Handy Home Hints

Clean your kettle

Add 1 cup (250ml) of white vinegar to your kettle and top up with water. Bring to the boil, and rinse out well.

Stop sprouting spuds

To stop potatoes from sprouting, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

Healthy homemade popcorn

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. It’s healthier and cheaper than the store-bought variety.

Microwave cleaning made easy

To make your microwave easier to clean, place damp paper towels inside and turn on high for 10 seconds. Then clean as usual.

Easy-peel hard-boiled eggs

Pop boiled eggs into a container and half-fill with cold water. Seal and shake for 10 seconds. Pour out the water and watch the shells slide off.

Blowdry stubborn stickers

Remove stubborn stickers from walls, crockery and glassware by giving them a blast with a hairdryer set to ‘hot’.

Make your own seed starters

Fill a box with a little bit of potting mix. Cut empty toilet roll tubes in half and wiggle them into the soil. Press seeds into each roll and cover with more potting mix. When ready, the seedlings can go straight into the ground with the cardboard roll - this will protect the roots from being disturbed while planting out.