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Cleaning

This page features information to help you clean just about anything. It also has stain remover recipes, cleaning recipes, and cleaning advice.

Picture of a red striped shirt in a washer. Clothing Stains 
Someone cleaning tile grout with a toothbrush. Advice 
Picture of a man holding up stinky shoes. Odors 
Primary Colored Shirts on Clothesline Laundry 
Woman Cleaning Appliances Appliances 
Cleaning eyeglasses with a cloth. Miscellaneous 
White French Chair on Wood Floor by Window Furniture 
Cleaning Urine Off Grout Bathroom 
Red wine spill on wood table Stains 
Removing Wine from Carpet, Wine Stain on Carpet Carpet 
Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Recipes Floors 
Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner Recipes Cleaning Supply Recipes 
photo of interior of burned stainless steel frying pan Dishes 
Cleaning  Clothing 
Ostrich feather duster against a blue sky. Cleaning Tools 
Homemade Kitchen Cabinet Degreaser Recipe, Rag in hand cleaning dark kitchen cabinet Kitchen 
photo of brown leather couch Leather 
Removing Tea Stains on Fabric  Fabric 
Woman Polishing a Piece of Silver Metal 
Crayon marks on a wall. Walls 
Washing a Blue Car Auto 
Refill and spray bottles of Awesome cleaner Products 
White Folder Comforter Linens and Blankets 
Woman in Green Shirt Cleaning Glass with Squeege Windows 
A collection of antique glass bottles. Glass 
Moldy Tiles and Bathtub Mold 
Rust and Peeling Blue Paint on Car Rust 
Borax powder, with a measuring cup and spray bottle. Tips 
Cleaning mini blinds square Blinds and Curtains 
Someone dusting the corner of a room with a duster. Dusting 
Photo of a diamond ring set. Jewelry 
Rubber ducky floating in a bubble bath. Toys 
Post it note that says clean your room on it. Bedrooms 
Hand with rubber glove holding a DVD Electronics 
Getting Cigarette Smell Out of Books. A pile of old books. Books and Papers 
A person cleaning a flat screen monitor with a cloth. Computer 
Row of clothes hung up at a dry cleaners. Dry Cleaning 
Homemade Softscrub Cleaner Recipe, Photo of cleaning bucket and supplies. Spring Cleaning 
Red Wine in Crystal Glass on Black Crystal 
Cleaning Stainless Grill BBQ and Grill 
Saving Money on Web Hosting, Closeup of URL and Cursor Links 

Awful Smell in Entryway

We have an odor only in our back hall. It smells like a cross between musty and dead animal. We have completely redone the basement, but the smell seems to be confined to the front entry. What can we do?

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Removing Lily Pollen Stains on Carpet

I have seen the remarks about isopropyl alcohol for cleaning. Is there more than one type and if so which one is best to remove the stain on my cream carpet? Thanks.

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Rubbing Alcohol as Eyeglass Cleaner

I keep rubbing alcohol in a small 2 oz. spray bottle. I use it to clean my glasses. You could also use your own homemade glass cleaner, but I find it easier to just fill it with the rubbing alcohol.

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Spray Vinegar after Showering

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar by the shower. When I am done showering, I use the squeegee and then I spritz the shower walls and inner curtains with the vinegar. It keeps mildew at bay and disinfects the shower.

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Locating Rotten Smell in House

I've been cleaning all morning and I've removed everything that it could possibly be. Seriously, I also have a really really good sense of smell, to a point where everyone is annoyed by me asking "what smells" all the time.

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Removing Tape Residue from Car Headrest

My daughter put duck tape around the headrest in my car. I am trying to figure out how to take off the tape residue?

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Felt Pads Left Marks on Furniture Finish

I use felt pads on lamps to keep lamp movement from scratching. I notice though that when I change objects or lamps there are sometimes circular rings from the tabs. They will not wax or buff out. How do you remove them?

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Removing Liquid Paper (Wite Out) from Clothing

How do you remove Wite Out from clothing?

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Using an Exfoliating Glove for Cleaning
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White Clothing Turned Grey in Wash

Does anybody have any ideas as to why my underwear has turned grey especially my bras? I have already tried using a whitener product like a sachet in the back of the machine which is supposed to get rid of the grey and take laundry back to white, but to no avail.

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Cleaning a Black Porcelain Sink
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Cleaning Black Granite Fixtures
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Cleaning Artificial Plants and Flowers

I spray Febreze generously onto the whole flower/foliage arrangement, tree, etc. This works just as well as commerical cleaners made specifically for silk flowers. Just spray, no wiping necessary.

