Home hints

Ge­orgina Bit­con shares handy house­hold tips for vac­u­um­ing, us­ing up pasta, avoid­ing splat­ters when cook­ing, keep­ing a cake fresh and more.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - CONTENTS -


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.

Colour­ing in

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.

Stop spat­ters

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.

Ear­ring relief

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.

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