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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 
Crayon marks on a wall. Walls 
Woman Polishing a Piece of Silver Metal 
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 
Borax powder, with a measuring cup and spray bottle. Tips 
Rust and Peeling Blue Paint on Car Rust 
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 

Removing Gasoline Smell from Shoes

I have managed to spill some petrol which had some 2 stroke in it into my boot, which has a polystyrene decoration in the shape of a tyre. Any ideas on how to get the smell from it? Your help would be appreciated. Kind regards.

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Removing Mop & Glo Buildup on Wood Floors

What do I use to remove Mop & Glo build on my wood floors?

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Blue Stain in Sink

My wife likes to use Windex to clean everything! Well, she was cleaning the guest bathroom sink and there was an area where the porcelain enamel had rubbed off unbeknownst to her. Once the spray hit that spot, it absorbed the blue spray and now there is a big discolored blue spot where the enamel had rubbed off. Does anyone have any suggestions how I can remove the stain? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Cleaning Dingy Whites With Color

I've got several white tank tops with colored stripes on them, some are brand new and thus still white, some have the white parts, and sometimes even the colored parts, looking grey and dingy. Is there any way to brighten the dingy ones up, and/or to keep the others from getting that way?

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Moldy Fridge

The power was off at one of my rental properties for three months. The tenants left a small amount of food and one container in the fridge. There were fruit flies all over the house. I haven't dared open the fridge since I put the power back on. Should I clean it out at this point, or get another fridge?

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Mothball Smell on Mattress

My wife just got a nice bed given to her, but the mattress smells of moth balls. Can any one please help us get rid of the moth ball smell on it? Thank you very much.

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Removing Downy Buildup from Washer

How do I remove Downy buildup in the washing machine?

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Cleaning Piano Keys

Hubby hired a new cleaning service, and I don't know what they did to dust the piano, but half of the keys have some kind of rough residue on them now. It is so distracting when you play! I tried a little alcohol. I tried spraying general cleaner on a soft cloth. Nothing seems to touch it. Help?

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Cleaning Silver

I have a lot of silver pieces from my family. I've read here before about cleaning silverware, but don't remember anything about cleaning the larger pieces. Could someone help me with this one? The thought of cleaning them, by hand, piece by piece, is overwhelming.

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Removing Lacquer from Silver

How do you remove lacquer from silver and silver plate?

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Getting Cat Spray Out of Carpets

How can I get old cat spray out of my rug? It's a big rug for the middle of the floor.

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Removing a Sticky Residue
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Cleaning Stain on Car Headliner

How do I get chocolate milk off the roof inside my car? I've tried to clean it off, but a dark stain is still there. Is there anything I can do to get it off?

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Dull Laminate Floors?

Floor surface residue build up is a combination of previously used products, yes, but there are many other culprits: outside dirt, foot oil, lotions, baby powders, perfumes, room deodorizers, make-up, etc.

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Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Pet Urine Odor

Many years ago a vet tech suggested using hydrogen peroxide to remove pet odors from carpet, rather than buying the all too expensive store bought cleaners. I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since. Test an area of the carpeting/upholstery first, then soak the area you're treating with peroxide. Let it dry completely. The odor won't disappear until it is completely dry so don't be impatient, give it time. If it's a stubborn/very strong odor, you may need to repeat the process, but when you're done, the odor will be completely gone and you will have saved a lot of $$.

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Removing Dog Yeast Stains on Sheets
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Removing Yellow Stain in Fiberglass Tub

I have a fiberglass jet bath tub that has a yellowing stain in the bottom of tub how do I get it out?

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Rug Left Yellow Stain on Vinyl Floor

How do you get the yellow stain off vinyl flooring that is left there from a rubber backed floor mat? I use 2 small rugs in my kitchen; one at the sink and the other at the door to the deck. My floor is one of the best white vinyl floorings and the area under the mat has an off color.

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Use Armor All Leather Wipes

I had large globs and spray spots of white house paint that had dried for months on a new gray leather couch. It took me about thirty minutes to remove all the paint using the vehicle leather wipes. I rubbed each paint spot lightly and consistently while using the wettest portion of each wipe, and switching them out when needed.