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Cleaning with Denatured Alcohol
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Removing a Dye Stain on Furniture

How do you get dye out of a chair and table?

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Getting Melted Crayon Out of Dried Clothes

Go to your nearest a Dollar Tree or Dollar General and buy a bottle of Awesome. Spray Awesome directly on the dried crayon and soak in hot water. Then use your choice of laundry detergent to pretreat the stain again. After about 10 to 20 minutes put back in machine and wash again.

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Cleaning Cat Vomit Off Wood Table
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Removing Permanent Marker from Hair

I put Crayola permanent marker in my hair. How do I get it out?

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Cleaning Porcelain Village Pieces

We have a Department 56 village and had a flood Wednesday. How can we clean the porcelain village? Please help. Thank you.

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Removing Ink from Book

How do I remove black ink from a book?

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Cleaning Your Crocs Shoes
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Removing Antiquing Gel from Cloth

I recently got antiquing gel on some clothing, but thought it would come out by using Goop and washing it. It did not and am looking for suggestions to remove the stain.

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Removing Bleach Mark

How can I remove a bleach stain from a light green skirt?

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Removing Sticky Black Tile Adhesive

When we bought this house, it had blue tiles in the kitchen that did not go with our decor. We asked the guy who was laying our carpet if there would be a problem if he put some peel and stick tiles over them.

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Use Ice Scraper for Cleaning

Using my favorite and best cooking pot, I put some green beans on to cook and went to the computer to check the weather while the strings beans were coming to a boil. Next thing I knew, the smoke alarm was blaring...

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Repairing a Burned and Cracked Countertop

I have a small (quarter sized) burn mark and 1.5 inch crack on my white countertop. Any suggestions to either replace the counter cheaply or repair it without any noticeable difference?

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Slipcover Stained Sofa

My sofa was stained by a black couch cover from Overstock.com. It bled into our off white microfiber sofa.

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Removing Glitter Nail Polish from Clothes

I spilled some glitter nail polish on a black top and I just can't get it off. A website said that it helps with nail polish remover, but it doesn't even work to get it off the nails! Do you have any ideas how to get this off really quick?

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Removing Hard Water Spots

I bought a car recently and it has water spots all over the car. It's so bad that it has become part of the paint job, and the windows are so bad that you can barely see out of them.

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Removing Red Wine Stains From Carpet

How do I remove red wine stains from my carpet?

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Starch Stains on my Shirt

I have been using Merito starch to ease ironing. Yesterday, I used it on my shirt the same way I used it before, but stains were left on my shirt. I have already tried to wash it with water once, but it did not come off.

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Dull Film on Laminate Flooring

I have new laminate floors, that I cleaned with Bona products. They now are dull and ugly. What can I do? They have a thick film on them.

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Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Fabric...
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Removing Mildew from Patio Carpet

I have outdoor carpet glued to my cement patio. In the spring, it was pressure washed to remove the mildew and stains from the winter. Now areas of it are getting brown. I'm assuming it is mildew again. Any suggestions for removing and preventing it from happening?

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Removing Burnt Oil From a Frying Pan
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Removing Burnt Brown Sugar from Microwave

Attempting to 'soften' brown sugar, I used the microwave. The plastic bag container burst and left a hardened pool of burnt sugar? What can I do? Anything?

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Removing Pollen Stain on Carpet
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Removing Tomato Stains in Plastic Food Containers

What can I use to get spaghetti stains out of my plastic food containers?

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Cleaning a Vintage Chandelier
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Musty Smelling Cellar

I have a walk-out cellar w/2 windows and a patio door. The windows are open all the time and I still get that smell. I purchased a dehumidifier. I ran it for a week straight which helped with the smell but almost doubled my light bill. Would a ceiling fan help?

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Wash Laundry Detergent Cap

I hate having streaks of detergent running down my detergent bottles. It will then drip onto my dryer. After it dries, I have to scrub to get it off.

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Fabric Dye Bled on Clothing

So my mother washed my favourite sports bra for dancing. The original color was the inside was purple and the outside was pink, but now the purple has run into the pink and it looks awful. Does anyone have and suggestions on how to fix it? I'd really appreciate it thanks!

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Towel To Speed Dryer Time

When putting clothes into the dryer, add one large clean dry towel. This will absorb the wetness and your whole load will dry twenty minutes sooner.

