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Video: cleaning knives with a potato

Who knew the humble potato had another purpose in our life beyond just being eaten in its multitude of forms. If you have a set of knives there is a wonderful way to keep them clean and rust free without heading to the specialist cleaning aisle of the hardware shop.

Recipe

  • 1x potato 
  • 1x Tbs bicarb soda
  • Water

All you need to do is cut the potato in half and dip the cut end into the bicarb soda. Then rub the knife clean paying particular attention to the rust marks. Once you are happy with the result clean the knife under the tap and dry thoroughly before you put the knife away. 

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How to remove black grease from your hands

If you have at any point had to put a bike chain back on, you will know that it is almost impossible to do this without getting some of the chain grease on your hands. 

Gyre and Gymble has a neat trick to remove the grease without leaving your hands red and raw from scrubbing. 

Recipe

All you do is wash your hands with Castile soap and warm water. Then add a couple of spoons of sweet almond oil to your hands, and rub in a washing-like motion with the oil. This should remove the rest of the grease without damaging your hands in the process.  It may leave your hands feeling a little too oily, so repeat step one and rewash with the Castile soap, but no oil. 

If your hands feel a little dry once finished, add one tiny drop of sweet almond oil onto your clean dry hands, rub in, and leave to dry.

Keeping painted walls clean

Painted walls are lovely and give a fresh, clean feel to a home but after a while, all sorts of marks will start to appear. The areas that are particularly prone to marks will be the stairs and hallways as people tend to touch the walls as they walk past. Don't worry these are easy to remove with Gyre and Gymble's #cleanwithfood method! 

Recipe

  • Water
  • 50/50 Castile soap and water with lemon essential oil in a spray bottle 
  • Bicarb soda
  • Microfiber cloth

Cover the affected area with a light spray from the soap / water mix to see if you can wipe the mark away. If this does not work then make a thick paste with bicarb soda and water. Smear a little of this mixture over the area that is marked and wipe gently off with a damp microfiber cloth. It is always advisable to do this first on a small area that is normally out of sight. 

 

 

 

 

Relax in the bath with home made bubble bath bombs

If you are using the Gyre and Gymble system of caring for your home you will have all the ingredients to create a relaxing bath to soak in. 

Recipe

  • 300g bicarb soda
  • 100g citric acid
  • 15 to 20 drops of lavender oil
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Dried rose or lavender petals (optional) just to look pretty 

Mix the dry ingredients (bicarb, citric acid, and optional rose petals) in a large mixing bowl then add the essential oil mixing all the time. Very gradually add the water a few drops at a time by spraying the mixture. Move the mixture about in the bowl with your hands or spoon so that it does not fizz too much. When you can grab a handful and it stays compacted together, it will be ready to mould.

You can mould with your hands to make balls or use a scone tray or any small container, however a silicone ice tray will work the best. Leave them to dry for about half an hour and press them out of the mould. If they are still a little crumbly just leave them a few moments longer. Once you have removed them let them dry totally on the kitchen bench. You can then store them in a lovely air-tight jar once finished and display your handy work in the bathroom.

Bath bombs also make a lovely gift, but remember to add a ribbon. Nothing will say to a friend that you are thinking of them like a beautiful packet of hand made bath bubble bombs!

Cooking seafood at home

I absolutely love seafood for dinner, and it is very good for you, but it can leave a rather fishy smell behind. 

Depending on your cooking method the residual fishy aroma will change in potency. Pan frying will leave the worst aroma and fish wrapped in baking paper baked in the oven the least. Whichever you chose there will be a leftover unwanted smell that needs to be dealt with.

This is what you will need to clear it up:

  • Vinegar
  • Lemons
  • Lemon essential oil
  • Room spray
  • Castile soap and water with lemon essential oils added

The best solution it to clean up fast after cooking and use bicarb soda and lemon juice to clean the pans. Just sprinkle a liberal amount of bicarb soda onto the pan and squeeze the lemon juice. If you have cooked in a frying pan then it is a good idea to clean the range filters too. Just put them in the dishwasher on a hot cycle. 

Once the pans are clean the stovetop can be wiped clean with vinegar and lemon, then finished with a few drops of neat lemon essential oil splashed onto the surface before polishing off. Give the room a once over with a eucalyptus and lemon essential oil room spray. Also, wash all the tea towels and dishcloths that have come in contact with the cooking. 

If you do these things you will be able to enjoy a fishy dinner on one night and not remember it by smell the next.