So a friend of mine is in my kitchen the other day as I’m scrubbing my bin lid. Yes, this is a weekly chore because I detest a dirty bin lid. I know it’s for rubbish, but I can’t allow it to look dirty, call me OCD.

I digress. She asked my why I was putting my hands in scalding hot water ladened with bleach. I had no idea what she was on about and looked at her as if she had blue skin. She told me that the best way to clean my bin lid was in my dishwasher. Seriously, I thought she was nuts. Washing my bin lid, where I wash the dishes I eat off of. Instead of taking her word for it, I googled washing your bin lid in the dishwasher and sure enough, there is a whole host of items you can wash in your dishwasher! So here we go Spring err Autumn cleaning is a go!

Bin Lids

Go on, wash your bin lid in the dishwasher. Your bin will thank you for it.

Now this one only works if your bin lid fits into your dishwasher. I wouldn’t suggest trying to wash the ones from outside, stick to the garden hose for those. But the ones inside, mine is a swinging variety, fit nicely.

The way to wash: Hottest water cycle possible and that’s it. Voila! Instantly clean rubbish bin lid.

Shoes

Wash your wellies in the dishwasher? Why not!

This doesn’t mean go putting your Ted Baker stiletto’s on the rinse cycle. This is only for shoes that are able to be worn in wet conditions, so wellingtons, flip flops and pool shoes. Before putting them in the dishwasher remove any cloth liners that they may be sporting and off you go.

How to wash: Hottest cycle to remove any stinky smells.

Ball Caps

What can you wash in the dishwasher? Hats!

Adults and children alike love to sport a ball cap, but during Summer they tend to go dingy and smell of sweat, especially if you wear them for sports. These can be quickly cleaned and deodorised in the dishwasher. To ensure they keep their shape you can buy a cast that they sit in specifically for washing them in the dishwasher.

How to wash: Top rack only. Put a container with 150ml of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher to ensure it comes out smelling fresh and clean.

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Makeup Brushes

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If you’re like me, you’ve spent a bomb on makeup brushes. They aren’t cheap and for some reason when I go for a smoky eye I can never use that brush again for ice pink. There’s always a touch of darkness in otherwise light colours. The same goes for rouge. Well, you’ll never have to worry about that again. You can clean (and sanitise) your makeup brushes in the dishwasher.

How to wash: Put your makeup brushes brush side up in the silverware holder. Just ensure that you allow them to fully dry before attempting to use them.

Dog Accessories

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If you own a dog, you know just how smelly their collars, leashes and toys can be, regardless of how many baths we give them. The dishwasher is the perfect way to get all your dogs accessories clean. Just remember that once the dishwasher finishes, fully dry any metal pieces on harnesses, collars or leashes to prevent rusting. Also, putting anything with sparkly rhinestones or leather in the dishwasher, is a no no. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

How to wash: Run through a normal cycle, it doesn’t need to be the hottest water. Putting 150ml of white vinegar in the bottom of the dishwasher will help to remove any foul dog smell.

Knobs and Handles

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If you’ve had a sickness bug in your house lately and want to completely deep clean, throwing all your door handles or cabinet knobs in the dishwasher is a cinch. Not only will they come sparkly clean but they will also be sanitised. Even if you haven’t had a sickness bug in your house, dishwashing your door handles once a year is perfect for keeping any of those nasty viruses at bay.

How to wash: Place into a mesh bag and run on the hottest cycle. Remove once the cycle is finished and dry thoroughly to avoid rust.

Children’s Plastic Toys

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Now I’m not just talking about rubber ducks in the bathtub, but those were the first to come to mind. Children’s bath toys tend to be disgusting, despite always being in a clean bath! Stick them in your dishwasher once or twice a month to completely disinfect them. This also works for all your child’s plastic toys. Bringing in the sandbox toys for the winter or has their been a sickness recently? Putting your child plastic toys in the dishwasher gets them clean and makes sure they are nearly germ free.

