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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 "Dry Clean Only" Clothing at Home, Row of Dry Cleaned Shirts 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 
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 Lip Balm Stains From Clothing
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Removing Diesel Smell from Clothes

How do you get the diesel smell out of clothes?

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Removing Lip Balm from Car Upholstery
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Removing Dry Erase Marker from Silk

How do I get dry eraser off raw silk?

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Perfume Dirty Laundry with Orange Peels

I am moving from a house to an apartment. All is chaos. I just discovered I confused the laundry basket with the trash - only once. I found that the dirty clothes smelled great thanks to the dried out orange peel.

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Septic System Backed Up Into Washer

With all the rain lately my septic tank overflowed and when it did it went into my washer when my laundry was washing. I had to rewash it three times and my brother said they smelled fine so I wore an outfit from it. Now I'm out in public and I smell like when the septic tank overflowed.

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Yellow Stains on Duvet

I have a white duvet with grey embroidery. I have washed it twice in a triple load washer with detergent and Oxyclean. It has come out both times with yellow spots/areas. How do I get them out?

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Steel Scrubbers to Remove Hair Dye on...
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Using Dish Cloths
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Washing Dishes With Ammonia
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Ammonia for Easy Handwash Dishes

When you start to wash dishes by hand, fill the sink only halfway up and squirt dish detergent in the sink. Then pour a couple of ounces of ammonia into the sink. Sounds crazy, right? But you will find you have the richest, soapiest abundance of soapsuds you have ever had!

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Getting Rid of Odor Under Mobile Home

I live in double-wide mobile home in Central Texas, we had 16" or more rain. We always have rats, mice, etc. that also get under the house, so I keep poison under there. An odor is coming thru the floor vents which is a combination of dead varmints, but also is more stagnant smelling.

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Removing Mothball Smell from Washer

How do I remove mothball smell from the washer?

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Removing Sharpie from Hair

I have a problem. I was bored and got blue Sharpie in my hair and I can't get it out. My mom will freak out when she sees my blue hair and if I don't get it out by tonight or in the morning I will be going to school with blue hair and I will be known as Sharpie girl.

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Duct Tape Residue on Carpet

How do you get duct tape residue off of carpet?

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Removing Stain on Vinyl Floor

I had a new vinyl floor installed 18 months ago and a red stain started showing up about 6 months ago. How do I get rid of it?

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Use Two Dish Cloths

My dish cloth is always full of rich suds. Every time I want to wipe the oven door, etc., I have to rinse all those suds from the cloth. A waste of detergent, water and time.

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Oil for Removing Labels from Glass

can you use baby oil, or only vegetable oil?

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Removing Flatware Scuffs on Porcelain...
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Cleaning Smelly Carpet
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Cleaning a Leather Jacket

I have reachently bought a leather jacket from a thrift shop. It is in pretty good condition, but is really dirty. How do I clean and disinfect it so that I can use it on a regular basis?

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Weird Smell in Bedroom and Bathroom

I have an weird smell in the bedroom, only at night. The adjacent the room is the bathroom which also gives off the scent.The smell started after a four day none stop rain. I cleaned the whole house with Clorox and water and washed every piece of clothing, linen, etc. The smell still comes back at night.

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Preventing Wax Residue in Candle Holders
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Removing Rubber Stains
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Removing Waterbased Paint from Blue Jeans

I got this pair of blue jogger pants and I wore it during a rave party. I didn't know that what there was a "paint war" so everybody was drenched with paint. They say it is only waterbased paint. I didn't wash it for few days and when I did, the paint wasn't removed. What should I do?

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Spin Mop as Off-Grid Laundry Machine

In desperation to clean my clothes without using a lot of water, soap and electricity, I wondered if using a spin mop bucket would be useful in washing, rinsing, and the most difficult part of hand washing, wringing out water from the clothes.

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Washing Clothes Without Electricity
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Cleaning a 100% Wool Coat at Home

My sister has a 100% wool coat that was her grandmothers. How do I safely clean the coat at home without the extreme expenses of a dry cleaner?

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Cleaning a Bug Spray Stain on Wood Table
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Finding the Source of Black Soot in a House
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Homemade Flushable Wipes
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Permanent Marker Ran in the Wash
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Removing Buildup on Dining Table

I purchased a dining table at a garage sale. The table is dark brown. I do not know what was used on this table. I have tried vinegar, and ammonia and nothing seems to take off the wax or whatever was put on the table. When I try to put a finish on the table it is like it beads up.

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Removing Sharpie from Faux Leather

I was able to remove Sharpie permanent marker from faux leather using WD-40. It came off super easy and didn't damage the finish.

