10 must-know handy household hints
By Lana Hallowes
Or that the best way to reheat a pizza (so it retains its crispy base) is to warm it in a fry pan?
No? Then read on because these must-know household hints will change your life!
Handy hint 1 - bananarama
Pull bananas apart before displaying them in your fruit bowl. If you leave them connected at the stem, they'll ripen faster and go brown quicker. Who knew?!
Handy hint 2 - flexible vacuum
To suck up hard-to-reach gunk under your fridge, or behind a bookshelf, insert an empty paper towel roll into the end of your vacuum cleaner and bend, or flatten it, to squeeze into these difficult spots.
Handy hint 3 - buying capsicum
We're not sure why, but a capsicum with three bumps on the bottom is sweeter than one with four. Oh, but four bumps makes for a crunchier, firmer capsicum, so you should weigh up crunch vs. sweet when picking out your pepper!
Handy hint 4 - fend off weeds
Instead of tossing your daily rag in the recycling bin, use the newspaper as mulch and deter obnoxious weeds. Simply wet the sheets and put the layers around your plants and garden beds, covering with soil as you go. The weeds won't be able to get through the wet newspaper layers.
Handy hint 5 - so cheesy
Wrap cheese chunks in aluminium foil and store in the fridge to keep your cheddar fresher for longer and to keep mould out.
Handy hint 6 - mozzies be gone!
If you have the kind of blood that attracts mosquitoes like a moth to a flame, then listen up. To keep the pesky blood suckers at bay, place a fabric softener dryer sheet in your pocket. Mosquitoes are repelled by the scent and you'll smell like summer breeze all night!
Handy hint 7 - crispy leftover pizza
To reheat a pizza so that the base is out-of-the-oven crisp, heat your leftover slices in a fry pan on low-medium heat on the stove until warm and wave goodbye to the days of soggy microwave pizza.
Handy hint 8 - reopening envelopes
If you seal an envelope and realise you've forgotten to include something inside, just place it in the freezer for an hour or two and voila, the envelope will unseal without a trace!
Handy hint 9 - the power of garlic
Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a subtle taste and towards the end to blast it with flavour.
Handy hint 10 - getting rid of ants
It may sound cruel, but if you have an ant problem, desperate times call for desperate measures. Put small piles of polenta where you see ants and they'll gobble it up, return 'home' and won't be able to digest it. Your ant problem (and the ants) will soon be dead.