How to wash: Bigger toys can be placed anywhere in the dishwasher, the smaller toys are better off being placed either in a mesh bag. This will keep them all in one place. No detergent needed, just run on the hottest cycle to ensure everything is germ free. If there are any metal pieces ensure they are fully dried to keep rust at bay.

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Sponges and Mop Heads

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Kitchen sponges tend to get quite disgusting. According to WebMD it is “the No. 1 source for germs in your home”. Coming into cold and flu season we really should do everything we can to keep our families as healthy as possible. That starts with keeping that kitchen sponge clean. Unless you have a load of them at your disposal and you can use a new one every time, sticking them in the dishwasher is a quick way to get them clean and nearly germ free.

You can also stick your mop head in the dishwasher to get it clean and disinfected, particularly useful after sickness.

How to wash: Sponges can be washed on the top rack of the dishwasher even when you are doing your normal dishes. For mop heads, I pour a generous amount of bleach onto the mop head before running it on the hottest cycle.

Ensure that if you do use bleach that  you do a few rinse cycles to ensure you don’t have bleach remnants left over when you want to run a normal dish cycle.

Shower Head

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Don’t be misled by the picture above. My shower head looks nothing like this. Unfortunately, I live in an area that has hard water and the build up doesn’t take long to make my shower head start spraying everywhere but on me.

Quickest way to descale your shower head is to place it in the dishwasher. Since my water is extra hard, I make a paste of bicarbonate of soda and water and put it all over the spray part and leave it for about 20 minutes before placing in the dishwasher. My shower head comes out looking new.

How to wash: Disassemble your shower head if it is one that is able to be taken apart. Place in the dishwasher with normal dishwasher liquid or use my method above. Remove from the dishwasher once the cycle is finished and reassemble. Repeat at least once a month, twice if your water is extra hard.

These aren’t the only things you can wash in your dishwasher. You can wash bike parts, tools, any facial brushes or hair brushes. If you paid good money for your dishwasher it is best to use it as much as you can! Plus, many of them have eco settings that will use less water than you would if you washed it by hand.

After all these dishwasher “extras” your dishwasher may need a serious clean. We have the answer for that as well!

How to clean your dishwasher

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There are a few things you will need to ensure that your dishwasher has a good deep clean.

  • White distilled vinegar
  • Washing up liquid
  • Water
  • Sponges / Washing up cloths
  • Scrubber – If it is extra dirty
  • Tweezers
  • Bleach
  • Gloves

Seems like a lot for just your dishwasher, certainly you could just run a cycle with just water and it would be clean. Right? Wrong. Your dishwasher needs a deep clean several times a year to make sure it is running at optimal levels.

  1. Fill your sink half full with hot water and two cups of the white distilled vinegar.
  2. Remove all the parts of your dishwasher that are meant to be removed, so racks, holders, etc. Place these into your sink that has the water and vinegar solution. If the parts don’t fit take your scrubber soaked in the solution and scrub off any food debris that may be stuck to your racks or holders. Once all the debris is removed, fully wipe down all the removable parts with a washing up cloth soaked in the vinegar solution. Leave these to dry.
  3. If your dishwasher has spinning arms you will need to clean the holes that are at the end of them to ensure water can run through them effortlessly. If they are completely blocked up you may need to grab something like pointy ended pliers to pull any gunk out of them. If the holes are extra small a pipe cleaner can be inserted into the small hole to help you remove any debris.
  4. Clean the parts that your dishwasher doesn’t reach. This includes wiping down all around the edges where the seals are. When your dishwasher is running, these areas don’t get clean. Use a washing up cloth and the vinegar solution to clean around these edges, removing any debris and sanitising it at the same time. Ensure that you get all the seal areas including the area between the door and the cavity at the bottom, this area tends to be particularly dirty. If you washing up cloth isn’t doing the trick, get your sponge on it.
  5. If it has been a long time or this is the first time you’re cleaning your dishwasher you may need to remove any mildew or mold that has built up.  When using bleach it is important that you don’t mix it with any other chemicals and because it is particularly harsh make sure that you are wearing gloves. Using a new washing up cloth and bleach you can remove the mold or mildew in your dishwasher.

