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Illustration: Rob Melhuish

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Velcro Plugs

Most vacuum cleaners have got it right: push a button and the cord is sucked back into the machine. But clearly the iron, slow cooker, portable hearter, and hair dryer manufacturers didn't get the memo.

Well, I've got a solution up my sleeve and that is Velcro. Stick one side of the Velcro onto the plug, and the other onto the appliance. Then when you wind the cord around the heater or iron, you can stick the plug in place and store your items away tidily. No more loose cords.