Hints & Tips

Useful household, cooking, DIY, garden and car care hints & tips to make life easier for everyone.
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  • To get the most speed from your broadband keep your router on continuously 24/7
    If you don’t Openreach will throttle your speed at peak times (normally 6p.m. to 10p.m.).
  • If you have squeaky shoes put some talcum powder inside the shoes it stops them squeaking
  • Make the Useful Phone Numbers page the home page of your mobile phone’s browser. You then will be able to dial any number on the list directly from your mobile.
  • When washing and drying nightwear or any other clothing that is flame-retardant DO NOT use softener or dryer sheets, it will remove the retardant
  • You can freeze soft cheese such as brie whole, but grate hard cheese such as cheddar first it makes it a lot easier to add to sauces or to sprinkle on gratins
  • A great way of preventing identity theft is to invest in a shredder
  • Always write “Return To Sender” across the front of junk mail, and then pop it into your nearest post box.
  • Spray dried flowers with hair lacquer to prevent them dropping
  • Baking soda can be used to absorb the smells from bins. Just shake a little into the bottom of a bin liner before it is used to ensure it is odour-free.
  • When cooking vegetables, they can leave a distinct odour around the home. A piece of red pepper added to broccoli will help as will a bay leaf added to cauliflower, sprouts, or cabbage.
  • Apply hand cream before putting on rubber gloves to do the washing up. The heat from the water will help the cream soak into your hands and leave them nice and soft.
  • To strengthen fingernails, dip them into a salt solution (2 teaspoons of salt to a glass of water) for 2/3 minutes
  • To help prevent colds & flue eat foods such as: Carrots, mushrooms, leeks, garlic, onions, tangerines, pears, ginger, elderberries, walnuts and good old fashioned chicken soup to support your immune system. Up intake of spices during this time of year too, as many possess antimicrobial properties.
    Shikimic Acid, extracted from Star Anise is a key ingredient of the anti flu drug Tamiflu. So use more of this over the next few months along with herbs such as Thyme and Oregano.
  • To remove lilly pollen stains gently dab sellotape onto the stain. The pollen will stick to the tape. Do not rub.
  • Next time you vacuum, add a cotton wool ball soaked with a few drops of aromatherapy oil, like geranium or lavender into your vacuum cleaner bag. The smell will be gone and a beautiful scent has been added
  • One resident sent a good tip the other day she said that she always puts on a pair of wool gloves under her plastic gloves when cleaning out her freezer this way you don’t finish up with frozen or wet hands. Perhaps you could wear thermal gloves under the plastic ones and get the same result.
  • Fill a spray bottle with Listerine mouthwash and spray around your rooms at the first sign of flies, gnats & mosquitoes (it even works outside). They don’t seem to like the smell so stay well clear.
  • If you get Biro ink on a leather settee, just give it a spray with hair laquer then a quick wipe with a paper towel or a soft cloth and, as if by magic, it just disappears. Yes it’s true, it really does work.