The advice has been tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute alongside other wacky online suggestions, to find out which really work. In total, seven of the 11 so-called ‘life hacks’ examined were successful. The researchers said: ‘The internet is full of cleaning tips – from the sublime to the ridiculous.’
Spray the foam on a clean cloth and wipe over the mirror until it is streak free. Next time you have a shower it will stay clear except for a fine, clear film of condensation.
One possible explanation is that the detergents prevent
Put two tablespoons of malt vinegar in a dish and leave overnight in a smoky room with the door shut.
The vinegar – an acid – helps to neutralise some of the smells in smoke, many of which are alkali.
After experiments with aspirin, flower food and plain water, researchers found adding a couple of glugs of lemonade is the best for long-lasting blooms.
The drink may have antibacterial qualities, while its sugar may feed the plant.
This simple trick works well, but it doesn’t last forever so you will need to reapply as it wears off. The soap acts as a lubricant, but you must be careful that it does not get on the fabric.
Spraying hairspray on an ink stain seemed to make it fizz and dissolve. The product can then be blotted up with kitchen roll.
The trick also removes biro and red wine stains from cotton, but the fabric needs to be washed afterwards. It may be alcohol in the hairspray which dissolves the ink.
Scrape off as much wax as you can with a blunt knife, then cover the area with kitchen roll. Place a warm iron on top, melting the wax on to the paper – but never let the iron touch the wax directly.
Finally, launder the fabric. The heat of the iron turns the wax to liquid – allowing it to be transferred to another absorbent surface.
Static cling can be an annoying problem when wearing tights. To stop it, simply rub fabric conditioner on to your hands, then run them up and down your tights while wearing them.
Fabric conditioners work by giving the fabric a positive charge – which neutralises the negative charge of static electricity.
Don’t do it. Salt will set the stain and make it impossible to remove. Instead, tackle the stain as quickly as possible before it dries.
Blot up excess juice and flush with cool water, then launder the fabric. To remove beetroot stains from hands, use lemon juice.
The researchers insist they wanted this to work, but still cried when trying it out.
Wearing swimming goggles while you chop does work as it stops chemicals reaching the eyes, but isn’t practical.
Don’t throw away the shoe polish just yet.
Banana skins are extremely messy, leave greasy marks and simply don’t work.