Washing line woes?

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.

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How to use biological washing detergent

A 40-degree wash is perfect for sheets, pyjamas and towels (any higher and the enzyme in the detergent that does all the good work on the bacteria produced by the body becomes inactive).

Any lower and your items may not be cleaned properly, particularly if the bacteria load is heavy (such as on towels and underwear).

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White marks on just-washed trousers?

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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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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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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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I love my

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My cashmere cardi bargain from a while back was covered in bobbles. Of course I could pick them off one by one, but they were like a rash!

Then I came across the wonderful battery-operated Lint Shaver from Russel that removes pills and fuzz effortlessly;

£4.49 from Robert Dyas.

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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Keep your laundry basket smelling sweet

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In hot weather damp, unwashed laundry left in the basket for too long can become a bit smelly!

Counter this by cutting the foot off a pair of old tights, fill it with bicarbonate of soda, knot it and keep it in the laundry hamper.

Replace after a couple of months.

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