Who knew there were so many different uses for everyday items you have lying around the house?!
To get wrinkles out of silk or wool clothes, cover your ironing board with foil and lay the item over it. Hold the iron 10cm above the fabric and pass over it several times while pressing the steam button. Heat radiating from the foil will smooth any creases.
2. Dental floss
Stop the incredibly annoying noise of a dripping tap by attaching dental floss to the spout and allowing it to trail into the basin. The drip will run silently down the floss. But make a plan to fix it properly!
Zip keeps catching? If you have a problem with a sticky zip, rub a graphite pencil tip over the problem teeth and they’ll stop sticking.
Candle wax dripped on wood or glass? Heat it with your hairdryer until it melts, then simply wipe up the residue with a piece of kitchen paper.
5. Peanut butter
Remove sticky label marks with… peanut butter! Get as much off as you can with warm, soapy water, then spread a layer of peanut butter on the residue. Leave for 10–15 minutes, so the oils can get to work, then wipe off. It frees chewing gum from hair, too!
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Before hanging a picture, put toothpaste on the picture hook at the back. Press the picture where you want it to hang, so that the paste transfers to the wall. Bingo! You now know exactly where to bang in your nail.
7. Hair conditioner
If you’ve run out of shoe polish, hair conditioner will bring back the shine to leather AND it will protect against water damage.
8. Bread tags
Sort your messy power cables. Label old plastic bread-bag tags and hook them on the cords.
Pen marks on a school shirt or your blouse? A squirt of hairspray on the mark, followed by a normal wash will get rid of it.
Put a rubber flip-flop on your hand and rub carpets, rugs and upholstery in the direction of the pile. Any pet hair will form into balls that can then be vacuumed up.
Dropping an earring and not being able to see it is frustrating. Put an old pair of stockings over the end of the vacuum cleaner pipe and secure with an elastic band. Run the pipe over the area where you dropped the earring and you should find it trapped against the stockings.
Dampen a cloth with vodka to make easy work of cleaning hairspray off a mirror or marks off your reading glasses. It will even get lipstick out of clothes.
Slip your favourite necklaces through a drinking straw, do up the clasp and put it in your jewellery box or drawer. Hurray! No more tangled necklaces to sort out when you’re getting ready in a rush.
14. Nail file
If a well-loved pair of suede shoes has become stained and a bit tired looking, rub them lightly with an emery board, then hold the shoe over the steam from a kettle to remove stains and bring the pile back to life.
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