Handy Home Hints

4 ways to reuse coffee grounds

  1. Scouring pots and pans: Use coffee grounds to remove gunk from pots and pans. Coffee grounds are abrasive but still soft enough to be used safely, without damaging your favourite pans. Rinse well afterwards.
  2. Keep your fridge smelling fresh: Place a small container of coffee grounds in the fridge to absorb odours.
  3. A natural exfoliator: Coffee grounds make an excellent exfoliating body scrub. Just add used grounds to a bit of warm water or your favourite oil – such as coconut or sweet almond.
  4. Make soap: Make a simple soap by melting a bar of glycerine soap and then adding approximately 1/3 cup of grounds. The mixture can then be reshaped into a bar that is great for exfoliating and scrubbing.
espresso coffee pot illustration

5 uses for uncooked rice

  1. Make a heat pack: Use a clean sock, fill with uncooked rice. Tie the top tightly with string and heat in the microwave to desired temperature.
  2. Clean glass bottles and vases: Place a few grains inside the vessel along with warm soapy water, swirl and shake the contents. The rice acts like a scourer - removing scum.
  3. Prevent rusty tools: Place a few spoonfuls of rice in your tool box, this will absorb any unwanted moisture.
  4. Make the perfect pie crust: No pie weights? No problem. Top the crust with greaseproof paper and add a layer or rice instead.
  5. Clean coffee/spice grinders: Fill the grinder halfway with rice and grind until fine. It will lift any grimy residue and absorb odours.
bag of rice illustration

Between washes

Use talcum powder instead of expensive dry shampoo when you don’t have time to wash your hair. It blends into any hair colour and gives hair a bit of volume as well.

Knead to know

If you break a glass, pick up the large pieces and then dab the area with a slice of bread. It will pick up all the small shards that you can’t see.

Losing your screws?

Use clear nail polish to fix loose screws in place on your glasses.

Just like magic

If your hands are stained from cooking with beetroot or berries, rub a raw potato over the stain and watch it disappear.

Dirty soles

When travelling, place your shoes inside a plastic shower cap to prevent your clothes from getting dirty.

The icing on the cake

If you’re unable to cover a frosted cake with plastic wrap before refrigerating it overnight, simply wet a crumpled sheet of newspaper and place it by the cake in the fridge. It will absorb any odours, so your frosting will stay tasting great.

Moving house

For small sets of drawers - tape drawers shut.