Handy Home Hints

3 tips to remove oil stains from fabric

It’s best to tackle the stain as soon as it happens and only if the item is machine washable. Use a tissue or paper towel and dab the stain to try to soak up as much of the oil as possible and then use one of the following 3 methods to remove the stain:.

  1. Cover the oil stain in sodium bi-carb and leave for 30 minutes. Fill a bucket with hot water and add a sprinkle of bi-carb. Put the stained item in the water and soak for 15 minutes. Dislodge any remaining bi-carb and wash as usual.
  2. Spray a little WD-40 on the stain and add sodium bi-carb to the affected area. Scrub the stain with a toothbrush until the bi-carb soda starts to clump. Add a drop of dish soap and scrub again. Rinse off the sodium bi-carb with clean water and wash as usual.
  3. Apply dish washing detergent to the stain. Scrub the area with a toothbrush until the stain begins to lift and then wash as normal. Only use this method on colour-fast fabric.

Toothpaste – not just for brushing your teeth!

The same toothpaste that you use to clean your teeth can be used for different applications. Here are 6 ways you can use it in and around your home. Stick to solid white toothpaste as those containing gel often use a dye which can stain some o saf the things you are trying to clean.

  1. Prevent foggy goggles - apply a thin layer of toothpaste to your swimming goggles or mask, then wipe clean.
  2. Get rid of burn marks on the base of your iron - apply a little toothpaste and gently scrub. It will also remove built-up gunk from hair products on your curling iron or hair straightener.
  3. Stop the itch from insect bites - dab a little toothpaste on the affected area.
  4. Freshen up reusable glass jars and bottles – add warm water and a squeeze of toothpaste to the container, give it a shake and then rinse. It will smell fresh and clean.
  5. Remove crayon marks from walls – put a bit of toothpaste on a damp sponge to remove stray crayon marks from painted walls. Finish by wiping down with a damp cloth and allow the area to air dry.
  6. Make chrome sparkle - smear toothpaste on chrome and polish with a dry cloth to make it shine like new.
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Lunch box apples

Prevent cut apples from going brown in lunch boxes by placing the sections back together and securing with an elastic band.

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Get popping!

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. It’s not only healthier but cheaper than the store bought packet variety

No more manchester mayhem!

Find your sheet sets easily by folding them and storing in their matching pillowcase.

Faster pasta

Freeze leftover cooked pasta in single serve portions in zip-lock bags. To heat, just tip into a bowl, cover with boiling water and wait a minute or two before draining. Great for last-minute meals.

Clever carpet trick

To remove dents in your carpet left by furniture. Drop an ice cube in the dent and leave overnight, the carpet will absorb the water and the nap will fluff up. In the morning, pat dry and the dent will be gone.

Receipts at the ready

Keep product manuals together with the receipt and warranty in clear plastic folders in a ring-binder. Handy if you need to make a claim or refer to the instructions.

Pit cherries with a chopstick

Use a chopstick to pit cherries - poke the chopstick firmly into the top of the cherry and the pit should pop out of the bottom.