Cleaning is never something we like to do but alas it is essential. Keeping your dishwasher up to scratch will make it last longer and work just like it’s supposed to. Plus, with all it’s extra uses it’s going to need this deep clean now more than ever.


I’ve been baking up a storm lately, and not all of it has stayed within the baking tray as it should. Subsequently, my oven looks as though something has exploded inside it and is now in need of a serious clean. I abhor harsh chemicals including those that require ventilation when cleaning your oven. Having children, I’d rather use something that is environmentally and family friendly.

There are a few ways that you can clean your oven without the fumes from those cans of oven cleaner.

Method 1: Bicarbonate of Soda and Water Paste

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Our first oven tip comes from Miss Thrifty. It’s probably the easiest manual oven cleaning method you’ll find that is completely eco and family friendly. You’ll need a substantial supply of bicarbonate of soda so it’s best not to buy those tiny boxes in the baking section.  Take your bicarbonate of soda and slowly add water until it makes a thick paste. At this point I would grab some gloves. The gunk inside the oven is often very nasty and can leave your hands feeling less than ladylike. So once you’re gloved up take a cloth and grab a liberal amount of your bicarbonate paste. Proceed to coat the entire interior of your oven, not forgetting the racks and beneath the sides of your racks plus the door. Leave the paste to sit for 30 minutes. When you open your oven door you’re going to be met with something that looks like it should be out of a horror movie, never fear your oven will come out looking shiny and new! Take your wallpaper scraper and proceed to remove the paste, now brown/black. It’s safe to rinse the oven gunk down the sink. Once you’ve removed everything take a wet sponge/cloth and wipe down the inside of your oven. Voila, you’re oven looks like new!

Method 2: The Overnight Soak 

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This method is quite similar to the one above, but definitely not as quick. Have a rainy weekend that gives you ample time to let your oven soak? Think stove top meals or takeaways! Begin much like you did with Miss Thrify’s method. Use an ample portion of bicarbonate of soda, mix it with water and make it into a paste. Use those all important gloves and a cloth to apply to the entire interior of your oven. Remove the racks and clean those outside the oven separately.

Here is where things get a bit different. Allow this paste to set overnight. Yes, apparently in this Newsner method it is essential to allow the bicarbonate of soda paste to sit at least 12 hours. In the morning apply a wet cloth to the interior of the oven, removing as much of the bicarbonate paste as you can. Take some white vinegar and fill a small spray bottle. On all the paste spots that weren’t removed by the wet cloth spray vinegar on them. The vinegar will loosen the remaining paste mixture allowing you to re-wipe these spots and remove the residue. Finally, put your clean racks back in the oven. Turn the oven on a low temperature and allow it to warm the inside of the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. This will dry the oven and leave it sparkling!

Not a fan of elbow grease or getting on your hands and knees to clean your oven. Let’s be real here, when’s the last time your seriously cleaned your oven? Not just wiped up a bit of what spilled? For me it’s been months. Don’t shake your head at me! I’m a busy lady. Anyway. If you do have a busy lifestyle like I do, I prefer to have an oven that cleans itself. Yes, these actually do exist and if you abhor cleaning or just don’t have the time one of these might be the perfect addition to your kitchen.

Smeg TR93 Range Cookers with Vapour Clean

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No, these aren’t just some of the most spectacular looking range cookers, they also have this fabulous vapour clean function that makes cleaning your oven effortless. Smeg’s Vapour Clean function softens any of the nasty gunk that may accumulate inside the oven cavity. Simply add water to the bottom of the oven, cover the interior in detergent and water and set the function and let the oven do the work. At the end simply wipe down and your oven looks brand spanking new.

AEG Pyro Clean Programme

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If you’re not a fan of range cookers and prefer something more built in, but want it to do all the dirty work for you AEG’s Pyrolytic Ovens are perfect for you. If your oven is looking worse for wear simply turn on the Pyro Clean function. The oven then heats up to an extreme temperature burning off any residue into a fine ash. After your oven cools down simply take a wet cloth and wipe away. Simple.

