After using sealant or glue cartridges, wipe the nozzle clean and plug it with a ball of Blu-Tack to prevent it from clogging and drying out.
Honey that has crystallised can be brought back to liquid life by uncovering the jar and microwaving on Medium power for 20-second bursts.
To prevent that stale smell in your vacuum cleaner, gently wash the filter regularly with detergent, then pop it into a lingerie washing bag and peg on the line to dry completely. Add a few drops of essential oil before replacing.
Before putting bobby pins in your hair, spray them with hair spray and they’ll stay in place.
When painting or varnishing fiddly things, such as drawer handles or knobs, push the screw through an upturned egg carton to hold the item in place while painting and drying.
If your cast-off row seems too tight and is spoiling the edge of your work, try casting off with a needle that is two to three times larger than the one you used for the body of your knitting.
Toss a couple of clean tennis balls into the dryer to fluff up towels, quilts and other bulky items. The balls will bounce around, getting rid of lumps and speeding up drying time.
Use a simple shower caddy on the back of a door or on the laundry wall to hold dog paraphernalia, such as leads, treats, poo bags, grooming tools, shampoo and so on.
Pop a banana peel into the bottom of the hole when planting a new rose and dig in the chopped peel around established roses - they love the potassium.
Q: The grout on my tiled kitchen floor looks dirty, even when I’ve just washed the floor. Is there a way to clean it? R. Aird.
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