Don’t avoid barbecuing because of the clean-up operation afterwards. Make it easy: use a hot strong solution of soda crystals (a cup to 500ml water) – and be all set for the next time the sun shows its face!
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I’ve discovered an even quicker way to clean windows. On a warm day, take the garden hose to them, all at once, then buff dry with a microfibre cloth for windows and mirrors. Quick and easy!
There are many different ways to loosen the lid of a jar that refuses to open. My favourite (and works every time) is to knock the edge of the lid in a couple of places against a hard surface. Hey presto – you can open it easily now!
If you ever get limescale deposit around the rim and spout of your kettle, a quick rub with an emery board will see to it.
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If a black item has faded in colour over a number of washes, chances are it’s due to a build-up of detergent residue rather than actual loss of dye. To sort this, soak the item for a few hours in warm water with a little clear vinegar added, rinse and wash in the machine as normal.
Moving kitchen appliances to clean underneath can be tricky. Far easier to use the Flatmate from Lakeland. It’s £9.99 and takes the slog out of getting into those awkward corners.
Tip from my cheffy son Ewan: when using eggwash to glaze the top of pastry, add a pinch of both salt and caster sugar. You’ll get a much glossier finish.
If you have any rust marks on your enamel bath, rub with salt and lemon juice, then rinse.