How to clean your duvet

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Single duvets can go into the washing machine; check the label for instructions.

Any duvets larger than single normally need to be taken to the launderette but some modern machines have a very large capacity, so check first.

As long as the item goes into the drum easily and there’s a bit of space between the duvet and roof of the drum, you’ll be fine.

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How to store your winter clothes

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Either pack away in a spare suitcase, lidded plastic boxes, zip-up plastic bags or those storage bags that hook up to the vacuum cleaner hose to extract air and create an airtight seal (they reduce the volume to about 50 percent, are available cheaply from Argos and can be reused). Fold or roll clothes and wrap in acid-free tissue paper to prevent creasing.

When your case, box or bag is full, sprinkle the top with rosemary, lavender, bay or pieces of cedar to deter moths and other unwelcome critters. Store either on top of the wardrobe, in a drawer under the bed, in a spare room or dry loft.

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How to keep your nails clean when gardening

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Gardening gloves are sometimes awkward, and rubber gloves are plain odd in the garden.

I don’t like getting soil right under my nails, though, as it takes so long to clean out. What I do is stick a bar of soap under the warm tap then run my nails down the length of the bar.

That way, the space under the nails is taken up and there’s no spare room for the dirt! Good, too, for little ones when they’re painting or making mud pies.

Afterwards, just take a wet nailbrush gently along the undersides.

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Bird droppings

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Bird droppings can be dangerous, particularly if you inhale airborne particles. If cleaning up bird poo, hose down first, and to be extra safe wear a dust mask from a hardware shop.

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Get every last drop out of your laundry detergent bottle

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stick the almost-empty container in the washing machine for one last wash.

Then remember to put the empty bottle into the recycling bin afterwards!

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Ravensthorpe – West Yorkshire, enters the competition to win one of 10 sets of the full range – each worth nearly £16 per set!!!!! Entries must be in by 18th December 2020.

Anil has entered the competition – she tells us “These photos are taken in Ravensthorpe – West Yorkshire. Thanks for the chance ! ”

Have you entered the competition of your own local store? Send us a pic of your local store? You don’t even need to purchase [but if you can’t help to try one or all of the range – we won’t stop you!!!]  So pop into your local store – take a photo of the whole range [and outside the store] and send it to contactus@peoplematter.tv And you could be one of TEN winners to receive the full range through the post. Pop along to a …. Poundstretcher!!! Free to enter competition.  Do you want to win a full range of Aggie’s new Poundstretcher Cleaning Range? Up and down the country Poundstretcher stores are selling Aggie’s new affordable, and exclusive range of surface cleaners. The range includes Aggie’s Multi-Surface Cleaner which is proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria including E. coli, listeria, salmonella, and MRSA. It’s specially formulated to keep kitchens, kids’ areas, and bathrooms clean and disinfected. She believes this low-cost initiative will allow the average family to keep their homes safe and clean!

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You don’t even need to purchase [but if you can’t help to try one or all of the range – we won’t stop you!!!]  So pop into your local store – take a photo of the whole range [and outside the store] and send it to contactus@peoplematter.tv And you could be one of TEN winners to receive the full range through the post.

Entries must be in by 18th December 2020. 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random. The judge’s decision will be final.

 

Follow these rules for a great night’s sleep

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Sheets and pillowcases ought to be washed once a week. It’s a good idea to do it on a specific day; that way it becomes part of your routine.

A 60C cycle is best for cottons, particularly if you have an asthma-related condition (anything below this temperature probably won’t kill dust mites).

Duvets should be washed once a year. A single size can usually go in the washing machine but anything bigger will have to be taken to the launderette. Make sure it’s completely dried before using again, if particularly down- or feather-filled. And dry quickly because if not the feathers can go mouldy, which will give a nasty smell you’ll never get rid of. Avoid dry-cleaning duvets because the solvent will leave a residue on the feathers.

Pillows will be filled with either feather, down or synthetic material. See the label for wash instructions, but normally you’ll be able to wash two at a time. Once or twice a year will be enough. Again, dry thoroughly and as quickly as possible to avoid mould. You may notice a difference in the weight post-wash! Pillow protectors are well worth using between washes.

Headboards can take on marks where a greasy head has been in contact. If it’s fabric, spot clean with an upholstery cleaner, but don’t overwet or you could end up with watermarks. If veneer or vinyl, wipe with warm soapy water and dry with a clean cotton cloth.

The space under the bed will get very dusty so pull out everything about once a month, and move the bed to one side to vacuum thoroughly. This will keep moths and carpet beetles away, and the dustmites under control.

Mattresses can end up looking pretty nasty. Unless the label says ‘Do not turn’, turn it over every three months to extend its life (and your comfort). Vacuuming it will make a huge difference to reducing the dustmite population. If you don’t have one already, use a mattress protector (waterproof for young children or anyone with incontinence problems). To remove stains, use a foamy mix of hand-wash detergent. Don’t overwet. Make sure it is completely dry before making up the bed again (use a hairdryer to speed things up). If there are any nasty smells there, sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, leave a few hours then vacuum off.

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How to remove milk that has burnt in saucepan

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Great way to remove milk that has burnt in saucepan just add a dishwasher tablet, boil up for a few minutes and scrape off the burnt bits.

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Thanks Miriam