You were brought up to make your bed neatly every morning, right?
Well, it’s not the best idea because with all the nighttime sweating (each of us loses around a pint a night, more in the heat of summer) and the warm, moist atmosphere, dust mites will happily breed in their millions.
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And if you’re wheezy or asthmatic, their faeces could easily trigger a nasty asthma attack.
Much healthier to freeze them out, so pull the covers right back in the morning, open the windows and allow the bed to air.
Stale water and warm weather are not a good combination, so if there’s slime and algae present, here’s what to do.
About once a week, bale out the water with an empty yogurt carton and, with a solution of equal parts clear vinegar and warm water and using an old toothbrush, give the birdbath a good scrub and rinse well with fresh water.
I love hanging washing but occasionally a passing bird will leave a deposit on my freshly laundered sheets.
As long as the items are white or colourfast (and not nylon), immerse in a solution of hydrogen peroxide, available from the chemist (one part 20-vol peroxide to six parts cold water) for up to 30 minutes, then wash in the machine as normal.
Lilies are so lovely, but those stamens can be a nightmare if you accidentally brush past and get your clothes caught against them. Whatever you do, do not rub at the pollen! All that happens is you’ll be pushing the strong dye into the fibres (and it’s always your smartest white cotton blouse, isn’t it?). The only answer is to take a piece of sticky tape, keep pressing very lightly over the stain and renewing the tape until every last particle is gone from the surface.
Treat yourself (or a friend) to an Arena flowers Christmas bouquet, featuring Fairtrade roses. Most roses sold in this country come from Kenya, where Fairtrade has changed lives for hundreds of women and their families through education and maternity clinics – all established with support from the Fairtrade Premium. £19.99 from arenaflowers.com.