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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 
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 
Woman in Green Shirt Cleaning Glass with Squeege Windows 
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 

Cleaning a White Sofa

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?

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Repairing Faded Spots on Clothes

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.

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Hairspray for Creased Jeans
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Citrus and Salt to Keep Garbage Disposal Fresh

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.

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Dye Transferred in the Wash

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?

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Using a Blacklight to Find Pet Urine Spots

What ia a blacklight? How do you use it to find urine markings by a tomcat?

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Lavender Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
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Cleaning Pool Water

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?

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Removing Quick Shine from Hardwood Floors

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.

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Preventing Lint in the Wash

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?

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Removing Tree Sap from Patio Furniture

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?

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Getting Rid of a Foul Smell in House

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.

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Kitchen Cabinets Have a Sickening Smell

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.

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Removing Olive Oil Stains on Brick
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Cleaning Carpet Without a Machine

Does anyone have a carpet cleaning recipe that I can spray from a bottle?

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Recycled Incense Burner
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Use Wet and Dry Mop for Floors

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.

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Vinegar Makes a Wonderful Cleaner

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.

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Central Air Freshening

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.

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Homemade Febreze

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.

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Microwave Smelly Books

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.

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Removing Burnt Rubber Smell from a Bra

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.

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Removing Cat Urine Odor from Rug

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?

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Vinegar to Clean Shower Head

Get a baggy and fill with vinegar. Tie it around the shower head, leave on overnight. Wipe grime off in morning. It works well.

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Removing Toothpaste Stains from Laminate

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?

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Cleaning Cigarette Smoke Off Drinking Glasses

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?

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Homemade Febreze

Combine one cup warm water with baking soda and fabric softener.

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Cleaning a Stovetop

I have built up grease on my stovetop that is impossible to remove. Any ideas?

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Cleaning Tinted Vinyl Windows

What can be used to clean tinted vinyl sunporch windows?

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Dishwasher Detergent for Grass Stains

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.

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Removing Odor from a Sports Bag

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?

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Cleaning Hardwood Floors

Can I use an ammonia solution to clean my hardwood floors?

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Flair Pen on Cotton Clothing
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Hairspray Stain on a Leather Couch

I have a hairspray stain on my leather couch right where my head lays. How can I remove it?

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Cleaning Dog Urine Off Hardwood Floors

How do I get dried dog urine off finished hardwood floors?

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Liquid Laundry Soap for Shampooing Carpets

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.

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Removing Tree Sap from Feathers

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?

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Restoring Shine to Laminate Countertops

How do I shine laminate counter tops?

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Blue Stains Showing Up on Washed Clothing
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Dead Animal Smell Under Slab Foundation.

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?

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Removing Dye Transferred for Clothes

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?

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Removing Rubber Odor from Clothing
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Removing Tape Residue from Carpet

We have duck tape stuck on berber carpet. We cannot get it up.

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Cleaning Urine Odor Out of a Microfiber Recliner
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Coffee Spilled on Coach Purse

How do I clean coffee spilled all over a coach purse?

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Removing Duct Tape Adhesive from Fabric

How do I remove duct tape residue from fabric?

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Cleaning Drains With Baking Soda

What is the item and amounts that you add to baking soda to clean bathroom and kitchen drains?

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Blue Stains from Oxiclean

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?

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Cleaning a Gas Burner

How do I best clean residue of cooked food on gas burner base to bring back "new" look?

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Cleaning a Vintage Crochet Christening Shawl

How do I remove stains from a 60 year old crocheted baby christening shawl?

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Finding the Source of a Foul Smell in House

There is a foul odor in every room of my house that has worsened over the year and now causes the glands in my neck to swell and triggered a conjested sinus infection.

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Getting Rid of Smell in Mobile Home

We bought a mobile home last August. When we bought it under the kitchen sink had a bad smell like something dead, but not as bad. Then when it cooled off for winter the smell went away. So I thought it was a dead animal.

