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Keep cables tidy with pegsby Vero R.
If keeping the cables of small home appliances and headphone leads tidy is like an impossible mission in your home, try keeping them secured with clothes pegs. Just pass them over the ends several times and then secure them with the peg part. They will stay tidy and to hand at all times.
Enrich your moisturiserby Maru A.
Essential oils, such as rosehip or argan, that have been used for a specific treatment are often left unused. Both of these oils have regenerative properties. Avoid wasting them by adding a few drops to your face cream or to your body milk and mix well with a spatula.
Madeleines that stay spongy for longerby Alberto L.
Are your breakfast or snack-time Madeleines alittle dry? Eat them as if they were just baked by coating the tops with alittle milk and putting them in the oven for a few minutes. They will come outspongy and ready to eat.
Basic soap for combination skinby Roxana V.
If you have combination skin, try using a bar of glycerine soap with a facial sponge for basic cleansing. Cleanse the skin by massaging softly and then rinse with cold water. Afterwards, use your usual hydrating cream and you’re ready to go. Clean hydrated skin at a very low price.
Spotless furnitureby Raquel V.
A trick that never fails when cleaning the house is to use Kh7 or a similar de-greaser. For example, if I am going to clean my wooden kitchen furniture, I use a mixture of 20 per cent Kh7 and 80 percent warm water mixed together to dampen a cloth and wipe down my furniture. Then I dry it with another cloth and it really shines.
Crunchy courgetteby Anabel F.
To make courgettescrunchier and tastier, soak them in water for 5 to 10 minutes before fryingthem. Leave them to dry on a paper towel, and then put them into the fryingpan. You’ll see the difference!
Perfect saucesby Alberto L.
If you want to get rid of lumps in a béchamel sauce or custard, strain it through a very fine sieve while it is still hot. Use the back of a spoon to ‘squash’ the sauce through the sieve. Alternatively, if you have a sauce that is too thick, you can thin it by adding a little hot milk to it while stirring. Avoid using cold milk as this may create new lumps.
Say goodbye to oil stainsby Mari. M.
If you get an oil stain on your clothes while cooking or eating, immediately apply talcum powder liberally to the stain. Cover it well so that it absorbs as much as possible, let it work for a little while and then wash the item of clothing as usual in the washing machine.
Deodorant in a fixby Toñi U.
A beauty tip that never fails: mix coconut oil with bicarbonate of soda in equal parts and keep it in a glass container. This can be used as a deodorant, as a facial scrub, and even as toothpaste when you’re in a fix.
Chop onions without tearsby Maribel C.
If you want to avoid tears when peeling and chopping onions, try cutting the two ends of the onion, taking off the first layers and cutting it in half. Then, place it under running water in the sink and wet it well and you will be able to cut it any way you like, without tears.
Whiten your plastic containersby Vanessa P.
If you use plastic containers you will know that tomato sauce, as well as many other foods, tend to stain them and it is very difficult to get rid of that orange tint. Well, this is when you need to reach out for the sodium percarbonate, which is contained in many clothes whiteners. Rub the container with the product and fill it with boiling water. In a couple of hours it will have regained its original colour.
Light make-upby Cristina B.
When spring arrives we feel like leaving our skin a little freer of make-up. Try applying foundation only on strategic points and the results will be fresher and more natural. Use highlighters to correct imperfections and creme colouring in pink tones to lighten the end result.
Care for your eyebrowsby Isa S.
Our eyebrows frame our eyes and if they used to be thin, the trend now is to have them thick and dense. To take care of them, always try to keep them free of make-up traces and apply Vaseline a couple of times a day. Keeping them well combed will also help them stay in good condition.
Shiny tapsby Pili V.
If you want the taps in your kitchen or bathroom to shine effortlessly, the trick is to clean them with shaving cream. Let it act for 5 minutes and remove it with a damp cloth you'll see how they shine!
Odourless fishby Vanessa P.
Prevent that smell that lingers for hours by putting two parts water and one part vinegar into a saucepan while preparing your fish recipe. Let it boil, and you'll notice that the smell disappears. It also works with 3 teaspoons of cinnamon.
