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Top tips to save you time and money
Clingfilm can be made more controllable if you keep it in the fridge!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!