Stoves Easy Clean Enamel

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A Stoves cooker is not only sleek and modern it also comes quipped with Easy Clean Enamel. This may not be the be all and end all of self cleaning but it will make your job of cleaning it so much simpler. Stoves cookers have a specially designed enamel lining that is spill and cooked on food resistant. Cleanup with Stoves is a cinch.

Barring any of these cleaning methods you could resort to the old fashioned spray oven cleaners with plenty of open windows and ventilation or you could just hire someone to clean your oven! Either way having a clean oven just in time for prime baking season is a must.


Oh no! In less than 12 hours we’ll see the finale of Great British Bake Off for yet another season. If you’re anything like me, GBBO gives me this feeling that I can conquer the baking world, whip up a confectionary concoction fit for a king and dazzle my friends with complex desserts. Alas, this never happens. I end up with runny in the middle cakes, parfaits that look more like sick than stupendous and pie crusts that look nothing like they should.

In honour of the end of one of my favourite programs I thought why not whip up something delicious, but then remembered I have a proverbial black thumb in baking. So on to the interwebs I go, in search of baking hints, tips and tricks and maybe a fantastic recipe or two!

1. The Dreaded Sunk in Cake

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Ok so I’m horrible about this. I am constantly opening the oven to check the cake isn’t burning on the top or running over the edge onto the bottom of my oven. Despite having a lovely window to look through into my oven and a light, I still feel the need to open the door. Call me crazy. This is where I’ve been going wrong the whole time. To avoid the sunken cake catastrophe it is essential that you leave your oven door closed for as long as possible. Stick to the guide times for cooking in your recipe and only open at the end of that cooking period. Voila! No more dip.

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2. Uncooked Gooey Middles

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This is my baking sin. I’m so excited that I’ve actually baked something that when it “looks” done I pull it out, let it rest and want to put the frosting as soon as possible. Then when we’re all gathered round the table and I’m ready to serve up this masterpiece, it comes out like this. My guests faces in different levels of shock and amazement. How could Kat undercook the cake…..again!? Not to mention the anger that they won’t be eating a delicious chocolate cake but maybe “here’s some cheese”.

To avoid the dreaded gooey middle there are a few ways to tell if your cake is cooked properly. First, the knife check. Insert a knife into the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean it is fully cooked, if it isn’t put it back in the oven. Second, cakes that are fully cooked should be pulling away from the edges of the pan that they are in and springy to the touch. Now these rules only count if you are making a sponge cake. If you are making a cake with fruit in it, it will not pull away from the side of the tin like a sponge cake would. If you insert a toothpick or skewer into the centre of your fruit cake it should come out clean when completely cooked.

Multifunction Ovens give the ability to bake with perfection no matter what the dish.

3. Melted Icing Madness

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Now here in Britain we tend not to use frosting or icing on the outside of a sponge cake unless it’s called for in the recipe. Coming from the US I love frosting my cakes and using special pastry tips to make fun designs. The key to your icing not melting off the top of your cake is to leave your cake to completely cool before starting the icing process.

Allow your cake to cool in its pan for 10 minutes before removing from the pan onto a rack to cool. Leaving it any longer than 10 minutes will make the cake difficult to remove from the pan and may end up in a mess. Once on the rack allow the cake to cool completely to room temperature. I leave mine for 30 minutes just to be sure that it is fully cooled before covering in frosting. This will ensure that the frosting doesn’t melt off the cake and there are no cake crumbs in your frosting.

4. Preparation = Perfection

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All of a sudden you’ve got a hankering for some cake. It’s essential before you begin the quest of creating a delectable treat that you are properly prepared. Your recipe is calling for cake flour, but all you have is bread flour. This is definitely a no-go. Your cake will come out stodgy and thick instead of light and springy. Using the correct type of sugar is also essential. Only have demerara sugar or granulated sugar but your recipe calls for caster? Using the wrong type of sugar will also effect the outcome of your cake consistency possibly making it grainy.