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Removing Fruit and Vegetable Stains on Skin
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Removing Stains on a Kitchen Counter

How do I remove stains from the counter? I have tried vinegar and Ajax. I am not exactly sure what type of food stain it is.

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Repairing a Bleach Stain on Leather
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Removing Spoiled Milk Odor from Car

I left milk in car for 2 days. It smells awful, how do I get this smell out of car?

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Cleaning Terra Cotta Pots

How would you clean the pots other than than in a dishwasher?

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Dollar Tree Tub and Shower Cleaner

The iron is so bad in our water that I have to clean our shower once a week. There are two things that work for me. The first is "The Works Tub and Shower Cleaner" from the Dollar Tree. You spray it on, leave it and wipe off. It's magic.

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Cleaning an Electric Fan
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Hair Dye Stains on a Leather
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Removing Mildew on Suede
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Removing Mold and Mildew from Leather
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Removing Moth Ball Odor From Luggage

Moth balls were put in plastic bags with luggage stored in a barn. Now I can't use luggage for intense moth ball smell.

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Cleaning a Sliding Door Track
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Dryer Sheets for Removing Tar

My husband is a roofer and came home with tar on his pants, which I did not notice. I wet several dryer sheets and went to town. Worked amazingly! I then washed the inside of the dryer with hot soapy water.

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Nail Polish Remover For Silk Stains

I have an ivory silk comforter that I purchased about a week and a half ago. It came in the mail, and I've already spilled a pink substance on it. I took a cotton ball and dipped it 1/4 of the way into nail polish remover.

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Removing Shine from Polyester Curtains

I found some polyester curtain panels at Target. They are the perfect color, but they have more of a shine than I like. Is there any way to gently remove the shine? I would like the fabric to have more of a flat finish as opposed to the gloss.

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Cleaning Fans
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Ink on Vinyl Raincoat

I have printer ink on my vinyl raincoat. How can I remove it?

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Shining Shoes
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Uses for Scented Soap
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Reducing Suds in the Washer
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Sterilize With Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide
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Removing Cooked on Candy from Pot
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Teaching Kids to Care for Their Clothes

When my kids were younger, each had plastic hangers, a laundry hamper and clothes basket in their favorite color. They knew what laundry was theirs and were responsible for putting it up, just by the color of the hanger and basket.

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Use Rain for Cleaning Throw Rugs

I found out by accident the best way to clean my old throw rugs. I washed them and hung them on the clothesline outside. Then it rained, and rained and rained. To my surprise, they were cleaner then when I first hung them out.

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Cleaning Fabric Paint Off Kids' Hands
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Cleaning Paint Off Leather Desktop

I just bought a desk that had very old hardware on it. It also had two layers of very bad paint so I was stripping it down. And part way through I realized that the top has a leather inlay. I scratched it up some any clue how I can fix it? I also need to get the rest of the paint off; any clue how?

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Easiest Way to Clean Electric Oven

I am looking for ways to clean an electric oven; a fast cleaning way for a lazy grandmother.

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Removing Fabric Dye from a Doll
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Cleaning Vinyl Shower Flooring

How do you clean permanent rubber vinyl shower flooring? It is 10 years old and badly stained.

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Muffin Tin for Draining Glasses
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Removing Odor from Cat Spray on Electronics

How do I remove the smell from cat spray on an Xbox 360? I've been rubbing it with multi action cleaner for about an hour, but with no result.

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Getting Rid of Musty Smell in Basement

My basement is 90% finished, but I still get a musty smell in it. How can I get rid of it without spending a lot of money?

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Preventing Spots on Kids Clothing
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Cleaning Stained Plastic Bowls

To clean stains out of bowls, leave bowl sitting with white vinegar in it. Leave it for a few days, then rinse and wipe out.

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Keeping Mold from Growing on House Siding
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Keeping Your Tablecloth and Placemats Clean
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Removing Ink on Vinyl
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Removing Moth Ball Smell from a Fur Jacket

I have a fur jacket that has been handed down to me, but it smells of moth balls. How can I get rid of the smell?

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Removing Permanent Pen from Leather Car Interior

How do I remove permanent pen from leather car interior?

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Tips for Cleaning Floors
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Removing Pine Tree Sap from Concrete

How do I remove pine tree sap from concrete?

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Removing Pine Tree Sap from Pool Screening

How do I remove pine tree sap from pool screening?

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Other Uses for Laundry Detergent
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Urine Smell on Linens
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Identifying and Eliminating Odor in Mobile Home
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Removing Hair Dye from Wood Cabinet

When I dyed my hair the plastic bottle went flying, and spattered the side of my bathroom wood cabinet.

