Does your iron spit out occasional brown splashes of water (why’s it always on a white shirt?), even though you empty it after every session? What’s happening is that the iron acts like a vacuum, sucking up fibres and impurities from your clothes as you work and, over time, they build up and discolour the … Continue reading Look after your iron
These crustaceans live on rotten wood and vegetable matter in cool damp areas, occasionally venturing from their homes under stones, clumps of plants, logs or doormats into yours, looking for shelter. Although they’re harmless, they indicate damp. In centrally heated houses, they quickly dry out and die. No treatment is really necessary, but if they’re … Continue reading Woodlice indoors?
WD40’s the thing. Spray it on, rub with an old cloth, and it will come right off. Then stick your clothing in the machine for a normal wash through. If you have a household tip that you would like to share with Aggie’s followers – send it to us for publication - go to https://aggiestips.com/do-you-have-a-tip-to-share-with-aggie/ … Continue reading Bath sealant spilled on clothes?
Take it apart and soak the pieces in a dilute clear vinegar solution (50:50 vinegar and warm water) overnight. Then flush through with running water and dry carefully. It’ll now be ready to refill with ink. If you have a household tip that you would like to share with Aggie’s followers – send it to … Continue reading Clogged-up old fountain pen
If you have an open fire, use the papers to start it each time. If not, just immerse everything in a bucket of water, or a filled bath, and gather the mushy mass up into a big pile before putting into the recycling bin. Sorted! If you have a household tip that you would like … Continue reading Why do you need a shredder?
The usual reason whites end up grey is dye transferring from a non-fast colour, so always wash whites with whites. If you have white towels or sheets with a coloured detail, add a Spotless Colour Catcher sheet to your usual detergent. These hold on to any loose dye. Use detergent containing brightening agents, such as … Continue reading Stop your whites going grey
I seldom do – it’s the endless rinsing that drives me mad, not to mention the expense of dry cleaning. Most washing machines nowadays have a delicates programme. I like Woolite and use the shortest wash time and slowest spin (600-700rpm is good). I wouldn’t risk tailored jackets or coats, though. And I’ve got into … Continue reading Do you need to obey Dry Clean Only labels?