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Source of Black Soot and Musty Smell in House

We suddenly found black soot like powder on the floor, walls, baseboards, and furniture about 3 weeks ago when dusting. We attributed it to the furnace though we have no vents, or the fireplace, which had just been cleaned. About a week later, we noticed a slight musty smell which has since intensified.

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White Haze on Cast Iron Stove Grates
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Fabric Print Transferred on to Clothes

I was traveling home from Europe with a special bottle of alcohol in my suitcase. The bottle broke and the content of the bottle leaked into the suitcase. The pattern printed on the inside lining of my suitcase transferred onto my most favourite and quite expensive red dress.

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Removing Scents from Your Home

I am chemical sensitive to perfumes, cigarettes, gasoline, etc. Sometimes we have guests come over with high perfume scents and when they leave the scent does not.

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Removing Scratches from Dishes
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Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

Mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda and 1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide. Add 4-6 cups hot water. Use a clean cloth. Dip cloth in solution and wring out, leaving cloth a little sloppy. Wipe down stainless steel with cloth. Allow to sit a minute. Wipe down with a dry cloth. Then wipe with a microfiber cloth.

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Cleaning an Area Rug

I have a rug that has been rolled up outside leaning up in my carport for a while. I want to give it a good cleaning to bring it inside. What's the best way to clean it before bringing inside?

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Cardboard Stuck to Granite Countertop

I just discovered that a cake mix box must have gotten wet and then dried and stuck to my granite countertop. It must have been stuck there for a while. I tried wetting it and then poured Goo Gone onto it. So far it is not coming off, any hints?

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Cleaning Corelle Dishes
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Removing Nail Polish from Futon

How do you remove a green nail polish from a futon with a blended cotton/polyester material cover. It blotted on, I tried to remove it with regular nail polish removal. I flipped the mattress over for now, but need to do something quick.

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Cleaning a George Foreman Grill

I have a problem cleaning my George Foreman grill. Sometimes I cook steak with marinade or burgers with cheese and it gets caked on and it is very hard to get clean even with the provided scraper. It actually gets burnt on grease and I can't get it off and I don't want to throw it in garbage.

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Removing Odor in Dryer

How can I get an odor out of the clothes dryer?

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Ammonia for Cleaning Window Blinds
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Sorting Socks into Pairs
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Ice for Getting Gum out of a Dryer

When I found the gum, I didn't want to put a chemical in my dryer, nor did I want to scrape it with a knife and an ice cube. Here is how I got gum out of my dryer fast.

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Removing Mildew Smell from Suede Jacket

My jacket was in the basement and has a mildew smell. How do I get rid of the smell?

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Removing Urine Odor from Couch

What's the best way to get human urine stains and odor out of a couch?

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Cleaning a Fiberglass Tub

I have tried many things to get the soap scum off my fiber glass tub, but to no avail, nothing has worked. Is there any sure way to clean it?

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Cleaning Stuffed Animals
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Cleaning Yellowed Refrigerator Handles
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Microfiber Melted on Hot Pot

I just set a hot pan on top of a microfiber cloth, now I have melted microfiber all over the bottom of my good pan. Any ideas of how to get it off? I can't use the pan on the stove or it will ruin the stove too. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Cleaning and Restoring an Old Trunk
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Removing Emulsion Paint from Blinds

How can I remove emulsion paint from my blinds?

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Removing Glossy Furniture Oil from Table
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Removing Sharpie From Fabric
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Removing Transfered Fabric Dye

How do I get dye, especially red dye, out of clothes after washing?

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Cleaning Mildew Out of Electric Percolator

I have a stainless steel electric percolator. My life has been hectic for the last 3 months with illness in my family. Apparently I made coffee one day and forgot to clean my pot and now it is mildewed. Can anyone tell me how to clean it using natural organic stuff or is it ruined now?

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Mothball Smell on Stuffies

I was recently purchased several stuffed animals that I plan to donate to a charity, but some of them reek with the smell of mothballs. I have washed them twice and they still have the horrible smell. I can't give these animals to anyone the way they are now.

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Removing White Stains on Dark Wood Laminate Flooring

We had a gathering at our home and a guest brought margarita mix in a bag the bag was on the floor. Later we found that the mixture, that is a liquid form, seeped through the bag and onto the very dark wood laminate flooring causing white stains. Can this be removed effectively?

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Musky Odor in Bedroom Wardrobe

I live in a block of flats, on the ground floor, built in the 1950s I'd say. My bedroom, has a build-in old type fitted wardrobe, feels damp if touched. It it smells musky and if I put stuff in, it gets mildew. What can I do?

