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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 
Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner Recipes Floors 
Removing Wine from Carpet, Wine Stain on Carpet Carpet 
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 
A collection of antique glass bottles. Glass 
Moldy Tiles and Bathtub Mold 
Woman in Green Shirt Cleaning Glass with Squeege Windows 
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 
Photo of a diamond ring set. Jewelry 
Someone dusting the corner of a room with a duster. Dusting 
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 

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Cleaning a Varnished Surface
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Getting Rid of Burnt Oil Smell in Pan

I burned oil in a stainless steel pan, about 10 minutes on the stove burning. The pan has a burnt oil smell I can't get out. Any suggestions?

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Removing Urine Stains on Hardwood

How do I remove dried urine spots from hardwood?

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Removing Ink From Paper

How do I remove ball point pen on coloured paper?

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Cleaning Spoiled Food Odor from Car

I spilled red beans all over my truck's floor! I got it all cleaned up and poured water on the carpet to rinse the bean juice out, but it got more down in the carpet. It is also under the trim around the door. I have tried vinegar, lemon, and ammonia cleaner, nothing will take the smell out. What can I use?

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Treating Urine Smell in Carpet

We are renting a house with carpet in the bathroom. It is the bathroom most frequently used by my children, including a 6 year old boy. Needless to say, the bathroom is beginning to smell like a subway station! I have wiped down the toilet and the walls and steam cleaned the carpet, but it still stinks.

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Washed Clothes Have a Sour Smell

I washed my clothes and used a hand towel to clean my face; it smelled sour. I had a cut so I used a towel again and poured hydrogen peroxide on it and it started bubbling. Doesn't that only happen if there is bacteria present? Do I change detergent or try vinegar or ammonia to clean the washer?

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Cleaning Silver and Diamond Necklace

Can I use denture tablets for cleaning a sterling silver necklace with little diamonds in it that turned black?

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Removing House Paint from Clothing

How do I remove house paint from dark black pants?

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Removing Musty Smell in Clothes

After spraying a musty smelling jacket with vinegar can put it in a closed bag?

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Removing Stains on Desk from USB Fan Feet

I play on my laptop on my computer desk. My fan gets hot. I have a USB fan to try and keep it cool. When I moved the laptop and fan I discovered a blackish stain on the desk where the feet of the fan were. My computer desk is a white high gloss. Is there any way of getting rid of the stain?

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Use Pantyhose to Catch Washing Machine Lint
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Cleaning Corroded Salt Shakers

What do you use to clean corroded salt shakers?

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Washing a Viscose Rayon Dress

I have a dress that's made of viscose rayon nylon lining and the instruction on the garment states dry clean. Can my garment be hand washed? It's just a hassle to dry clean one garment for me! I guess if I have to I can dry clean it, but I wonder if there's any suggestion to clean this dress easier?

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Getting an Acrylic Paint Stain Off Clothing

How do I get bright neon orange acrylic paint out of white material?

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Washing White Socks

I have socks with blue and pink heels and toes. Is it okay to wash them with regular whites?

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Hair Removal Wax on Faux Suede Couch

I'm hoping someone out there knows how to get hair removal wax out of faux suede. It is Satin Smooth soft wax. I've read about the iron over the cloth for candle wax but I'm worried it won't work the same way. The ice cube in a plastic bag trick doesn't work. Hair removal wax stays sticky even when it's dry.

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Cleaning the Outside of a Refrigerator
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Jeans Shirt Changed Color and Texture in...
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Put a Hand Sanitizer in Lunch Box
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Removing Nail Polish from Comforter

How do I get nail polish off my grandson's polyester comfort blanket? I have tried nail polish remover, but it did not work. Can anybody give me somthing that will work?

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Cleaning a Smelly Freezer

With the different ideas for ridding the freezer of rotten food odors none of them answer the question, should you have the freezer running or not. Both the pure vanilla idea as well as the charcoal sound like really good ideas. So should the freezer be running when trying theses ideas?

