Place a few drops of your favourite essential oil onto the cardboard tube of the loo roll to make your bathroom smell gorgeous.
Isn’t it annoying when you’re in the mood to bake, go to the brown sugar packet and it’s rock hard! Prevent this by decanting the sugar the day you buy it into a plastic container and pop in a couple of marshmallows to preserve softness.
Next time you’re washing upholstery covers, put them back on while still very slightly damp (say, before you go to bed) – this will ease shaping and reduce shrinkage.
If you enjoy a G&T, keep lemon slices in the freezer. Wash and slice a couple of fruits, spread on a tray, freeze and bag up. Now you’ll always be at the ready and your drink will also be cooled!
Most of us stack tumblers, but what if one gets stuck inside another? Don’t struggle and risk breakage. Put ice cubes into the inner glass and dip the outer one into a bowl of warm water. The outer one will expand, the inner will contract and they’ll separate easily.
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!
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.
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.