Don’t get stuck ever again

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!

Don’t fade away…

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.

Now bicarb comes in liquid form

Bicarbonate of soda is a superb cleaner, and now available in a thick liquid form. It’s perfume-free and mildly abrasive for deep cleaning, but won’t scratch any surface. DP Liquid Bicarb, £1.99, from good independent shops.

Smarter packing

If you’re venturing on a holiday this year, roll up clothes and get far more in the suitcase. If you unpack straight away, the wrinkles are usually minimal. Any that appear can be dealt with by hanging garments in the bathroom – steam soon smoothes everything out!

Freezer alert!

If your freezer is kept in the shed or garage, coat the outside with a layer of wax polish. This’ll help stop it being affected by damp, mould or rust marks.

Furniture dent in the carpet?

Ryan Christodoulou

Ryan Christodoulou

Pour a little warm water into the dip and gently tease up with pile with the tines of a fork.

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