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Locating Source of Odor in Home

We just purchased the home 6 months ago. There is no basement or attic. Daylight/sun activates the odor. The smell is of fresh paint or chemicals. It goes away after the sun goes down.

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Removing Fluorescent Dye from Clothing

I was at a glow in the dark party and got fluorescent dye on my favourite t-shirt. How can I get out?

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Swiffer WetJet Is Not Working

My machine is new, it is the first time I'm using it and it is only squirting out of one side. I guess it is clogged.

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Cleaning a Coffeepot Warming Plate

How do I clean a warming plate on a coffeepot?

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Cleaning Urine Off a Recliner

How do I clean a Lazyboy recliner that has human urine on the seat.

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Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in the Wash

I washed my daughter's new white jeans in alongside a pink face cloth. The jeans are pink. Please help, she is gonna kill me.

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Cleaning Stain on Toilet Seat

How can I remove a green stain on my hard rubber toilet seat? I think it was caused by urine. I have tried cleaning it with baking soda and vinegar, but that didn't work.

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Cleaning Smoke Smell from Porcelain Dolls

I just purchased 2 musical porcelain dolls from eBay and they were very smoky and had what appears to be water stains. I opened seams and removed the music box, removed the hands, feet and head.

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Razor Blade to Clean Glass Shower Doors

Soap scum just flakes off into a powder by removing it with a single edge razor. Very simple. After years of spending money on chemicals for my shower doors, they are now clean!

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Removing Gorilla Glue from Granite

Soak the spot with Orange Glo. Take a sharp knife and gently scrape away the glue. Wipe off the dried glue and cover area again with the Orange Glo, let sit, and wipe clean.

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Removing Tipp-Ex Correction Fluid Stains

How do I remove Tipp-Ex stains?

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Check the Batteries in Swiffer WetJet

I noticed some people find that Swiffer WetJet won't spray. There are a few reasons this might be but one of them is to check the batteries.

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Cleaning a White Vinyl Floor

How do I clean a white plastic floor in the kitchen and bath area, it's not smooth area.It is a pure white and over a year changed to a dirty floor.Shall I use bleach? I used it once in a small area and it was brilliant.

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Kaboom Bathroom Cleaner for Nicotine on Walls

I sprayed it on a small section of the wall, waited for it to change color then used a kitchen sponge mop to wipe down the section I had sprayed. Well to my surprise, it worked. Since it's a foam, you don't have to worry about it running down the wall.

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Removing Black Scuff Marks on Leather Purse

I have an aqua colored leather Coach bag. Is there a way to remove the black scuff marks from the bottom? Also how can I clean some light wearing on the handles?

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Removing Spray Paint on Concrete Steps

Can anyone recommend a home remedy to remove or at least fade and make less noticeable white spray painted words on my concrete steps? They are not "bad" words, thank goodness, lol, but it does make the exterior of my home trashy-looking. I've tried bleach and Goof-Off for Graffiti.

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Repairing Damage to Quartz Countertop

We had some superglue spots on our dark grey quartz counter top. I used Goof Off towels to try and remove them. Well the towels didn't work, instead the counter top is slightly lighter in the spots where I used the Goof Off. Is there anything that I can do to fix this?

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Removing Carpet from Vinyl Floor
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Cleaning Car Headlights

Does anyone have a DIY solution to cleaning the dirt and yellow off headlight covers on cars? Mine are just so bad!

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Clothing Dye Transferred Onto Kurta

There is a blue colored stain on a mustard kurta. I tried lemon, toothpaste, Vanish liquid, and detergent, but there was no effect on the kurta.

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Removing Dye Transfer Stains on Woolen Clothing

On my woolen clothing there are some stains that transferred from other clothes. How can I remove them?

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Removing Smell of Rotten Potatoes from Car Seat

I left potatoes on my fabric car seat. I have tried cleaning it, but the smell is still there. I have tried cleaner for cars and Febreze. Nothing.

