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The green cleaner: 15 natural ways to spruce up your home – from nettles to rainwater | Homes

It was a filthy washing machine that prompted Nancy Birtwhistle to embrace the power of eco-friendly cleaning. “I was nearly at the point where I thought I needed a new washing machine, because it was a disgrace,” she says. “And that’s the sort of culture we’ve become: ‘I’ll replace it.’” Instead, she gave it a thorough clean and switched to homemade detergent. She says her machine no longer gets gunked up from chemical overload.Birtwhistle, a no-nonsense retired GP practice manager and grandmother of nine, won the fifth series of The...
Tech

Free fast broadband offered in UK to support home schooling | Home schooling

Thousands of families struggling with home learning are being offered free high-speed broadband following a partnership between internet provider Hyperoptic and dozens of local authorities across the UK.Families in 37 local authority areas, from Tower Hamlets in London to Newcastle and Leeds that are struggling with remote learning due to poor or no internet will be offered the chance to have a high speed connection installed with no usage charges until the end of the summer term. At that point there is no obligation to stick with the service. Telecoms...
Business

Home buyers face unexpected tax bill when stamp duty kicks in | Stamp duty

Thousands of home buyers could be hit with an unexpected tax bill of up to £15,000 each if the stamp duty holiday ends as planned on 31 March, Rightmove has warned. The property website said that with the stamp duty deadline approaching, some sellers who had put their property on the market during the last few weeks were hoping to tempt buyers with a competitive price in an attempt to squeeze in a sale before the holiday ends.However, Rightmove said its latest analysis showed that it was taking 126 days...
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