Mum knows best!
A test of eggs: two glasses of water with a fresh egg on the left and a rotten egg on the right side. Bad egg floats in water. Many eggs on background.
Let’s face it, mums are blessed with a sixth sense, a magical inner wisdom that means they somehow just know stuff. They can take the throb out of a bee sting, cook a gourmet meal using just five pantry staples, and seem to have remedies for everything from sore throats to broken hearts.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, we’d love to hear about some of the tips and tricks you learnt from your mum – those precious golden nuggets that have been passed down through your family or some of the handy hints that you’ve passed onto your children. Here’s a few for starters!
- Use rubber bands to help open a jar easily. Place one around the jar lid and another around the middle of the glass. The rubber provides friction to prevent your hands from slipping.
- Water straight from the tap becomes cloudy when frozen. To make ice cubes crystal clear, allow a kettle of boiled water to cool slightly and use this to fill your ice cube trays.
- To prevent your eyes watering while chopping onions, wipe the chopping board with white vinegar (which won’t affect the taste of the onions).
- To prevent potatoes from budding, add an apple to the bag.
- Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to the water when hard-boiling eggs to make the shells much easier to peel off.
- To tell if eggs are fresh, immerse them in a bowl of water. Fresh eggs will lie on the bottom, while stale eggs will float to the surface.
- To clean a wooden chopping board, sprinkle on a handful of Kosher salt and rub with half a lemon. Rinse with clean water and dry to ensure it is clean and germ-free.
- Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl at night to clean off stubborn stains.
- Bathroom fresheners and deodorizers are expensive and can be bad for the planet. Instead, keep your bathroom smelling sweet by adding a few drops of essential oil to the cardboard bit on the inside of your toilet paper roll.
- Forget fancy moisturizers and commercial beauty products packed with chemicals. For an instant skin conditioner and quick age-defying treatment all you need to do is rub extra virgin coconut oil onto your skin after your shower.
- Save the fuss of buying different coloured shoe polish for different coloured shoes. Use olive oil and a soft cloth instead. It’s cheap, easy and works as the ultimate leather conditioner.
- Prevent soil from escaping through the holes in the base of flowerpots by lining them with large coffee filters.