Home & Garden

How to keep your food fresh when you're on holiday

Are you sick and tired of having to clear out all your fresh food before your summer holiday? Well it doesn’t have to go to waste! From ham and cheese sandwiches to that bottle of fresh milk, you can actually freeze more than you might think.

Our freezer queen Justine Pattison is here today to reveal her secrets and hacks, to save on waste this summer, and enjoy a fresh meal upon your return.

Don't bin it... fix it! 🔌

When it comes to your broken electricals, are you the type to bin it and buy a new one? Or will you have a go at fixing it yourself? Well a group of repair gurus are hoping to change our throwaway habits.

They’ve started sharing their fixing tips and tricks at Repair Parties across the UK, to encourage us to try and fix that broken toaster and kettle before throwing it in the bin. We went along to join the party!

Hammond's handy home hacks

Fresh from her invaluable guide to keeping cool, Alison’s back to reveal some more handy hacks from around the home.

Alison's hacks included:

- Putting cellophane round the top of your toiletries (under and over the lid) to stop leakages in your case when you go on holiday.

- Putting a cocktail stick into the top of a lemon so you can squeeze out what you need, rather than letting it dry out.

- Chop leftover lemon, cucumber and herbs up and make them into ice cubes to put in your summer drinks.

Top tips for preserving your family heirlooms

Our Queen of Transformations, Georgina Burnett is back on the road to meet a group of This Morning viewers who’d like to breathe a second lease of life into a piece of family furniture.

Today she’s travelling to Solihull to meet midwife Lisa whose dressing table once belonged to her grandmother.

Can Georgina transform the much loved family heirloom to its former glory?

How recycled rubbish can bring glamour to your garden

If you need a little inspiration when it comes to your outdoor space, we have just the thing for you.

Danny Clarke is bringing some glamour to your garden with some simple DIY skills and items rescued from the local skip.

With thanks to Michelle Broomfield, Neil Marshment and Juliet Hamilton.

How to beat bugs this summer

He’s the man in the know when it comes to creepy crawlies - marine biologist and insect expert Tom Hird joins us in the studio.

And with an invasion of hornets hitting the UK this year, he’ll reveal how to steer clear of particular pests, the best way to cope with bites and stings, and how to best protect yourself.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP BUGS?

WEAR REPELLENT: TOM SAYS: “You want to spray yourself with something that repels bugs. Of course use a decent insect repellent spray.”

YOU CAN USE ALTERNATIVES: TOM SAYS: “You can use something like lemongrass or chamomile oil. There’s something in these that insects don’t like and so that can be good to dab on yourself.

KEEP YOUR GARDEN HEALTHY: TOM SAYS: “Around the house, the best thing to do is keep your garden in a healthy state. You want to have a range of plants and a healthy ecosystem to stop mosquitoes.”

AVOID BUCKETS OF WATER: TOM SAYS: “You should have no buckets of water around because flies feed off this”.

KEEP YOUR GRASS WELL TRIMMED! TOM SAYS: “You want to make sure there’s no high grass around because horseflies live in this.”

Must-have accessories for al fresco dining

As temperatures hit record-breaking highs across the UK, whether it’s a picnic in the park, a camping trip or just dinner in the garden, Alice Beer helps us to make the most of the sunshine with her outdoor dining must-haves.

Picnic blankets

PICNIC BLANKET IN A BAG, SUNNYLIFE, £55

COLOUR-IN GLORIOUS GARDEN PICNIC BLANKET, EGGNOGG, £35

LARGE PICNIC BLANKET, TIGER, £10

Picnic baskets

MAIDSTONE OVAL PICNIC BASKET FOR 2, DIBOR, £72

4 PERSON COOLER BACKPACK, JOHN LEWIS, £55

LIGHTWEIGHT PICNIC BASKET, FLYING TIGER COPENHAGEN, £15

Food storage

RAINFOREST BAMBOO TUPPERWARE AND PLATES, LAURA ASHLEY, FROM £6

DISCOVERY MELAMINE BOWLS AND PLATES, WILKO, FROM £1.25

CRYSTAL LOOK ACRYLIC WINE GLASSES, LAKELAND, 4 FOR £17.96

Cool bags

FOLDING CRATE AND COOL BAG, A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING, £24

9 Can Cool Bag Lakeland £27.99

5 Piece Urban Lunch Pack Lakeland £19.99

Wine Cool bag with over the shoulder strap holder Lakeland £16.99

LEMON PRINT COOL BAG, JOULES £29.95

Other accessories

DUET WIRELESS SPEAKERS, FIREBOX, £29.99

PICNIC GAMES - ASSORTED SPORTS SET (KIDS, PLASTIC), JOHN LEWIS, £18

MINI EVENT SHELTER, ARGOS, £14.99

How to protect your home this summer

Being burgled is a worry that can ruin even the most relaxing of summer holidays, but it doesn't have to be that way. Ex-burglar turned security expert Michael Fraser is here to show us how we can protect our homes this summer.

Michael takes us through his top home safety tips, plus some of the best gadgets - from video doorbells to smart device padlock - to help deter unwanted guests.