BRIGHT WHITES Brighten up any discoloured white linens by simmering them in boiling water with a slice of lemon with the rind left on for about half an hour. Allow to cool before washing on a regular cycle.
WOOD JOINTS Strengthen wood joints when gluing them together by sprinkling a few strands of steel wool on the adhesive surface before sticking.
PAINT ON GLASS When decorating, protect your windows and mirrors from stray paint flecks by rubbing a thin layer of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) over them. The paint won't stick to the glass and when you're finished simply wipe it clean.
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