- To prevent buttons from becoming loose or undone, dab a little clear nail varnish on the top thread or onto the stem of the thread and leave to dry.

- To remove pollen from the stamen of flowers (especially those lilies!), take a piece of sticky tape about five centimeters long, gently press the sticky side to the pollen mark and lift off. Repeat with clean sticky tape as required. Do not try to brush it off. Always remove the stamen as soon as the lily opens.

- To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of bread onto the affected area.

- To get blood out of fabrics, use hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly to the stain and then launder in the washing machine in COLD water. Be careful to use this on delicate fabrics.

- To remove body oil stains from collars and cuffs of coloured shirts and blouses, rub hair shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse out the shampoo, then wash the clothes as usual.

- To stop drawers from sticking, rub a bar of soap across the runners to make them glide smoothly.

- To clean the bottom of the iron, sprinkle salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.

- To leave a cabin smelling fresh after you have vacuumed, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil (such as lavender or peppermint) near the vent where the hot air is released. The air warms the oil and blows it into the cabin.

- To clean a microwave oven, add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe them with a soft cloth.

- To clean a stainless-steel sink, put the stopper in the sink with two denture-cleaning tablets and half fill with water; leave for several hours or overnight and the next day it should be sparkling. 

- To remove fingerprints from stainless-steel appliances, place a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas. The fingerprints will just wipe away.

- To remove marker pen off hard surfaces, spray on hair spray and then wipe it off.

- To clean glass windows, add about one tablespoon of cornstarch to about one liter of lukewarm water. Wet and a rag or squeegee, remove excessive water and wipe down glass as if using regular glass cleaner. Dry with either a soft cloth or paper.

- To restore toilet bowls back to their shiny best, clean with old, flat Coke or Pepsi. To dissolve limescale, leave the soda overnight to soak.

- Vacuuming a mattress, particularly along piping and crevices, removes dead skin cells that attract dust mites.

- Clove oil (sold in chemists for toothaches) kills mould spores. Mix three drops in one litre of water and then use to wipe down areas on the yacht susceptible to mould. Be careful not to use on delicate fabrics.