…from loose-bottomed baking tins with clever, sturdy PushPan bakeware. The removable base has a silicone seal, which ensures that nothing escapes, and the nonstick surface needs no lining. Prices start at £9.50 from waitrosekitchen.com.
If you’re making a pile of sandwiches for a crowd of people, keep the bread fresh and soft by covering in a barely-damp teatowel or kitchen paper.
If you’re considering ceramic floor tiles, choose a darkish shade of grouting – stylish and much more practical than white!
Here’s a quick way to peel peppers: place in the microwave and cook on high for a couple of minutes until the skin comes loose (timing depends on your microwave’s power).
Next time you have a bulky parcel to send in the post, instead of shelling out a few pounds for a large padded envelope, use leftover bubble wrap and enclose everything in a bog-standard black refuse bag, then seal well with parcel tape. All set to go!
Try not to overfill your fridge – it should be around 75 percent full for maximum efficiency.
Is woodworm a problem but you don’t like using chemical insecticides? Try rubbing a clove of garlic along the grain of the wood. Seems the worms aren’t too fond of the taste of garlic!
If you’re a fan of indoor flowering plants, they’ll produce more flowers if you keep them slightly pot-bound.
Liquid’s good for greasy stains and as a spot cleaner and pre-treater. Powder is cheaper and fine for general loads and households free of small children and food stains.
When you’re washing corduroy trousers, turn them inside out to avoid crushing the pile. Use a warm cycle, a relatively low spin, then iron on the wrong side of the fabric to further protect the pile.