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By Asma Zahid

To remove permanent marker ink from any hard surface, spray it with deodorant and rub hard with a soft cloth.

Next time you take the hair from your hairbrush, don’t throw it away; sprinkle it over your lawn and the birds will pick it up and use it to reinforce their nests.

An easy way to clean your leather bag is to use Nivea on a clean cloth; the result is great.

A quick and easy way to stick a tile back on the wall is to mix 1tb.sp flour and 1tb.sp salt to a thick paste with cold water, then secure it back to the wall. It sets hard and saves buying a whole packet of tile fixative.

If you have run out of shoe polish, you can clean your leather shoes with cleansing face cream.

To bring faded black clothes back to life, hand wash them in warm water with a little vinegar. It strips away the fading properties of washing powder and softener.

If your tippex (corrector) dries up, add a little nail varnish remover and it will last a few more days.

You can join the ends of a broken cassette by dotting with a small spot of nail varnish.

Stand a finished bottle of shampoo, conditioner, or washing up liquid upside down and be amazed by how much more you can get out of them.

To prevent yourself from muddling your children’s shirts or underwears etc., color-code the labels using permanent markers.

You can water your plants while you are away by placing one end of string in a bucket of water and the other in the plant’s soil. As long as the bucket is positioned higher than the plant, the string will soak up the water and keep the soil moist.

Compact disc cases make great photo frames. A pack of five is very cheap and can be freestanding or mounted on the wall.

To clean small children’s toys such as Lego bricks, place them in a pillowcase, secure the top with safety pins and put through a cold wash in your washing machine.

A handful of washing soda in the washing machine will keep your garments very soft without using expensive softeners.

To remove the goo left by shop sticky labels on things you buy, first rub with butter. Then wipe away with a damp cloth.

If you get paint on the glass when painting a window frame, you can remove it with hot vinegar.

Use a baby wipe to clean delicate lampshades; it will make the room smell nice as well.

To avoid red eye when you are taking photographs, have your subject look away from the camera slightly.

Cut the bottoms off babygros when your child has grown too big for them and use the top half as a T-shirt.

To prevent shirts tangling everything in the washing machine, button shirt cuffs to the front of the shirt.

To get your net curtains really looking fantastically white and clean, soak them prior to washing in vinegar diluted with cold water, then wash in a normal way.

For a nice but cheap present, dry and press a flower and place it in a frame.

Baby oil conditions your fine leather shoes. All you have to do is rub a little into the leather at night and buff it off in the morning.

Rub a little Vaseline around the neck of your nail polish as soon as you purchase it. This will prevent the top from sticking, making it easier to open.

Going away on a vacation and no one to look after your plants? Well, place three or four thick towels in the bathtub and cover them with two inches of cold water. Place all your plants in their pots on the towels, they will keep well for at least two weeks.

If you are taking a photo of your child with his silver cup or trophy, pop the trophy into the fridge for fifteen minutes first, it will come out gleaming

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