Stronger nailsby Caty T.
If you want your nails to be stronger, heat a bain-marie for five minutes with two tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of sage. Let it cool and soak your hands in this mixture for 20 minutes. Then dry and moisturise. You'll see how effective it is!
One wine removes anotherby Antonia M.
At parties or family celebrations where more wine is consumed than usual, it's not unusual for our clothes or the tablecloth to get stained with red wine. This stain can be very resistant and difficult to remove. My trick is to rub it with white wine. Try it: one wine removes another.
Extra-tender chickenby Luma A.
For really tender chicken breast, try leaving it in milk and salt for 24 hours. When you cook it, it will melt in your mouth.
Easy ironingby Vanessa P.
Shirts are one of the hardest items of clothing to iron. If you want them to be soft and easier to iron, try putting a few drops of softener in a spray bottle and spray the shirt well before you start to iron. It will be easier to iron and will also be smell nice!
Whiter laundryby Silvia G.
If you want your whites, particularly the children’s, to be brighter and whiter, add a good squirt of hydrogen peroxide to the washing machine dispenser along with the detergent. The result is spotless!
Grease-free frying pansby Encarnación L.
You don’t need to scrub in order to clean your frying pans and pots after cooking. Place a little bit of Consum oven cleaner in them and leave them for a few minutes. Then wipe over with a scourer and they will sparkle.
Peeling hard-boiled eggsby Ángeles B.
We all know how hard it is to peel a hard-boiled egg… Here is a solution: try making a small hole in the widest part of the egg, at its base, with a drawing pin. You will find that when you do this the egg will peel like a dream. Try it!
Hydrated hairby Eva O.
Hair suffers a lot on vacation. Prepare a repairing mask with a ripe banana, a spoonful of honey, half a cup of milk and a spoonful of olive oil. Mix the banana, honey and oil, then gradually add the milk. Apply to dry hair and leave on for half an hour before rinsing.
Softer feetby Paty C.
In summer we all want to show off our feet: prepare a homemade exfoliant by mixing a spoonful of honey, a spoonful of sugar and a few drops of lemon juice. Mix everything well and then spread all over the feet, especially on the sole and heels -low cost and fast!
Pets without odoursby Paqui G.
We love our dogs, but sometimes their smell can be annoying. Fill the mop bucket halfway and add four tablespoons of baking soda, four tablespoons of salt and about 8 drops of tea tree essence. The smell disappears immediately.
Remove mould stainsby Gracy R.
To remove those damp stains that appear in the bathroom or on white walls, there's nothing better than putting pure bleach into a spray bottle, spraying the area and letting it dry for a few hours. If the mould persists, repeat the process several times and it will soon begin to disappear.
Tastier fishby Jorge R.
To reduce the odour that spreads around the house when you fry fish, spread lemon over the fish fillets or immerse them in water and milk before frying. Besides giving off less odour, they'll gain in flavour.
Do you want your salads to have an extra something? Take half a lime and grate its skin over the salad once you have added all the other ingredients. Squeeze the juice over the salad for a more intense flavour. It also provides vitamin C, and is delicious!
Get rid of the remnants of hair removal waxby Judit Vigil
To easily remove the wax remnants from your skin after waxing, wet a cotton ball in olive oil and pass it gently over the area. It will clean and remove the wax and at the same time moisturise and sooth your skin.
Natural eye make-up removerby Pedro López
Remove make-up from your eyes naturally by mixing ¾ parts of mineral water and ¼ extra virgin olive oil in an empty and clean jar. Shake well before use and apply it to your eyes with a cotton swab to remove make-up easily.
Campana de cuina brillantby Noelia Noble
Per a mantindre la campana de la cuina protegida de l’òxid, una vegada estiga completament neta i seca, aplica-hi una mica d’oli hidratant per a bebés amb un drap de cotó. Torca-la molt bé amb un drap net i la campana brillarà i a més estarà protegida!
