clever tricks and handy tips

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents - EDITED by GEORGINA BITCON


Keep some con­cen­trated liq­uid fer­tiliser un­der your kitchen sink. Be­fore putting each empty 2-litre milk or juice con­tainer in the re­cy­cling bin, make up a so­lu­tion of fer­tiliser and wa­ter and give your plants and ve­g­ies a reg­u­lar feed. K. Jones, Perth, WA.

Pest power

To con­trol pow­dery mildew on tomato plants and other summer ve­g­ies, mix one ta­ble­spoon each of bi­carb soda, veg­etable oil and dish­wash­ing liq­uid in four litres of wa­ter and spray weekly.

Tight squeeze

Re­move ex­cess wa­ter from thawed or steamed spinach by rolling it in a sushi mat on a tea towel or pa­per tow­els.

A lit­tle loopy

Store feather or lamb­swool dusters in an empty card­board tube of a pa­per towel. Add a hang­ing loop for con­ve­nience.

On a roll

For a quick way to re­move dirt, dust and cob­webs from door and win­dow screens, use a lint roller.

Good ap­ple

Stor­ing an ap­ple (just one) with your pota­toes – in a dark place – will help to stop them sprout­ing.

Bril­liant buf­fet

To make an eye-catch­ing “graz­ing board” sand a 30cmwide ply­wood plank, fin­ish it with foodqual­ity kitchen bench oil and sup­port it on tim­ber bat­tens.

Fishy busi­ness

The eas­i­est way to clean fish tank peb­bles (or glass mar­bles from a vase) is to zip them into a laun­dry bag be­fore wash­ing and rins­ing thor­oughly.

A piece of cake, re­ally

The sim­plest, non-stick way to cut brown­ies into squares is to use a plas­tic knife.

Cool cubes

For a summer punch bowl that will “keep its cool”, make su­per-sized ice cubes from juice or wa­ter in a metal or sil­i­cone muf­fin pan – adding mint sprigs or cit­rus slices if you like. Pre­pare ahead of time, turn them out and store in sealed con­tain­ers in the freezer.

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