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Clean up your home for less with top tips for cutting your grime-busting bills

Clean up your home for less with top tips for cutting your grime-busting bills

KEEPING a clean home can come at a cost – an average of £144 a year on products.But you need not leave your wallet all washed up, as there are some ch

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KEEPING a clean home can come at a cost – an average of £144 a year on products.

But you need not leave your wallet all washed up, as there are some cheap, inventive ways to get rid of the grime.

Get rid of the grime in your house with our cheap and inventive tips

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Get rid of the grime in your house with our cheap and inventive tipsCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Here’s my guide to achieving a sparkling finish without the spend . . . 

TOTALLY CONKERS: Forget washing powder, try cleaning clothes with conkers.

You’ll need to chop and dry the conkers and then add 40g of them to a jug filled with 500ml of boiling water. Leave for 30 minutes for a creamy, thick liquid.

Sieve the conkers into another jug and then re-soak for another hour, repeat this for a third time.

You can use the liquid from the first soak for your dirtiest washing, the second lot for normal washing and the third lot for items that need a light wash.

ZO GREAT: I’m a big fan of multi-purpose cleaner Zoflora. Make-up bags can harbour all sorts of bacteria, but you can remedy this without forking out a fortune on cleaning products or having to buy a whole new bag.

Use a cloth soaked in diluted Zoflora to regularly wipe down our bag — you can also do the same for make-up packaging. Pick up a bottle at Poundland for a quid.

Multi-purpose cleaner Zoflora is great for cleaning make-up bags

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Multi-purpose cleaner Zoflora is great for cleaning make-up bags

WASH UP: Surface cleaner can be expensive, especially when you can make your own solution.

To do this, find an old washing-up liquid bottle, add ten-per-cent bleach and ten- per-cent washing-up liquid, then fill the rest of the bottle with water — you’ll have a homemade surface cleaner for a fraction of the price.

Check online before use on certain surfaces, as you don’t want to damage anything and end up with a costly bill to replace it.

SCENT-SATIONAL: I love Febreeze for quick refreshes. But when it’s £3 a bottle in Tesco, why splash the cash when you can make multiple bottles on the cheap.

All you need is some fabric softener and a spray bottle. Simply put ten-per-cent fabric softener into the spray bottle, fill it up with water and you have your own, sweet-smelling version of Febreeze.

Deal of the day

The Oral B Genius 8000 Rose Gold toothbrush is just £89.99 at Superdrug during their Black Friday sale

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The Oral B Genius 8000 Rose Gold toothbrush is just £89.99 at Superdrug during their Black Friday sale

SUPERDRUG’s Black Friday offers kick off today.

The Oral B Genius 8000 Rose Gold toothbrush is £89.99, down from £279.99.

Online only at superdrug.com.

SAVE: £190

Cheap treat

Treat the kids to Asda's shopping trolley toy for £10

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Treat the kids to Asda’s shopping trolley toy for £10

ASDA has rolled back the price of its own-brand toys.

Get the shopping trolley for £10, down from £15.

Don’t miss this…

MCDONALD’S is giving customers 30 per cent off food and drink for the next two weeks when they order via its app.

Includes all main menu items such as Big Macs, milkshakes and quarter-pounders.

Offer starts today and expires on Sunday, November 15.

Top swap

There's no need to spend £3.20 on the Old El Paso Original Nacho Kit at Tesco...

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There’s no need to spend £3.20 on the Old El Paso Original Nacho Kit at Tesco…Credit: OLD EL PASO
...when you can get Tesco's own-brand version for just £1.85

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…when you can get Tesco’s own-brand version for just £1.85Credit: Tesco

I LOVE nachos but instead of paying £3.20 for the Old El Paso Original Nacho Kit at Tesco, I order the store’s own-brand version for £1.85. It’s just as tasty.

SAVE: £1.35

Giselle’s little helper

FILMZIE, the free movie-streaming and social platform, is now available as a channel on Samsung TV Plus in the UK, with no programmes or additional applications to download.

It’s also available as an iOS and Android app via the Samsung Galaxy Store and Google Play, or through web browsers.

Shop and save

Get two 2.7kg bags of Bakers Meaty Meals Adult Beef Dry Dog Food for a tenner at iceland.co.uk

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Get two 2.7kg bags of Bakers Meaty Meals Adult Beef Dry Dog Food for a tenner at iceland.co.uk

ORDER two, 2.7kg bags of Bakers Meaty Meals Adult Beef Dry Dog Food for a tenner at iceland.co.uk. Usually they’re £6 each.

SAVE: £2

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SAVE 25 per cent on shoes, accessories and more at asos.com.

Plus there’s already 70 per cent off many items.

Use code ACCESSORIZE at the checkout.

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