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Locating the Source of a Bad Smell

I live in a garage apt (two car garage apt above it) and before I moved in my landlord gutted it and refurbished the whole place. I started to notice a nasty smell in my kid's room that I thought was just my kid stinking of body odor. It would go away for a week or two, then I would smell it again only stronger.

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Removing Ink from Dried Clothes

A pen was left in my husband's t-shirt and it broke and got ink on almost everything. I didn't see it until I took the clothes out of the dryer. Is there anything I can use to get the ink out of a lot of clothes?

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Removing Tree Sap from an Awning Cover

How can I remove a large amount of sap from my RV awning? It is approximately 8' X 8".

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Removing Pen Ink from Clothes

I got pen ink on my cargo pants and I don't know how to get it off. What should I do?

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Swiffer Wet Jet Won't Spray

I have put a new bottle of solution in the mop, but nothing will spray out. Suggestions?

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Removing Mold from Couch

I stored an upholstered couch sectional in my damp basement for a year. Then I brought it upstairs and put it in my den. Now I have grandchildren who like to play in the den. They play with the couch pillows. After I play with them in the den I feel nasal congestion the next day and itchy eyes.

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Identifying Odor in House

My house has a distinct smell of asparagusic acid. The odor just started and it seems to have moved from one room to another. Any ideas what it might be?

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Removing Rotten Smell

Were moving an old freezer that had lost power and caused a turkey to rot. The ice melted and the water became stagnated combined with the rotten meat smelled horrific. The water spilled onto the wooden deck, and we can not get the smell out. What do you recommend?

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Cleaning a Gas Oven

Is it safe to leave ammonia in a gas oven after it has warmed? Will it not blow up? To clean it, I want to use ammonia but have safety fears!

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Cleaning Christmas Stockings
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Fabric Dye in Sheets Gets Blotchy When Washed

Every time I buy new sheets they go patchy in the first few washes and even change color. I have had 2 sets of sheets that were a duck egg green that changed to more of a blue after washing. I follow all the instructions, cold water wash and I dissolve wash powered before adding sheets. I have hard water and no access to hot water for my washing machine just cold.

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Picking Soap Nuts

Where near Wildwood Florida can I find a wild soap nut tree to pick my own?

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Removing Ink Stains from Dryer

I have gotten ball point ink on my dryer as I left a pen in my jeans. It went through the wash. Do you have a solution for getting the horrible stain off?

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Removing Nail Polish from Suede Boots

My friend spilled green nail polish on my suede boots. Is there any way to get it off?

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Cleaning a Fiber Optic Poinsettia Tree
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Removing a Stain from Oak Floor

My oak floor is stained by my dog being sick on floor in the night. It is dark brown in color and the size of a medallion. Can I ever remove this? I have wiped it over and it doesn't budge.

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Removing Fabric Transfer Dye from Clothing

My son was working with this transfer dye at school, but someone bumped into him and he has got it on the back of his school shirt. I don't know how to get the transfer dye out of it.

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Using Borax in the Laundry

I just bought a 7kg front-load washer. I expect to use 1/2 cup borax per load. However, we normally wash in cold. Does borax dissolve effectively in cold water?

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Cleaning a Burnt Pot
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Removing Dried Water Marks on Car Seats

I have water marks on my car seat material. I have tried various detergents, upholstery cleaners, etc. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

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Getting Rid of Mouse Odor in Car

The car sat for over a year and smells horrible inside. We tried baking soda, shampooing the interior and the trunk with a Rug Doctor machine, even added vinegar to the cleaning solution. Nothing worked. Then we found 3 different mouse nests - 2 in the back speakers, and 1 in the air vent blower below the dash board.

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Removing Gasoline Odor from Clothes

How do I get a gasoline odor removed from a sweatshirt?

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Reviving a Dull Laminate Floor

My laminate floor is dull. Please help? I've tried Bono cleaner for laminate floors to no avail. They are clean, but have dull spots. What can I do? I've heard vinegar and water is good, but afraid to try it.

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Removing Glue from Bathroom Tiles

I have sticky glue on my bathroom tiles that has been there for a long time. It has become very hard in texure. How can I remove it?

