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to the product instructions), then rub with a fine scourer or brush. Pour the water in mug back into bowl, then brush and flush the cistern again.


7. Use onions to rid paint smells - If you have newly-painted walls, counteract the smell by cutting two onions into quarters and leaving them cut up on a plate overnight.


power for one minute. Condensation will release stains around the sides and make it easy to wipe clean.


4. Use nuts to help fade furniture scratches - Break an oily nut - such as a walnut - in half, and rub the exposed area over scratches in the wood. The oil of the nut should help them to fade and appear less noticeable.


5. Steam clean your floors - “I use a steam mop to clean my tiled floors and I don’t think it’s too much to say that it’s changed our lives. Steam mops are quick to heat up, can be used on any sealed floor surface, and the reusable micro fibre pad collects dirt with minimum effort,” advises Mary.


6. Wear rubber gloves and get stuck in to properly clean a toilet - To remove hard water and limescale toilet stains, wear rubber gloves, flush the cistern and remove a mugful of water from the bowl - I use a tin mug - so you can see the rim of the limescale line clearly.While the water level is low, pour or spray the loo cleaner around the limescale in the bowl. Make sure you get the product around the top and where water drips down the back of the bowl too. Leave for 30 minutes (or according


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8. Protect the floor when you’re partying - Protect carpet if you’re having a party by using rolls of polythene film, used by builders to protect flooring. Make sure you buy the appropriate film for the floor surface - the one for carpet shouldn’t be used on hard flooring.


9. Keep flowers looking and smelling amazing - When putting cut flowers in a vase, remove any leaves which come below the water, otherwise they’ll make it turn green and smell. To clean irregularly shaped vases or containers, use a handful of rice and a good glug of white vinegar. Swirl around briskly, so the rice can clean corners, before rinsing and drying.


10. Clean windows the old-school way - “A half and half mixture of vinegar and water is a traditional window-cleaning solution and an alternative to chemical sprays. Alternatively, use a window/glass- cleaning spray and a micro fibre cloth, which won’t leave bits of lint on the surface. Mary’s Household Tips & Tricks by Mary Berry, is published by Michael Joseph, £20.00.


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