Hints And Tips

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Indeed, this is the Hints and Tips page at Wearside Online

To begin with, here is a collection of hints and tips that we have put together over the years. Obviously, these are our own collection which we wish to share with others. Please note that if you do use them, you do so at your own risk. Indeed, nobody else can be responsible as regards to their results or any consequences relating to their use. In other words, you should always be responsible for all your actions at all times. But we hope some of these hints and tips do help in some way.

Hints And Tips 01

Adhesives (Glue)

Indeed, just dab with acetone or non-oily nail varnish remover.

Artificial Flowers

Pour some salt into a paper then bag add the flowers and shake well. The salt will absorb all the dust and dirt then leave your artificial flowers looking like new.

Bad Breath

Firstly, chew fresh parsley after eating a meal. Of course, this fragrant herb contains an antiseptic that kills bacteria in the mouth. Its effective against garlic and onions also, as are mint leaves. If in any doubt, obviously see your dentist.

Ball point ink

Rub the affected area with a cotton bud soaked in eue-de-cologne, obviously, you should see instant results.

Bathroom Odours

Place a shallow dish of baking soda behind the toilet to absorb bathroom odours, leave it for a few days.

Hints And Tips 02


To eliminate beer stains from woollen clothes, scrub the affected area with a mixture of lukewarm water and salt.


Soak affected garment in salt solution overnight of course. Obviously, use 1/2 cup of cooking salt in a small or medium sized bucket. Then machine wash as per usual, garment will look as good as new.

Blue Tack

If you can’t get blue tack off walls, heat it gently with a hair dryer of course. This will obviously make it soft again and you should then be able to peel it off with ease.

Boiling Over

To begin with, butter or oil the rim of a pan in which you cook rice or pasta. Do this so that it won’t boil over.

Broken Bulbs

When you break a light bulb in its socket, it can be very difficult to remove it for replacement, obviously. So, try jamming a bar of soap, or a piece of raw potato in to the base of the bulb. Then twist it. The broken bulb should come out with no problem but don’t forget to turn off the electricity first!

Hints And Tips 03


To keep a cake longer, place half an apple in the cake container when storing. To cut a cake without messing up the decorative icing, cut it with dental floss.

Candle Wax

To remove candle wax from carpeting you should first scrape any excess of course. Then, prepare with a warm iron and a clean cloth or even a paper bag. Obviously, place the iron on top of the cloth over the wax. Then, as you iron, the candle wax will stick to the cloth instead of the carpet.


To easily grate cheese, place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. The firmer cheese is the less likely to make a melted mess on your grater.

Chewing Gum

To remove chewing gum from clothes freeze, or cover the gum with ice, then crack and scrape off.


Firstly, blot or scrape off any excess chocolate. Add a solution of biological washing powder, and then blot with clean towels. If the stain remains, then soak the fabric in biological detergent. You can dab white fabrics with bleach of course.

Chopping Boards

Apply a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and water then leave for a few minutes. Also, scrub thoroughly and rinse under a cold tap.

Cooking Odours

To get rid of cooking smells, begin by simmering a small pot of vinegar and water solution on the hob. The vinegar will absorb the odour of course.

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