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Removing Rust from Refrigerator Door

How do I remove rust off the outside of a fridge door?

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Removing Burnt Taste From Thermos Drinking Spout

My husband has a flourishing thermos, but somehow the lid with spout now smells and tastes like burnt coffee. How do we get rid of it?

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Removing Cigarette Smoke Smell from Fabric Headboard

I just purchased a fabric headboard and frame. It looks perfect and I got it for a great price, but, when I got it home I realized just how it reeked of cigarette smoke! I sprayed diluted white vinegar a few times and that didn't help. I also put out bowls of activated charcoal, but that didn't help either.

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Removing Sweat Stains On Buckskin Couch

I have dark perspiration stains on my buckskin couch. How do I remove them?

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Using a Hoover Carpet Cleaner

Can you really put boiling water in the plastic tank on a cheap Hoover carpet cleaner without hurting it?

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Broom for Cleaning Bathtub

Now that I'm an Oldie but Goodie I have found an easier way to clean the bathtub. After my shower, I lightly sprinkle cleanser in tub. I got a broom from Dollar Tree, wet it and swish it all over, tub and walls.

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Borax Substitute for Cleaning Mold

I recently saw your video on youtube about cleaning mold with borax. The problem is I live in Holland and I can't find it at local stores.Is bicarbonate sodium a good subtitute for cleaning mold out of my bedroom?

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Cleaning Motor Oil Off Winter Jacket

I got oil or grease on a winter jacket. Any ideas?

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Long Lasting Laundry Freshener Spray

I have a small laundry shop business and I use only Downy for making clothes smell good, but the problem is the smell of the clothes lasts only 2 to 3 hours.

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Removing a Marker Stain on a Backpack

So my orange highlighter was left opened inside my backpack and has stained it inside and out. My backpack is blue on the outside and I don't want to ruin the outside trying something that won't work. Help!

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Homemade Dry Foam Carpet Cleaner

Can I make a cleaner that will emit dry foam?

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Removing Grease from Kitchen Cabinets

How do I remove years of grease from cabinets above the stove and also the microwave door above the stove?

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Removing Perfume Smell from Clothes

How do I remove perfume smell from clothes?

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Removing Sap From Wool

I have a spot of holly sap on a 100 percent Merino wool jumper. I have tried removing it with soap, but it hasn't budged.

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Cleaners Turn Floor Tile Bluish Color

I'm pretty sure I have linoleum tiles in my bathroom (though they may be vinyl, not sure how to tell the difference). They're an off white color and probably from about the 70s or 80s. Every time I try to clean or scrub them, they start to turn a blue grey color and no matter what I use.

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Cleaning a Fabric Sofa with Alcohol

Can I use rubbing alcohol on a fabric sofa and how do I do it? Thank you.

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Removing Tape Residue from Curtains

Sticky web tape has been used for shortening the curtains. Now I want to take them down, but it has left part of the tape on them.

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Locating a Musty Smell in My House

My house is part of a duplex in a neighborhood that was built in 2005 in north Florida. I moved into it in 2009 and there was no smell. This past May or so (2014), I started noticing a very musty foul stale smell in my kitchen and living room (they're both basically the same space, the kitchen is see-through).

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Removing Wall Paint from a Canvas Art Print

Whilst painting my walls with emulsion paint I noticed that paint spots appeared on my printed canvas painting. I tried to remove the paint with a cloth, but I made a horrible white smudge mark. Can you tell me how I can remove the smudge mark without ruining the printed picture underneath?

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Safe Homemade Computer Screen...
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SOS Pad Stained Bathroom Fixtures
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Cleaning Highlighter on Backpack

I got a new blue and white backpack for school this year. I let a friend borrow a highlighter. When they were finished with it, they put it in the front pocket of my new backpack. The next morning I noticed the highlighter bled through.

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Problems with Fabric Dryer Sheets

He changed the sensor in the dryer and told us those "dryer sheets" had coated it, causing a false signal that turned off the dryer. He told us to stop using them. Now we only use liquid with our wash and no more trouble.

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Removing Green Nail Polish from Leather Boots

I have tried nail polish remover, but only a little bit came off. The big stains won't come out. They are nice boots and still new, I don't want to give up and just give rid of them. I need help to save my boots.

