattress and box spring. I use a plastic coat hanger to push the sheet into the opening between the mattress and box spring. I lift up the bottom of the sheet that is hanging over and tuck it in as I go. I also use the hanger to smooth out the sheet when finishing.

  • Beverly G., Louisiana Send a money- or time-saving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio,Texas 78279-5000; fax to (210) 435-6473; or e-mail Heloise@Heloise.com

Weekend, Pages 38 on 01/31/2013

Print Headline: HELPFUL HINTS

Comments on: HELPFUL HINTS

To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the "Suggest Removal" link in the comment to alert our online managers. Read our Terms of Use policy.

Subscribe Register Login

You must login to make comments.

TOP JOBS

  • Admin.asst/cma

    Administrative Assistant/CMAGood Shepherd is seeking person ...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Ctrs

    vantage point of northwest arkansas Is expanding and seeking...
    FAYETTEVILLE, AR

  • Medical front office

    medical front office - Assist MRI center with check- in/ out...
    LITTLE ROCK, AR

  • Registered dental

    Assistant Busy Sheridan Dental office is seeking a F/T Assi...
    SHERIDAN, AR

  • Welders

    welders: Experienced needed Call 501-412-8297.
    England, AR

Search 778 jobs >

Top Picks - Capture Arkansas
Arkansas Online