Aggie MacKenzie
Early in 2003, while head of the Good Housekeeping Institute (the consumer and cookery departments of the magazine), I was invited to take a screen test alongside housekeeper Kim Woodburn. Just a few months later Channel 4’s How Clean is your House? became an instant hit with over four million viewers. The show ran for six series, plus two produced in the US. The How Clean? format was sold to numerous countries around the world and the UK version currently airs in 16 of them – from Norway to Namibia!

I was born in Rothiemurchus, Aviemore in 1955 and left in 1973 for Aberdeen to study to be a bilingual secretary, after which I went to work for the Foreign Office in London. On my first day I was told I was actually at MI6 and did I want to stay with them or go and work for the real Foreign Office? Always one to favour a challenge, I agreed to stay and take on a Miss Moneypenny role. After two years I was offered an overseas posting but felt I was not cut out for embassy life so I left to spread my wings and pursue a career in women’s magazines, which eventually led me to Good Housekeeping.

As the Dirt Detective who swabs surfaces then delivers the grim results, myself and Kim have produced three books: How Clean is your House?, Too Posh to Wash and The Cleaning Bible. My long-running weekly domestic column in the Saturday Times is now published as a book, Ask Aggie (Penguin, £7.99). I also write a monthly food page in Good Housekeeping.

TV credits include How Clean is Your House?, Too Posh to Wash, Come Dine with Me, The F Word, Never Mind the Full Stops, Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, Richard and Judy, This Morning, GMTV, The Jonathan Ross Show, Graham Norton, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Children in Need, Loose Women, Saturday Kitchen, Ready Steady Cook, Big Brother’s Little Brother, Dead Ringers (by proxy!), The Wright Stuff, Breakfast News, The Paul O’Grady Show, Hider in the House, Market Kitchen, The One Show, Dancing on Ice, Daily Cooks' Challenge, Grumpy Old Women, We Need Answers, Britain's Best Dish, BBC News 24, Rodge and Podge (RTE), Daily Politics Show, The Hour Show (Scottish Television).

Radio work A week's holiday stand-in for Fred Macaulay on Radio Scotland's live morning daily magazine show, Macaulay & Co, Nov 09.

Blog Entries by Aggie MacKenzie

Aggie Cycles Kenya: After 400km, I'm Back Now!

(0) Comments | Posted 10 November 2011 | (22:00)

For those of you not keeping up with Aggie's blogs on the Huffington Post, the UK's favourite domestic fairy godmother has just finished a massive 400km cycle ride across Kenya, all in the name of Women v Cancer.

I'm back home now...and, apart from a bit of peeling sunburn, all...

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Aggie Cycles Kenya: Kisumu - Home!

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2011 | (09:24)

For those of you that haven't been keeping up to date with Aggie's blogs on the Huffington Post, the UK's favourite domestic fairy godmother currently finds herself in Kenya, undertaking a massive 400km cycle ride, all in the name of Women v Cancer.

All proceeds from this epic challenge, which...

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Aggie Cycles Kenya: Nyeri - Nyahururu

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2011 | (15:40)

We've been warned about today. After the easy introduction to the cycling yesterday (only 2km!), we're ramping up the miles today aiming to get 99km under our saddles. We start by heading off into the beautiful surroundings of Nyemi, an area laced with fields of tea, coffee and other exotic...

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Aggie Cycles Kenya: Nairobi - Nyeri

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2011 | (15:48)

Day 2: Sunday 30 October (Nairobi - Nyeri)

I've arrived in Nairobi after a flight from the UK but there's no let-up on this trip. I'm now off on a four-hour coach trip to the Green Hills Hotel in Nyeri.

We're up in the Central Highlands on the edge of...

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Aggie Cycles Kenya!

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2011 | (00:00)

Never one to be shy of taking up a challenge (Dancing on Ice, Total Wipeout, MasterChef to name a few), my next death-defying adventure is a 400km cycle ride in Kenya, on behalf of Women V Cancer (Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action).


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Aggie on Masterchef

(1) Comments | Posted 19 September 2011 | (00:00)

If you've ever watched MasterChef and thought it looked as if it might be a stressful thing to do, you are spot-on. I know, because I am taking part in the current series (the sleb one, that is, shown every weekday afternoon on BBC1, then repeated as catch up shows...

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Healthy Eating, Gorgeous Flowers and Some Pillow Talk

(1) Comments | Posted 30 July 2011 | (00:00)

My title may be a tad titillating but I guarantee this information will serve you well as temperatures rise...

When making dinner for friends last week one asked how hygienic a wooden chopping board is, particularly in this hot weather. Of course it depends on how well you clean...

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