Do these classic household tips and life hacks really work? We sort fact from fiction and tell you what’s worth trying. We’re like your very own myth busters and, you’re welcome!
1. Hairspray gets rid of ink stains
Not only is it good for keeping your up-style in place, the high alcohol content in hairspray loosens dyes and inks, making it easier to wipe away a stubborn stain.
2. You can use a banana peel to clean shoes
It creates too much gooey mess to be worthwhile, so stick with polish — it’s cleaner and quicker (and your feet won’t smell like a smoothie for the rest of the day!).
3. Dry a wet phone using rice
Phone fallen down the loo? Don’t panic. Leaving it in a container of uncooked rice for a day should bring it to life — as long as it hasn’t short-circuited. (Our gadget expert swears this works!)
4. White wine removes red wine stains
Don’t waste precious wine, as this tip is a complete fallacy! Adding more booze won’t do the stain any good — it might make it even worse. Try blotting with soda water instead, or pouring salt over the mark (if it’s just happened).
5. Chicken soup will help cure a cold
Granny was right all along! It hydrates, eases congestion, provides vitamins and protein and even reduces inflammation — all in a tasty, easily absorbed liquid form.
6. Conditioner makes great shaving gel
This works at least as well as (or even better than) the real thing. It’s cheaper than gel and makes your hair softer and easier to shave. Plus, it won’t irritate and will leave your skin silky smooth, too.
7. Cola is better than bleach for cleaning toilets
Yes, it works, but it’s never going to beat good old bleach. And what’s worse, the sugary residue it leaves behind will actually attract more germs.
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8. Ginger eases indigestion
The spice contains gingerol, which helps your body flush out excess chemicals and acid. This is why it’s also great for dealing with nausea and settling stomach upsets.
9. Defog a mirror using shaving cream
It sounds like it shouldn’t work, but it does; the cream creates a film on the mirror that stops it steaming up when you’re in the shower. Just spray it on and wipe clean.
10. Vinegar is good for cleaning absolutely everything
It’s got hundreds of uses, but it will ruin stone, aluminum and iron. And, if you combine it with bleach, it releases poisonous chlorine gas — do not do this!