Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - LIFESTYLE SPECIAL -

Empty glass jars can be put to a num­ber of uses, but some la­bels can be very tricky to get off, even when given a pro­longed soak. Armed with the right method, your jars can be sticker-free in sec­onds.

STEP ONE Start by soak­ing jars in hot wa­ter with a lit­tle wash­ing-up liq­uid for a few min­utes or un­til you can peel the la­bels off.

STEP TWO In a small bowl, mix cook­ing oil (veg­etable is per­fect, noth­ing ex­pen­sive or spe­cial – save that for eat­ing!) with some bicarbonate of soda so it forms a paste.

STEP THREE Dab on to a non-scratch sponge scourer and rub over the sticky area.

STEP FOUR Rinse in hot soapy wa­ter to get rid of any oili­ness and pat dry.

ABOVE Store cakes in a cool, dark place, safely sealed in a cake tin or con­tainer – un­less they are iced, in which case cover with cling­film and keep in the fridge





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