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With the Christmas decorations packed away your home can start to look a little dreary so spruce it up with some good old fashioned cleaning techniques.

Wooden surfaces

To give wooden surfaces back their lustre mix one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil and apply to your wood, allow to soak in for 30 minutes before buffing to perfection with a clean (lint free) cloth.

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After all that festive cooking you may find you have stubborn stains on pans and cutlery that won’t come off however much you douse them with washing up liquid or run them through the dishwasher. In the event of ground in grime I refer to the advice of Mrs Beeton, who recommends a solution of warm water and baking soda, scrubbed in hard using a crust of bread.

When dealing with vintage cutlery that has crossed the line from ‘a bit stained’ to ‘actively rusty’, plunge the knife blades or forks into a large onion a few times. This is incredibly effective and you can vent frustrations at the same time.

So get your rubber gloves at the ready for some good clean fun and may you enjoy a Happy New Year and a splendidly sparkling home in 2017.