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The core of the mat­ter

In­stead of throw­ing your ap­ple core away, pop it in a bowl of wa­ter and leave by the win­dowsill. It works as a great air fresh­ener, and soon your house will smell of ap­ples! Eva Bell, Frome

Un­wanted smells

Add a sprin­kle of salt to empty food stor­age con­tain­ers. It pre­vents smells from pre­vi­ous food from lin­ger­ing. Me­gan Jensen, Bris­tol

Top tube tip

Get the most out of a tube of tooth­paste by cut­ting the top and bot­tom sec­tions off, then putting them back to­gether to make shorter tube. Any­thing that’s left will now be at the bot­tom ready to come out. Works great for lo­tions, too! Chelsea Mullins, Chep­stow

Re­cy­cled or­gan­i­sa­tion

Store ca­bles in loo pa­per rolls. It makes them easy to find and stops them from get­ting all tan­gled up. El­lie Foster, Pre­ston

A grate idea

My train­ers had seen bet­ter days and had lost their grip. But in­stead of fork­ing out on a new pair, I just rubbed the soles along an old cheese grater – it scratches them enough to cre­ate more grip. Mag­gie Fynn, Derby

No more soggy cu­cum­ber

Store left­over cu­cum­ber in a glass of wa­ter in the fridge. It makes it last so much longer and pre­vents it from be­com­ing soggy. Mayah Richards, Colch­ester Plas­tic in­sect repellent Dur­ing the sum­mer, I cover the kids’ drinks with a piece of cling­film then poke a straw through the top. It stops bees and other an­noy­ing insects from ir­ri­tat­ing them. An­nie Daniel, East Sus­sex

Ev­ery vegetable has a pa­per lin­ing

Keep your veg­gies fresh by lin­ing your vegetable drawer with a few sheets of kitchen pa­per. The pa­per soaks up any un­wanted juices, and it’s easy to re­place ev­ery few days. Jodi Young, Chilworth

Quick nail fix

When­ever my nail pol­ish starts to get a bit thick, I just add a few drops of nail pol­ish re­mover to it and give it a shake. Smooths it right out! Joanne Lloyd, Portsmouth

Slip­ping spoons

Tie a rub­ber band on the end of your spoon to stop it from slip­ping down into your bowl of ce­real. Great idea for the kids! Brid­get Pope, Kent

Cold call

Al­ways wash your hair with cold wa­ter. Sham­poo and con­di­tioner don’t set in as well when the wa­ter is too hot. Cold wa­ter will leave your hair silky smooth! Julie Weaver, Black­burn

Sour reme­dies

My son al­ways gets terrible mo­tion sick­ness when we drive long dis­tances. But I find that giv­ing him a slice of lemon to suck on dur­ing the journey eases it straight away. Michelle Park, Torquay

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