Preparation isn’t all about having the right ingredients but also making sure everything is ready before you get down to cooking. Eggs should be at room temperature before they are added to the wet ingredients. If you are like me and put your eggs in the fridge they will need to warm up before being added. Sifting the flour isn’t optional before adding it to other dry ingredients, it’s essential. Finally, preparing your pan will keep you from being utterly disappointed when your delicious cake is stuck firmly in the pan. For the record, icing it in the pan because it’s stuck won’t fix it either! So grease or use your parchment paper to ensure a beautifully presented cake.

5. Parfait Presentation Tips

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My parfait presentation used to be abysmal. I couldn’t get all the layers in without them dripping down the sides and conglomerating into one huge mess. The trick to getting a perfect parfait presentation is to use a spoon smaller than the smallest width of the parfait container. Having patience will ensure that you get layers with precision edges that your guests will drool over.

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6. Foolproof Pie Crust

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Pie season is nearly upon us. Cooler weather means ovens are on and savoury and sweet pies are fresh, hot and ready. My pie crusts happen to look like the one above, a little weird around the edges. My issue is I don’t roll out the dough properly or large enough for my pie plate so I’m left sticking bits here and there to bring it above the line. So before my family is begging for homemade steak pie or Christmas comes around and I’m asked to make a caramel apple pie I thought I would step up my pie crust game with some help from the internet.

The best advice I came upon comes from our friends at Fine Cooking. Their secret to the ultimate pie crust is simple, butter and lots of it. It’s not the usage of butter but how you use it. A little pearl of wisdom, use your hands to mix the dough, not any mixers. Yes, it may be a bit more time consuming but in the end you’ll have a beautiful, flaky pie crust.

Baking doesn’t have to be left for the experts. With a little prior planning, research and a great recipe you just might be on the next Great British Bakeoff!


We all keep certain foods in our refrigerator or American style fridge freezer to keep them fresher and help them to last for longer. But did you know that incorrectly storing your foods in the fridge can shorten their shelf-life and even cause food poisoning? In order to prevent this it’s worth considering how best to organise your food onto the right shelves and drawers in your fridge to keep things efficient, tidy and safe.

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Top and Middle Refrigerator Shelves

The top shelves of your fridge are the warmest, so they are best for keeping your pre-prepared foods. Dairy products like butter and cheese are best kept here. If you have any cooked meat or leftovers, store these in sealed containers on the middle shelves.

Bottom Refrigerator Shelves

Any raw meat or fish should be stored on the bottom shelf of your fridge. There are two reasons for this. The first is because this is the coldest part of the fridge, so will keep your raw items fresher for longer. The second is because there’s a lower risk of raw juices that can cause food poisoning dripping on to foods that are ready to eat.

The Salad Drawer

As you’d expect, this is the best place to store your salad, vegetables and fruit. Some salad drawers have humidity controls that help salad items like lettuce and cucumber and veg such as cauliflower, broccoli, beans, carrots and leafy veg to last longer.

Fridge Door Racks

It’s best not to store anything that needs to be kept really cold in the fridge door rack because the temperature can fluctuate quite considerably when the door is opened. Many people keep milk here but it’s not the best place to maximise the shelf life. You’d be better off keeping eggs, condiments, jam and fruit juices here.

Tips for Optimum Fridge Storage

Fridge Temperature

Always keep your fridge temperature below 5 degrees celcius (41 degrees farenheit) to keep your food items cool enough. If things are getting frosty, move them away from the coolest areas (close to the back or on the bottom shelf) to somewhere that’s not quite as cold. Your fridge will use less energy and keep at a more constant temperature if it is kept well stocked, so it’s best to use a fridge that’s appropriate to the amount of food you usually keep rather than having one that’s much bigger than you need. If you have a big family, a spacious american style fridge freezer is ideal as long as you store enough to keep it fairly full most of the time.

Refrigeration Time

When you’re preparing food that’s best kept refrigerated, try to work as quickly as possible. Keeping it out of the fridge for the minimum amount of time will help it stay fresher. If you have leftovers that you want to keep, make sure you refrigerate them within 90 minutes and consume them within 2 days.

