Granny knows best

In an age of complex chemicals, clever gadgets and state-of-the-art technology, can we learn anything from the past? Ellie Tennant explores whether cleaning really has to be so complicated

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Before the days of powerful vacuum cleaners and supermarket sprays, our grandmothers cleaned their homes in a much simpler way. Not only did they have to make do and mend when it came to household cleaning products, but sooty fires and cooking ranges...

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