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Household Hints ICE CUBES


If you have been moving furniture around to give your room a fresh look or replacing pieces with new, you might find a few unsightly dents in the carpet


where items have stood for some time and you don't want to be restricted in what you can do or have to keep them covered!


Raid the freezer – pop an ice cube into the dip or dent and leave it to slowly dissolve. Then very gently 'work up' the carpet pile using an old toothbrush so you avoid damaging the individual fibres. Pat dry and avoid walking on that area for a day or two to give the carpet chance to bounce back. Then vacuum and you won't even know where the dent was.


NUTS Not just healthy cholesterol reducing snacks!


Both Walnuts and Brazil Nuts are wonderful, completely natural ways to remove blemishes and scratches from your wooden furniture. Simply remove the nut from its shell and rub it over the marks in the wood. Start in a circular motion working across the scratch or mark along the entire length; then rub up and down the length of the scratch several times; sit back and let the natural oils penetrate the surface, seep into the damaged area and start their restorative process.


After a few minutes, gently polish the area with a clean soft cloth and be amazed at the results.


Do remember, though, you need fresh nuts (not dried) as it is the oils which actually do the trick!


POTATOES


Fried or boiled, baked or mashed – potatoes are a staple of many a meal but they are also an effective and natural treatment for rust. Hadn't heard that one before?


The science is simple – rust is the result of a reaction between water and iron; potatoes contain oxalic acid. Oxalic acid mixes with iron to form a compound known as ferric oxalate which, unlike rust, dissolves in water and can just be wiped off.


Your favourite iron cooking utensils looking the worse for wear will benefit from some potato treatment – chop a potato and run the inside


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over any rust, then wipe it away or if necessary wash it off, ensuring that you take great care to dry the item thoroughly or you start the rust process off again.


RED WINE


Everyone knows the best way to deal with a red wine stain is to soak it with white wine – right? Well, no actually; vodka or gin are far more effective!


Why? Pigments known as anthocyanins give red wine its colour; these dissolve in alcohol and the white wine will absorb them. However, the purer spirits at around 40% proof will absorb more, at a faster rate, and are therefore more likely to remove the stain completely.


Once the stain is thoroughly soaked and you can see the 'magic' working, pat up the excess moisture with paper towels or cloths – making sure they have no colouring which can leech out.


SOAP


Not a solution for a large hole but if all you need to do is fill in a nail hole or tiny nick, find a bar of soap which matches as close as possible to your wall. Just rub the soap in a circular motion over the hole until it is completely filled. Wipe off any excess and smooth the surface.


Instant DIY!


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