Wet mud on the carpet?

Leave to dry overnight, vacuum off the worst in the morning then take a damp cloth with plain water to remove the residue.

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Never tip cooking fat down the sink

It’s bound to solidify and block the drainer.

If some does go down and things slow up, put a handful of washing soda crystals over the opening and pour a kettleful of boiling water down.

At the same time use a plunger – the chances are you’ll easily clear the blockage.

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Quick fix for a carpet stain

When you need to tackle a stain on a carpet or upholstery straightaway and don’t happen to have any specialist products to hand, a splash of vodka or gin often works.

To be safe, check a hidden area first for colourfastness.

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Take care to avoid a house fire

Thousands of household fires are caused every year through misuse or faults with electrical appliances – often it’s because of things like old food and fat build-up on cookers or not clearing the toaster crumb tray.

If you’re worried or want more information, contact the Electrical Safety Council: www.esc.org.uk.

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Next time you’re cleaning the bathroom…

Finish off by polishing taps and shining the basin and mirror with towels that you’re about to put in the washing machine.

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A clever way to cut down on cleaning

Do your kitchen cupboards reach almost but not quite to the ceiling? The tops will take on that nasty combination of grease and dust.

Save yourself cleaning time by laying down sheets of newspaper and every so often remove and replace with new sheets.

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Lovely cashmere cardi covered in bobbles?

Give it a haircut with the battery-operated Lint Shaver from Russel that removes pills and fuzz effortlessly; £4.49 from Robert Dyas.

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Tiles behind the cooker thick with grease?

Good old-fashioned soda crystals (from any supermarket cleaning section) are the answer.

Add about 50g to every litre of hot water, get your rubber gloves on and away you go!

The grease will soon dissolve.

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An old beer stain on the sofa

Make up a solution of 1 part vinegar to 5 parts warm water and sponge carefully but thoroughly (test for colourfastness on the back of the sofa), then go over with a clean cotton cloth and clear warm water.

Allow to dry naturally.

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