From preventing tears while chopping onions, to removing screws with worn heads, these 10 unbelievably useful DIY hacks will change your life - or at least make it a tiny bit easier.
Thermostats are great for controlling room temperature - in fact that's their main purpose. What they don’t do very well is look nice. Why not use a favourite canvas print or painting to cover it up? Simply attach two sturdy hinges to one side so you can access the thermostat as and when required.
Then bury it in your garden, with the pine cone visible. You'll almost hope you lose your main set of keys so you can dig up your spare. If this seems like too much trouble, or you live in a pine forest, you could just keep that spare with a neighbour.
Simply lay them over the offending marks. Yes, it really works.
Screws with worn or damaged heads can be a nightmare to remove. But by simply applying an elastic band to the hole, then inserting your screwdriver and turning, that troublesome screw will be out in no time. Nailed it.
Rugs on wooden or tiled floors look fantastic - but their appeal lessens when you “go for a Burton” on one. Reduce or eliminate the rug's slipping potential by applying lines of glue on its underside.
Wardrobes. Sometimes they are dark and cavernous and you can't find your shoes. But by stringing up some Christmas tree lights, you’ll be able to find your Valentinos or Clark's Specials sometime before Christmas.
Running out of space for your spices? Simply lay a strip magnet to the bottom of your cupboard, then place your (metal-lidded) jars on the underside. Do not try with Marmite.
Fancy a drink but lost your cork screw? Simply remove the wrapping and ignite a lighter around the air pocket beneath the cork. This will expand the air and the cork will pop out ‘a la’ Champagne. Ensure the bottle is pointed away from others. You could also insert a tea spoon into the cork at 45 degrees and turn - although this latter technique works best with plastic corks.
Combine hydrogen peroxide and dishwasher liquid in equal parts, then gently apply the mixture to the wine stain. Leave for 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Soak the stain in hot water, then rinse in cold water, before hang-drying the item. If you don’t have hydrogen peroxide handy, absorb the excess wine with a paper towel, then pour salt liberally over the stain. The plonk should be gone in no time.
Wearing contact lenses also prevents a teary outburst in the kitchen.