If you caught me on ITV’s Lorraine the other day, you’ll have seen me share some home hacks with Christine Lampard in the studio.
I love a hack. If there’s a way to cut corners without compromising on taste or style and ensuring nothing goes to waste, while saving money and the environment, I’m in. I’ve included some home hacks I featured on the show and an extra one too. Enjoy and let me know any of your fave hacks too.
KEEPING CAKE MOIST:
Cut the cake and can’t finish it all? IT CAN HAPPEN hahaha. Just get two slices of white bread ideally and stick a toothpick in each side on either side of the slice of cake. The bread will dry out but the cake will remain moist for days. If you don’t want to waste the bread once you eat the cake, make some croutons from it or toast it!
KITCHEN ROLL TO KEEP YOUR SALAD FRESH:
Place a piece of kitchen roll into left over salad in its bag (without any dressing or water from washing) to keep the condensation absorbed and the leaves fresh as the day you bought them.
RAISINS TO RESTORE BUBBLES:
Pop a raisin in your bottle or glass of bubbly and watch the carbon dioxide which creates the bubbles, cling onto the rim of the raisin reigniting the bubbles. This only works with semi flat champagne, cava and prosecco. Cheers!
MARIGOLDS TO TREAT PET HAIR IN THE HOME:
Get those yellow gloves on to remove pet hair from carpets, sofas and beds (basically anywhere) so you can be house proud once more. The hairs simply stick to the gloves. Wash off with warm water, collecting the hairs to dispose of in the bin.
TIGHTS TO HOOVER UP CRAFTING MESS:
Get a pair of old tights or a pop sock over the end of the hoover to scoop up sequins, beads and bits of paper from the carpet so you don’t need to bend down and struggle to scoop up those pesky pieces. Easy peasy.
ASPIRIN TO KEEP FLOWERS FRESH:
Get this painkiller into your vases to help stop your flowers from wilting. Crush the aspirin on the back of a spoon or use dispersible aspirin and drop into the water. Change the water as usual, using a new aspirin every time. It won’t work with paracetamol or any other painkiller. The science behind it is the salicylic acid in the aspirin keeps the water clean and fights flower-damaging bacteria. Clever.
LEMONS TO CLEAN WOOD:
I love a lemon hahha and have to thank my mum for advising me to cut one in half every week and placing it in the fridge so it can absorb any nasty smells. Just remove and dispose of it after a few days.
I also use it to wipe down wooden boards so as to clean them and you can also add some grainy salt too, for an even thorough clean. A natural, DIY way to get wooden surfaces spanking.
TOOTHBRUSHES TO GET TO HARD TO REACH MUD ON SHOES:
Get hard to reach mud off shoes using an old toothbrush and a little warm water. They’ll look brand new in no time.
Now go, I want to hear yours!