On this page you will find some handy every day hints and tips. I hope you will find them useful.


Before toothpaste, people cleaned their teeth by forming a paste using eggshells, ash and salt. It was only in 1824 after an American Dentist named Peabody started adding soap to his paste, that things started to change.  In the 1850s John Harris added chalk and in 1873, Colgate started to mass produce their soap-based toothpaste in jars.  The first “tube” of toothpaste was invented in 1886 when an American Dental Surgeon Doctor Sheffield, introduced his Crème Dentifrice toothpaste.  Following suit, Colgate then jumped on the collapsible tube idea and also started selling their toothpaste in tubes. It wasn’t until the 1960s that Fluoride was added toothpaste.



Toothpaste has many uses, here are some ideas you can use around the house:


  • Remove strong odours from your hands such as garlic, onion or fish by washing with a little toothpaste

  • Place some toothpaste on a sponge to clean taps, mirrors, tile grout and rinse off with water

  • Use toothpaste to polish car headlights and taillights by applying with a paper towel

  • Place in some toothpaste on a paper towel in unobtrusive area in your car’s interior to remove any odours

  • Polish silverware by applying with a soft cloth

  • Remove scratches from watch faces, CDs, DVDS, mobile phones and sunglasses by applying a very small amount gently with a soft cloth

Tips for drilling wood & metal.

A few simple tips when drilling into wood.  As drill bits tend to wander, use an awl or a nail to mark and punch your exact location.  For precise drilling, use a pilot or skinny bit to make your mark and then use the exact size bit using high speed without putting too much pressure on the drill.  If you are not sure what size drill bit to use for your screw, match your bit against the screw first, the drill bit should cover the shank of the screw but not the threads.


Drill a perfect 90-degree hole in a piece of timber without a drill press. Take a piece of scrap wood and cut a corner out of it at 90 degrees from the end and align the drill bit up against the shoulder. Drill using a standard power drill. 


For drilling metal, again start with a centre punch to mark your location, then use a pilot or skinny bit. It's a good idea to drill through metal using a slow speed. To drill large holes, use a sequence of sizes as this makes for quicker drilling and allows each bit to cool between uses. Hard metals like steel and larger drill bits will require even slower speeds - use a drop of oil to reduce friction and heat build-up. Ensure that the drill bit is the exact size for your bolt fixing and does not bind on threads.


Have you ever struggled to locate your drill bits because they have been scattered in a drawer or a box and you can’t find the right one for a job around the house?  If so, then here is a simple storage idea.  Find yourself a block of wood and just drill holes into the block using different size drills to sort and store


Water displacement.  Norm Larsen, founder of Rocket Chemical Company in Calafornia is considered the original founder of WD-40 in 1953 after the 40th attempt.  Larsen aimed to develop a line of rust-prevention solvents and de-greasers for use in the aerospace industry.

Most of us have a tin of WD-40 in our garage or shed. Here are some tips you can try. 

Lubricate almost anything, penetrates to release stuck parts, protects metal from rust, Removes chewing gum from hair/jeans/shoes/concrete. May remove crayon stains from walls, spray a little and wipe away. Great for cleaning toilets, stainless steel and door smudges, keep water stains off shower screens. Use around areas where ants are entering the home.

Waterproof your shoes or boots. 

If it’s wet outside, give the tops and sides of your shoes or boots a coat of WD-40 before you head out the door. WD-40 acts as a barrier so moisture can’t seep into your shoes and get your socks wet.

Clean Carpet Stains.

Don’t let ink or other stains ruin your fine carpet. Try a small area of carpet first. Spray the stain with WD-40, wait a minute or two, and then use your regular carpet cleaner or gently cleanse with a sponge and warm, soapy water. Continue until the stain is completely gone. 

Self Selecting Key.

Were you ever struggling for the right key in the dark. Solution drill a second key ring hole near the edge of your house key and it will stand out from the others. No more fumbling with your keys in the dark.

Trunk Bumpers.

Keep a couple sections of pipe insulation or pool noodles in your boot to protect both the car’s paint and your over-sized luggage.

Long Reach Shears.

Having difficulty pruning tall shrubs and trees, slip PVC pipes over the handles of your pruning shears and tape them in place to extend your reach and clip high branches without a ladder.

Pull-Tab Picture Frame Hook.

If you’re hanging pictures and run out of picture hooks, just grab the nearest empty Soda can. Bend the pull tab back and forth until it breaks off. Then screw it to your picture frame. Bend the free end out slightly and hang the picture.


Tip. If you are using D-rings or single hook as in the picture, mark the hook with a small portion of toothpaste to determine where to place screw or nail in your wall.


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