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Removing Rust in Toilet Bowl

How do you get rid of rust in toilet bowl? I've tried bleach cleaners.

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Cleaning a No Wax Floor

We had a no wax Armstrong floor laid in our kitchen last fall. The pattern is a black and white diamond pattern. The black pattern is no problem it doesn't show the dirt, but on the white pattern we have tried everything to get it clean, nothing works!

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Cleaning Faux or Cultured Marble
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Cleaning Moldy Smelling Dollar Bills
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Ink Stain on White Suit

I threw my white suit in the washing machine, without removing a biro pen and a ink pen. When the washing cycle finished, I noticed a few large ink stains on my white suit, the only one I own. Can you help please?

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Dilute Dishwashing Liquid

I buy 1 large bottle of whatever is on sale and I save the old bottles, When I get a new bottle, I fill 3 bottles with just a 1/4 of liquid and the rest water, I end up with 4 bottles of liquid detergent.

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Prepare Ivory Soap in the Microwave

If you use Ivory soap for your homemade laundry detergent, put your bar in the microwave and turn on high until it blows up into a "mountain". Stop the microwave, let cool, then push down the mountain into a hill of soap flakes.

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Removing a Rust Stain in Porcelain Tub

I have a white porcelain bathtub that was heavily stained with rust when rusty drain clearing cable was left spread in tub. Sprayed the tub, sprinkled Bar Keepers Friend on stain. Wet cloth and lightly scrubbed the tub. The rust disappeared 90% first application.

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Removing Scuff Marks from Waxed Tile Floors
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Removing Sunscreen Stains on Clothing

I am trying to remove orange and yellow stains from sunscreen on kids' clothes After Barkeepers Friend, The Works, etc. is used do you let it sit and then launder as normal?

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Use Gap as Hanger Helper
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Using Any Vacuum Cleaner Bag
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Cleaning Corduroy
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Sap Leaking from Outdoor Furniture
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13th Birthday Party Ideas for a Girl

My daughter is turning 13 and she does not know what to do. She wants to invite up to 5 or 6 of her friends, but her birthday is in November and it gets cold and I don't know what to do.

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Cleaning a Tea Pot

I want to clean the inside of my chrome plated tea pot. How do I do it?

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Emergency Sink Stopper
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Grease Stains on Gore- Tex Jacket

How do I get car grease out of a Gorte-Tex jacket?

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Lipstick Stain on Coach Fabric Wallet

How can I get a hot pink lipstick stain out of my fabric Coach wallet?

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Removing Gum from Clothes

How do I get gum out of clothes after they have been dried?

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Getting Rid of Mold on Window Seals
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Old House Has a Bad Smell

Our house is over 150 years old, we get a smell as soon as we walk in. My concern is rotting wood or mold. I don't think it's mold because I see no signs around and I keep a very clean house. Could the sills be rotten? We don't have a basement, just a dirt crawl space.

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Seeds Left Black Spots on a Composite Deck

Some weird tree seeds fell on my non-maintenance deck and made black spots all over it. I tried water and a brush, but it won't come off. Anyone, please help!

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Using the Last of the Clorox 2
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Removing Permanent Makeup Pigment from Dress

I need to know how to get the pigment out of a linen dress. I applied water, but that was all I could do in the middle of performing this service on a client. It was a deep dark brown color. Yuck. The dress is light green.

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Removing Red Kool-Aid on Microfiber

How do I get red Kool-Aid out of micro fiber?

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Cleaning a Crock Pot
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Compressed Air for Dusting

My living room items get very dusty due to my windows always being open. I have wooden ships and knick knacks. I use compressed air in the can to spray the dust off of them. It works great.

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Removing Curry Stains on Clothing
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Removing Pesticide Stains On Glass Window

My husband sprayed hornet and wasp spray above a window and the drift left streaks on the window below. How can I remove wasp spray stains from our window?

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Cleaning Milk from Upholstery
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Cleaning Up Spilled Clorox

What do you recommend to clean-up a large spill of Clorox bleach on a concrete garage floor?

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Removing Dry Erase Marker from Clothes

I let my little grandson scribble with a dry erase marker and he got it all over his shirt. I was really surprised that it would be so difficult to get out. I tried all the tips listed, except for the ink remover.

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Removing Nail Polish from Microfiber Couch

I was doing my nails on the couch when no one was home. I had to go use the ladies room, when I came back I completely forgot the nail polish was on the couch with no lid on so I accidentally knocked it over as I sat down!

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