Handy Home Hints

6 BBQ Care Tips

  1. Clean after each use to prevent build-up
  2. Always clean your BBQ while it is warm (but not hot) – this way any greasy residue will be easier to clean off.
  3. Line your drip tray with aluminium foil to catch spills.
  4. Use baking sheets over your barbecue plates.
  5. You can also put the grill plates in your dishwasher if they will fit. You’ll have to re-season them before your next use though; just spray with oil and heat for 15 minutes.
  6. Use a BBQ cover whenever it’s not in use.
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Open cut flowers

To quickly open up flower buds, put them in warm water for one minute and then in a vase of cold water

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Revive old masking tape

To soften old masking tape or duct tape, pop it in the microwave on high for a few seconds.


When travelling, put a bar of scented soap in with your
dirty laundry to keep everything smelling fresh.

Time those tasks

Time how long it actually takes you to do various daily or weekly jobs around the house. That way you can prioritise and make the most of the time you have available (or not) each day, even if it’s only 10 minutes.

3 uses for hairspray.

  1. Preserve cut flowers - a light spritz of fine hairspray will keep them in place and make them last longer
  2. Removing permanent ink from hard surfaces - just spray, and wipe
  3. Run stopper - pre-treat tights with a light mist of hairspray to help prevent runs.

No more necklace nightmares

Keep necklaces tangle-free by feeding the chain through a straw and then fastening it

No more dripping bins

Line the bottom of your kitchen bin with newspaper to absorb any liquids and prevent spills when you empty it

Sort the spices

Arrange spices alphabetically on your spice rack so you can find them easily.