CLEANING up is the key to sleeping easy.
Fresh, clean bedding can seriously improve the quality of our shuteye, according to the National Sleep Foundation.
Avoid professional cleaning costs and play a nap hand with these simple tricks.
DELETE STUBBORN STAINS: Raid your kitchen cupboards to get rid of marks.
Light stains like coffee or tea can be removed by dabbing the stain with a damp cloth, then a vinegar-soaked cloth with a dash of dish soap before wiping down.
If it still won’t budge, blogger Lynsey (aka @queenofclean) recommends a mild hydrogen peroxide solution.Go to Chemist-4-u.com to get two bottles for £1.80.
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ATTACK THE MATTRESS: Professional mattress cleaning starts at around £15. Skip that with a few simple tricks.
Vacuum your mattress regularly to pick up dust mites and debris and then sprinkle with cheap baking soda (59p for 200g, Tesco) to deodorise, vacuuming a few hours later to get rid of the residue.
Use a damp cloth and a bit of baking soda to wipe over your headboar
FRESHEN UP: Ditch scented tumble-dryer sheets and perfumed fabric conditioners and make your own scented spray.
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Add a couple of drops of essential oil and a cup of white vinegar to a 500ml spray bottle of water. Spray the mattress, leave it to dry for a few hours and it should smell amazing.
PROTECT TO SAVE: Make your mattress last longer – replacing it will cost upwards of £300.
Flip it regularly to ensure it keeps its shape and doesn’t sag, and always use a mattress protector.
Currently, get a single anti-allergy protector from George at Asda for £6, down from £8, or a double 100% cotton protector from Aldi for £9.99.
STORE BEDDING SAFELY: Prevent mildew and mould ruining bedding by storing it in a breathable fabric bag or box.
Cuddledown.co.uk have a pure cotton storage bag for £11.55, down from £16.50, or you could grab Ikea’s fabric storage with zip cover for £5.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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GRAB some shade as Sunglasshut.com/uk are having a sale, with these Ray-Bans coming in at £73.50 instead of £147.
ADD bling with New Look’s up-to-70 per cent off sale. These earrings were £5.99, but are now £3.
POP into Boots this week as the sale has been boosted to 90 per cent off some items.
Products vary by store but usually you can pick up gift sets which can be stashed away for Christmas and birthdays.
REST your tea on the Rozam hexagonal side table for £120 from La Redoute – or go to Home Bargains for its excellent version for £16.99.
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WANT to know how last week’s tax changes in the Chancellor’s Spring Statement will impact your take-home pay?
There’s an updated calculator so you can tap in your details and get an estimate of what you’ll pay in national insurance and income tax at Moneysavingexpert.com/tax-calculator.
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SAVE: £1.95 buying three
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