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Using Fels Naptha Soap
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Fels Naptha Alternatives
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Cleaning a Smelly Freezer

I just a few minutes ago purchased a used freezer. It was nasty. This freezer truly smells like something was dead in it! I have cleaned it with straight bleach, then Clorox Clean Up and just rinsed with vinegar. What can I do to get rid of this smell?

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Cleaning a Top Load Washing Machine
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Getting Super Glue Off Glasses

I used nail polish remover and the super glue came right off the eye glasses. Any ordinary nail polish remover will work.

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Removing Purple Sharpie From Hair

How do you get purple Sharpie out of your hair? I have tried alcohol already.

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Removing Skunk Smell from a Car
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Stain on Cotton Dry Clean Only Jacket
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Removing Odor from Camel Leather
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Replacing Velcro Tabs on Swiffer Wet Mop

My Swifter wet mop has no Velcro to stick the pads on. They must have fallen off from too much solution. Any ideas of how I can replace them? Should I just use regular stick on Velcro from JoAnn's?

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Cleaning a Top Load Washing Machine

I am wondering if anyone knows of a substitute for the laundry washer cleaner, Affree? I have a top loading, water-saver Maytag. It recommends Affree in the booklet and has a setting on the washer. Affree is $8.00 for a rather small size bottle.

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Cleaning Wax Off Marble Tabletop

My granddaughter used a thick white polish for leather on my marble dining table. She didn't remove it until the next day. I had trouble removing it, now I have a dull finish. It use to shine and now it looks dull and dirty. Is there anything I can do?

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Thoroughly Cleaning A Cast Iron Fry Pan

You can tell me not to use soap on my cast iron pans til the cows come home. I will use it, anyway. I refuse to put away a pan that has only been scraped and wiped. To me, that borders on 'nasty'.

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Cleaning Hair Off Towels
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Put a Knot in Stained Clothing

If you notice a stain in your clothing, and you are not going to wash it right away, tie a knot in it before you put it in the laundry basket. When you do the laundry, you will know that piece of laundry has to be pretreated before it goes into the wash.

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Removing Diesel Fuel from Clothes

How do you get diesel fuel out of clothes?

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Leather Computer Bag Smells Bad

I also purchased a camel leather satchel/lap top bag from India, and beyond the god awful smell, there seems to be this strange sheen of moisture on the bag every few days. I have moved it to different areas, to confirm it is not the result of anything leaking on to it, and that is definitely not the case.

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Cleaning Polyester Work Shirts

My son has white 100% polyester work shirts. I have already used bleach and fabric softener on them, but it is not working. They look dirty all of the time and I can't stand it. What can I do to make them white again?

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Homemade Wringer for Hand Washing Clothes
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Removing Spray Paint From Walls
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Removing Fishy Smell from Leather Pants

I got a pair of leather pants on Amazon. Then when I opened it, they smell like fish. What do I do to take of the smell?

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Removing Lint from Laundry

Could I use ammonia instead of vinegar to remove lint?

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Removing Red Clay Stains on Clothing
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Sweet Chemical Smell in New House

We purchased a new home in December. There is a smell of chemicals, similar to carburetor cleaner. Now it smells sort of rotten and sweet like a perfumey sweet. It is all over the house. It is most chemically in the crawlspace and sweeter and more rotten inside the house. It is making us sick.

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Foul Odor in Bedroom

I have had a foul odor in my master bedroom for about a month or more. I live in a 117 year old small house with no central heat or air. I have an indoor cat and dog that's had free run until this mysterious odor appeared! I have shampooed the carpet and that helped for about a day and it came right back.

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Removing Spray Paint from a Wall

I live in Victoria, Australia. I had an old fridge in the kitchen and I decided to spray it purple. The spray from the can went on the wall. I now have a 12 inch long purple stripe on the white wall. Can anyone suggest something to take the purple off without ruining the white wall?

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Removing Yellow Stains in Tub

I live in a manufactured home. How do I clean it so it doesn't have yellow stains?

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Cleaning an Above Ground Pool

I have an above ground pool, 12'x4' round. I've been unable to get rid of the cloudy white particles that keep settling on the bottom and middle of the pool. I've used many different chemicals and replaced the filter numerous times and nothing seems to work.

