Bath time

If you don’t always want to clean your bath straight after you get out of it, that’s no problem. Just sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda into the water before you pull the plug and your bath will be as clean as you are.

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Freshen up Formica

To erase stains on laminate worktops, such as Formica, use a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and rub gently until the offending mark disappears. Rinse well to remove the white residue. If that doesn’t fix it, squeeze some lemon juice onto the stain, leave for around half an hour, then add a little dry soda to the lemon. Rub with a sponge, rinse clean and dry.