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Shirt Happens: We Test Threadsmiths' Liquid-Proof Clothing Range

There are few things as mortifying as getting a big coffee stain on your shirtfront just before a big meeting. Aussie startup Threadsmiths believes it has come up with a solution in the form of the Cavalier T-shirt: a new type of clothing material that supposedly can never be stained. We thought we’d put Threadsmiths’ claims to the test via a variety of heavy-hitting liquids including wine, coffee and beetroot juice. Here is the video. (Safety goggles may be required.)


Freeze Gum That's Stuck In Your Hair For Easier Removal

When you get gum stuck in your hair, one of the most common pieces of advice is to use something oily like peanut butter to remove it. An alternative tactic that could help is to freeze it.


Clean Vacuum Attachments And Light Fixtures With A Dishwasher

We all know that dishwashers clean dishes, but they can clean much more. The folks at Parts Select have a big graphic that lists what other things you can put in the dishwasher.


Create An 'Emergency Clean Up Kit' For Party Mishaps

During this time of year, many of us have guests over for parties. Spills and other mishaps happen, and you don’t want accidents to ruin the party. Create an “emergency kit” before the party starts so you can fix the problem at a moment’s notice.


Restore Vintage Cast Iron With Oven Cleaner

A good cast iron pan will serve you well for a lifetime — and with care, can be handed down, too. If you find one that’s rusted and forgotten in a charity store, it’s not too hard to bring back to life. All you need is a little oven cleaner.


Remember To Clean Door Handles And Switches When Someone Gets Sick

No matter how healthy your family is, occasionally they will get sick. Often that means the rest of the house gets sick. Covering your mouth when you sneeze isn’t enough. You’ll want to disinfect common places where people leave germs.


How To Keep Your Paperback Books In Good Condition

Even though ebook readers are popular, paperback books still have their place. They may be fragile, but you can keep them in great condition to read for years to come with the right tricks. Here’s how.


Easily Clean Up Big Liquid Spills With Flour

Even though a towel can easily take care of smaller spills, a bigger spill will have you spreading the liquid around. A little bit of flour can absorb the liquid and make the spill much easier to contain.


Decide Whether To Keep Sentimental Items With Three Questions

We often clutter our spaces with too much stuff: souvenirs, antiques from previous generations and gifts are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re willing to put your feelings aside, here’s how to objectively evaluate whether an item is worth keeping, or if you’re keeping it for sentimental purposes.


Be A Better Host With This Quick Checklist

Having people over can be a wonderful, festive, occasion if you prepare for it properly. These quick checklists are useful reminders for what to clean, buy and write if you have friends and family coming over.