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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?
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.
How do I remove adhesive residue remaining on fabric?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My kids recently tie dyed some clothes at school and got unwanted dye on their regular clothes. How do I safely remove it?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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!
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".
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
How can I eleminate cigarette smoke smells from my home when someone smokes in his room daily?
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?
How do you remove paint from light colored denim after it has been in the washer and dryer?
My shower head is on a flexible hose. How can I clean it? No, I can not remove the shower head.
I wore a black shirt under a white linen jacket and now there are black stains in the armpit area. How do I get this out?
I found that vinegar 'softens' fabrics as well as any commercial fabric softener I've ever used. So now, I use vinegar, instead. Right? In a word, No! As it turns out, that nice, fresh smell, smells just like the vinegar it is. I refuse to 'go around' with my clothes smelling like a jar of Del Monte gherkins.
I've found that paper lens wipes don't have to be used only once. So I keep a small air tight "film can" in the box with the lens wipes. When I tear open a new one and use it to clean my eyeglass lens, I can then just wad it up and stuff it into the little film can.
Milton sterilising tablets dilute with water!
We turn off the breaker to the hot water heater. In the summer, we rarely turn it on. The water is always warm. We shower in that warm water. The temperature is perfect for showering in the summer.
I dust my popcorn ceiling by using a broom. Yes, it does cause some particles to fall but not if you dust/broom it lightly.
I drew with Sharpie on my shoes, but decided I didn't like it. I tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser thing and it didn't work. Any suggestions?
What can the smell come from? We took everything out from under the kitchen sink, but the smell is still there somewhere. It smells like freshly sprayed Raid, but we didn't spray any.
Can anyone tell me how to remove the slightest dark red nail polish scuff mark off my car's exterior? My car is white and I'm worried that if I try to use a chemical to remove the nail polish that a worse mark will be left in its place.
I am currently a freshman in college and my roommate put ice cream in our freezer about five months ago. While we were on break, the ice cream somehow melted in our freezer. The melted ice cream has now frozen to the freezer and no one can open the freezer without it smelling terribly!
I had a fire in my apartment, and the smoke was so thick, the bathtub and the toilets are stained with smoke. I tried many things to scrub them with, but it won't go away. Can you help?
I recently had to deal with a stained white laminate counter top, due to a tea spill that wasn't cleaned up right away. I tried everything to clean it: thick bleach, baking soda (left on for two 24 hour periods), dish soap, all-purpose cleaners, and Vim powder; nothing worked!
I just dropped a bottle of bleach, probably less than a cup spilled, but it left a really powerful smell. It's in my basement right next to the washer, so there's not really a way to circulate air though the room. I know you shouldn't use vinegar, how else can I get rid of the smell?
I bought the most adorable purse and it arrived reeking of mothballs! The purse is made of plastic. All suggestions are appreciated!
I use the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser with Comet which helps, but you really have to scrub. Think I will try that Bartender's Secret.
Washing my kitchen tile floor always leaves it streaky. How can I stop this and make it shiny?
Some of my cups and bottles are expensive to just replace but these tend to get cloudy after a time. I have found that denture cleaning tablets keep these clean and cloud free.
I just did this and it worked perfectly! Use nail polish remover, a brillo pad and makeup remover wipes. After you are done, go over the area with wood floor cleaner to make it shine.
10 years ago I packed my entire household for a cross-country move. Unknowingly, I wrapped my Hummels in newspaper. I do not have time for the repeated cleanings with a toothbrush and am very afraid to damage them. Will the same process used for removing fire smoke resolve this problem?
I put my old cookie sheets in the self cleaning oven to clean them. Now I have black spots all over them. What do I do to get rid of them?
I've got a pullover with a bolognese sauce stain. I already tried to use a stain-remover, but it's not working. What can I do?
To remove wax from a metal or glass candlestick, turn on oven and place item on tray lined with baking paper.
How might I clean my skin of both black and green fabric dyes which bled from new bed sheets and now cover about 65% of me? They seem insoluble in water and only slightly so in 70% alcohol. My nearest alternative would seem to be some 320 grit emery paper. Anyone?
I am cleaning out the home of a dear friend who smoked for many years. I am now trying to figure out how to clean the wall plugs and light switches. I bought new plates to go around them, but don't want to have to hire an electrician to come in and replace the actual plugs and light switches.
I have a white three seater sofa made out of cloth. Over time it has dust deposits and looks discoloured. Should I call a drycleaner or clean at home? At home how can I clean?
I purchased some sandals from JCPenney a few months ago. The brand is Yuu & says they are made from "man made materials". After wearing them quite a bit they have become smelly and there is a dark imprint of my feet on them. How do I get rid of both the smell & the footprints?
I wanted to wash my tracksuit so I put it in the washing machine, added some detergent and when I was going to switch on the machine, I found that electricity was not there. So I left my clothing undisturbed till the light came.
I cut up a lemon or orange and drop in the disposal along with some salt. This keeps it odor free. I was told by a friend a couple years ago that the salt keeps things from building up in the disposal.
