Handy Home Hints

7 tips for faster ironing

  1. Iron items before they are completely dry.
  2. Place aluminium foil under your ironing board cover (shiny side up) to reflect heat to the underside of the clothes. This way you are effectively ironing both sides at once.
  3. Give a crumpled item of clothing a quick spray with water and tumble dry for 5 minutes.
  4. Don’t overfill the washing machine or leave clothes sitting around once the cycle has finished.
  5. Hang up your clothes as soon as they are finished in the dryer. Depending on the fabric, some may not even need ironing!
  6. Add a fabric softener dryer sheet when tumble drying; they relax wrinkles and soften creases.
  7. Hang ironed garments immediately and don't overcrowd your wardrobe or all your hard work will be for nothing!
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Herb saver

Chop leftover fresh herbs and stir into melted butter. Freeze in ice cube trays.

Fabric pilling problem?

You can remove pilling from clothing with a velcro hair roller. Lay the item flat and hold it taut while you roll a velcro roller over the surface.

Show, don’t tell

Take a photos of your child’s room when it’s tidy. Then, the next time your child cleans their room, they’ll know how it’s supposed to look and where things belong.

5 shoe care tips

  1. Use an eraser to carefully clean suede shoes. This will lift off dirt without damaging the suede.
  2. Glass cleaner or Vaseline will hide small scratches and bring back the shine to patent leather shoes.
  3. Whiten the soles of your shoes with toothpaste. Just take an old toothbrush and clean the soles of your shoes with toothpaste for a few minutes. You will notice a dramatic improvement!
  4. Pop a car air freshener inside your shoes while you're not wearing them to get rid of unpleasant smells. If this doesn’t work, it might be time to change the insoles.
  5. If your shoes get wet, fill a cloth bag with rice or cat litter and put into your shoes to absorb moisture.
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Protect your carpet

To move heavy furniture across carpet, place upside-down jar lids under the legs. The items will slide easily across the carpet and be less likely to cause damage.

Spray and wait

If you’re cleaning dirty marks off walls (or any other surface), give the br> cleaning product time to work. Spray the affected area and come back 10 minutes later. You’ll find the marks come off easily.

Puzzle packing

Store kids peg puzzles in clear poly envelopes.

Let it dry

Leave your washing machine door and dispenser open to dry out properly between uses, preventing mould. It also extends the life of your door seals.