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Cling­film can be made more con­trol­lable if you keep it in the fridge!

Cover Up

Don’t throw away worn-out pil­lowslips. Cut a small hole in the top and slip over a coat hanger to help keep your gar­ments clean in stor­age.


Stale white bread can some­times lift grubby patches from wall­pa­per. Just break off a lit­tle, roll it into a ball and rub gen­tly over the mark.

Let There Be Light

Septem­ber is a good time to check that you have fresh batteries in torches and a sup­ply of can­dles in case of power out­ages later in the year.

Floor Plan

If you spill egg or oil on the kitchen floor, it’s much eas­ier to clear up if you sprin­kle it with flour or salt first to ab­sorb the worst of the mess.

Fresh Flasks

Well-used flasks can some­times smell a bit musty. Soak yours overnight in a so­lu­tion of hot wa­ter and a cou­ple of tea­spoons of bi­car­bon­ate of soda, then rinse well to re­store fresh­ness.

Rust Rem­edy

A light film of petroleum jelly over the metal parts of man­ual tools and gar­den tools will help to pro­tect them from be­com­ing rusty in stor­age.

Choc Away!

To re­move cof­fee, tea or choco­late stains from a gar­ment, try blot­ting with a so­lu­tion of two parts vine­gar to three parts wa­ter. Don’t try this on del­i­cate fab­rics or pre­cious items with­out test­ing on an in­con­spic­u­ous part first!

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