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HOUSEHOLD HINTS

All you need for summer living made easy
Main image © Nassima Rothacker

HOW TO... make natural cleaning products

Rebecca Sullivan, author of The Art of the Natural Home (Kyle Books, £18.99) shares some of her recipes

WOOD POLISH: Stop wood from ageing and spruce it up when it’s looking tired by mixing three tablespoons of olive oil, 180ml of vinegar (white vinegar for light wood and apple cider vinegar for dark wood) with 30 drops of orange or pine oil, pour into a spray bottle and shake to mix. Test on a small, inconspicuous area first to see how you like the post-polish look. Spray lightly on the surface and rub with a soft cloth to polish.

FABRIC SOFTENER: Salt actually softens fabric and lavender smells amazing on your sheets, mix 500g of Epsom salts with 250g baking soda and 30 drops of lavender essential oil and store in an airtight container, pop two tablespoons in your washing load. Perfect for towels and sheets to give them that just-washed-by-your-granny feel.

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Hoorah! Summer is here and if, like me, the sunshine makes you want to spend as much time as you can outdoors, then I know you’re going to enjoy this issue. To begin with we’ve got some gorgeous creative projects on page 60 to give your garden the ‘wow’ factor. The cat planter is my favourite, it’s so cute! Meanwhile, on page 66, we show you how to make raised beds for your garden – perfect if you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruit and veg. For many of us, summertime makes us think of beds and borders brimming with colourful flowers, but there’s another important element that you should spend time getting right and that’s the foliage. Turn to page 114 for our guide to which leafy plants will give your garden year-round interest. But, of course, gardening isn’t all about planting and pruning, you should always make time to enjoy your hard work. So why not treat yourself to one of our favourite new garden furniture designs on page 44? Talking of new designs, we’ve gone all contemporary on our kitchen and bathroom pages this issue, from glossy kitchens (p.55) to super sleek suites (p.48), you’re sure to find a look you love. Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of updating your bedroom, look no further than this month’s makeovers (p.24), and if you’re trying to choose a new colour for your next decorating scheme then why not try this season’s hottest shade – Denim Drift? On page 36 we’ve got some great colour scheming ideas to make this gorgeous shade of blue work in any home. Finally, make sure you take a peek at our recipe pages this month, as we’ve got some delicious ways to cool down with frozen desserts and ice lollies (p.100).
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