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Is your BBQ dirtier than your toilet?

A study found that the average British barbecue contains twice as many germs as a toilet seat! The article in the Daily Mail says that an outdoor grill contains a staggering 1.7 million microbes per sq cm, which works out to 124% more than a toilet seat, the study also found that just 36% of people clean their outdoor grills more than twice a year!!! Of course, inadequately cooked food can cau...
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We’re going all green-fingered!

With the Chelsea Flower Show in full swing, we thought we'd share some gardening tips of our own.   A good workman never blames his tools Use half a cup of Soda Crystals mixed with one litre of very hot water to clean caked grass, dirt and grime off spades, forks, trowels and even lawn mower blades.  Rinse, dry and lightly oil the metal parts to prevent rust.* Clear a pathway to success To ...
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Tackling pet odours at home

Britain is indisputably a nation of animal lovers but, as much as we love our pets, there are inevitably aspects of owning a pet that are, shall we say, less than desirable! Bad odours and stains caused by your beloved pet are not always easy to get rid of, but help is at hand using the cleaning and deodorising power of naturally safe Bicarbonate of Soda and White Vinegar. Accidents When cle...
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Banish Cooking Odours!

Salmon on a chopping board
Cooking meals from scratch is more popular than ever thanks to cookery television shows and growing trends for healthy eating and economical living. But cooking foods with strong aromas like curry and fish can leave smells that linger long after the meal has been enjoyed. Don’t be put off trying new recipes – we’ve got some natural and effective ways to neutralise kitchen odours and get rid of ...
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Traditional laundry methods alive and well at The Vintage Wash House

Linda Peake set up The Vintage Wash House at Skipton’s Handpicked Hall in May of 2013. The shop is now located at 12 High Street, Skipton BD23 1JZ. The 1940s-inspired store sells nostalgic homeware gifts and a range of traditional cleaning and laundry products. From her store, complete with authentic washboard and mangle, and blitz-style paper-tape crosses on the windows, Linda demonstr...
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New year…new you?

Close-up of athletic young woman after training outdoors in the morning.
New years resolution to get fit...but not whiffy! After the over-indulgences of the Christmas celebrations it’s no wonder that one of the most popular New Year resolutions is to get fit! There is a lot of focus from health professionals on getting people active, including Sport England's latest campaign. Whether you’re taking up a team sport, sweating it out at the gym or jogging round the p...
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How to clean make-up brushes

Investing in a good set of make-up brushes can make a real difference when it comes to looking fabulous! Unfortunately, make-up brushes accumulate dirt, dead skin cells and dust, enabling the growth of bacteria which can clog pores and aggravate underlying skin conditions. Residue from gels, powders and creams left on the bristles can also affect absorbency and how effective the brushes ...
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Ready Steady Snow!

    If you’re taking to the slopes for a skiing or snowboarding holiday this year, here are some tips on how to keep your gear fresh and gleaming. Did You Know?   Waterproof garments have a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) layer on the surface. Washing them with regular detergents can remove this layer which unfortunately, stops the garment from repelling water, leaving it ...
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Tackle the tin!

Christmas turkey and all the trimmings
Christmas Day is the one day a year you can guarantee everybody wants to eat, drink and be merry! The one part of the day that everyone inevitably dreads is the clean up operation, as no one wants to spend time scrubbing the turkey tin! Simply putting it in the dishwasher or washing it without removing the oil could result in the greasy water cooling in the pipes, depositing the grease and trappin...
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Want to sell your home? Get cleaning!

New survey lists the top factors that could prevent your home from selling. A recent survey has found that after poor energy efficiency rating and out of date bathrooms/kitchens, the biggest factor that would put people off is a home that needs cleaning! The thing is, it's not just a question of giving the house a quick 'blitz' before someone comes round. Not only will your home smell of polis...
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