Home hints: handy tips

Ge­orgina Bit­con gives ad­vice on rid­ding the house of doggy smells, clean­ing a tricky ceil­ing, mak­ing the tub sparkle and more.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -

In damp, hu­mid con­di­tions it’s best to use a hair dryer on a wet dog.



QAfter re­cent pro­longed rain, my house and fur­ni­ture now smell of wet dog, although we bath the dog fre­quently. Any remedies?

J. Martin

In damp, hu­mid con­di­tions, it’s best to use a hair dryer on a wet dog, if pos­si­ble, to get him com­pletely dry and pre­vent bac­te­ria growth. To re­move resid­ual smell, wash and dry re­mov­able up­hol­stery cov­ers, sprin­kle bak­ing soda lib­er­ally over the car­pet overnight, then vac­uum up next day – and spritz any non-wash­able fabrics with a 2:1 so­lu­tion of wa­ter and ap­ple cider vine­gar.

Dish­washer sparkle

Put your ceramic tooth­brush holder and soap dish in the dish­washer every so of­ten – both will emerge sparkling clean.

Ceil­ing so­lu­tion

To clean an acous­tic “pop­corn” ceil­ing with­out knock­ing down pieces of it, roll a damp, high-nap paint roller over it, pick­ing up dust and cob­webs as you go.

Hung out to dry

If you peg wet items across par­al­lel lines on your clothes­line, you can fit con­sid­er­ably more things in the same space. Try it!

Best for zest

In­stead of throw­ing the peel away when you squeeze a lemon, put it in a re­seal­able bag in the freezer and keep it for when you need to grate lemon zest.

Press­ing is­sue

When you need to press a bis­cuit crumb mix­ture down firmly and evenly in the tin, cover the mix­ture with bak­ing paper and press down with the flat of your hand or fin­gers. It flat­tens much more eas­ily than with the back of a spoon and doesn’t stick.

Clean tub, no rub

If you suf­fer from a bad back, try clean­ing the bath with a squeeze mop – it’s much eas­ier.

No more spills

To pour paint or other liq­uid with­out a fun­nel, hold a chop­stick, long-han­dled spoon or even a pen­cil ver­ti­cally across the mouth of the pour­ing can while you tip it – the liq­uid will fol­low the free end of the stick into its new con­tainer.

Whip into shape

For per­fect whipped cream with­out a whisk or beaters, tip cold cream into a large jar, screw on lid and shake vig­or­ously for a few min­utes.

Pool cue

Use your in­flat­able pad­dling pool as an in­door playpen for a sit­ting baby. It’s por­ta­ble, com­fort­able, stain­proof and the soft sides mean no banged heads.


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.

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