Jumper shrunk in the wash?

Sadly, there’s very little that can be done (it’s caused by the water being too hot or the spin too fast).

One thing to try is rewashing, using conditioner this time, and stretching back into shape while the jumper is damp and the fibres are more relaxed.

I always wash my woollies in the machine (I hate all that rinsing by hand!), but strictly on the wool cycle only.

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Prepare for your party clean-up…

Stock up on soda water – as well as being great for staving off a hangover, you’ll need it for those red wine spills on the carpet!

(If that happens, douse in soda water and, using a clean white towel and working from the outside in, dab, dab, dab and re-wet until all the colour is out of the carpet and on to the towel.)

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Dewax clogged-up candlesticks

Either pour over boiling water (careful if precious glass) or use a hot hairdryer to melt, then wipe away with kitchen paper.

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Sort a very dirty shower screen

Mix bicarbonate of soda and clear vinegar to a paste and apply with a nylon scourer and a little elbow grease.

Leave for a few minutes then rinse off and buff dry with a microfibre cloth for glass and mirrors.

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Keep pet hairs under control

I’m not a pet owner but my sister is, and when she goes on holiday she has someone come in to feed her many cats.

She also covers her sofas with snugly-fitted sheets to minimize the amount of hair build-up in her absence.

On her return she just pops them into the machine.

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Cut down on bottles in the bathroom

I have only one bottle: combined shampoo/conditioner, which doubles up as shower gel. Simple, efficient and tidy!

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When glass tumblers get stuck together

Dribble some neat washing-up liquid in the tiny gap between glasses, tip them up and down a few times then gently ease apart.

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Scuff marks on black patent shoes…

Where the sole of one shoe scrapes against the upper of the other as you walk. Sponge it down with a mild solution of soap flakes – the stuff you get for washing delicates.

It’s good to test a less visible area, say the back of the heel, and if you’re happy, sponge the whole surface down but don’t over-wet. Rinse and pat dry before drying naturally away from direct heat.

For the shiniest finish, don’t bother with fancy products: just spray with furniture polish and buff off with a soft cotton cloth.

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How to clean a fitted coconut front door mat

Take it outside on a dry sunny day, turn upside down and give it a bash with a broom, flip over and vacuum. Repeat until you’ve removed as much loose dirt as possible.

Then put on your wellies and give it a good scrub with a stiff brush and a bucket of warm soapy water.

Rinse with the garden hose and allow to dry before putting back into the well.

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