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Cleaning With Dishwashing Detergent
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Sunscreen Stains on Clothing

How do I get stains from sunscreen out of my clothes? It also left stains on my enamel on steel bathtub.

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Using Dishwasher Tabs in Washer

Can I use dish tabs on laundry

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Cleaning Melted Plastic Off Stovetop

How do you clean a stove that has had a plastic bag melted on it?

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Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

I accidentally washed a dress that had purple tie dye on it and it leaked onto to a few of mine and my childrens' t-shirts. How do I take it out? I tried bleach and baking soda, but nothing is happening! Any solutions please?

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Dye from T-shirt Emblem Ran

I have a white t-shirt. I've just washed it and the dye from an emblem on the t-shirt has run onto the white leaving pink stains. I can't remove the emblem as it's an integral part of shirt. Any help please?

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Getting Melted Crayons Off Leather Seats

Using the plastic card take some time to scrape off as much of the crayon as possible. It's easiest to do the bigger pieces when the wax is cooler so that it can pop off. Then squirt some baby oil onto the wax, or all over the seat so that the seat is evenly oiled

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Rotten Potato Smell in Garage

I've moved into a condo with detached garage. The previous tenants seem to have used the garage as a potato/veggie storage. The garage's semi-finished walls and cement floor smell like old stored/rotten potatoes.

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Dry Erase Marker Removes Permanent Marker

Just take a dry erase marker and rub it over the permanent marker and wipe off. This only works on shiny surfaces.

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Removing Red Clay Stains on Clothing

What is the best way to remove red clay stains from washable clothing?

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Clothing Dye Stain on Faux Leather

So I sat down on my new white, faux leather bar stool and the dye from my clothing stained the seat. I tried alcohol, Magic Eraser, and WD-40. Nothing has worked. Anything else that might work? I seriously need some help.

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Making Homemade Detergent

I would like to try the homemade detergent that I have read about on this site, with the ingredients, washing soda, borax, and Fels. What is the amount for each one to do a full load? What is Fels?

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Dog Urine Smell on Wood Laminate Floor

I have a new puppy that has had a few accidents on my wood laminate flooring. I try to catch it, but there were a few times that it has happened while at work. I clean my floor everyday about 2x to 3x a day. I've tried the pet store products, but nothing has worked.

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Rain-X to Remove Ink from Dryer

Use Rain-X X-treme Clean for baked on ink. Put some on a dry cloth and rub for 10 seconds. It removes it easily and without damage to the dryer surface. Clean after with a wet cloth. Soft Scrub may work too, but may be overly abrasive. You can remove the dryer door for easier access.

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Silver Jewelry Left in Cleaner Too Long
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Washing Silk Christening Outfit

My mum has washed my daughter's 100% silk, handmade christening outfit. It now looks like a screwed up crisp bag! Can it be saved?

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Removing Nicotine Smell from Walls

We painted the yellow nicotine stained walls. To take the smell away do I have to clean and repaint again?

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Bikini Dingy After Being Washed With Darks

I accidentally washed my brand new multicolored bikini with hot water and new black shorts in the washer. Not only did the shorts bleed, obviously, but my new swimsuit is not stained, but the whole thing has a much darker obviously dingy color to it.

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Toothpaste to Clean Diamond Earrings

Take some toothpaste and use your hand or a brush of sorts and brush the jewel. Then rinse and by then you have a sparkling piece of jewlery.

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Dress Dye Bled Onto Itself
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All Natural Copper/Brass Polish
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Cleaning Fire Damaged Sterling Silver

What is the best way to clean?

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Salt Water for Tarnished Silver Ring

After using household bleach for cleaning I realized my favorite silver ring had been tarnished and I was freaking out! I had the impulse to rub it with salt as it is an alkaline and submerge my ring in salted boiling water. It worked in about 25-30 mins!

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Dry Clothing on Hangers
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Dye Transferred in the Wash

I washed a pair of yellow shorts after washing dark cloths. Now my yellow shorts have blue dye on them. I did not put them in the dryer and have been trying many things to get the stain out. The stain is still on my yellow shorts. Any advice?

