Handy Household Tips
Some people have allergies to these.
One of the worst places for them to be is inside a pillow. If this is the case
a simple solution is to take the pillow and place it in a tumble dryer on high
for about 20 minutes.
Exposure to the high temperature will kill all of them.
This also works for with children's teddy bears as well.
Net curtains can be tricky and time consuming to
take down and put up again when it comes to cleaning. Instead of using conventional
fixings, fit some white Velcro strip to the top of the curtain, the other part
of the Velcro strip being fastened to for e.g. the top of the window frame. This
enables the curtains to be removed and fitted in seconds.
Wallpaper and painting tip.
When using a bucket of paste or paint, tie a piece
of string between the handle supports. This can be used to support the bristles
of the brush, the handle resting on the rim. Not only does this give you somewhere
to put the brush any paint or paste will drip back into the bucket and not make
a mess. The string can also be used to wipe off any excess paint or paste from
the brush, which will also drop back into the bucket.When using a pasteboard clean
off any excess paste afterwards by using a plastic scraper or similar before wiping
down with a cloth. This removes a lot of excess paste that would otherwise end
up in a rather messy cloth.
Alternatively cover the board with a plastic sheet
or disposable plastic tablecloth or similar which can then simply be folded up
and disposed of.
To keep garden peas out of the pod
looking fresh and beautifully green simply soak them over-night in a bucket of
water with some ordinary baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) mixed in. An old trick
used in many restaurants.
Garden slugs can be caught in the following manner.
large windows in the top half of a used yoghurt pot or similar and place on the
ground. Fill the bottom of the pot with beer. The slugs will be attracted to the
beer and will go inside. They will end up at the bottom of the pot in a very happy
condition, however that is where they will remain so that you may dispose of them
as you wish.
removing a splinter from a finger, place an ice cube on to the area. This will
help to reduce swelling and numb the pain, making removal much easier.
Heat stains on stainless steel.Stainless steel surfaces that get hot such
as an electric toaster can get stained very easily if they come into contact with
something when they are hot, such as a plastic bag for example. Stains like these
can be removed very easily by rubbing with nail varnish remover.
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