Home hints

Ge­orgina Bit­con has ad­vice for re­mov­ing white marks from ma­hogany, mak­ing your shower screen sparkle, pre­vent­ing rust and more.

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QI put hot pizza boxes on my ma­hogany ta­ble (which was cov­ered with a cloth) and they have left ugly white marks on the wood. Is it pos­si­ble to re­move them?

S. Gra­ham

Place a clean, white towel over the marks and gen­tly iron over the towel with a steam iron, keep­ing it mov­ing. The marks should dis­ap­pear within a minute or so. Fin­ish with a lit­tle fur­ni­ture oil.

Cord cover

If your charger cords are con­stantly wear­ing out near the head, wrap the spring from an old ball­point pen around the cord, al­low­ing the cord to flex with­out crack­ing.

Line with news­pa­per

Line the bot­tom of the bag with a folded news­pa­per when you put a new plas­tic liner into your kitchen bin – it will help to ab­sorb odours and any liq­uid, re­duc­ing the chances of a smelly, drip­ping bag when you come to re­move it.

Pop-out paste

Freeze tomato paste in 1 ta­ble­spoon amounts in an ice cube tray overnight, then pop out, trans­fer to a zip-up bag and keep in the freezer for later use.

Screen clean suc­cess

A wet dryer sheet is great for re­mov­ing soap scum and hand­prints from a glass shower screen.

No more rust

To pre­vent rust, al­ways fin­ish dry­ing your newly washed bak­ing ware in a low oven be­fore stor­ing.

Sticky fin­gers

If you’ve stuck your fin­gers to­gether with su­per­glue, dab with ace­tone-based nail pol­ish re­mover to dis­solve the glue.

Leave the lid alone

Don’t lift the lid on your slow cooker un­less you ab­so­lutely must – ev­ery time you open the lid, it takes 20 to 30 min­utes to get back to cook­ing tem­per­a­ture.

Stor­age so­lu­tion

Screw a cou­ple of towel rails to the un­der­side of kitchen shelves or cup­boards to cre­ate a handy stor­age rack for bak­ing sheets and cut­ting boards.


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