Frying pans as good as newby Marta Viladomat
If you want the outside of your pans to be like the first day you got them, fill a baking tray with vinegar and a cup of baking soda. Soak the pan for 24 hours. After that time, scrub it with a little vinegar and baking soda and your pan will look like new!
Fresh vegetables for longerby Mayte Berenguer
To keep your packaged salads and spinach fresh, open the bag and wrap the vegetables with a little absorbent paper towel. The paper will remove moisture and the vegetables will remain fresh for much longer.
Get rid of the smell of fried foodby Ms Adela Latorre
When you fry an egg or potatoes, does your kitchen smell of fried oil all day? Try putting a sprig of fresh parsley in the pan when the oil starts to heat up. You'll see how the smell disappears!
Looking great every morningby Mar Melero
One of the tricks I inherited from my grandmother and which helps me to go to work every day looking my best, is to leave the moisturising and eye contour creams in the refrigerator. They will be nice and cool in the mornings and when applied it can help you reduce bags and dark circles as well as to have clearer, fresher and more hydrated skin. Also, if you put makeup on every morning, the coverage is much better and it lasts all day.
Renew your mascaraby Agustina Sánchez
If you notice that your eyelash mascara is getting a bit thick or even dry, don't throw it away! Put a few drops of lens fluid, let it take effect and it'll be like new again. You'll notice the difference!
A flawless ovenby Raquel Romeu
To get your oven looking as clean as new, first get it as hot as possible. Once its hot put a casserole dish with boiling water in the bottom. Leave a container with a pint of ammonia in the middle of the tray. Leave it to work for 12 hours. Clean with a damp cloth. Stains and dirt will disappear. Try it and see!
Goodbye to oil stainsby Pilar Vicente
Have you ever stained any of your favourite clothes with oil? To easily remove it, cover the stain with talcum powder, press it with a spoon and let it act for two minutes. After two minutes, add detergent with water and rub until it foams. Wash the garment in the washing machine and goodbye stain!
Caramelise onion without sugarby Sonia Torres
To caramelise onion faster, cut it and place it in the frying pan with a pinch of salt and bicarbonate. Cook on low heat and the bicarbonate will caramelise the onion quickly without the need to add sugar.
Well-preserved bananasby Rafaela García
If you have some bananas and don't want them to go black, one trick to keep them as fresh as the day they bought is to store them in the fridge in a bag with lemons and close it well. The result is amazing!
Home-made degreaserby Sunsi Andrés
Grease in the kitchen can sometimes stick around even though we have done a deep clean. If this happens to you, try this home-made remedy: mix one litre of water, lemon juice and a heaped tablespoon of baking soda. Spray on to the affected area: stoves, the extractor fan or inside the oven, and leave to act for 5 minutes. Then, simply remove with kitchen towel. The shine will return!
Soft hair all year roundby Lorena Terrón
Have you damaged your hair a lot this summer? Try bringing the softness back to your hair with this home-made mask. Empty one half of an avocado and mix it with two tablespoons of honey. Stir until it forms a fairly even mixture. Apply it to your damp hair and leave to act for 15 minutes. After this time, rinse it off with warm water.
Kitchen cloths, as good as newby Carmen Roglá
If we leave cloths wet for a long time, they may turn black. To keep them in a good condition for longer, try leaving them to soak overnight in water with a few drops of bleach with detergent. The next day they will be as good as new!
Goodbye blackheadsby María Julia Beltrán
If you have blackheads and want to remove them from your face, try mixing four tablespoons of honey with one tablespoon of ground cinnamon. Stir everything until it forms a paste, then apply it on to them. Leave it to act for 20 minutes then remove with warm water. You will see the results in a few days.
Impeccable collars and cuffsby Elena Radoselovics
If youput white shirts and slippers in the washing machine but they don't come out aswhite as you would like, pre-scrub the dirtiest areas with a used toothbrushthat has been dipped in a few drops of dishwasher detergent. After this, useyour usual washing machine cycle. You will notice the difference.
