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Did you know... these handy household hacks?

It’s possible to buy specialist products to help with almost every household chore, but there are lots of things in your kitchen cupboards that work almost as well.

Did you know... these handy household hacks?

December, 2019

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Unblock a sink with baking soda

Unblock a sink with baking soda

If a slow-to-drain kitchen sink has become a problem, it’s likely that the drain pipe has become partially blocked with goop and gunge. But if you don’t want to resort to caustic chemicals, a dose of baking soda should do the job. Start by pouring boiling water down the plug hole, then follow up with half a cup of baking soda. Leave it for a few minutes while you fill another cup with half vinegar, half water. Now pour the vinegar and water down the sink and fit the plug. The acid vinegar and alkaline baking soda will start a fizzing chemical reaction that loosens the debris blocking your pipe. Wait five minutes then follow up with another kettle full of boiling water.

Olive oil

Olive oil

Most people are aware of the health benefits associated with olive oil - it’s packed with antioxidants, plus high levels of oleic acid may help to reduce cholesterol. But did you know that olive oil can also come in handy around the home? As a great natural lubricant, olive oil can ease squeaky door hinges and help free jammed zippers. You can apply a thin coating of oil to the blades of garden tools to prevent rusting. Olive oil is also a great natural moisturiser on dry skin, and mixed with a little lemon juice, it makes brilliant furniture polish.

Rice

Rice

If your phone stops working after getting wet, you can attempt to rescue it using rice. That’s because rice is a desiccant – which means it absorbs water from anything it touches, and from any moist air that surrounds it. So here’s what to do… First, dry your phone with a towel or tissue, then remove the battery and SIM. Next, grab a bag of uncooked rice and a bowl, or if you have one, a zip-lock food bag. Pour enough rice into the bowl or bag so that you can cover your phone and battery entirely. Now leave it overnight to let the rice work its magic. In the morning insert the battery, cross your fingers and power the phone up.

Lemons

Lemons

We consume lemons in all kinds of ways – from lemon cordial, to lemon drizzle cake and lemon curd. It adds a zingy citrus tang to dishes like lemon chicken, and it’s that acidic quality that makes lemons useful in so many other ways around the home. You can wipe a slice of lemon over a chopping block to disinfect the surface, or mix the juice of a cooked lemon with honey to relieve a sore throat. And if you have copper cookware in your kitchen, give it a sparkling finish by scrubbing with a lemon wedge sprinkled with salt.

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