Limescale licked!

There’s no need to resort to expensive, strong products to attack limescale.

Much better to stick to homemade remedies, which are just as effective, and a lot cheaper.

If your chrome showerhead is caked with scale, unscrew it, and steep overnight in a bowl containing half clear vinegar and half warm water. In the morning the scale will flake off and the head will only need a little rub with a cloth. Note: don’t use on special metal finishes, as vinegar can damage.

For scale in an enamel bath or porcelain sink, dampen a pumice stone and rub away at the mark. Don’t worry about scratching: the pumice is hard enough to deal with the scale but soft enough not to damage the surfaces

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Quick poison ivy rash treatment

 

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If you experience poison ivy rash, wipe the affected area with vodka, which is proven to reduce the itching sensation.

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Avoid those embarrassing marks in the loo …

 

Next time you’re at a friend’s house and need to go for a sit-down in the smallest room, first lay down about 3-4 sheets of loo paper on top of the water.

Then you can freely go into action in the secure knowledge that, post-flush, there will be no stains left behind because everything will have landed on the paper!

(That tip is courtesy of my younger son.)

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Fluff up your towels

Towels go hard usually because people use too much fabric conditioner.

What happens is that over time the surplus never gets rinsed properly, and starts to build up…which ends up making the dried towels stiff – ironic, isn’t it?

The best thing to do is to stop the machine before the final rinse and add a cup of clear vinegar to the drum. No, you won’t have the lingering waft of eau de fish and chips!

Trade secret: a vinegar rinse is what keeps hotel towels soft.

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Dishwasher danger!

Never switch on the dishwasher and leave the house.

Many homes have gone up in flames because of an electrical connection that just happens to become faulty as you vacate the house.

(This has happened to two of my friends.)

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Hot weather getting to you?

Stick a bunch of plump black grapes in the freezer for a few hours, and when they’re nice and solid, pop them into your mouth like sweeties.

Guilt-free and gorgeous!

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Algae in the birdbath?

Stale water and warm weather are not a good combination, so if there’s slime and algae present, here’s what to do.

About once a week, bale out the water with an empty yogurt carton and, with a solution of equal parts clear vinegar and warm water and using an old toothbrush, give the birdbath a good scrub and rinse well with fresh water.

The birds will love you for it.

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Washing line woes?

I love hanging washing but occasionally a passing bird will leave a deposit on my freshly laundered sheets.

As long as the items are white or colourfast (and not nylon), immerse in a solution of hydrogen peroxide, available from the chemist (one part 20-vol peroxide to six parts cold water) for up to 30 minutes, then wash in the machine as normal.

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How to use biological washing detergent

A 40-degree wash is perfect for sheets, pyjamas and towels (any higher and the enzyme in the detergent that does all the good work on the bacteria produced by the body becomes inactive).

Any lower and your items may not be cleaned properly, particularly if the bacteria load is heavy (such as on towels and underwear).

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