Aah, the WI. Those two little letters conjure up images of little old ladies knitting, making scones, drinking tea and flower arranging (I’m sure they do a lot more than that, and I apologise for my shameful stereotyping). But the WI has long been a great resource for handy little tips that have definitely helped me over the years. I love the idea of using these vintage fixes that have been passed down from generations of women, and I thought I’d share some of my faves with you.
1.When washing up wearing rubber gloves, put on hand cream – the heat from the water makes the hand cream soak in more effectively.
2. If you are washing a glittery top, spray the garment with hairspray to make the glitter stay on. Then turn the garment inside out and hand wash in warm water.
3. If you have spilled nail varnish on clothes, stretch the stained area of fabric over the top of a cup or glass and secure it with a rubber band. Drip on nail varnish remover and rub gently with a stainless steel teaspoon. This can take some time, and never use on silk.
4. To remove crayon marks from wallpaper, spray with WD40 and wipe the crayon marks away with paper towels. Take a soft cloth dipped in hot water and rub with a circular motion to remove any marks.
5. A thick slice of bread will easily pick up the little shards of glass you might miss when you’ve broken something.
6. Rubbing a candle or bar of soap on a sticky zip can help it unstick. Pull the zip up and down a few times to lubricate it. WD40 also works well on metal zips.
7. To whiten teeth, dip a damp toothbrush in bicarbonate of soda and brush your teeth. It is slightly abrasive and will polish teeth without damaging the enamel.
8. Spray your perfume on to a small ball of cotton wool and place in your bra. The warmth will keep the perfume fresh all day.
9. To restore the lustre of pearls, put a little olive oil on a very soft cloth and gently buff them.
10. To make new tights or stockings last longer, rinse them in cold water, wring them out and place in a freezer bag. Freeze them solid, let them thaw then dry before wearing them.
So there you have 10 great tips from the Women’s Institute, all of which use items you probably already own! God bless those women and their worldly wisdom.
Visit www.thewi.org.uk for information on the Women’s Institute, news and events, and how you can be involved.