From rugs to curtains, tips for sprucing up rarely cleaned household items

AUTUMN is a washout at the moment – but I’m taking this opportunity to give my home a deep clean.

From rugs to curtains, here are some tips for sprucing up rarely cleaned items.

RUG LIFE: If you’re on TikTok, you may have seen this viral rug-cleaning hack. Pop your rug in the bath with some Zoflora and bicarbonate of soda, leave to soak for a few hours, drain and shower it until the water runs clear. Get a 120ml bottle of Zoflora at Morrisons for £1, it’s 30p cheaper than the same bottle at Tesco for £1.30.

SAVE: 30p on Zoflora

CURTAIN CALL: Revive greying net curtains by soaking them in a tub of water with a denture tablet dissolved into it, then wash in the machine. Pro-Formula’s denture tablets are 80p at Tesco — a whole lot cheaper than Secure’s for £4.

SAVE: £3.20 on denture tablets

GOT YOU COVERED: This tip comes courtesy of TV presenter Anthea Turner. Despite most manufacturers recommend-ing taking sofa covers to a dry cleaner, she revealed on Instagram earlier this year that she cleans hers on a wool setting in the washing machine. That’ll save you around £20.

SAVE: Approx £20 on dry cleaning

KIP HOORAY: Bed mattresses can become stained over time, but I’ve spotted loads of clever hacks in Facebook cleaning groups. The suggestions range from making a paste out of Napisan Non Biological Stain Remover, £3 at Wilko, to spraying The Pink Stuff’s Oxi Stain Remover over marks. A kilo tub of the Pink Stuff Stain Remover is £2.49 at B&M.

SAVE: 51p on stain remover

SODA SO GOOD: Get rid of mildew stains on your shower curtain by adding laundry detergent and bicarbonate of soda to a machine wash. When you get to the rinse cycle, add in some distilled white vinegar. Tesco’s vinegar is just 40p, compared with Sarsons’ £1.10 buy.

SAVE: 70p on vinegar

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A BOTTLE of Jack Daniel’s (70cl) is now £16 at Asda, down from £24.50. It would make a great Christmas gift.

SAVE: £8.50

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Pick up a two-pack from Asda for just £1.25.

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INSTEAD of paying £1 for a box of six deep-filled mince pies at Sainsbury’s, head to Tesco where a box of six is just 87p. It’s never too early for Christmas goodies.

SAVE: 13p

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