Use By and Best Before Dates

Make sure you avoid food poisoning by understanding the dates on your food. Use by dates are only added to food that can go off quickly. It can be dangerous to eat foods past their use by date so treat them with caution.

Best before dates are added to foods with a longer life. They are an indication of when the food will be at its best. If a food has passed this date it doesn’t necessarily mean that the food will be harmful. The flavour and texture may have changed making the food less enjoyable.

 


Not everyone has a boat load of money to have their kitchen completely redesigned. Sometimes we just want our kitchen to have a freshen up, a new look or a bit of pizzazz. We’ve searched the interwebs far and wide to find these nifty kitchen hacks to make more space, give your kitchen a face lift or just make life in the kitchen just that little bit easier.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

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There’s no simpler way to give your kitchen a fresh look than a fresh coat of paint. If you’re looking for something more unique take the feature wall into the kitchen with a nice roll of patterned wall paper. This will give your kitchen a pop of colour or character without having to spend a fortune.

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Freshen Up your Cabinetry

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While you’ve got some paint out why not give your cabinets a fresh coat? Refacing or replacing cabinetry can be expensive. Painting them with good quality paint can give your kitchen a much needed makeover that’s easy on the pocket. There is so much you can do with cabinetry. Paint the top and bottom cabinets a different colour for a contrasting look, paint them a vibrant colour to liven up your kitchen or give them a fresh coat of white for a modern sleek look.

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Updating your hardware, even if you don’t paint, can take your kitchen decor up a notch. With just a bit of flourish go from modern to old world character. Simple!

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Lighting

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Updating the lighting can be relatively easy and inexpensive. Places like Ikea offer loads of styles to choose from at a reasonable price. Changing your lighting can take your kitchen from stark and bright to dimmed and romantic. If you’re looking to create a modern look these pendant style lights don’t make the room look so tall, they fill in a bit of the blank space whilst creating a lovely clean look.

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Backsplash

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Many people overlook the backsplash in the kitchen, preferring instead to paint it like the walls. The backsplash can add a flair of originality to your kitchen like the one pictured above. More importantly, it’s one of the things that can be updated with a very limited budget. Anything from copper squares to leftover tiles and even coasters can be used to jazz up this forgotten about space. Get creative! Pieces of glass, stenciled words, even chalkboard paint to write on can be a great addition to any functional kitchen.

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Ikea Hacks

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Yes, you read that correctly – hacking Ikea. Ikea is a terrific place to get all sorts of odds and ends for your kitchen and home on a budget. The image above from Ikea Hackers is a Ikea hacked kitchen island using everything from a TV stand to casters. There’s an entire site devoted to Ikea hacking that can give you great ideas on kitchen storage, adding in an island, dining and seating in a minimal space and even decor. Enjoy!

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to give your wallet anxiety. If you’re looking to update on a budget try some of these simple tricks. Have some ideas of your own? Send them to: marketing@appliancecity.co.uk or tweet us @appliancecity.

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It never fails, you wear white and you just have to get something on it. Stains are hard to remove, especially from white clothing. With the start of football season, mums will have and influx of dirt and grass stained kits to deal with and you know they’ll want to look their best on match day. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you tackle all those hard to remove stains from grass to wine and everything in between.

Grass Stains

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Grass and dirt stains are the bane of every mothers existence. From toddlers to teenagers it never fails, they get dirt, mud and grass on at least one piece of clothing a week. While the dirt can be easily removed, the green stain from grass is a bit more difficult. First thing to do is immediately pretreat the stain with an enzyme containing laundry detergent. You can use liquid or make a paste out of powder and water and pretreat. The next step would be to wash in the hottest wash possible. If you remove the garment and the stain hasn’t gone, repeat the pretreat and wash process before drying. For particularly difficult stains you should soak them in an enzyme containing laundry soap and water bath for a few hours or overnight.

Washing machines like the LG F1495BDSA 12kg TrueSteam Direct Drive Washing Machine has made stain removal even easier with it’s  Six Motion Technology. The drum moves in a variety of ways depending on the type of fabric you input. This can help alleviate the elbow grease needed to remove some of those stubborn stains.

