Clean oil-based paint off your hands with vegetable oil – better for your skin than white spirit. Wash with soap afterwards.
How annoying is it when you have a pan of pasta on the go and the starchy water boils over? Prevent this by placing a wooden spoon over the top of the pan.
If you discover mysterious rust-like stains on white cotton, scrub the marks with a combination of lemon juice and salt before putting the item in the washing machine with your usual detergent. Chances are the stains will be gone.
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.
Add a few drops of tea tree oil to your normal washing detergent and everything will come out smelling lovely and fresh.
To remove mould spots from leather, apply a layer of Vaseline, leave overnight then rub off with a soft cotton cloth.
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.
Is the avocado or mango you want to eat right now not yet ripe? Stick it in the microwave and heat on medium for 20 or 30 seconds. Leave it to cool completely then enjoy!
Top tip from leading patissier Eric Lanlard: by adding a teaspoon of caster sugar to the bowl before you start whisking egg whites, the whites will instantly liquefy and they’ll whip up much more quickly!
To unknot a chain, work the knot free using a pair of pins – it’s far easier than using your fingers.