Spray WD-40 onto plastic blocks that are difficult to prise apart – then wash them thoroughly before the kids play with them again.
When knitting stripes in ribbing, always knit (rather than rib) the colour change row – this will avoid the contrast purl stitches showing through the stripes.
To keep whipped cream sweet and fresh for longer, add a pinch of baking soda per cup of cream when whipping.
Remove soap scum from your glass shower screen by wiping it with a dampened, used dryer sheet, then polishing it with a soft, dry cloth.
To clean and revitalise a Panama hat, beat together an egg white, the juice of half a lemon and a teaspoon of salt. Brush this mixture evenly over the hat, wipe off the excess with a damp cloth and allow to dry in the shade.
Spread an old bedsheet under your hedge before you start to trim it – it makes tidying up so much quicker and easier.
To help prevent fog on your windscreen in cold weather, spray the inside with shaving cream, then wipe it off with a soft cloth.
As well as carrying your own identification in your wallet, be sure to include your next-of-kin’s contact details as well, since those attending to you in an emergency may not be able to unlock your phone.
When you use ground or whole nuts in a recipe, store the leftovers in snaplock bags in the freezer to keep them fresh for next time. They won’t go rancid or be infested with pantry moth.
If the eraser on the end of a pencil is making smudge marks on the page, rub it with an emery board to make it work like new.
To clean the built-in straw on a toddler’s sippy cup, use a doubled-over chenille stick or pipecleaner, available from craft stores.
From S. Shepherd
Q. After a weekend of home decorating, I was left with paint on my skin, which was painful to remove. For future reference, what is the gentlest way to do this?
From M. Benton