Bright Tips with Vinegar

Icing - Put a pinch of salt into icing sugar. This will keep it smooth when it sets. Chocolate icing will not turn dull if a tiny piece of butter is included in the mix. Mrs Macleod, Mallaig.

Add vinegar - Add a few drops of vinegar when you boil white fish. This improves the texture and keeps the fish a good colour. Mrs Millar, Perth.

Shiny Brass - Keep brasses shining by pouring vinegar on a duster, rubbing well and polishing with a dry cloth. Once a week does the trick and no dirty hands. Mrs Parker, Kilwinning.