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Cleaning Rubber Stains from Furniture
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Removing Sharpie from Fur Coat Silk Lining

Today I found a black Sharpie stain on the 25% pink silk lining of a real, vintage, white-colored blue-fox fur coat I own. If it happened in my possession it would have been made in the past week. The coat is unable to be washed unless taken to a professional (not dry cleaning, a fur coat specialist).

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Reusing Disposable Dusters
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Luffa Pot Scrubber
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Armstrong Vinyl Floor Yellowing

I have tried everything to get rid of this yellowing in certain parts of the floor, mainly around the edges. When it's light out you see these stains. When it starts to get a little darker the stains disappear. I have tried Armstrong's stripper and a few other things. Anyone have any suggestions?

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Suede Jacket Shrunk

My suede jacket was washed in a washing machine, then dried in the dryer. My jacket is now too small because it has shrunk. Is there anything I can do to "stretch it"?

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Cleaning Silver and Opal Jewelry

I have a silver necklace with opals in silver settings. Is it saft to use the salt, soda, and water with the aluminum foil. Will it damage the opals?

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Making a Lint Trap for a Washtub Drain
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Removing Algae from a Boat
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Cleaning a Corroded Salt Shaker
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Cleaning Varnished/Sealed...
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Line Dry Jeans Inside Out

I love hanging our clothes outside to dry, but don't like stiff jeans. My late mother-in-law taught me to turn them inside out when I hung them on the clothes line. They end up soft and wrinkle free. It also helps to slow down the fading of the jeans.

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Replacing the Battery on a WetJet

How do I change the battery on my WetJet?

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Super Duper De-Greaser
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Removing Hard Water Spots on Windows

How do I get lime off windows?

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Removing Vinyl Residue on Wood Furniture

Unfortunately, we left a Leeds Padfolio, made from "durahyde, I think on our wood credenza for an extended period of time. It appears to have transferred part of its surface onto the wood.

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Removing Dog Pee Smell from Hardwood

I have dogs and even though they go to the restroom outside if my kids don't let them out or they have a accident over night, as soon as we come in the house it smells like a dog kennel. I have hardwood floors and want to get the smell out naturally using the stuff I have at home.

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Reviving a Black Leather Coach Purse

I have a black leather Coach purse and it's looking dull. It is getting a good many scuff marks on it. What can I use to bring it back to life? The purse itself is special because it was my mom's and she used it regularly too before she passed away.

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Cleaning Bellawood Floors

Can I spray salt and water from a sprayer bottle on my Bellawood floor to clean it? I have a reason for the salt.

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Getting Rid of the Smell of Air Freshners

We bought Glade air fresheners and they are so strong. A friend is having an allergic reaction from the smell. They are staying with us for 3 days. How can I get rid of this smell as quickly as possible? I unplugged them, I have opened doors and windows and turned on ceiling fans. Nothing is helping.

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Rodent Smell in Garage

I think I have a dead rodent in my garage, but my question relates to differing temperatures. It seems that when the garage is cold the smell is worse because when I run my clothes dryer the smell seems to disappear. Why is this? I would think it would be the opposite.

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Cleaning a Leather and Fabric Coach Purse

I just bought a used Coach purse and it needs to be cleaned very badly. It is a yellowish gold fabric purse with tan leather handles and trim. How do I clean it with out damaging the bag?

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Cleaning Soft Water Toilet Bowl Stains

My question is how do I remove the "pinkish" water stains in my toilets, due to our soft water? I have tried so many different products without success. I am so frustrated I hope someone may have a solution. Our toilets are only a year old, and I clean them 2-3 times a week.

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Removing Diesel Fuel Smell from Clothes

My husband spilled diesel fuel on his clothes. I have tried several things such as Febreze for laundry odors with no results. What do I do?

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Removing Paint from Morph Suit Masks

The tag says 86% polyester and 14% Spandex. My little brother decided he didn't want to wait a day for me to get off work to help him with his Spiderman costume my mom just spent 80 dollars on. Somehow he managed to get white paint spots on it, following up with red paint trying to cover it up.

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Cleaning Burners on Gas Stove

I have a gas stove; underneath the grates is a round aluminum piece and it is getting burnt brown grease on it. How can I get this off of it? I can't seem to take it apart from the stove.

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Removing Dry Concrete from Tarmac

Can someone help me? My neighbour spilt concrete on my tarmac drive, now dry. How can it be removed?

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Rubbing Alcohol for Cleaning Hard Water Spots

I was having trouble getting water spots off my windows until my neighbor suggested using alcohol. I used 91% rubbing alcohol from the drugstore that I already had in the house and paper towels. I didn't even have to scrub. The spots came off like magic.

