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Make-do and mend to save you cash; In association with Surgi Care cosmetic surgery has arrived in Liverpool.

YOU used to laugh at your mother for doing it, but mend and make-do just got trendy.

From eco-and purse-friendly cleaning ideas, to what to do with those leftovers, here are Look's top ways to save yourself a fortune around the house:

Save old toothbrushes, sterilise them with boiling water and use them as cleaners. They're ideal for cleaning around taps.

Scrunched up newspaper is as good for cleaning windows and mirrors as a chamois leather cloth.

Remove dirt marks on wallpaper with scrunched up, crust-less white bread.

Keep light bulbs dusted and clean them regularly. Dirty light bulbs can reduce lighting efficiency by as much as 50%. Better still, make sure you're using energy-saving bulbs, too.

Bicarbonate of soda makes a good alternative to carpet freshener. Sprinkle it all over your carpet, leave for 15 minutes and then vacuum.

For a 'green' air freshener, leave a small container of vinegar in each room of the house to keep odours at bay.

You can freshen up stale bread by brushing it with water, wrapping it in aluminium foil and heating it in an oven at a medium temperature for 10 minutes. Freshen up old crackers or stale cereal by spreading them on a baking sheet and placing them in the oven at a medium temperature for a few minutes.

Unwrap new soap and store it among towels or bedding. The soap will scent the linen and at the same time harden to become longer-lasting.

Don't waste a whole lemon if you just need a drop. Stick a skewer into the lemon and sgueeze outthejuiceyou need. Wrap the lemon in foil and keep it in the fridge until you need the rest.

Freeze leftover pieces of cake until you have enough to make a trifle.

Keep a money jar by the main light switches, and fine family members each time a light is left on in an empty room.

To get the last bit out of a toothpaste tube, use a rolling pin to push the contents to the top.

If honey hardens in the jar, you can make it runny by standing the jar in recently boiled water for several minutes., Buy potatoes in bulk-but make sure to put an apple in with them as this 9 prevents them sprouting.

School fairs and charity shops are a good place to stock up on clothes for school plays and fancy dress parties.

Don't heat air when cooking! Use the cooker ring to match the size of the saucepan and put a lid on the pan so that it heats more guickly.

If you use your tumble dryer to dry jeans, place a towel in with them. The towel soaks up the moisture from thejeans which cuts down on drying time and saves money.

Use ordinary clothes pegs to seal opened food packets.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2008
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