I have a collection of Top Tips from a publication known as TaB. They range from the truly practical to the frankly bizarre. I find some of them so fantastic that I'd like to share them with you. To keep soap from becoming soft and soggy when wet, store it on an upturned nailbrush. Oven gloves are great for polishing furniture. Spray polish on one side of the glove an use the other side to buff. To make sure letters aren't steamed open, glue them down in the usual way, then seal them with a little raw egg white across the flap. (?!) When you go on holiday, stick a list of vital names, addresses and phone numbers inside the lid of each of your suitcases. You'll be able to find the information easily in an emergency. When your bath towels are past their best, cut them up and turn them into shower mitts. Leave a small bowl of salt overnight in a newly painted room. The strong smell of paint will be absorbed into it. Use a plastic pasta serving spoon to comb to the fringes of rugs when they get knotted. Sew the fabric from broken umbrellas together to make a waterproof cape. Add a pinch of salt to the water in your hot water bottle. For some reason it stays warmer much longer! If you have a padlock on a garage or shed door, tie a plastic bag over it in the winter months to stop it freezing in icy weather. Stick a strip of fluorescent tape around the end of your torch. It will be easier to find if there is a power cut. Use an empty duvet cover as a lining inside sleeping bags to save washing the sleeping bag every time someone uses it. If you're sending a birthday card to a young child who cannot read yet, stick a photo of yourself inside it. The child whil instantly know who it is from. If your children are dressed smartly but want to eat sweets, give them white chocolate. It is not half as messy as brown. Just had your wisdom teeth removed? Use a baby's toothbrush to clean your teeth. It is soft and easy to manage during the first few days after the op. Store all your guarantees and reciepts in a photo album. You'll be able to lay your hands on them instantly and it keeps your drawers free from annoying slips of paper. My husband and I used to fight over the duvet. He was usually too hot, while I was too cold. Now I have stitched two single duvets together - one 4.5 togs and the other 10.5 togs. No more arguments. Place a strip of sellotape across the back of posters before using blue tack to stick them to the wall. No more rips or marks on your favourite pictures or prints. More soon!