Burnt frying pan to repaired frying panby Carla Balda
If you have ever accidentally burned food and this has left traces of dirt in the frying pan or pot, try putting a bit of vinegar in and boiling it. Leave it to boil for a few minutes then turn off the heat. Remove the vinegar and clean the pan with a scourer. You will see that they clean up without almost any scrubbing.
More effective hair maskby Mercedes Melego
Many times, we rinse out the hair mask before we should, and the product doesn’t obtain its full effect. If you don’t want to wait in the shower, try applying it to dry hair, an hour beforehand. You can wear a headband or turban and continue working. Once this time has passed, just wash your hair with shampoo. You will see that the mask’s effect is more intense and that the ends are much softer and silkier.
Vinegar for the Washing Machineby María Salud Ruiz
Does your washing machine have lime deposits? You can eliminate them by adding vinegar to the detergent section and running a short program. In addition to cleaning the washing machine’s cleaning cycle, your clothes will be cleaner and softer.
Lemon as a deodoriserby Lorena Terrón
To eliminate odours in the refrigerator, cut a lemon in half and stick cloves into the pulp. The more cloves, the stronger the scent will be. Place each lemon half in a different part of the refrigerator and the odours will disappear.
Odourless drainsby Gema Perales
If you want to eliminate odours from your drains, try opening a two-litre bottle of cola and let it sit until it goes flat. Once all of the fizz is gone, pour the entire bottle of cola into the drain and let it sit for 1 or 2 hours, avoiding using the sink or toilet during this time. Afterwards, you will notice that the odours have disappeared.
Check the seasoningby Lorena Escutia
Have you added too much salt? If your stew is too salty, add half of a potato to the pot for approximately 20 minutes and continue cooking over a low-medium heat. The potato will absorb the excess salt little by little, and your dish will taste wonderful.
Longer lasting razor bladesby Francisco Sanmiguel
You can keep your razor blades like new and make them last much longer. Before you shave, rub them on a scrap of cloth while they are dry. When you do so, always rub in the direction of the blades. You will see that they last much longer!
Cool waterby Jonatan Gonzalez
Have you ever needed cold water but forgot to put it in the fridge? If you don't have much time, put some ice cubes and lots of salt in a bowl and put the bottle of water in this. Place in the fridge and in under 20 minutes you'll have frozen water. Try it and see!
Gleaming tile groutby Pilar Gil
To clean blackened tile grout, place equal parts of bleach and water into a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to dirty areas and leave it for 10 minutes. Rinse with water and watch how the dirt disappears like magic.
Stronger nailsby Ana Tormo
Are your nails weak and easily broken? To strengthen them, add a ground clove of garlic to your transparent nail varnish. Apply this to your nails and after a few days you'll see how your fragile nails are a thing of the past.
Regaining the original whiteby Amparo Jover
If you've had an accident and your whites have come out of the washing machine a different colour, put them to soak in well-salted water for several hours. Move the clothes around from time to time so that they are completely impregnated. See how they slowly return to their original white.
Tender cannelloniby Alberto Linares
Do you make your own cannelloni? If you want the meat to be really tender, put it in a container and cover with milk, then place in the fridge for 24 hours before preparing your recipe. You'll be surprised at how tasty it is!
Sharp eyeliner pencilby Montse Prats
Sometimes it's hard to get a sharp eyeliner pencil because your bathroom may be too warm and the pencil tip is soft and ends up breaking. To avoid this, leave your pencil in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before you sharpen it and you'll see how it no longer breaks.
Ripe kiwisby Jonatan Gonzalez
If you’ve bought kiwis and they’re really unripe, a tip to make them ripen more quickly in the fridge is to put them in a bag with an apple and seal it well. In a few days they’ll be ripe. Try and see!
Shiny mirrorsby Carolina Otero
If you want your mirrors to be perfect quickly and easily, spray them with perfume and then dry them with a towel, they’ll be shiny without effort and without having to go over marks again.
No trace of make-upby Margarita Duval
Rosemary has many uses. My aunt boiled it, left it to soak and kept the cooking water in a bottle after straining it. She used it every day to wash her face and she had extraordinary skin. You’ll have healthy, beautiful skin!
