It is estimated that we spend twenty-two years of our life sleeping. This makes the bedroom one of the most used rooms in the house and yet the bedroom is often pretty low down on the cleaning list. Waking up to a messy room is not the best start to a day and indeed trying to relax and fall asleep in a cluttered room is not the most satisfying. So, to ensure that you get a lovely restful slumber and a refreshing wake here are a few tips and steps that will help you sleep like a baby:


Step 1: Fling the windows open and let the fresh air in. A nice clean smelling room is essential to a relaxing room.

Step 2: De-clutter, it’s amazing how many miscellaneous objects can creep into the bedroom, so use this opportunity to put things back in their rightful place.sleep3

Step 3: let your duvet air. Get the cover off your duvet and on a dry, breezy day get it pegged out on the line. If you want your sheets, blankets and duvets to smell heavenly then you can also make your own linen spray. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of vodka, with 10 drops of pure lavender oil and 6 tablespoons of water in a spray bottle and shake well before spraying on your linen. If sprayed on your pillow this can also aid a good night’s sleep.

Step 4: Look after that mattress by giving it a thorough clean. You should follow this procedure every three months in order to keep your mattress fresh, clean and free of bed bugs and dust mites.

  1. Remove all bedding and pop it in the wash.

2: Lift up your mattress and vacuum in between the mattress and the base

3: Add 1 teacup of bicarbonate of soda, and 8 drops of pure essential lavender oil to a Tupperware container. Pop the lid on, and shake well.

4: Empty the bicarbonate of soda mixture into a sieve and sprinkle it all over your mattress. Allow this mixture to work its magic for one hour.

5: Using your vacuum’s hose suck up all the baking soda and say farewell to odours and mites.














About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog,