Washing loose covers of your upholstery

If you have washed the loose covers of your sofas or chair, replace them while they are just still damp to stop them from shrinking.

Cleaning behind your radiators

Try dusting behind your radiators by padding the end of a bamboo cane and tying an old sock over the end. This should make it much easier to get to the hard to reach places.

Use peppermint oil to get rid of mice.

Peppermint oil masks the pheromone trails that mice leave behind, and which other mice use to find their way around. Naturally they don’t like this, and prefer to spend their time in areas where they can easily navigate.

The strong peppermint oil scent also irritates the nasal cavity of the mouse. Mice have an extremely acute sense of smell. The menthol in the peppermint oil which we find refreshing is at very strong concentrations quite irritating to the mouse. So they will avoid any area in which the scent is too strong. It also masks the smell of food which can attract mice.

How to clean your washing machine

Start by wiping down the whole rubber gasket with a white rag soaked in a 50/50 mixture of bleach and warm water.  Make sure you pull back the rubber gasket to clean inside as well as this is where most of the mould will be.  If there is still mould remaining, soak a towel with your bleach mixture, shove it into the gasket, and let it sit for 30 minutes.

After soaking, remove the towel and scrub the gasket gently with an old toothbrush.

Wipe down the rubber gaskets with a clean dry cloth until no residue remains.  Once you are done, place all of the rags that have come in contact with the bleach into your washing machine and run them through a complete wash and rinse cycle on the hottest setting.

Next, run the machine through a second complete cycle {at the hottest setting} adding 2 cups of vinegar {PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER MIX BLEACH AND VINEGAR TOGETHER!}.  You can add a couple of small, clean bath towels to the wash as well {as per the recommendations of instruction manual to never run an empty load}.

Remove the detergent dispenser and clean with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.  Make sure to wipe down the inside of the washing machine as well where the detergent dispenser goes.

Lastly, clean the inside of the door with a rag and a 50/50 water and vinegar mixture.  Pay extra attention to the bottom aspect of the door where the water would pool.