Household Superheroes – Petroleum Jelly

This is definitely my favourite household superhero! It’s extremely cheap to buy and so versatile – check out my list.

  1. Use it on nappy rash – it’s as effective as your named brand products (if not more effective) but at a fraction of the price. No nasty perfumes or colourings either!
  2. Rub it on the threads of a bottle cap to create a water-tight seal.
  3. Replace your usual lip balm with it.
  4. Add some to your first aid box – rubbing it into small cuts helps them to heal faster. Particularly useful for someone as clumsy as me!
  5. Rub liberally on hands or feet before going to bed. Cover with moisturizing gloves/socks and reap the rewards the morning after!

Household Superheroes – Cornflour

Using this baby in cooking almost always meant disaster for me until recently when I discovered you actually have to bring your food back to the boil briefly to get it to thicken. Who knew?

Luckily these uses aren’t so difficult *weeps at cooking skillz*

  1. Make a make-up primer/colourless foundation type thing by adding it to white, creamy moisturizer.
  2. Make face paints with it.
  3. Make cornflour gloop for messy time!
  4. Make Christmas decorations.
  5. Replace your baby powder with it.

Household Superheroes – Lemons

Again a popular choice for a superhero, lemons are great for adding an energizing hit of scent and taste to anything it touches – but that’s not all they can be used for!

  1. To add a bit of extra oomph to a vinegar/water solution, throw in a few tablespoons of lemon juice. Not only does it make the cleaning easier but it also smells divine!
  2. Cats hate the smell of citrus – so soak a few cotton wool balls in some lemon juice and put them where you don’t want cats.
  3. Soak a few more cotton wool balls in some lemon juice and put them in the fridge – it will keep it smelling fresh. As long as you remove the gone-off milk first.
  4. Add to a cup of water three tablespoons of lemon juice and microwave on high for about 5 minutes before you clean your microwave. Simply wipe down with a cloth – the lemons will have already worked their magic!
  5. Finally, rub half a lemon on your chopping board to clean and banish smells.

Household Superheroes – White Vinegar

White vinegar is already a well-known household superhero – very deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame! The last bottle I bought was over half a litre and cost just 44p. Here are some more reasons to get it in your cupboards:

  1. Add a capful or two to your dishwater when washing a particularly greasy item.
  2. Mix with food colouring and add to bicarbonate of soda for an explosion of messy fun.
  3. Dilute it with water and use to clean your windows.
  4. Clean “toilet accidents” on mattresses by cleaning it with a vinegar and water solution. To get rid of the smell completely, pour bicarbonate of soda on the wet patch and leave to dry. Vacuum it up then enjoy the renewed freshness.
  5. Clean tile grouting by letting it soak in vinegar then scrubbing with a toothbrush.