Heloise from A to Z


Ultimate Household Hints in an Easy, Quick-Check Format

From Abrasive Cleaners (what's safe, what scratches, what's sensitive) to ...

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Ultimate Household Hints in an Easy, Quick-Check Format

From Abrasive Cleaners (what's safe, what scratches, what's sensitive) to Zzzz (seven tips for getting enough sleep) this comprehensive home companion includes brand-new hints, time-honored favorites, new twists on old favorites, and peerless advice on:

  • Removing stains from clothing
  • Unstopping drains
  • Fixing squeaky floors
  • Saving supermarket dollars
  • Child-proofing your home
  • Energy conservation
  • Recycling
  • Removing static cling
  • Inexpensive skin moisturizers
  • Using and caring for high-tech equipment


Wash, starch and iron linens right before you store them.
Wash and iron, but do not use starch, because it can cause linens to yellow in a closed warm closet.

Use vinegar to unclog an iron.
Manufacturers of many new models do not recommend using vinegar because they are made of different metals.

Hang washed white clothing in the sun to dry.
Not a good idea today because new fabrics have fluorescent brighteners, which may react badly in the sun.

Store batteries in the refrigerator for longevity.
Not true. Instead, put alkaline batteries in a dry spot at normal room temperatures. Never store them in extreme heat or cold.

Pour salt or vinegar in the washing cycle to set colors in dark clothing.
It does not work. Clothing dyes today are better and more stable.

New from America's most trusted household-hints advisor--an indispensable encyclopedia for the home. Heloise covers cleaning the house, removing stains from clothing, unstopping drains, fixing squeaky floors, using microwaves and VCRs, and much more.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
The premier household-hints columnist of all time.
Library Journal
The eponymous Heloise has been dispensing household hints since the 1950s. The present Heloise is the original's daughter, and she has here compiled a ``dictionary'' of her helpful hints. From Abrasive Cleansers to Zucchini, Freezing, here are some 2000 useful tips for every day. The dictionary arrangement makes it easy to find help in any subject area, and there are useful cross references. Separate sections on stain removal, and on odors are appended. Heloise also includes amusing comments and anecdotes from her readers' letters. At this price, you'll want to buy an extra copy for the Reference desk. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/92.-- Susan B. Hagloch, Tuscarawas Cty. P.L., New Philadelphia, Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402814204
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Pages: 430

Meet the Author

For generations, Heloise has been the name in household advice. Continuing in the tradition of her mother, the original Heloise, today's Heloise has become a media phenomenon. Along with her numerous television appearances and worldwide syndicated newspaper column, she has a monthly feature in Good Housekeeping, and her own website. Heloise is the author of several bestselling books.

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