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Getting Rid of Paint Smell

How do I get rid of paint smell?

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Removing a Scorch Mark on a Dress

Unfortunately top edge burned in iron box. What doI do to repair my clothes?

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Cleaning Jeans With Ground in Dirt

Whatever I try I can't get the ground in dirt out of my work jeans. I am a carpenter and so this dirt is not greasy nor mud, its just dirt from working with wood and being on a construction site.

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Removing a Air Freshener Scent in Car

A neighbor recently bought a used vehicle that the former owners said the dealer had put some spice scent in the vehicle. It's been 3 months and it still is one horrible smell.We were wondering if anyone has had any experience with a chemical smell that coffee works to resolve?

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Removing Tree Sap from a Caravan Skylight

How do I remove lime tree sap from a caravan Perspex skylight window?

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Cleaning a Discolored Cut Glass Bowl

How do you clean yellow discoloration in a cut glass bowl?

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Cleaning Dull Marble Garden Table

My garden marble table is very dull. Is there a liquid that will make it shiner?

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Removing Dry Erase Marker Stains from Clothes

First I tried Murphy's Oil Soap on the water-wetted shirt spot. It took a bit of the stain out, but not much. Then I sprayed Top Job Spot & Stain carpet cleaner, it comes in a red plastic spray container, directly onto the spot and rubbed it with an old white cotton sock.

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Removing Scuff Marks from Wood Floor

When moving furniture such as a sofa, scuff marks were made on the newly polished wood flooring. How do I remove the scuff marks and then I can rewax?

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Stretching Shrunken Wool Garments
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Magic Eraser for Removing Dye On Hands

A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser works great! They are also good if you get tanning lotion or spray on your hands and they turn orange.

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Removing Fabric Dye That Transferred in Wash

I have a lovely pale teal/seafoam colored dress with white lace at the top, it was accidentally thrown in with a brand new black article of clothing and some of the dye leeched into the dress. The problem is, after it was washed it was thrown in a drawer and stored all winter, so the stain has been setting for several months.

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Removing Rust Stains on China
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Removing Stains on Porcelain Sink

In a porcelain kitchen sink with stains, do the stains stay off once removed with peroxide? If the kitchen sink is used often, do the ugly stains stay off?

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Bleaching a Shirt with a Colored Logo
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Cleaning Wood Furniture

I am trying to clean a filthy curio cabinet. It is just the wood. What can I use that I have around the house to clean the wood?

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Removing a Tea Stain from Fabric

How can I remove an old tea stain?

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Removing Shoe Prints from Vinyl Flooring

After installing vinyl plank flooring, there are shiny shoe sole prints that show in the reflection of the new floor. I mopped with warm water and vinegar and it did not make any difference. The instructions repeatedly caution not to use any but the mildest cleaning solutions.

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Washing Linen Napkins

Is it okay to wash linen napkins in washer that is use for soiled clothes? Is it sanitary?

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Bath Mats Left Yellow Stain on Linoleum Floor

Why are my bath mats turning the lino floor in the bath room yellow?

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Salt for Stinky Shoes

Use regular kosher salt or any salt. Just sprinkle in shoes after heavy use, then wear with socks or without. It will kill the odor. Repeat if necessary.

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Quilt Top Faded Unto Back

I washed a handmade quilt that has an off white back to it. It stayed in the washer for an hour before I put it in the dryer. I forgot about it! I didn't see that the colors from the front of the quilt had bled on the back off white side of the quilt until I took it out of the dryer.

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Removing a Black Mark on Glass Stove Top

My black marks seem to be under the glass. The surface is slick. I got that with a scraper, Dawn, and the cooktop cleaning liquid they sold me. This happened shortly after buying it.

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Bar Keepers Friend for Removing Hard Water...
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Removing Diesel Fuel Odor from Shoes

How do I get diesel out of my leather boots?

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Removing Ink on Paper

There is a little ink scribble on a check. How do I remove it?

