Home hints

Ge­orgina Bit­con gives ad­vice on re­mov­ing de­odor­ant marks, dye­ing Easter eggs, clean­ing shower screen tracks and more.

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Flash idea for flash drives

If you have a drawer full of uniden­ti­fied USB flash drives, sort and colour­code them with sticky dots, then store them in a plas­tic fish­ing tackle con­tainer or em­broi­dery floss box, avail­able from craft stores.

Armpit marks are the pits

If you ac­ci­den­tally get white de­odor­ant marks on your clothes while dress­ing, wipe them away with a pair of panty­hose or a new or used dryer sheet – do not add any mois­ture.

Easter made eas­ier

In­stead of us­ing cups and glasses when dye­ing Easter eggs, use a large muf­fin tin to dye sev­eral dif­fer­ent-coloured eggs at once, turn­ing them with tongs or gloved hands.

Vine­gar’s su­per­pow­ers

Clean your shower screen tracks by soak­ing paper tow­els or cot­ton rags in white vine­gar, rolling and lay­ing them along the tracks for 30 min­utes, then scrub­bing the track with an old tooth­brush be­fore rins­ing.

Pizza puz­zle

To fit two piz­zas on one rec­tan­gu­lar oven tray, cut them in half and align the straight edges along the straight sides of the tray, with the curved edges to­wards the cen­tre.

Broad brush strokes

To clean your hair­brush of ex­cess hair, use scis­sors to cut the hair be­tween the lines of bris­tles and it will be much eas­ier to re­move com­pletely.

Keep bins in line

If us­ing su­per­mar­ket bags as bin lin­ers, se­cure them with binder clips to hold the bag in place.

Sur­face level

De­frost frozen food on a stain­less steel or alu­minium sur­face – it will de­frost faster than on wood, ceramic or plas­tic.

Sew quick

When sew­ing your own gar­ments, if you have sev­eral smaller pieces to in­ter­face, ap­ply the iron-on in­ter­fac­ing to a sin­gle piece of fab­ric be­fore cut­ting. It wastes a small amount of in­ter­fac­ing, but saves a huge amount of time.

Seed scoop

Use an ice-cream scoop to re­move the seeds from a pump­kin – it is faster, neater and eas­ier than us­ing a spoon.


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Pre­fer healthy brown rice, but hate how long it takes to cook? Soak it in wa­ter in the fridge for six hours or overnight and it will cook as quickly as white rice.

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