House­hold dilem­mas solved

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To-do list A few things to try this month... Post your Christ­mas Cards

Beat the fes­tive rush and en­sure your gifts and greet­ings ar­rive in time by head­ing to royal­mail.com to check the last rec­om­mended post­ing dates. Tues­day 20 De­cem­ber is the last day for 2nd Class and Signed For ser­vices in the UK, but we rec­om­mend get­ting your post out as soon as pos­si­ble to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

refresh your guest room

If your home’s go­ing to be full to the brim this sea­son, guar­an­tee that guests have a com­fort­able stay by spruc­ing up your spare room. Stow away any ac­cu­mu­lated junk, and clear out some drawer space so visitors can un­pack. Add a few ex­tra cosy throws and furry cush­ions to en­sure that ev­ery­one un­der your roof is snug as a bug.

Clean the oven

It’s one of the most loathed house­hold chores, but if your oven is coated in cre­mated crumbs, it could af­fect the taste of your tur­key. If com­mer­cial oven clean­ers aren’t get­ting rid of stub­born grease and grime marks, sprin­kle a layer of bi­car­bon­ate of soda on your trays or oven sur­face, then spray with vine­gar. Leave the mix­ture to soak (overnight ide­ally), then scrub with a non-abra­sive sponge to re­move stub­born burnt-on stains.

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