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Treating Stains on Delicate Linens
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Cheaper and Less Noxious Cleaning Products

Make cleaning sprays for many uses from 4 spray pump bottles, simple household products, and water. Take a few drops of Dawn dishwashing liquid, add water and shake. Spray bathroom mirrors, wipe with dry cloth.

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Removing a Stain on a Satin Shirt

I have a ranch dressing spot on a satin shirt. I need to know the best wat to clean it.

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Removing Stains on Corian

How do you remove white spots out of off white Corian sinks?

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Bleaching Acrylic Fabric

I have a 100% acrylic hat and I would prefer it to be light pink. How can I evenly dye the fabric? With what type of bleach?

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Cleaning a Glass Top Stove

Does anyone know how to get my blue towel marks off my stove top? I had a boil over of pasta and grabbed the first thing in sight.

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Cleaning Lining of Kate Landry Handbag

Thank you for the tip, the alcohol swabs did the trick. All my pen marks are gone! I still have dirt to clean in the lining. Should I wait to clean it that until the alcohol has dried or continue cleaning it?

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Cleaning Your Oven

What's the best thing you can use to clean an oven?

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Removing Sticker Residue from Clothing

I bought the shirt on eBay as, "new with tag". The same tag since the shirt sat on display for an entire golf season. There is a perfect ractangular tape strip discoloration where the adhesive attached the tag to the front of the shirt.

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Removing Vinegar Smell from Carpet

I used white vinegar to remove stains and pet urine from the carpet, it worked, but now an awful vinegar smell is left. It has been 4 days now and the smell is almost stronger. I tried washing it, but that didn't help. It still has a strong vinegar odor. I am getting ready to replace carpet.

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Dishwasher Leaving Film on Glasses

My dishwasher is leaving a cloudy film on the glasses.

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Ink Stain On Hardwood Flooring

My grandson has trodden on a pen on oak flooring. How can I get the stain removed?

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Restoring a 1950s Formica Table Top

I have a 1950s Formica table with a built in extension. The extension is still the bright red the table had, but the outer portions have turned dark, how can I correct the darkened areas?

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Cleaning Bath Tub Caulking

How do you keep the caulking around a Porcelite refinished tub clean?

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Removing Grease Stain from Unfinished Wood

How do you remove grease from raw wood? I have a table that was stained, but never finished. Now it has grease stains. How do I remove them?

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Removing Super Glue from Leather Shoes

I spilled some super glue all over the black leather part of my Taxi 12s. And I noticed that the glue left white marks over the black leather part of my Jordan 12s. How can I remove the stain?

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Removing Ink from Leather Wallet

How can I remove blue ink from a red Coach leather wallet?

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Removing Old Blood Stain from Carpet

My son was killed in my car. The Sheriff's Department gave me my car back, but I can see the blood of my son on my carpet. It has been 2 years.

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Removing Smoke Residue from Stainless Steel

We recently had a house fire and my stainless steel back splash and vent-a-hood have a dull, film on them. The cleaning people used industrial cleaner and stainless steel cleaner and it's still dull with no shine. I have recleaned both myself to no avail.

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Baking Soda for Cleaning Old Linoleum Floors

I bought an old house and could not afford new flooring. After scrubbing and scrubbing I found the solution! By far the most effective thing to do is wet the floor and sprinkle baking soda over it.

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Removing Petroleum Based Solvent Odor...
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Removing Urine Odor from Wood Floor

The toilet floor wood smells of urine. What do I use to remove odours?

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Sunlight as Free Bleach

Sunlight will remove tomato sauce type stains from plastics. Just place items in direct sunlight for a few hours around midday. It will bleach white laundry too.

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Black Fabric Dye Turned White Collar Grey

I wonder if some lovely lady is able to help me. I bought a dress which is black with white trim on the collar and on the leg of the dress. I used Colour Catcher sheets in the wash and the white parts have still turned grey. It is made from 90% polyester and 10% rayon.

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