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.

bubblinb2Clean those Pots and Pans

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.

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, www.serenitykitchen.com