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Homemade Clothes Wringer

I wash my own laundry in a do it your self bucket and plunger which works well, but I need instructions on how to make a clothes wringer.

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Homemade Soft Scrub
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Tana Leather Cleaning Lotion

I used the Tana leather shampoo for the rear seat of my BMW. No signs of residual rust yet several other products had failed before. Tana is made in Australia but should be available elsewhere.

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Cleaning a Laundry Sink/Tub

I have moved into a home with a dirty laundry tub. It is light in weight, so I am thinking it is fiberglass. Does any one in this community of very wise people know how to clean it? It is white if it was clean. This will need a powerful cleaner. Any ideas?

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Removing Hair from Bath Towels

I've been sick and my hair has been coming out a lot everywhere, but the most frustrating is the way my hair, it's long for now, gets into towels. I do brush before I wash, but it still comes out in the drain and towel etc. I've tried using tape, but the hair just breaks.

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Removing Tree Sap from Clothing

Since the question is how to remove tree sap from clothing, wouldn't it make sense not to use peanut butter, lotions, or other "oily" substances? It seems like that is replacing one kind of difficult stain with another.

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Sharpie Stain on Leather Couch

How do I get a Sharpie stain off of my white leather couch?

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Cleaning Stains in a Porcelain Tub

I have an old, big, solid tub with blue and green stains where the water pours out. It is not rust and I do not know how or what to use to clean it. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Cleaning Nicotine Off Walls

Our apartment has been smoked in for 15 years. All walls were originally painted white, but now are a lovely shade of yellow/brown. We decided to stop smoking so now I have begun the arduous task of cleaning walls.

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Removing Adhesive Residue from Fabric

How do I remove adhesive residue remaining on fabric?

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Removing Bathtub Stains for Under $20
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Removing Fabric Dye from Shirt
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Removing Glue from Shoe Insole

I glued a paper insole in my shoe and it wasn't straight so I tried to removed it and now I can not seem to get the glue off! Any answers would be great.

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Pine Tree Sap on Lanai Screens

How do I remove pine tree sap on the overhead screens on my lanai? The pine tree always drips sap and I can't remove the pine tree.

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White Marks on Laundry
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Removing Urine Stains and Odor from Furniture

I am the caregiver for my father with dementia. He is now in diapers. However he still, at times. pees thru. The smell of his urine is extremely concentrated since it is hard to get him to drink.

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Fabric Dye Transferred in the Wash

I washed "hand wash only" dresses on the gentle cycle and tossed in a new dress, black and white tie-dyed, that was never washed before. It bled on all the dresses and a pair of gauze pants. How do I get the black/grey streaks out? They are currently soaking in cool water with laundry detergent and vinegar.

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Ceiling Fan for Getting Rid of Mold

How to get rid of mold on your ceiling? I'm going to use a round hole saw and make an opening where I will mount what is called a muffin fan.

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Foul Smell in Home

My home is clean, the trash is taken out, no dirty dishes, and I haven't cooked anything today. About a hour ago this foul smell filled up the entire house. I've checked all bathrooms and sinks to make sure that nothing was backed up and everything looked OK.

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Removing Fabric Dye From Clothes

My kids recently tie dyed some clothes at school and got unwanted dye on their regular clothes. How do I safely remove it?

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Warm Leather to Remove Smoke Odor

I put the leather item into the oven at the lowest setting for about an hour and a half. I opened the doors several times along the way to let the newly-evaporated tobacco tars and oils escape.

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Spray Deodorant for Removing Ink Stains

Spray deodorant on the stain, then rub with a cloth. It should come off. If it doesn't come off straight away, but instead only fades after you have rubbed it, then spray more deodorant on the stain.

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Cleaning a Stovetop
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Liquid Dishwasher Detergent
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Cleaning the Interior of a Copper Bottle
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Furniture Polish for Removing Labels
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Locating Cat Urine Stains
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Removing Windex Stain on Linoleum Floor

I recently noticed a bottle of Windex had spilled onto my linoleum floor. I tried a combination of bleach and then vinegar and baking soda and I cannot get it out. Any suggestions?

