Removing ‘Artwork’ from walls

To clean marks ┬ásuch as those from crayon, pencil, marker pens or grease, off washable walls, make a solution of bicarbonate of soda and warm water and wipe over. If any marks prove hard to shift, sprinkle dry bicarb on a damp cloth or sponge and scour gently. (It is a good idea to test out an inconspicuous area of wall first, just in case it isn’t as washable as you thought!)

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Freshening the carpet

If you are going to vacuum the carpet, it will be much fresher afterwards if you sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda first. Leave it for about 10-15 minutes, or overnight if possible, then vacuum the carpet until all traces of powder have disappeared.