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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Don’t waste a good chicken carcass!

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If you roast a chicken and don’t have enough time afterwards to boil the carcass for stock, wrap it well, stick in the freezer and boil it another day

Straight from the freezer – when you have more time!

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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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Lemon slices always at the ready!

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If you enjoy a G&T, keep lemon slices in the freezer.

Wash and slice a couple of fruits, spread on a tray, freeze and bag up.

And your cocktail will also be cooled!

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Make double quantities and half your work

If you’re preparing a casserole or lasagne, make double (much less than double the work) and freeze the other half for later.

The freezer’s also a great place to store food about to go past its use-by date and you know won’t be eaten before it does – that way you can cut down on waste.

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Chase those ants out of your house!

Are you sharing your kitchen with an army of ants right now?

They love sweet things to take back to the nest to feed the queen and babies. They won’t spread disease, but they’re annoying nonetheless.

The easiest way to deal with them is to find the source (look for small piles of earth pellets or check out the ants’ route) and pour some boiling water over. Follow up with a few puffs from an insecticidal powder (check it treats ants).

If you don’t like the idea of killing them, a sprinkling of cayenne, scented talc or peppermint oil along the skirting boards near the outside door should send them next door!

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Chewing gum on the carpet?

Scrape away the worst, then put ice cubes over the residue until it’s brittle and chip away with a blunt knife.

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When the door seals on your fridge-freezer turn black

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Milton Sterilising Fluid. The black marks are mould, so a mild disinfectant is needed in order to kill the spores.

Dilute the fluid according to instructions and wipe the seals, paying attention to the folds and allow to air-dry – no need to rinse. Repeat every month or so. If this doesn’t work, maybe it’s time to replace the doors as the seals may be starting to perish. Check that the room where the appliances are stored is free of damp.

If this doesn’t work, maybe it’s time to replace the doors as the seals may be starting to perish. Check that the room where the appliances are stored is free of damp.

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Keeping your carpets clean

If you have a lot of foot traffic in your home and like the carpets to be kept clean, fresh and clear of stains, an electric carpet washer is very easy to use and move around.

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Rotating brushes lift dirt and stains, and powered jets pump the cleaning solution deep into the pile to remove any trapped dirt, odours and allergens. It’s also good for stairs, upholstery and car seats.

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Take note if you have an open fire

If you use your open fire often over the cooler months, you should have it cleaned every year. In theory you could do it yourself, but you risk damaging the lining, particularly in an older house.

Contact The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (www.nacs.org.uk) for recommendations. Once it’s been swept, you might want to try a maintenance product such as a Chimney Cleaning Log. Although it doesn’t cancel out the need to sweep, it softens and removes tar deposits and reduces the risk of a chimney fire.

Another tip for reducing tar build-up: burn well-seasoned wood and/or smokeless fuel.

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Beautiful smelling towels?

Next time you put washed towels in the tumble dryer, add a small cloth sprinkled with a good few drops of your favourite essential oil.

You can enjoy the scent every time you dry yourself!

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