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Fed up of our throw-away cul­ture? These tips will help give house­hold items a new lease of life... ■ If your clean­ing sponge is a bit grubby or pongy, give it a one or two-minute blast in the mi­crowave on a high set­ting to kill off bac­te­ria. An old tooth­brush can be given a sec­ond chance as a handy clean­ing tool. Give it a rinse in boil­ing wa­ter to kill off any germs and use it in the bath­room to clean hard-tore­ach ar­eas.

■ Iron not work­ing prop­erly? Get it run­ning like clock­work with a dash of vine­gar. Heat it up, un­plug and let it cool a lit­tle. Then fill the reser­voir with onepart white vine­gar to one-part wa­ter. Leave for an hour, then empty and rinse. This will dis­solve any pesky limescale.

■ Rel­e­gate old or lad­dered tights to the clean­ing cup­board – they make handy dusters.

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