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Keri

Keri

Recycling solutions anyone? I have two rather large bins in my kitchen...one for rubbish, and one for recycling (bottles and cans) ;paper products have to go in a seperate box and they tend to build up on the counter until I take them outside. The most frustrating part for me is food disposal. In America everyone uses a kitchen disposal unit for food waste, but they aren't popular here. I actually have a fox that sniffs around the food waste bin outside, and not sure what else can be done about it?

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Keri

Keri

Laura

Laura

I agree Fran, thanks! It looks a bit heavy in black.

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Laura

Laura

Laura

Laura

Has anyone tried painting a piece of furniture with chalk paint?I have a kitchen table that I'm itching to paint white, but I'm unsure if chalk paint is the right choice..

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Laura

Laura

Fran
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Fran

I've never tried chalk paint but I have used acrylics on furniture. It's always worked great and lasted for years. You might want to put some kind of protector over it for scratches. Hope this helps!

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Laura
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Laura

That's the table. It's an old 1930's enamel top. I painted it black, but am thinking of going white.

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Fran
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Fran

I think it would look great white. More modern

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marialev

marialev

We want to move my son into a new room and I was looking for some fun ways we could decorate it. He's obsessed with cars so I thought a big car sticker on the wall and maybe some blue shelves?

Does anyone have any other ideas or have you come across links of nice features for boys' rooms? I was just hoping for some inspiration!

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marialev

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Laura
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Laura

This is a cute project for a boy who loves cars😁

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Keri
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Keri

I like this clever idea...if you can find an old bike tyre to repurpose....

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marialev
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marialev

Thanks Keri what a great idea! He would love that

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Nicola

Nicola

How often do you wash your bed sheets?

Once a week? Once a fortnight? Once a month? More or less often? We'd love to know.

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Nicola

Nicola

Holly B
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Holly B

Once a fortnight. BUT I think it should be more often. It's just such a faff. Am I really lazy?😔

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emily_l
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emily_l

We do once a week for us...the kids sometimes need it more if they're ill and snotty or had accidents in bed!

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Keri
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Keri

I aim for once a week, but don't always get it done!

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emmam

emmam

Hi Laura thanks for letting us know.

It’s actually amazing what cutting back plants and flowers does. We had this tiny plant with just a twig and some spiky leaves on it.

Someone cut off all the twig so I thought it was done for. A year and a half later it’s a bush almost a meter high...I’m always too scared to do it so aggressively but it does seem to work!

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emmam

emmam

Keri

Keri

A friend just shared this great tip with me, and wanted to pass it on...Use whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the grout in your shower. I haven't tried it yet, but am going to have a go tomorrow!

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Keri

Keri

emmam
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emmam

Thanks for sharing - we always struggle with grout. It seems to be permanently grey. Let us know if it works well for you but I’ll give that a go too

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Holly B
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Holly B

Oooh. I'm going to try that too. Our grout gets so grubby

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Laura

Laura

Here’s a little gardening story...about a month ago I randomly cut back all the roses. I’m not really a gardener beyond mowing the lawn and pulling the weeds, but my garden is suddenly full of roses in October. I guess they liked it!

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Laura

Laura

Nicola
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Nicola

How lovely. We've got roses blooming now too - although with no pruning or any effort whatsoever. But they look beautiful.

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Carselea

Carselea

Anyone know how best to clean make up brushes? Mine are shamefully old and a probably need a good old clean (or replacing and then be cleaned often). But how?

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Carselea

Carselea

Keri
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I run them under hot water and then squirt a bit of shampoo into a small bowl of water and swirl them around, lathering them up a bit with my fingers. Reshape the bristles and put them by your radiator to dry.????

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Keri
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Holly B

Holly B

I've got pleated blinds inn conservatory. They're white and they get covered in dirt. But I can't find anything to clean them. Anyone got any ideas? Soapy water and usual cleaning sprays don't work.

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Holly B

Holly B

Keri
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Keri

Hi Holly, can you use the brush attachment on the Hoover?

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Carselea
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Carselea

Bicarb of soda? Have't tried it on blinds but it works on some stubborn stains

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