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Yesterday’s News

Memory foam or pocket spring? Your masterclass in buying a new mattress

Plus a handy fix if you don’t have the budget for a replacement, courtesy of Laura de Barra.

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Monday 6 April, 2020

‘Use water and vinegar to descale the kettle’: A masterclass in cleaning small appliances

The expert guide to deep cleaning the toaster and more, from lifestyle hero Laura de Barra.

Monday 30 March, 2020

How to deep-clean bulky items like duvets and mattresses

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

Monday 16 March, 2020

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

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

Monday 2 March, 2020

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

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

Monday 17 February, 2020

I hate my curtains but don't have the budget for new ones - what's the solution? Task Master This post contains a poll

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

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

Friday 7 February, 2020

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

Laura de Barra shares her essentials for those unexpected disasters.

Monday 3 February, 2020

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

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

Monday 20 January, 2020

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

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

Monday 6 January, 2020

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

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

Friday 20 December, 2019

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

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

Monday 9 December, 2019

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

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

'Hang lights in vertical lines': How to create a picture-perfect Christmas tree, according to a pro

‘Start by dividing your decorations by type,’ says Laura de Barra.

Monday 25 November, 2019

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

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

Monday 18 November, 2019

9 tricky-to-clean items and how to tackle them - from oven doors to fridge handles

Scrub every last inch of your home with Laura de Barra’s deep-cleaning wisdom.

Monday 11 November, 2019

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

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

Monday 4 November, 2019

Friday 25 October, 2019

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

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

Monday 14 October, 2019

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

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

Monday 30 September, 2019

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

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

Monday 16 September, 2019

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

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

Monday 2 September, 2019

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

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

Monday 26 August, 2019

9 items you should be cleaning but aren't - from the kitchen bin to the cutlery drawer

Laura de Barra calls out some surprise offenders for hidden grime and harmful bacteria.

Monday 19 August, 2019

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

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

Friday 2 August, 2019

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

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.

Monday 22 July, 2019

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

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

Monday 8 July, 2019

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

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

Monday 24 June, 2019

What's the secret to putting flatpack furniture together like a pro?

Step-by-step advice from Laura de Barra, to ensure you never have a meltdown over a bag of missing dowels again.

Monday 10 June, 2019

How do I banish that weird musty smell from my washing machine?

Stinky clothes? Don’t call the plumber. Just read this first, says cleaning guru Laura de Barra.

Monday 27 May, 2019

'Let the vinegar work its magic': 6 deep cleaning tips for a sparkling kitchen, according to a pro

Laura de Barra shares her advice for tacking grimy fridges and greasy splashbacks.

Monday 13 May, 2019

'Dissolve the problems away': How to get your shower properly clean, according to a pro

Professional property fixer Laura de Barra on how to give your shower the cleaning of a lifetime.