White marks on just-washed trousers?

You could be overloading the machine.

The more you put in, the less room the clothes have; they stay in one position and dye gets drawn out of the creases.

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Sweet-smelling bedlinen

When you’re ironing your pillowcases and sheets, spray everything with a little water infused with a touch of lavender oil.

It smells divine and research shows that it can help you sleep!

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How to clean your duvet

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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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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Vodka to the rescue!

Do you have clothes that smell musty?

Or soft furnishings that reek of cigarette smoke? Get them fresh again by pouring some neat vodka into a spray bottle, spritz your item lightly and leave to dry.

Any odours should be neutralized, and it’s cheaper than a trip to the dry cleaner!

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Keep your cords smart

When you’re washing corduroy trousers, turn them inside out to avoid crushing the pile.

Use a warm cycle, a relatively low spin, then iron on the wrong side of the fabric to further protect the pile.

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Liquid or powder washing detergent?

Liquid’s good for greasy stains and as a spot cleaner and pre-treater.

Powder is cheaper and fine for general loads and households free of small children and food stains.

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Get your yellowing cotton blouse back to white again

Yellowing happens when a white garment is exposed to direct sunlight for a long time (the UV from the sunlight degrades the brightener in the fabric).

To reverse this, try rewashing in detergent containing optical brighteners or brightening agents, such as Ariel, within a full load using the recommended dose and at the hottest temperature on the label.

f you hang your washing on the line, keep the whites away from direct sunlight and take inside as soon as they’re dry.

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Mouldy shower curtain?

Don’t give up on it and chuck it out.

Machine-wash on a wool cycle with some towels and rehang in position straight from the machine.

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