My shirt is semi white and has blue stains from dye in it, it has already been dried. What do I do, is there any hope?
What ia a blacklight? How do you use it to find urine markings by a tomcat?
We just took the cover off our above ground pool to get it ready for the summer. The pool water looks black. How do we clear it up to use it?
My floors were looking dull so I applied Quick Shine to them. They looked great at first. My son decided to surprise me while I was out of town and applied 5 coats of Quick Shine to "restore them". They were left with streaks. I've tried everything I can think to of to remove this product from my floors.
My husband has a company shirt with an iron-on logo. Behind the logo is a white fabric where it's stitched. I wash it with the proper colors, however the shirt is always covered with white lint. How can I wash it without the white lint getting all over the shirt?
I have a nasty tree that drops sap all the time. It gets on my cloth furniture, my glass table, and the tile on my patio. I don't know how to get it up. Some of it is dried, but ugly. Suggestions?
I had some very intractable marks on the window that forms part of the shower in the bathroom (it's very private here!). These seemed to be marks and residue left by water evaporating to leave the calcium and magnesium salts behind, rather than soap scum from the shower.
I use a small amount of dishwasher powder or liquid with hot water and let the item soak for a bit then scrub. This method works on great to remove the hard layer of oil my big pot gets from making popcorn on the stove.
I have a terrible smell coming from in or around my daughter's room. I air out the room and it goes away. But as soon as I close the window the smell comes back.
We moved into a condo about 12 years ago that was built in the 80s. All of the kitchen cabinets were cleaned and papered top to bottom twice. When I open the drawers especially the silverware drawer, there is a sickening odor.
Does anyone have a carpet cleaning recipe that I can spray from a bottle?
I worked for a cleaning company. We used a flat mop by O-Cedar and just water. Go over it with a wet one, then a dry one in small sections.
If you don't have any cleaner in the house, you can always use vinegar. It makes your floors shine and cuts the grime off your floor. It makes your house smell cleaner than regular cleaner.
If you've got a central air heating/cooling unit, you've got a great way to freshen up the whole house with one solid or bead type air freshener unit.
Febreze can cost up to 8.00 a bottle. Try this homemade fabric refresher. It works great on pet smells too. Just use an empty spray bottle, add a cup of water, 1 tsp baking soda, and one tablespoon of fabric softener. Shake well. Spray clothes, furniture, and carpets. It works wonders. I love the stuff.
Put the book into a microwave oven along with a cup of water. Microwave for few seconds. Fan the book. Repeat until the book is very warm. This will remove a lot of moisture and smell.
I recently bought a really good bra from VS. It's one of those sports bras with padding. When I came home with it, I noticed it smelled like burnt rubber! The smell is so overpowering.
I left a new rug in the garden to air, big mistake. A friendly cat decided to leave its calling card. The rug is long pile and a bright red colour. What would be best product to use to get rid if the smell?
Get a baggy and fill with vinegar. Tie it around the shower head, leave on overnight. Wipe grime off in morning. It works well.
What can I use to remove toothpaste stains from a laminate bathroom counter top? Thus far I've used peroxide, bleach, various bathroom cleansers, ammonia, and CLR. Any one with experience with this stain problem?
I recently bought some drinking glasses from 1971 that have years of smoke build up on them. They have a wonderful painted design on them but they look very faded from the build up. How is the best way to clean this without losing the paint design?
I have built up grease on my stovetop that is impossible to remove. Any ideas?
What can be used to clean tinted vinyl sunporch windows?
When Softball/Baseball season comes around, my hubby and son play on multiple teams and in lots of tournaments. Their uniform pants - usually white - are consistently subjected to ground in dirt, grass, even blood stains.
I recently bought an Under Armour sports bag from a used item store and it's very smelly. I washed it 2 times, but the smell remains. What can I do now?
Can I use an ammonia solution to clean my hardwood floors?
I have a hairspray stain on my leather couch right where my head lays. How can I remove it?
How do I get dried dog urine off finished hardwood floors?
With pets and children, shampooing your carpet or car interiors is something that is just part of life. I have found that using liquid laundry soap works really great in these shampooing devices.
A turkey feather fan was stored in a red cedar (Juniperus virgiana) feather box for several months. When it was taken out there was tree resin, sap, on the tips of the feathers. What is the best way to remove the resin?
We have had several dead animals under the slab foundation after a torrential rain. We had several holes around the house where we have seen rabbits and possums. How long before smell goes away?
I washed my whites with a couple of light green cold wash items and all of my whites turned a dull yellowish color. How do I get my whites, white again?
We have duck tape stuck on berber carpet. We cannot get it up.
How do I clean coffee spilled all over a coach purse?
How do I remove duct tape residue from fabric?
What is the item and amounts that you add to baking soda to clean bathroom and kitchen drains?
I have a white jeans jacket that Oxiclean left blue spots on. My husband put it in the dryer. How do I get the stains out?
How do I best clean residue of cooked food on gas burner base to bring back "new" look?