Home hints

Ge­orgina Bit­con gives tips on brush­ing a dog’s teeth, re­duc­ing mess with kids’ craft projects, re­mov­ing gel-pen ink and more.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

ASK THE AUS­TRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY Q How do I re­move a saf­fron stain from a white cot­ton shirt? R.G.

Spray or wipe the stain with pure laven­der oil, then laun­der as usual and hang in bright sun­light to dry.

Get a han­dle on trash

If you re-use plas­tic gro­cery bags for bin lin­ers, add a cou­ple of self-ad­he­sive hooks to the out­side of the bin to se­cure the han­dles.

Stick with a sponge

To save on mess when the kids are us­ing glue, put a damp kitchen sponge in a plas­tic con­tainer and smear a gen­er­ous amount of child-safe glue over the sur­face of the sponge. Wipe pa­per cut-outs across the sticky sur­face and glue in place. Re­place lid when play is over.

Frost­ing magic

Make pur­chased frost­ing go fur­ther (and re­duce the calo­ries per serve) by whip­ping it for a few min­utes with an elec­tric mixer un­til fluffy and dou­bled in size.

Glass for jam

In­stead of putting glass jars and lids in the re­cy­cling bin, check if they’re needed by your lo­cal school or church – or list them on a com­mu­nity web­site, such as freestuff.co.nz (where you can give away un­wanted items, keep­ing them out of land­fill) or a lo­cal group Face­book page. Jam-mak­ers love to get more glass jars!

Sewing sense

Use sil­i­cone cup­cake hold­ers in­side a vin­tage cake tin to or­gan­ise your sewing bits and pieces, such as pins, but­tons, tape mea­sure, threads and nee­dles.

At-home pedi

If you have no toe sep­a­ra­tors when paint­ing your toe­nails, cut a kitchen sponge into small strips – they work per­fectly.

Re­think that ink

Hand sani­tiser will re­move gel-pen ink from cloth­ing – just give the ink a good squirt be­fore putting it in the wash.

Pass­word short­cut

Need to change pass­words on your smart­phone or iPad, but hate hav­ing to re­mem­ber lots of dif­fer­ent ones? Sim­ply re­place a let­ter or two in an ex­ist­ing pass­word with an ac­cent: hold down the let­ter on your de­vice and the ac­cent op­tions pop up.

Fangs very much

If your dog re­fuses to have its teeth brushed, smear a lit­tle ca­nine tooth­paste on a chew toy or rope. (Never use hu­man tooth­paste.)


Send your handy hints or ques­tions to: Home hints, The Aus­tralian Women’s Weekly, PO Box 92512, Welles­ley Street, Auck­land 1141, or email awwed­i­tor@bauer­me­dia.co.nz with “Home hints” in the sub­ject line. While every ef­fort is made to en­sure the ef­fi­cacy of each hint, we can­not take re­spon­si­bil­ity for in­di­vid­ual re­sults.

Un­able to dis­play all the kids’ art­work? Take a photo of each mas­ter­piece, re­duce them all in size on the com­puter, so you can fit mul­ti­ples on one page, then have them printed as a poster at a print shop.

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