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Removing Insect Stains on Roller Blinds

I have stiff roller blinds and want to remove squashed insects that look like rust stains.

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Removing Sap from Pelts

How do I remove tree sap from pelts without damaging the fur?

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Washing Delicate Fabrics in Woolite

Can you hand wash velvet in Woolite? I have a black velvet dress (100% rayon velvet bodice, 100% polyester crepe skirt) that I bought at a consignment shop. There are no obvious spots, but I would like to"freshen" it up.

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Cleaning a Burned Iron

I was ironing my uniform, when I adjusted the heat capacity of the iron. I set it on level 2, but the clothes had no reaction to its heat so I adjusted it again to level 4 and unfortunately it burned a part of the uniform. My concern is not the burned uniform, but the mess it got to the surface of the iron. It looks like plastic got burned into it, but it was actually cloth.

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Foul Smell Coming Under House

It just started 3 days ago. At first I just smelled it a little bit in the bathroom in my room. Then it was gone the following morning. The next day I didn't smell it except underneath the sink. Now the 3rd day it's just a overwhelming foul smell.

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Goof Off to Remove Permanent Marker

Use a product called Goof Off. I spayed this on the marker spot and it ran off. Be sure to have a dry rag to wipe it up quickly. It's the only thing that takes it all off.

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Murphy's Oil Soap to Remove Chocolate Stains

If you have a chocolate stain on clothes, try Murphy's Oil Soap. Dab it on the stain and rub. Once the stain is gone, rinse with cool water til soap is removed and launder as usual.

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Cleaning Wax From Brass Table

How can I clean wax from a brass table?

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Magic Eraser Left Marks
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Removing Candle Wax Stain from Carpet

I split red candle wax all over my brownish/multicolored carpet, and there is a huge stain from the wax. I have no idea how to get it off, and I don't have an iron. So that method won't work. Any other suggestions?

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Removing Dye From the Dryer

A new pair of teal blue jeans were washed then put in my new dryer. The inside of the washer is stainless, but the dryer is white. It is now teal blue, does anyone know how to get it off?

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Removing Stains From Crocheted Christening Gown

How do your remove the yellowing stains from a 31 year old christening gown? This gown is crocheted with white yarn, and has a white satin slip.

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Unclogging a Swiffer Wet Jet
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Cleaning Cat Urine Smell Off Floors

I have laminate flooring in 2 rooms, hardwood floor in one, and rubber tile flooring in 2 rooms. We are smelling cat urine as soon as we come in the house, but can't find the exact location of the where she did it. So I need some advice as to what to use on each of these floorings.

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Painted Kitchen Cabinets Giving off Odor

We had our kitchen cabinets painted about 2 month ago and everything was fine. Since we have had the furnace on, the cabinets give off a smell that makes me sick to my stomach.

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Removing a Grape Juice Stain

What is the best cleaner to use to get out a grape juice stain?

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Removing Duct Tape Residue on Jacket

I have a pink winter jacket. I took off the duct tape, but I noticed a lot of residue. How do I remove it?

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Cleaning a Stain on Velvet Blazer

I've got a small dried on food stain, on the front of my blue velvet blazer. The stain is only the size of a grain of rice, but it is on the front centre, so in full view. I have not tried cleaning it yet, as I would surely make it worse not knowing the correct trick.

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Hot Water Stained Porcelain Sink

My hot water heater makes my hot water yellow which has in turn yellowed my white kitchen sink that's only 3 years old. Bleach, vinegar, and baking soda did nothing.

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Kool-Aid Stained Bath Tub

I was dyeing my hair with Kool Aid and when I washed it out it staned my bathtub. How do I get it out; it's dark red.

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Burn Stains On Electric Stove

How do I remove yellowish discolored burn stains from an electric stove that are around the drip pan?

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Easily Remove Coffee Stains From Mugs
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Removing Cat Spray from Vinyl Siding

What can I use to remove cat spray from vinyl siding? What can I do to have it not happen again?

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Removing Motor Oil on Fabric

Can anyone advise me on how to remove motor oil, from a chainsaw, that has leaked onto my outside couch fabric which is tapestry?

