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Scrimping Tips: Week 5

Bleed you own radiator

By James

What you need

Radiator key + old rag

How to do it

1. Use your key to release the pressure from the valve (usually at the top of your radiator). Hold your rag under the valve to stop any mess.

2. Once the water begins to trickle through, turn the key back to close the valve. The trapped air will now be out of the system.

Homemade lip gloss


What you need

1 tbsp of coconut butter

2 tbsp of petroleum jelly

1 tsp of honey Old lipstick

Sprinkle of edible glitter (optional)

+ any containers to store your new lip gloss

How to do it

Step 1: Melt the butter for 30 seconds in the microwave

Step 2: Take out and leave to cool

Step 3: In a different bowl, mix the jelly and lipstick together

Step 4: Pour the coconut oil into the jelly mixture

Step 5: Add your honey and glitter

Step 6: Decant the new mix into some containers and pop in the freezer until solid

Use over ripe bananas to make muffins instead of throwing them out

By Leo

What you need

3 very ripe bananas

125ml vegetable oil

2 eggs, 250g plain flour

100g caster sugar

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp baking powder

150g white chocolate chips

+ Muffin cases, muffin baking tray (12)

How to do it

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 200C, gas mark 6

Step 2: Line the tray with the muffin cases

Step 3: Mash your bananas

Step 4: Beat the eggs into the oil

Step 5: Mix the dry ingredients together and add the oil and egg mixture

Step 6: Tip in your mashed banana

Step 7: Fold in the chocolate chips

Step 8: Divide the mix into the cups

Step 9: Put in the preheated oven for 20 mins

Cheap copper cleaner

By Barbara

What you need

Lemon juice


+ a rag

How to do it

Step 1: Pour some lemon juice onto the area you want to clean

Step 2: Then sprinkle the salt onto the area

Step 3: Rub the solution into the copper until it gleams!

Unblocking your windscreen washer

By Bernie

If your windscreen washer isn't working, before you go to the garage, use a safety pin to try and unblock the tiny hole. Just stick the pin into the hole and give it a wriggle.

Budget bath-bomb

By Jazz

What you need

4 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

2 tbsp citric acid, some dried flowers

1 tbsp almond oil

1 -2 drops food colouring

10 drops of essential oils including witch hazel

+ ice cube tray, foil

Important: keep everything dry at all times

How to do it

Step 1: Mix the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid together

Step 2: Stir in the almond and essential oils, food colouring and the flowers

Step 3: Spray on your witch hazel and stir quickly until the mixture goes crumbly

Step 4: Pack the mixture into the mould, nice and tight and leave in an airing cupboard overnight

Step 5: Wrap in foil. They're now ready to use!

Cheap furniture polish

By Barbara

What you need

Olive oil

Lemon juice

+ soft cloth

How to do it

Mix the 2 together, and using a cloth, rub it onto your furniture!

Make your own compost

By Terry

What you need

Kitchen waste (food scraps, tea bags etc)

+ a bin, some kind of mat

How to do it

Keep adding your food scraps into the bin and remember to cover with the mat every time. Leave for a few weeks and you should have a fresh batch of compost.

Important: Do not throw in any plastics or non-biodegradable products

How to safely and cleanly drill into a tile

By Pete

What you need

Sellotape, marker pen, drill

How to do it

Step 1: Mark the tile where you want to drill

Step 2: Place a couple of pieces of sellotape over the mark

Step 3: Using short bursts, drill into the tile making sure the bit is perpendicular at all times

Step 4: Pull of the tape and dust off

Scrimper Tip: only use a masonry drill bit and make sure the drill is not set to the hammer settin

Revamp your black car trims

By Tony

What you need

Black boot polish, shoe brush

Simply apply the polish to the trims