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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Why you should deep-clean your carpets

If you suffer from allergies, things can get pretty miserable if you’re not on top of the dust around the house.

Carpet care specialists Rug Doctor did a survey that discovered that while three-quarters of us think our home is clean, around half of us have never deep- cleaned our carpets. And did you know that an average family of four sheds over 3lb of skin a year!

So just walking around a carpeted house will cause dust and dust mite droppings to become airborne, which could trigger an asthma attack.

Vacuuming will go only so far…so hire a deep cleaning machine and get those carpets done soon!

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Lovely smooth bread sauce with your turkey

I needed breadcrumbs for bread sauce and the processor left big chunks, no matter how much I tried. I made the sauce with the lumpy bread, and at the last moment smoothed it out with my stick blender. Perfect!

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Wrap your presents with meaning!

Presents often come in boxes that get thrown away. Why not make packaging part of the gift and put it into a storage container? As plain or as fancy as you wish!

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Special flowers for Christmas

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.

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Do you battle with your ironing board?

The EazzyPress Quick Iron could make it redundant. The super-light EazzyPress is like a pair of Teflon-coated tongs: hang your garment, pull on the fabric with one hand and iron both sides at once with the other. £39.99 from Lakeland.co.uk.

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Feel instantly organised

Feel instantly organised with the Tool Hanger from www.creativeproducts.ltd.uk (£3.99) to stop your brush, mop and dusters falling towards you each time you open your cleaning cupboard door.

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It’s never too early to start decluttering…

I helped my friend move house recently. She’s efficient…but also a secret hoarder. What a job! Every cupboard was stuffed, and the kitchen spice drawer rammed with Safeway jars (the brand disappeared in 2004!). A lesson: it’s never too early to start decluttering…

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eating less meat?

Many of us are now eating less meat, but do lentils and other pulses sometimes leave you bloated and, frankly, full of wind? A good way to counter this is to include fennel seeds (whole or crushed) in your cooking – they’re a great digestion aid.

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