Quick plate-warmer

If you’re ready to serve food and forgotten to heat the plates, stick them (but not any with metal parts) in the microwave on a medium setting for 30 seconds. Works a treat!

Bring that mouldy tent back to life

If you’ve got the tent out for the first time since last year, and it’s flecked with mould and smells musty, don’t just throw it away. And don’t stick it in the washing machine either because if it has taped seams they’ll get damaged.

What you need to do is erect the tent in the garden and vacuum off the mould spores. Now sponge over a diluted solution of Milton (about 1 tbsp per litre of warm water). Then follow up with a tent cleaner such as Nikwax Tech Wash.

You’ll also need a waterproofer (Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof); instructions are on the packs. Happy camping!

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Magically get those marks off your walls

I always have a Magic Eraser Block on hand – I don’t know why everyone doesn’t. It’s a super-strength sponge made from melamine foam and when you dampen it, it’ll remove practically any stain from any hard surface…so no need for despair when visiting toddlers decorate the wall with their new crayons. The only problem is that sometimes it can be a little too effective on say a painted wall or polished surface, but as long as you go gently, you’ll be fine. And you can cut into any shape or size to tackle awkward nooks and crannies.

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Keep your steering wheel healthy!

Research has shown that nine times more germs live on a car steering wheel than a public toilet seat, yet who remembers to clean it?

Added to the fact that most of us are guilty of snacking while driving, it’s no wonder that food poisoning is so rife.

Give the wheel a wipe-over with warm soapy water every now and then, and keep a pack of wipes in the car.

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Several ways to remove a ring mark from a wooden surface

Take a shelled Brazil nut (without the chocolate coating!) and rub along the grain of the wood. Or use Brasso with a soft duster, again going with the grain. Or if there’s a smoker in the house, a little ash on a dampened soft cloth should sort it.

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Freshen up your house

To a saucepan of water add a few bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon stick and orange peel and simmer for 30 minutes. It’ll give the kitchen a lovely fresh atmosphere. You could also get a little bottle of your favourite essential oil – I love both lavender and rosemary – from any health shop and most chemists and, using cotton wool,  rub a little on the light bulb and radiator tops so that when the light and heating are on the oils respond to the heat and the room will smell gorgeous.

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Are your carpets looking dull and grimy?

Give your carpets a new lease of life with a deep-clean from a Rug Doctor machine. A 24-hour hire costs around £30 and you’ll have professional-looking results.

There are hundreds of pick-up points around the country – eg from branches of Asda, Morrisons and Tesco. The system’s easy to use and you’ll be delighted with the results. 

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Are your carpets looking dull and grimy?

Give your carpets a new lease of life with a deep-clean from a Rug Doctor machine. A 24-hour hire costs around £30 and you’ll have professional-looking results.

There are hundreds of pick-up points around the country – eg from branches of Asda, Morrisons and Tesco. The system’s easy to use and you’ll be delighted with the results. 

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When you just cannot face cleaning that oven….

The easiest, least painful way to deal with this is to get a company such as Ovenu in to give it a thorough valet and bring it back to a pristine state. Prices vary according to where you live and what sort of cooker you have.

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