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Top 10 home hacks

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in your home a matter of weeks, months or even years – you’ll still appreciate these top tips that will save you both time and money.

DIY and cleaning hacks

1. After you’ve painted a room you should cut up an onion and leave one half at each end of the room. The onion will neutralise the paint fumes so you won’t have to wait days for the paint smell to go.

2. To get rid of grease stains on your carpet, apply some corn flour and let it get to work for 15 – 20 minutes before you hoover it up. Wipe the carpet with a damp cloth and your stains should have disappeared. If not, repeat the process.

3. If you have lots of wires behind your TV or computer that look untidy then you might be tempted to buy a wire tidy kit but you could use a kitchen roll tube instead. You just need to thread the wires neatly through the tube and in a matter of seconds you’ll have a much neater space.

4. Trying to clean a dirty vase that’s too narrow to fit your hand can be a struggle. Simply fill with water and add an indigestion relief tablet. Leave for a few minutes before shaking and then rinse. Your vase will be left sparkling like new.

5. If you have a piece of IKEA furniture in your home that you don’t use, why not repurpose it? The website IKEA Hackers has plenty of ingenious ideas. For instance, they have sixteen different ways you can use a LACK table which include using it as a stool, a noticeboard, a headboard, a child’s play table and a storage box.

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Garden hacks

Recycled toilet rolls used as seedling containers

1. You can make biodegradable planters from toilet roll tubes that have been folded at the bottom.

2. Want some trellis for your garden but prefer the natural look? Tie some twigs together with wire. It might take you a while but the end result will be stunning.

3. Paint on broken pots or roof tiles for your plant labels, not only do they look great but they’ll survive in all weathers.

4. You can make a watering can from a plastic milk carton in a matter of seconds by making holes in the lid

5. Place egg shells in your flower beds to deter slugs. 


So follow these tips to help create your perfect home and garden without parting with too much cash.

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