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Don't throw out old toothbrushes

Old toothbrushes are great for cleaning minuscule little crevices. I use one dipped in jewellery cleaner to scrub my rings.

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A drinking straw is your teeth's best friend

When drinking soft drink, fruit juice, cordial, or indeed any drink other than water, use a drinking straw so that the liquid goes straight down the back of your throat instead of washing around your teeth.

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Hanging out the washing

When you're hanging out the washing, if you have a Hills Hoist, or any height-adjustable clothesline, wind it up to a level where you have to stand on your toes and stretch to reach it.

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For healthy teeth

Every single time you brush your teeth brush them as though you're about to attend a dental appointment.

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one dish at a time

When I'm drying the dishes, I dry things one at a time then carry them one at a time to the other end of the kitchen and put them away in the cupboard one at a time. In the bad old fat days I'd dry them all, stack them up, then make one trip to the cupboard carrying the stack..

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Pass the time wisely

When you're waiting in a queue, for example at a bank, do pelvic floor exercises (kegels) or tense then release your butt muscles for the duration of the wait.

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