I love my

Ultimax pink gardening gloves – they’re snug, hard-wearing and super-comfortable.

With textured padded palms for improved grip and stretch elastene backs to allow the hands to breathe, they double up as my cycling gloves!

£15.99 from www.townandco.com

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Save on washing detergent

If you live in a hard water area and add 100g of soda crystals to your washload, you can reduce the amount of detergent to the guidelines for soft water.

It also helps prevent limescale build-up and lessens the risk of machine breakdown). 

How to soften stiff towels

You’re probably using too much detergent, and it’s not being rinsed properly.

Try running a few clean towels, without detergent, on the rinse programme and see how many suds are there!

If so, use less detergent from now on.