Are you aware that each time a person washes your own car inside your driveway or even at the suppress you could end up being cleaning toxic chemicals to the environment which are bad for a person, kids, domestic pets, and animals?Read More
In the mix: Sometimes simple solutions are the best for tackling problems around your home . This post provides tips/ and tricks to help you cope with problems you may see everyday, Simple solutions are given for various problems from a very simple problem to more complicated ones for example: how to deal with dusty chalkboard, how to store and maintain seeds, how to a tennis ball can help with washing machine.
A great way to clean a dusty chalkboard is with lemon oil. Apply a few drops of the oil to a clean cloth then simply wipe the board. It doesn’t leave any streaks or stains. A lint-free cloth soaked in cola soft drink works, too. Just make sure you let the board dry before using as writing on a wet chalkboard can cause the chalk to stick! LILY MAY JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA, NSW
Protect kitchen cupboard shelves and drawers from scuff marks and stains by lining them with offcuts of vinyl sheeting. It’s inexpensive and durable. JUDITH CAINE, DONVALE, VIC
To remove the orange stain from your hands after handling a pumpkin, peel a potato, cut it in half and rub hands with the spud. KARLEY DUFF, ROBINA, QLD
If your seed packets are spread throughout the garden shed, here’s a way to get organised. Find a storage box, make dividers from cardboard and label each with the season or month, then simply sort your seed packs into their ideal section. CHELSEA COOPER, WHYALLA, SA
Tennis ball trick
Pop a couple of new tennis balls in the tumble dryer next time you do your laundry (especially towels and quilt covers). The balls increase the space between the items allowing more air to circulate, which decreases drying time and increases the fl uffi ness of the clothes. Just make sure the temperature isn’t too hot as the balls could melt! CARMEN FOSTER, POTTS POINT, NSW
HERE’S A GREAT recycling tip: WHEN YOU NEXT BUY A SHEET SET OR DUVET, KEEP THE plastic packaging. IT’S ROBUST, TRANSPARENT AND THE PRESS-STUD CLOSURES ARE EASY FOR KIDS TO OPEN AND CLOSE. USE TO HOLD JIGSAWS, CRAFT ITEMS, GAMES YVETTE DENNING, OCEAN GROVE, VIC
THE DARK SIDE Wear dark clothing when cleaning mirrors. The spots and smudges show up easily when you are looking at a dark-coloured reflection.
MONIQUE BROCK, GREENSBOROUGH, VIC Banks Round mirror in Oak (83cm), $299, Freedom.
Remove grease or oil from clothing by placing a sheet of kitchen paper towel over the stain and gently ironing over the top. The heat from the iron draws the oil into the paper towel. JESSICA SWINFEN, MACKAY, QLD
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