Cleaner clothsby Mª Adela Latorre
After cleaning kitchen cloths in the washing machine, you can finish disinfecting them by putting them in the microwave. Yes, in the microwave! Put them still damp in a plate at a high temperature for roughly a minute, and you’ll get rid of any bacteria that could remain.
Defrosting seafoodby Mª Jesús Cervera
Do you need to defrost seafood for an importantoccasion? Put an egg in a container and fill it with water and salt until itfloats. Remove it and put the seafood in the water. Keep it in the fridgeovernight or until in defrosts and you’re done!
Perfect hands and nailsby Gloria Talavera
To show off your hands, mix the juice of half a lemon with your usual hand cream and a teaspoon of bicarbonate. Apply it with circular movements to your hands. Leave on for a few minutes, and rinse off.
Make-up stains WINNING TIPby Esperanza Soriano saez
Have you stained your shirt collar with make-up? Put some shaving gel on the stain, rub it and leave it on for a while and then wash it normally. After it has been washed you’ll see the result, the stain has gone.
Tight dustersby Pilar Beleña
If your tights often rip, try reusing them to clean with. Place them over a broom and use it to dust or to remove cobwebs. You’ll see that dust easily sticks to the material. Then throw away the tights and your broom is clean.
Nice smell in the houseby Pepita Ros
Sometimes when you cook the smell fills the houseand there is no way to get rid of it. Try boiling orange peel and cinnamon in apan of water. In a few minutes a sweet smell will permeate the entire house.Success guaranteed!
Hair Dye Stainsby Mercedes Gatón
Who has never had an accident while dyeing their hair? If you’ve stained some clothing, don’t worry, there’s a solution. Simply apply hairspray to the dye stain, making sure it soaks in well, leave it to work for a moment and then wash the clothes (by hand or in the machine), and you’ll see how it disappears completely.
Squeezing lemons to the maximumby Ernesto Mena
If you want to easily get all the juice from a lemon with no effort or strength, simply put it in the microwave for 15 seconds before squeezing it. You’ll see how the juice comes out much more easily.
Pets without the pet hairby Elena Torres
If you want to remove pet hair from the sofa or any material, put on rubber gloves and go over the material you want. You’ll see how quickly it comes off. No fur will resist!
Peeling boiled potatoes in secondsby Macarena López
Before putting potatoes in water to boil them, draw a line around them with a knife. Once boiled, you only have to wait for them to cool before separating both halves of the skin. They will come off in seconds, without removing any of the insides and without using a knife.
Puffy eyesby Carmen López
Put two green tea bags in the freezer for an hour. Wash your eyes with cold water and place the teabags on your eyes. Leave on for ten minutes. You’ll see the results.
Looser riceby Adela Latorre
If when you cook rice you want it to be loose, remember to add some lemon juice to the water when you heat it. Don’t worry, it won’t overcook!
Fighting hard skin on your feetby Meli Romeu
Mix a spoonful of bicarbonate with two of water to make a paste. Apply it to the hard areas of your feet and massage. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse with warm water. Dry the area well. Repeat a few times a week and say goodbye to hard skin!
Shiny stoveby Carolina López
To make gas burners recover their shine or golden colour, you just have to soak them in boiling water with vinegar for 20 minutes and rub them afterwards with a cloth. They’ll look as good as new.
Goodbye to oil stains in the garageby Paco Peris
Have you got an oil stain on the ground in your parking space in the garage that you can’t get rid of? Try a cola drink. Pour the liquid onto the stain and leave it for a few minutes before scrubbing with a brush. If the stain is very dark, you might have to repeat the operation.
Bigger eyesby Asun Pérez
Do you have small eyes? If you want them to appear bigger, you just have to use white eyeliner pencil on the bottom line of your eyes, both for day and night make-up. The white colour will enhance your eyes. Try it!
