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Simple tips to help you clean up at Christmas

Simple tips to help you clean up at Christmas

From washing-up liquid and dishwasher tablets to carpet stain removers and vacuum cleaners, we’ve tested all the products you’ll need to get your house back to ship-shape, so that you can enjoy the festive season.

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New Scottish smoke and heat alarm laws – everything you need to know

New Scottish smoke and heat alarm laws – everything you need to know

The smoke alarm, heat alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm regulations are changing in Scotland from February 2022. Smoke and heat alarms will need to be interlinked and all homes with a fuel burning appliance will need a CO alarm. Read on for everything you need to know about the Scottish alarm law changes.

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Dangerous smoke alarm fails to detect smoke in Which? tests

Dangerous smoke alarm fails to detect smoke in Which? tests

The Digoo DG-SA01 smoke alarm won't protect you or your family in the event of a fire. Don't buy it. Find out more about smoke alarms, including which alarms will be suitable for Scottish homes when the law changes.

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9 popular TikTok homemade cleaning hacks explained

9 popular TikTok homemade cleaning hacks explained

Cleaning expert Dr Primrose Freestone explains the science behind popular online, Tiktok and Which? member submitted cleaning hacks - from dishwasher tablets in your washing machine to bi-carb on clothing stains.

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What’s the easiest way to remove bloodstains?

What’s the easiest way to remove bloodstains?

Dried bloodstains can be some of the trickiest stains to get rid of. We tested branded commercial products and a number of home remedies, and found an effective and cheap solution that's easy to use.

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Do home remedy stain removers actually work?

Do home remedy stain removers actually work?

As well as testing branded stain removers, we tried out six stain remover home remedies. Find out whether baking soda, lemon juice, washing-up liquid, white vinegar, salt and meat tenderiser powder work and what stains you can use them on.

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Best washing powders for pristine school uniform

Best washing powders for pristine school uniform

We've tested washing powder and detergents from Ariel, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury's and Tesco to find the best for everyday stains, and keeping white school shirts bright.

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Ariel laundry detergent beaten in Which? test by supermarket own brand

Ariel laundry detergent beaten in Which? test by supermarket own brand

Which? laundry detergents tests reveal seven new Best Buys, including the outstanding cheap own-brand laundry detergents that could save you over £27 a year.

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Five simple tips to prevent a blocked drain

Five simple tips to prevent a blocked drain

Want to keep your drains fresh, odour free and unblocked? We've rounded up the easy steps that will help to keep your kitchen drain and shower drain clear and unclogged.

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Behind the label: what’s in your detergents?

Behind the label: what’s in your detergents?

From anionic surfactants to zeolites, the experts at Which? explain what the ingredients in your washing-up liquid, dishwasher tablets and laundry detergent actually do.

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