Handy Home Hints

Slow-cook and save

Slow cookers are perfect for cooking cheaper cuts of meat like chuck steak.

Buy in bulk and pre-make frozen meals that can be defrosted as needed. Freeze flat in ziplock bags so they take up minimal space in the freezer and defrost quickly. Always label your frozen meals with the date and use within 3 months.

Slow Cooker
Cook cheaper cuts of meat in a slow cooker

Pack glowsticks for camping

Love camping? Here's 5 uses for glowsticks on your next trip:

  • Place glowstick bracelets around exposed tent pegs to prevent them from being a trip hazard at night.
  • Glow sticks inside balloons make a useful camping night light.
  • Use them as a fish attractant for night fishing.
  • Attach them to your kids and dog when it's dark and they're running around.
  • Light your way to the toilet at night.
Add glowsticks to your list of camping essentials

Remove permanent marker from painted walls

Isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) removes permanent marker from painted walls.

Test on an inconspicuous area first. Apply with cotton wool and rub gently to remove the mark. Wipe any residue away with a damp cloth after cleaning.

Isopropyl alcolhol can be found in the first-aid section at your local chemist.

Child writing on the wall

Mobile device battery saver

Reducing the brightness on your mobile device will make the battery last longer.

Other ways to reduce battery drain include disabling services you don't need, such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and location services. Always close apps that you're not using.

persin using a smartphone

Garden hose fittings

Need to attach a new fitting to your hose? Immerse the end of your garden hose in hot water to soften the plastic and make it much easier to insert the new fitting.

Garden hose with new fittings