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Blood

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Blood stains happen often, especially if your children play any sort of sport. Blood is a particularly tough stain to get out but if you act fast your clothes will be as good as new in no time. Most people make the ultimate mistake when removing blood by washing it in warm water. Warm water sets a blood stain. Unlike other stains where you want to wash the article of clothing in the hottest water possible, the opposite can be said for garments with blood stains. First you want to soak the garment in ice cold water for 15 minutes. Rub the stain from behind and then soak for another 15 minutes. It doesn’t hurt to also treat the stain with a stain remover or use bleach in your wash. Then wash as normal and your stain should be gone. If it is particularly large or old you may need to soak overnight.

Coffee

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Lid not on tight enough, dribble bit or miss your mouth completely? Coffee stains are routine for those of us that commute to work with our travel mug or local coffee shop throw away cup in hand. Coffee can be tough to remove because of its dark colouring and acidic nature. First you want to soak the stained garment in laundry detergent containing enzymes and cool water, think 2 tablespoons to every 2 litres. Soak the garment for at a very minimum, 30 minutes. If it is an old stain it may need to soak overnight. Once the soaking process is done, treat with a stain remover and wash as normal. Just be sure that the laundry detergent you use also contains enzymes. This is particularly helpful if your coffee contained cream.

Red Wine

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It never fails, you’re on a night out and someone dances there way into your elbow and red wine is sent in all directions, usually down the front of you. Red wine is one of the most toughest stains to remove next to mustard and coffee. Here’s a surefire way to remove that rotten stain! Soak the stained clothing in cold water for 30 minutes. Then, treat with a stain remover treatment. Some blogs say that soaking your stained clothing in milk or red wine helps to remove the stain even more, but we haven’t test this. Once the stain has been treated with the stain remover wash the garment with either bleach if it’s white or non-chlorine bleach if it’s coloured.

Samsung has taken stain removal to a whole new level with their EcoBubble technology. The Samsung WW10H9600EW 10kg Washing Machine delivers perfect washes everytime, has a soak option for those hard to treat stains and even a prewash. If your family is prone to stains, it would be the perfect choice for your laundry room.

Oil or Grease

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This stain is a stubborn one. You wouldn’t think something with no colour could ruin a garment as much as oil or grease. Removing this stubborn stain is actually easier than you think. Simple turn the fabric over and place a kitchen towel beneath the stain. Treat the underside of the stain with either a stain remover or a liquid laundry detergent. Rinse with hot water then wash on the hottest wash your machine can handle. This process may need to be repeated depending on the fabric and the water temperature.

Tomato Ketchup or Berries

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School uniform shirts tend to be either white or light colours in most cases. Leave it up to the little ones to drip tomato ketchup down their front or wipe their strawberry faces on their sleeves. Voila! You have a hard to remove stain. Removing either of these requires the same steps so it will easy to remember and school uniforms will stay bright and clean. Turn the garment inside out and place a kitchen towel underneath the stain. From the reverse side, treat the stain with either a liquid laundry detergent or a stain remover. Then soak the garment, for 15 minutes, in lukewarm water mixed with liquid laundry detergent if it is coloured or in bleach water if it is white or colour fast. Once done soaking simply rinse and wash as normal.

Stains don’t have to be the bane of your existence. Using some materials you already have at home and even some specialised programmes on your washing machine you’ll say goodbye to those stains in a flash.


Food costs are rising everyday. Why not implement a few of these kitchen hacks to save time when preparing meals in the kitchen? Let’s be honest; we won’t be adding any more hours to the day any time soon. We might as well make the most of every minute!

1. Keep Sliced Apples from Going Brown

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Giving your kids fresh apple slices in their snack boxes, serving them at play dates and having them looking fresh for fruit salad has never been easy. Now usually, you hear you need to add lemon juice to fresh sliced apples to keep them from going brown, but it also changes the taste of your fruit, making it tart. Instead fill a large bowl 2/3 full with water and stir in 1 teaspoon of oxidised salt. Don’t worry you won’t have salty apples; as there isn’t enough salt to change their taste. What you will have is beautiful fresh looking apples you can even slice the night before.

