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Musty, stale or just plain stinky? How to tackle stubborn odours on carpets or fabrics
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Musty, stale or just plain stinky? How to tackle stubborn odours on carpets or fabrics

Jun 22nd 2020, 5:25 PM 3,875 Views 0 Comments

Ready to clear the air? Laura de Barra shares some smell-busting tips.

How to deep-clean bulky items like duvets and mattresses
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How to deep-clean bulky items like duvets and mattresses

Mar 30th 2020, 5:35 PM 18,270 Views 2 Comments

Want to take your spring clean to the next level? Laura de Barra shares her expertise.

How to get your home properly clean in 20 minutes or less
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How to get your home properly clean in 20 minutes or less

Mar 23rd 2020, 5:11 PM 9,045 Views 2 Comments

A step-by-step germ-blitzing guide to add to your daily routine, courtesy of Caroline Foran.

How do I get my windows sparklingly clean without leaving streaks behind?
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How do I get my windows sparklingly clean without leaving streaks behind?

Mar 16th 2020, 2:10 PM 14,063 Views 0 Comments

Windows not scrubbing up well? Laura de Barra has the answers.

How to remove stains and smudges from your walls - without repainting the whole room
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How to remove stains and smudges from your walls - without repainting the whole room

Mar 9th 2020, 5:25 PM 6,947 Views 1 Comment

Grainne O’Reilly offers a masterclass in spot-cleaning stubborn marks.

How to get your chrome and steel surfaces sparkling (and keep them that way)
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How to get your chrome and steel surfaces sparkling (and keep them that way)

Mar 2nd 2020, 5:15 PM 4,545 Views 0 Comments

Shine on, you crazy… kitchen sink. Laura de Barra shares her wisdom on giving your metallic fittings a like-new sheen.

The winter weather did a number on my back garden. How do I revive it?
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The winter weather did a number on my back garden. How do I revive it?

Feb 24th 2020, 3:38 PM 2,927 Views 1 Comment

Rainfall, ice and wind can all wreak havoc on outdoor areas. Here’s how to bring them back to life.

I hate my curtains but don't have the budget for new ones - what's the solution?
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I hate my curtains but don't have the budget for new ones - what's the solution?

Feb 17th 2020, 12:12 PM 4,509 Views 0 Comments

Curtains too short, too heavy or just plain ugly? Laura de Barra shares some tips for transforming them.

Torches, matches and... glue? 11 surprisingly useful items to have on hand for home emergencies
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Torches, matches and... glue? 11 surprisingly useful items to have on hand for home emergencies

Feb 7th 2020, 5:55 PM 1,698 Views 0 Comments

Laura de Barra shares her essentials for those unexpected disasters.

Help! What's the best way to clean cat or dog hair off my furniture?
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Help! What's the best way to clean cat or dog hair off my furniture?

Feb 3rd 2020, 5:33 PM 2,883 Views 0 Comments

Laura de Barra sheds her expertise on a very hairy problem.

Help! How do I get rid of that musty smell in my drawers and cupboards?
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Help! How do I get rid of that musty smell in my drawers and cupboards?

Jan 27th 2020, 4:40 PM 34,647 Views 1 Comment

Start by looking for the source, says home expert Grainne O’Reilly.

What's the best way to clean dull and dust-covered curtains?
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What's the best way to clean dull and dust-covered curtains?

Jan 20th 2020, 5:32 PM 2,113 Views 0 Comments

It’s not just about the windows – your curtains need some TLC too. Laura de Barra shares some tips.

What's the right way to clean really dusty rugs and carpets?
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What's the right way to clean really dusty rugs and carpets?

Jan 13th 2020, 5:16 PM 7,150 Views 0 Comments

Grainne O’Reilly on how to get floor coverings clean once and for all.

How can I declutter my home once and for all - without going full Marie Kondo?
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How can I declutter my home once and for all - without going full Marie Kondo?

Jan 6th 2020, 2:18 PM 4,131 Views 0 Comments

Five tips for streamlining your space from home expert Laura de Barra.

How do I pack up Christmas decorations so they're not in a heap next year?
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How do I pack up Christmas decorations so they're not in a heap next year?

Dec 20th 2019, 9:24 AM 2,234 Views 0 Comments

Sick of the annual Fairy Light Detangling Panic? Laura de Barra has you covered.

What last-minute items can I pick up now to avoid Christmas Day disasters?
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What last-minute items can I pick up now to avoid Christmas Day disasters?

Dec 17th 2019, 12:23 PM 1,100 Views 0 Comments

Don’t forget the batteries, says Grainne O’Reilly.

Help! How do I host a crowd for dinner if I'm short on space?
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Help! How do I host a crowd for dinner if I'm short on space?

Dec 13th 2019, 12:22 PM 2,420 Views 0 Comments

Make elbow room for all your guests with these tips from Grainne O’Reilly.

Help! How do I set up outdoor Christmas lights without disaster?
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Help! How do I set up outdoor Christmas lights without disaster?

Dec 9th 2019, 5:19 PM 2,721 Views 0 Comments

Here’s how to avoid a neighbourhood-wide power cut, according to Laura de Barra.

What are the basics I should have in my toolbox?
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What are the basics I should have in my toolbox?

Dec 2nd 2019, 5:30 PM 1,390 Views 0 Comments

These are the essentials you should have on hand, from a hammer to an interchangeable screwdriver.

I'm moving house - how can I make unpacking less stressful?
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I'm moving house - how can I make unpacking less stressful?

Nov 25th 2019, 5:27 PM 1,389 Views 0 Comments

Pack a three-day kit to keep you comfortable in your new place, writes Laura de Barra.