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Removing Naphthalene Smell in Furniture

I had to get rid of a completely finished wood storage chest that had wools and moth balls in it because of lingering odor, 2 years after emptying it. The clothes put in it afterward got smelly after a month.

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Cleaning a Suede Jacket

My suede jacket has a dark ring around the collar. I don't know how long it's been there as it was given to me by a friend.

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Removing Dried Acrylic Paint on Jeans

So, I accidentally washed and dried my grey skinny jeans with acrylic paint on them and didn't realize it was on till after. How do I get it off?

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Cleaning a Coffee Pot
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Removing New Paint Odor

How to get rid of paint odor in a newly painted house?

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Removing Wax from Clothing

I got wax on a pair of pants and it dried before I found it. I put stain removal product on it and washed in cold water. After washing it is still there. What do I do? How do I get this out?

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Salt Stains on Suede Boots

How do I get rid of the salt stains on my suede boots?

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Cleaning a Coffee Pot

My coffee pot is thick with coffee residue. What can I use around my house to clean my coffee maker?

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Cleaning Leather Car Seats

How to best clean beige leather car seats?

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Cleaning Stained Porcelain Butter Dish

It looks like someone put the butter dish on the stove and burned into the porcelain.

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Cleaning Stains on Shower Floor
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Musty Smell in Cellar

Our walk out basement has a cellar smell. The floor is fully carpeted over cement and has been there for about 25 years. The cellar smell/concrete smell appeared about 2 years ago.

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Red Ink on White Microfiber Chair

How to get red ink stain out of my white microfiber chair?

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Removing Stains from Wool Pants

A bowl of chili loaded with sour cream was dropped in my lap. Any suggestions for removing chili and sour cream from wool pants that say "dry clean only"?

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Cleaning a Coffee Maker
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Removing Wrinkles from Sheer Curtains

How do I remove wrinkles from sheers after washing them?

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Using Hydrogen Peroxide to Clean Mattress Stains

What volume of hydrogen peroxide should I use?

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Cleaning a Dry Clean Only Down Coat

I have a nylon jacket that's dry clean only, oh and it's down. I thought I'd wash it with gentle soap and hang dry and then after put it in dryer to fluff.

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Cleaning a Vera Bradley Bag
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Clothing Bled on Itself

Help! I made my daughter's pink and white uniform tie-dye on the white. She has 2 tournaments this weekend. It cost $200 and no way can I buy one as it can take weeks. What can I do?

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Removing a Coke Stain From a Raincoat

How do I remove a Coke stain from a white raincoat?

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Removing Odor from Microwave

My microwave smells like old milk, but it's only 6 weeks old and I clean it every day.

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Changing the Batteries on a Swiffer WetJet

I have an older Wetjet and don't know how to change the batteries. They're at the bottom of the Swiffer WetJet.

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Cleaning Fingerprints Off Glossy Furniture

I just bought a used large desk (very shiny, nice cherry veneer) which has what looks like many oily fingerprints. I tried to use just a soft, dry rag but it didn't help a lot.

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Opening Machine During Cycle

What is rE5 code?

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Cleaning Hazy Headlights

How do you get hazed over looking headlights on a used car to look clear again? Thanks.

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Cleaning Salt Off Suede Boots

How to clean road salt from suede boots?

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Homemade Laundry Soap

How do I use Boraxo hand soap to wash clothes in my machine? and do I mix it with regular washing detergent?

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Lint on Dark Clothes After Washing

After washing my clothes small particles like cotton appear on the clothes mainly on dark colour clothes like dark blue or black.

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Removing Candle Wax from a Wall

Any suggestions on how to remove candle wax from a wall would be appreciated.

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Removing Pet Urine Smell From Leather Love Seat

I have a leather love seat that my cat peed on and I can't get the smell out. The cushions are not removeable and the urine got down in the seams. Any solutions to getting rid of the smell?

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Smell In My Linen Closet

We have lived in our house for 1 year now. When we moved in our linen closet smelled like a dead animal had just died. We could smell it all over the house. Over time the smell dissipated in the house....

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Getting Diesel Smell Out of Clothes

How do I get diesel smell out of clothes?

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