Give your carpets a treat

If your carpets are a bit grubby, why not give them the Rug Doctor treatment? This easy-to-operate system is available for hire at many supermarkets from £23 for 24 hours.

For sweet-smelling breath

Are you conscious of having garlic-smelling breath but don’t have any parsley to hand? Good alternatives might be right there in your spice rack: either fennel seeds or cardamom will do the job just as well.

It’s a corker!

I love a glass of fizz, and as it’s my birthday today I’ll be indulging. The only problem is, the older I get, the more difficulty I have getting the cork out. No more: with VacuVin’s champagne (and prosecco and cava) opener, £3.50 from, you sink its claws into the cork and, with an almost effortless twist, out it pops!

A diamond tip!

If you have a cupboardful of denture cleaning tablets, drop a tablet into a glass of water, and any of your diamond jewellery. Let it sit for a few minutes, remove, rinse and admire the sparkling results!