The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - EDITED by GE­ORGINA BITCON

clever tricks and handy hints

To re­move dead skin, soothe cracked heels and get your feet soft and pretty for sum­mer san­dals, soak them for 15 min­utes in a so­lu­tion of ½ cup each Lis­ter­ine and white vine­gar and 1 cup warm wa­ter. Rub with pumice or a rough cloth, rinse and dry. R. Cole, via email. Q: Is it pos­si­ble to make home­made reed dif­fuser oil and can I re-use the reeds from an empty dif­fuser?

L. Shep­pard, Bud­erim, Qld.

A: Com­bine ¼ cup sweet al­mond oil, 15–25 drops of your favourite es­sen­tial oil/s and 2 ta­ble­spoons vodka (op­tional) in a nar­row­necked jar. You will need new rat­tan dif­fuser reeds (buy them cheaply on the net) as the old ones will be clogged and will not draw up the oil.

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