2. How to Freeze Courgettes

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Courgette pasta has become highly popular recently since it’s vegan, gluten free and overall healthy. First, hand grate or julienne your courgettes. Separate them into 1-2 cup portions and place them into freezer safe bags that have an air tight seal. When you’re ready to use them, you simply defrost on the worktop and drain any lingering water. It’s the perfect way to get the most out of your courgettes whilst they are still in season!

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3. Keep Lemons and Limes Fresh for Up to 4 Weeks

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Lemons are useful for a variety of purposes, cleaning, cooking and of course making water taste citrus-y good. Limes are good too, you know for margaritas! There’s nothing worse than grabbing for our sour friends for a refreshing cocktail, a squeeze for lemon chicken or to make our sink smell fresh only to realise it’s all dried up. Well, there’s a way to keep your lemons and limes good for weeks! Simply refrigerate them. Okay, so not just refrigerating them, but refrigerating them submerged in water in jar or container with a lid. Just remember, the fruits need to be washed thoroughly before putting them in the water as their skins contain all sorts of yuck.

4. Homemade Vanilla Extract

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The price of vanilla extract is extortionate. Plus, in your local supermarkets there isn’t really a variety of vanilla extract from Madagascan to Mexican and anything in between. Normally, you just see “vanilla extract”. With these recipes from Tidy Mom you can make your own vanilla extract and make it deep, rich or floral depending on the vanilla you use. All you need is vodka (even the cheap stuff works), 8-9 vanilla beans (choose your varitey) and a glass bottle that has a tight closing lid. Once you have the vanilla beans in your bottle, pour in enough vodka to completely cover them and seal the bottle. Put them in a cool, dry environment like a lower cupboard and shake 1x per week. It can be used after six weeks but the longer you leave it the more flavourful it becomes.

5. How to Freeze Fresh Herbs

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This hack is perfect whether you grow your own herbs and have an abundance or buy them at the grocery and don’t want them to go off. If your herbs are coming fresh from you garden, pick them, wash them thoroughly and remove all long stems. If they are coming from the grocery, still wash them thoroughly and remove any of the long stems. Then you want to either use a hand chopper or if you’re good with a knife, finely chop up your herbs and spoon them into an ice cube tray. Yep – the key to keeping them fresh is to freeze them. But wait! Don’t freeze them yet. Simply top off the herbs in the tray with water and freeze. Once they are fully frozen, pop them out of the ice cube tray and into freezer bags for use whenever you need them.

6. Make Your Own Flavoured Butters

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Instead of paying for those lovely flavoured butters at the fishmongers counter or even down the aisle the supermarket make your own following a few of these recipes from Your Home Based Mom. She gives you a few recipes for sweet butters like fig and cranberry and a few savouries like garlic and herb and roasted red pepper. Enjoy making your own roasted red pepper stuffed salmon without paying the crazy prices you see at the fish counter. These are the only ones that you can make, fresh cracked black pepper, cheese and onion, caramalised onion, the options truly are endless.

7. Keep Asparagus Fresh Up to 2 Weeks

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Asparagus can be expensive to buy and hard to keep fresh, but it is well worth it’s money because it is incredibly delicious. Here’s a tip to keep that asparagus fresh, ready for broiling, grilling or searing. Keep it upright in jar with a few inches of water in the bottom. Cover them loosely with a plastic bag and then stick them in the freezer. They’ll stay fresher, longer and be ready when you are.

8. Homemade Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Like vanilla extract, sun dried tomatoes tend to be imported and usually pricey. Better Hens and Gardens has put together a nifty way of creating your own by slicing Roma tomatoes in half then baking them at a low temperature. Not only does this save you money but it also gives you peace of mind knowing there are no nasty preservatives lurking amongst your delectable sun-dried tomatoes. To store them, simply put them in an airtight freezer bag and store in the freezer for later.

I know you see these lists all the time. Everything from how to peel a potato in seconds to you’ve been peeling an orange wrong your whole life. This list hopefully serves to save you time and money and even make your meals a bit healthier.