Fresh bread for longerby Miriam Blasco
The best way to keep bread fresh from one day to the next is to put it in a plastic bag with a piece of celery and then close it well. The bread will absorb the humidity from the celery and will stay fresh. The celery doesn’t affect the flavour of the bread.
Clean clothsby Ana María del Amor
Cleaning cloths and kitchen cloths absorb bad smells very quickly. If you want to remove them, you just have to soak them with a few drops of ammonia before putting them in the washing machine. Remember to not mix them with other clothes.
Less greasy hairby Paqui Mira
Mix the juice of a lemon with half a cup of black tea. Apply all over your hair from the roots to the ends and massage your scalp. Leave on for 5 minutes and then wash your hair normally. Apply to your hair once a week.
Firm, bright skinby Arturo Zarzo
To eliminate dead skin and for a deep clean, prepare an exfoliator by mixing ground sesame seeds, sea salt, lemon juice and olive oil. Apply to the face for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. You’ll see the difference.
Homemade mask for hydrated hairby Cristina de la Torre
For hair damaged by the sun and hair dye, make a mask with two egg yolks and a spoonful of olive oil. Apply to the hair for 5-10 minutes. Then rinse with water and wash normally. You’ll have shiny, moisturised hair.
Goodbye to marker stainsby Inmaculada Delgado
When clothes get stained with marker pen, a good remedy is acetone. Rub the stain with cotton wool and acetone and it will disappear in a matter of seconds. Then wash the clothes on a normal cycle, and you’re done!
Brooms and brushes good as newby Rocío Zafrilla
To make brushes and brooms clean and as good as new, soak them in a bucket of water with ammoniac for a while and then rinse them. Leave them to dry outside. The results are surprising.
Peeled garlic with no smellby Olvido Martínez
Put the garlic in a glass jar, shut it and shake the jar well for a few minutes. You’ll see that it practically peels itself. Amazing!
Decorating with whipped creamby Amparo Bustamante
Achieving perfect cream to decorate your desserts is very easy. When you whip the cream, add a tablespoon of powdered milk. Your cream will be more fluid and therefore easier to work with.
Healthy, shiny nailsby Izabel Alves
If you have fragile, brittle and stained nails, try soaking them in lemon juice or olive oil every day for 5 minutes. You’ll hydrate them and they will look healthier and shinier.
Perfect lips for longerby Raquel Pérez
To make your lipstick last longer, first choose a lip pencil of a similar colour to your lipstick. Outline your lips carefully and then use the pencil to colour in your lips. Then apply your lipstick. Keep in mind that matte lipsticks last longer and are fashionable. This way, your lips will be perfectly made-up for longer.
Remove bad smells from the microwaveby David Ramírez
When you heat food in the microwave the smell stays inside it and it’s annoying. To remove it, place a glass of lemon juice and cinnamon in the microwave and put it on for 2 minutes.
Cutlery good as newby Amparo Martínez
If you use wooden spoons for cooking and over time they have become black, you can recover their colour very easily. Soak the cutlery in a bucket of warm water and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide for two hours. Then rinse them with water and washing-up liquid. The hydrogen peroxide removes bacteria and black stains.
Skinless chickpeasby Irene Chiva
Removing the skin of chickpeas is very simple. Place them in a container with a spoonful of bicarbonate of soda and heat it in the microwave for a few minutes. Then put the chickpeas in a bowl of hot water and stir them with your hands, you’ll see how the skin comes off. This tip is ideal for making hummus.
How to know if an egg is freshby Julia Corral
Sometimes you’ve had eggs in the fridge for a while and you don’t know if they are still fresh enough to eat. To know if you can use it, just put it in a glass of water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s fresh. However, if it floats, it’s better not to use it.
Spotless baking traysby Amparo Timoner
When you cook in the oven and food residue gets stuck on the baking tray, cover it with hot water and a handful of salt. After a few minutes you’ll see how all the fat is released.
Chopping onion without cryingby Sonia García
Chop onions with the chopping board underneath the kitchen extractor fan and turn it on to medium power. You’ll see how the vapours which make you cry are absorbed by the extractor fan and you’ll avoid your eyes itching.