Make your own insect repellent

Insects do not like vodka, in fact, it can kill them, so spritzing yourself with vodka instead of DEET should effectively keep mosquitoes away.

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Keep your baby clothes soft

Good old vinegar: its uses are seemingly endless. If you have a baby in the house, add a cup of clear distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle.

The vinegar will naturally break down any traces of uric acid and soapy residue, and will leave the clothes feeling soft and smelling fresh.

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Sensitive skin?

Ecover, who make environmentally friendly cleaning products, have a fragrance-free range, endorsed by Allergy UK, especially for people with very sensitive skin and suffering from severe allergies.

Ecover use only plant-based and mineral ingredients and the products include washing-up liquid, laundry detergent and conditioner.

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Copier toner on the front of a shirt?

Do not rub at the stain. Shake off as much loose powder as possible. Hold the fabric over the sink and tap the back of it with an old toothbrush to remove more powder.

Take the toothbrush carefully over the stain then sponge with soapy water.

Afterwards machine-wash at hottest possible cycle for the fabric.

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How to clean silk flowers

Some of them these days are very realistic…until they get covered in dust. Don’t dunk them in water – they’ll die instantly!

Instead blow the problem away using the cool setting on a hairdryer. 

Works on dried and plastic flowers as well (though you can always wet-wash plastic).

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