Hints from Heloise

April 14, 2010

Hints from Heloise

In The Washington Post, a reader provides Heloise with a hint related to the use of vinegar in cleaning bird cages.  The hint is noted below:

Dear Heloise: I read the article about cleaning bird cages. I use regular vinegar in a spray bottle. The ratio I use in a 32-ounce bottle is half water and half vinegar. It is safe and refreshes the room, leaving it smelling feather-fresh. To be sure my eight parrots are not subjected to harsh chemicals, I also steam the cages clean monthly and use a steam mop for the floor. This has worked for me for years. — Parrot Lover in Jacksonville, Fla.

In The State.com (South Carolina’s Home Page), Heloise provides a tip to use vinegar to clean spilled milk. The tip is noted below.

MILK SPILL
On my way home from the grocery store, I managed to spill some milk in my car. As you can imagine, the smell is pretty bad. What can I do to get rid of it? – M.S. in Arizona

Our old friend vinegar should help. After cleaning the spot, pour the vinegar straight from the bottle onto the area (just enough to cover the stain). Wait about 10-15 minutes and blot with a clean, white towel. The smell should be gone, but you may need to repeat the process the next day. – Heloise