Georgina Bitcon shares handy household tips for vacuuming, using up pasta, avoiding splatters when cooking, keeping a cake fresh and more.
ASK THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S WEEKLY
QI put my old aluminium cake pan through the dishwasher and it came out darker and with white, flaky spots. Can I restore it? P. Lees Make a thick paste of water and cream of tartar (found in the baking/spice section of the supermarket), rub it in a circular motion all over the pan with a damp rag then rinse. Aluminium should always be hand-washed with mild detergent.
Suck it up
If you can’t get your vacuum cleaner into dust traps such as under the fridge, slot an empty paper towel roll into the end of the vacuum hose and squash or bend it so it can get into the awkward space.
To disguise a small scratch on wooden furniture or a picture frame, simply colour it in with a matching coloured pencil or felt pen.
Hints at your fingertips
When buying new plants for the garden, punch a hole in the tags and keep them handy on a large key ring, so that you’ll always have access to the name of the plants and any growing hints.
Cut a slit halfway across the centre of a paper plate and fit it around your stick blender to prevent spatters when whipping cream or cake batter.
Clever cake cutting
When you’re not going to eat a circular cake all at once, don’t cut it into wedges. Instead, cut it across the middle and remove one rectangular piece at a time, pushing the two cut halves back together to keep them fresher for longer.
Every last squeeze
Roll the end of your toothpaste tube from the bottom and secure it with a binder clip – it helps to get every last bit of toothpaste from the tube and the clip makes a handy stand, too.
If your earlobes have become red and sore from wearing some types of metal earring hooks, remove the earrings and gently rub the inflamed area with a drop or two of tea tree oil – it will give instant relief.
Handy card holder
If your small children have trouble holding their cards when playing games, cut slits in segments of upside-down egg cartons to hold the cards.
Fridge seal freshener
A simple time saver for gently removing mildew spots from your fridge seal is to rub the area with a good brand of antibacterial hand sanitiser – it removes the mildew and will help to hinder regrowth as well.
In a large jar, combine all your bits of leftover dry pasta, no matter what the shape – break spaghetti and fettucine into short lengths – then use this pasta “medley” in soups or pasta bakes.