Handy Home Hints

Slug trap

Slugs eating your veggies? Lay damp newspaper down in the evening and slugs will crawl under it to shelter during the night. Lift it up early in the morning and dispose of any slugs you find there.

newspaper slug trap
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave

5 tips for browning mince

Browning mince should be a simple task, but all too often the mince can start to stew instead of sizzling and browning. Here's a few tips to get the best results

  • Remove mince from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking.
  • Don't overcrowd the frypan when browning mince, cook in batches over high heat. Reheat the pan in between batches.
  • Use the tip of a whisk to quickly and evenly break up mince in the frypan. No more clumps!
  • Don't over-stir the mince, once you've broken it up, let it brown on one side before turning it.
  • If water still gathers in the bottom of the pan and the mince starts to stew instead of fry, tilt the pan and remove the water with a large spoon.
browning mince in a frypan
The tip of a whisk is perfect for breaking up mince clumps

Remove chewing gum

If chewing gum is stuck to your hair or carpet, apply an ice cube and rub it for a while. The gum will harden, allowing you to crack off the brittle pieces. If the gum is stuck to an item of clothing or a shoe, you can put the item in a plastic bag and place it in the freezer for a couple of hours. Peel the gum off immediately after removal from the freezer.

chewing gum stuck to a shoe

Emergency lighting solution

Bring your solar garden lights inside for use during a power cut. Place them all together in a glass jar for a concentrated light source. Much safer than candles, and no need to rely on having working batteries in your torch.

kids on a carousel
Power cut? Those outdoor solar lights will come in handy!

Spray bottle storage

Place a teatowel rail on the inside of the cupboard where you normally store cleaning products. Hang spray bottles on the rail using the trigger to hold them in place. No more clutter!

spray bottles hanging off towel rail inside cupboard
Free up shelf space