Help! How do I get rid of damp in an older house?
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Help! How do I get rid of damp in an older house?

Nov 18th 2019, 4:46 PM 6,317 Views 0 Comments

Foggy windows again? Grainne O’Reilly offers tips for tackling damp and condensation.

What are the basic cleaning products every grown-up should own?
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What are the basic cleaning products every grown-up should own?

Nov 11th 2019, 5:30 PM 2,961 Views 0 Comments

You only need a few, but make sure they’re the right ones, says Laura de Barra.

How do I know if my plant needs a bigger pot?
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How do I know if my plant needs a bigger pot?

Nov 4th 2019, 5:38 PM 4,466 Views 0 Comments

And what’s the simplest way to do the swap? Grainne O’Reilly shares some tips.

How can I clean up my grimy-looking taps so they shine?
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How can I clean up my grimy-looking taps so they shine?

Oct 25th 2019, 5:24 PM 4,943 Views 0 Comments

Are you wiping down your taps and still seeing water marks after? Here’s what to do.

My floors always look streaky after mopping - what am I doing wrong?
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My floors always look streaky after mopping - what am I doing wrong?

Oct 21st 2019, 4:59 PM 17,548 Views 0 Comments

Here’s how to fix your mopping woes, plus the one Instagram tip you should ignore.

How do I bring a tired and stain-covered carpet back to life?
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How do I bring a tired and stain-covered carpet back to life?

Oct 14th 2019, 5:32 PM 3,985 Views 0 Comments

Just moved into a new place with a less-than-desirable carpet? Laura de Barra has some rug revival tips.

What's the secret to keeping my towels soft and fluffy?
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What's the secret to keeping my towels soft and fluffy?

Oct 7th 2019, 5:40 PM 8,176 Views 0 Comments

Bye-bye, scratchy towels.

What's the best way to clean laptop and TV screens without damaging them?
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What's the best way to clean laptop and TV screens without damaging them?

Sep 30th 2019, 5:24 PM 3,854 Views 0 Comments

First, put that furniture polish away, says Laura de Barra.

Help! My plants keep dying - what am I doing wrong?
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Help! My plants keep dying - what am I doing wrong?

Sep 23rd 2019, 4:55 PM 2,028 Views 0 Comments

Watering too much, or watering too little? It’s time to listen to what your plants are telling you, says Grainne O’Reilly.

My kitchen cabinets are really dated - how can I spruce them up without replacing them?
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My kitchen cabinets are really dated - how can I spruce them up without replacing them?

Sep 16th 2019, 5:32 PM 6,213 Views 0 Comments

Laura de Barra has a few solutions, from swapping handles to painting doors.

How do I make my bed like a grown-up - hospital corners and all?
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How do I make my bed like a grown-up - hospital corners and all?

Sep 9th 2019, 5:12 PM 2,319 Views 0 Comments

Gráinne O’Reilly suggests six steps to a cosy bed.

I'm hosting a dinner party - how can I make the table look properly fancy?
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I'm hosting a dinner party - how can I make the table look properly fancy?

Sep 2nd 2019, 5:34 PM 2,087 Views 0 Comments

From forks to glasses, Laura de Barra schools us in table settings.

What bulbs work best in each room - and how do I tell the difference?
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What bulbs work best in each room - and how do I tell the difference?

Aug 26th 2019, 5:29 PM 4,955 Views 0 Comments

For starters, how bright do you want the room to be? Grainne O’Reilly sheds some light.

How do I stop my kitchen bin getting stinky? Here's some advice from a home pro
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How do I stop my kitchen bin getting stinky? Here's some advice from a home pro

Aug 19th 2019, 3:45 PM 10,074 Views 0 Comments

Laura de Barra shares her essential tips for keeping those pesky bin odours in check.

If it's too warm for a duvet in summer, what can I put on the bed instead?
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If it's too warm for a duvet in summer, what can I put on the bed instead?

Aug 12th 2019, 10:41 AM 5,120 Views 0 Comments

There are better solutions than ‘one leg in, one leg out’ – honest. Gráinne O’Reilly has the details.

Is cleaning my toilet brush really a *thing* - and what's the best way to do it?
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Is cleaning my toilet brush really a *thing* - and what's the best way to do it?

Aug 2nd 2019, 5:16 PM 6,736 Views 1 Comment

Yes, it’s a thing. It’s time to learn how to deep clean your loo brush (and not just buy a new one), says Laura de Barra.

How do I get the most out of my utility room?
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How do I get the most out of my utility room?

Jul 29th 2019, 5:01 PM 6,434 Views 0 Comments

Laundry, storage, bits and bobs – the utility room can be a tricky one to get right. Gráinne O’Reilly shares some straight-talking advice.

How can I get my home spotless... without the nasty chemicals?
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How can I get my home spotless... without the nasty chemicals?

Jul 22nd 2019, 4:26 PM 3,387 Views 0 Comments

With a few store-cupboard staples, you can ditch the harsh cleaners AND save money. Laura de Barra shares her favourites.

What's the handiest way to store bulky cleaning products?
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What's the handiest way to store bulky cleaning products?

Jul 15th 2019, 5:22 PM 2,746 Views 0 Comments

Toilet cleaner and detergent are essentials – but they’re not exactly easy on the eye. Grainne O’Reilly shares some storage tips.

How do I keep my bed fresh and clean (aside from just changing the sheets)?
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How do I keep my bed fresh and clean (aside from just changing the sheets)?

Jul 8th 2019, 5:55 PM 16,814 Views 0 Comments

Tackle this task from the mattress up, with some pro tips from Laura de Barra.

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