1. Bicarbonate of soda AKA baking soda
Refresh your mattress with a mixture of five tablespoons of baking soda and five drops of lavender oil. Sieve the mixture over the mattress, leave for an hour and then vacuum up.
Bicarb is great for removing bad smells. Add a pinch to smelly plastic food storage containers, mix with water and leave overnight to refresh them.
To unclog drains, pour hot water down the drain then mix one part bicarb with one part white vinegar before pouring down the drain. Leave for a minute then pour hot water down again.
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Refresh chopping boards by covering with rock salt and rubbing with half a lemon. It will help remove stains and smells.
Treat limescale build-up in kettles by adding a few slices of lemon, boiling once, allowing to cool then rinsing thoroughly.
Add equal parts of water and lemon juice to a spray bottle and spritz onto worktops, windows, sinks, toilets and mirrors before wiping with a sponge.
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Turn cloudy vases crystal clear by adding crushed eggshells and the juice of two lemons to the vase and leave for 48 hours until the eggshells dissolve. Simply swirl the mixture and then rinse.
Roll a crustless slice of bread into a ball and remove scuffs, smudges and fingerprints from painted surfaces. Bread is also great for picking up small pieces of shattered glass.
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5. Tin foil
Use tin foil to scrub off grit and grime from pots, pans, wire racks and even the BBQ grill.
Brighten up silverware by placing a sheet of foil in a washing-up bowl, filling filling the bowl up with warm water and adding three tbps of bicarb of soda. Place the silverware in the bowl, leave for 10 minutes, rinse and then dry.
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