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Removing Dog Urine Smell from Hardwood

I recently babysat my mother's puppy and he peed all over my hardwood floors during the night. I have used vinegar, Lysol, Febreze, baking soda, and standard hardwood floor cleaners, but the smell is not going away and since I rent I can't really afford to use bleach.

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Cleaning a Bathtub Ring

I always have consoled myself that the ring was not from me, but from the soaking of basket weave reeds in the tub. Whether that is true or not I have no idea. Is that a possibility? I would not mind getting rid of it if anyone has a suggestion. It has been there for years and I have scrubbed it as though it were a regular ring, but to no avail.

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Clothing Dye Transferred in the Wash

I washed my curtains and forgot I had a pair of black jeans in the washing machine. Now they have gone like a grey colour. How can I get them back to the right colour?

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Removing Acrylic Paint From Clothing
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Removing Calcium Deposits on Pool Tile

I have read tips about using sandpaper to clean calcium deposits on swimming pool tiles. I've used pumice stone and didn't like the mess it made. The sandpaper idea sounds great. What brand and what grit do you use?

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Disinfecting Sponges and Dish Towels

Once a week, sometimes more often, I gather all my cleaning cloths, dish towels, and sponges and do a small load of laundry with hot water, clothes soap, and bleach. The sponges get disinfected, smell wonderful, and I know they are clean.

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Washing Soda for Cleaning Sponges

Washing soda is best for cleaning sponges and cleaning cloths. It will remove soap, dirt, or anything else remaining within. Things caught in the sponge will cause odors as well as give germs a place to fester. I even clean my micro cloths this way. It is safe enough to clean Enjo mops and cloths.

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Swiffer Wet Jet Isn't Working

After trying all of the other suggestions to get my Swiffer Wet Jet working again I watched a YouTube video. It said to take acetone based nail polish remover to the battery connectors inside the casing and let dry completely. Re-install the batteries. This worked for me!

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Hand Cleaner for Cooking Oil Stains

First, "do not" get clothing wet! Go to a Walmart and purchase Permatex Hand Cleaner. It says on the top of the cap, "Toughest on Laundry Stains".

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Black Mark on White Refrigerator
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Dishwasher Cubes
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Removing Asphalt Stains on Carpet

I have an asphalt driveway and very light carpet. I have awful trails on the carpet and it is a little sticky. I have had it professionally cleaned several times, but the spot returns almost as soon as it is dried. What can I use to clean it?

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Removing Mold in Sink Drain

I have moldy and bad odors coming from my drains. I can see the mold on the inside of the PVC pipe in one side of the kitchen drain. I have tried bleach, and baking soda and white vinegar.

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Nail Polish Remover for Wet Erase Marker Stain

While studying for an exam, I was using a green wet erase pen for my practice questions and I wrote on my new couch cover.

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Cleaning with Vinegar and Brown Paper Bags

Momma swears by this, but due to being struck by a car she is unable to remember parts and pieces of many things, such as the recipe/how to/what for is one of these things. Please give the above info if you or an elderly family member has ever used vinegar and brown paper bags for cleaning anything.

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Powdery Residue on Resin Lawn Chairs

I have a white powdery residue on my green resin lawn chairs, even though I have cleaned them it still stays powdery. Is there anything I can do for this?

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Removing Cigarette Smoke Smell

How can I eleminate cigarette smoke smells from my home when someone smokes in his room daily?

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Fabric Dye Transferred in Wash

I have a top that has sleeves that are white and the main part is pink. I accidentally washed the top with a pair of tie dye pants and now the white sleeves have tie dye in spots. Is there any way to get the dye out that isn't expensive? Can I still use bleach with this top even though there is pink?

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Removing Dried Paint from Clothes

How do you remove paint from light colored denim after it has been in the washer and dryer?

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Cleaning Shower Head

My shower head is on a flexible hose. How can I clean it? No, I can not remove the shower head.

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Cleaning Smoke Off Kitchen Walls

How do I clean smoke from walls after a kitchen fire?

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