Want to remove an oil stain, get a showroom finish on your car, stop rust or relieve sunburn? The YOURLifeChoices team has shared its family secrets in this list of handy household hints.
Drew’s sunburn relief
Take two washed potatoes and cut them into small chunks. Place them in a blender or food processor and blend until processed into liquid form. Add water if the mixture looks dry. Apply to burned areas and wait until the potatoes are dry, then take a cool shower.
Debbie’s guide to removing a set in oil stain
Pour some dishwashing liquid onto the stain and allow it to soak in for about an hour. Wash at the hottest temperature the material will tolerate. If the stain has not completely disappeared when the material is dry, repeat. Do not tumble dry the item of clothing as this just bakes in the oil.
David’s tips for getting a showroom finish on your car
In these days when carwashes, both auto and hand, continue to spring up like mushrooms in humus, there may still be some ‘non-believers’ who persist with the old ways: the traditional bucket, hose, sponge and loads of elbow-grease! But if this is you then don’t neglect the finishing touch: the chamois. These are no longer made from animal skins so you need have no qualms about purchasing a quality product and taking good care of it.
This means always thoroughly rinsing the chamois in cold, clean water whilst drying your pride and joy. An old, dry and dirt-impregnated chamois will not produce the best results and could do more harm than good. Always ensure yours is thoroughly rinsed out after each use and rolled up wet in its protective container. Do this, and when you next wash your wheels, your chamois will be ready to produce a showroom finish! And, with all that healthy outdoor exercise, you can cancel that over-priced gym membership and, just possibly, reconnect with your neighbours!
Rachel’s quick tips:
- Put a piece of chalk in your toolbox to stop the tools from starting to rust
- Rubbing with cabbage is one of the best ways to clean pewter
- If you get wax on your clothes cover the wax with a brown paper bag and iron the spot with a warm iron. The bag will draw out the wax in no time.
- Clean stained coffee cups with a sponge soaked in white vinegar.
- Remove stickers from walls and items by soaking the sticky traces with a little vinegar, and leaving to stand for ten minutes before wiping away the gooey remains.
YOURLifeChoices subscriber Barbara’s hint for removing chewing gum from hair
Put peanut butter on the chewing gum in your hair and rub it in with your fingers. The peanut butter will emulsify (dissolve) the chewing gum. Remove with paper towel, then shampoo hair.
Have your say
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