Been lucky enough to purchase a new house yet? Or fond of Interior Designing? This place might help you with these issues, Reading a few articles will certainly help you make your home sweet home a much better place to live.

Make the life of new paintbrushes much longer, by soaking them in linseed oil for 10-12 hours before using. This will not only make them last longer, but will also ease cleaning later on.

Rub surfaces lightly with sandpaper before applying a coat of paint. This will give the paint coat a much better finish.

Apply colourless nail varnish to names on switches, jars, etc. to avoid there rubbing off with repeated use. Take care to apply a very thin even layer.

Always iron hand painted fabrics from the wrong side. The paint will not spoil and will look brighter.

Colour code similar keys around the house (set of cabinets, etc) by using 2 sets of of plain multicoloured bindis. Stick one on the key head and the other of the same colour on the door of the corresponding closet. Use for fevicol or glue for lasting effect.

Fix candle in a container. Fill half the container with water before lighting the candle. This way, the candle lasts longer and the overflowed wax is easier to remove from the water. The container becomes easy to clean too.

Place some soda bicarb open in a small shallow dish in the fridge. This will disallow odours of one dish mixing into another. Eg. milk and guavas.

Wipe clean, glass of showcases, cars, windows etc. with a soft cloth dipped in the following: A strong solution of salt made by dissolving 2 tbsp. salt in 1 cup warm water.

Place a tsp. of soda bicarb in a corner of the fridge in a small crucible. This will keep smells of foods in the fridge from permeating each other.

If you cannot get hold of diwali diyas (lamps), make your own by mould out of ordinary wheat flour dough, about a week ahead, dry well and paint.

Make a lovely potpourri by drying your favourite flowers, herbs and leaves between layers of paper napkins. Make sure not do burn them. This may not last as long as the ones made by the long traditional process.

Colour code similar keys around the house (set of cabinets, etc) by using 2 sets of of plain multicoloured bindis. Stick one on the key head and the other of the same colour on the door of the corresponding closet. Use for fevicol or glue for lasting effect.

Rub outside of halved coconut shells with sandpaper to smoothen surface. Apply varnish. Use as containers to grow small cactii and other plants for decorative effect.

Wipe clean, glass of showcases, cars, windows etc. with a soft cloth dipped in the following: A strong solution of salt made by dissolving 2 tbsp. salt in 1 cup warm water.

If grilled doors or windows start getting rusty, scrape off the rust carefully and paint the area immediately. You can also use a metal primer instead of paint.

To remove cellotape stuck on walls, etc ( eg. for posters) without removing the paint, hold a warm iron over it for a few seconds, then peel off slowly.

Just dip a small clean rag in a teeny bit of any oil (edible too) and rub on creaky hinges. You will experience quiet doors and windows in a jiffy!!!

Do not use soap when cleaning a mirror because it streaks the glass. All you need to do in cleaning a mirror is to wipt it with a cloth moistened with water in which a little vinegar or ammonia has been added, and then wipe the mirror dry with a soft cloth that is lint free.

Oil substitute - If you don't have any oil at hand when doors and hinges begin to squeak, you will find that a smear of butter or margarine is a good substitute.
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