Stop static shocks from your clothes

Static build-up is caused by the combination of positive and negative ions in your clothes, and synthetic fibres are big culprits. Adding fabric conditioner to the final rinse usually calms things down.

If it doesn’t work, try again, but add an extra half cupful. Moisturising your skin will also help, as will placing bowls of water near radiators (static gets worse in a very dry atmosphere).

The other thing you can do is to ‘brush’ your item of clothing with a wire coat hanger just before putting it on.

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T-Cut is not just for cars…

It’s designed to cover up scratches on car exteriors, but also works really well at disguising marks on the outside of household appliances such as fridge or freezer.

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Careful when cleaning your loo seat!

When you’re next cleaning the loo, be careful with the loo seat –  some chemical cleaners can do lasting damage. And once the  seat gets colour spots or the wood is bleached out, you’ll have to replace it.

Best to clean the seat separately with no chemicals and a microfibre cloth (stick it in the washing machine after each use).

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Don’t cry over spilt cream…

Your pot of cream in the supermarket shopping has spilled in the back of the car…how to get rid of the sour smell? 

Clean with a solution of Milton Sterilising Fluid (1-2 tbsp per litre of warm water); from chemists everywhere.

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Get that dent out of the carpet

You’ve decided on a furniture reshuffle but the indentation marks left in the carpet seem permanent and spoil your new look.

You need to pour a little hot water into the dip and then, with the tines of a fork, gently tease the pile until it stands up nicely alongside the rest of the carpet.

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A quick cleaning tip

Yes, we’re all supposed to pull out the fridge regularly to clean behind, but how many of us do? A good halfway house is to cover a broom handle with a damp cloth or clean old sock, secure with a rubber band and have a good old delve.

You might be amazed at what you’ll unearth!

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Smelly laundry basket?

If you wait till the laundry basket is bulging before bringing down the washing, lessen the impact of lingering odours by keeping a tumble-dryer sheet in the bottom of the basket; replace every couple of months.

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Burnt mess on the oven floor?

You’ve lovingly made a lasagne or apple crumble…and the filling’s gone and bubbled over and is now a burnt mess stuck hard to the oven floor.

Worry not: all you need to do is sprinkle with dishwasher powder, cover with a couple of sheets of wet kitchen paper, leave a few hours then it’ll come off very easily with a damp cloth.

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Dissolve a sticky surface

How annoying is it when you’ve removed a sticker from a surface and you’re left with glue residue that’s seemingly impossible to budge, no matter how hard you scrub?

Just spray the area with WD-40 and leave 30 seconds, then give it a wipe with kitchen roll and the sticky residue will dissolve before your eyes (you might have to spray a few times).

If there are any stubborn marks, gently take a plastic scraper to them.

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Smelly fridge?

If you’ve cleaned out your fridge and it still has a funny odour, here’s something you can do to counter it. Place a small dish of coffee granules at the back of one of the shelves – they will neutralise any lingering odours.

Refresh after a few weeks if necessary.

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