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Cleaning Sunroom Windows

I bought an older home that has a sunroom. I don't really want to replace the windows because they are in working order, but they have a film on them due to the sun and other reasons. Is there a way to get this film off or to at least brighten and clean them up?

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Removing Cigarette Smell from Microfiber Sofa

My sister-in-law gave us a microfiber couch. It's in great shape except they are smokers. Is there anything that will get this cigarette smell out of it?

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Black Shorts Dye Transferred to Khaki Shorts

I washed my husband's shorts and by mistake I put a pair of black shorts with khaki shorts and now they have stains everywhere. How do I take off the stains? Can it be done with baking soda alone or baby powder? I need to fix it immediately.

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Cleaning an Electric Stove Top

My wife had a spill on the electric cook top stove. She cleaned that out fine. But some of the spill actually spilled over the sides and got underneath the cook top and it started to stink. Is there any way to get access and clean underneath the cooktop?

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Musty Basement Odor

My 1950s era basement has a musty smell that it can be noticed on the first floor. The house has a waterproofing system on the walls and floor, and there is no moisture anywhere that is visible. The dehumidifier runs 24/7 on high. There are 2 floor drains, one used by the dehumidifier and a sump pump.

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Removing a Stain on a Crochet Top
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Cabbage Smell on Car Seat

I cooked a big pan of cabbage at my mom's. I had to transport it on the cloth seat of my Cruze. When I got to my home I realized the seat was wet. I knew I was in for it because I learned about cooking it with vinegar for the smell to stay down. So now I have a funky smell inside my vehicle.

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Tips for Cleaning a Coach Purse

I buy awful looking Coach purses off eBay clean them up and resell them. This is what I have found that works best. If it's a fabric purse whether it's satin, canvas, or even cotton this product that is sold at the DollarTree is all you need. It's called "Awesome" it's yellow and comes in a spray bottle.

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Mould and Mildew Spray to Clean Toilet
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Removing Pet Urine Stains and Odor

I have ceramic tile in my kitchen and dark carpet in other parts of my home. I can't see the where the pets pee on the carpet unless I see them. What can I use to clean tile and remove stains and clean the carpet to get rid of the odor?

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Removing Pet Urine Stain on Wood Floor
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Cleaning Smoke/Burn Marks Off Outside of Oven

The oven was on 250 degrees Celsius and 2 donuts were burnt beyond recognition. Smoke came out of the oven and the heat and smoke combined have blackened the white exterior of the oven. How do I get the affected outside handles and frame back to white? The glass doors cleaned up with soap and water.

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Cleaning Well Water Stains in Tub

I am building a house. My plumber left well water in the bathtub. It has been 6 months now because I am building slowly,due to funds. Will the water stain the bathtub, and will it be difficult to clean?

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Dried Nail Polish On My Jeans

How do I get dried nail polish off my 98%cotton 2% spandex jeans? I tried the hairspray method, nail polish remover method, and I am currently going to try the Windex method. Is there a better way to get it out? I haven't washed or dried them yet in the laundry.

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Urine Odor on Couch

How do I get rid of a smell that smells like pee?

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Cleaning a Freezer

How do I clean a freezer box to store frozen food, after it being empty for two years?

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Getting Rid of Burnt Smell in Microwave

I was home alone and decided to make a microwave mac and cheese and it burnt and it smells bad. I tried microwaving lemon slices and vinger and it didn't work. What should I do? I need something quick, please help me.

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Cat Litter to Deodorize Stinky Sneakers
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Horrible Smell in House

I have a horrible smell in my house. I first thought it was from some carpeting that had been soiled by some of my pets. I tore the carpet up and cleaned the wood flooring beneath with different cleaners that contained antibacterials and enzymes to get rid of urine smells. The smell is even worse now.

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Sewage Smell in Home

I am a first time homebuyer and bought my home last July. The home was built in 1974. shorty after closing I noticed a strong intermittent sewage smell that plagues the residence. It was around this same time last year (August/September). The is accompanied by what seems to be an infestation of gnats.

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Cleaning Paint Off Leather Furniture
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Cleaning Dust in Cracks of Wooden Table

I would like to clean up the dust which accumulated over the years in the cracks of my big wooden table. I was thinking of using a Q-tip and a small hand vacuum, but I am wondering if there is any other way to do this?

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Removing Super Glue from Eyeglasses

How do I get super glue off plastic eye glass lens that are transitional noline bifocals?

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Smell in Older Townhouse

I just moved into a townhouse. I didn't notice a smell at first. Now when I leave the house my clothes reek of what smells kind of like mothballs! You cannot smell the mothball smell in the house very much, not to the extent of when you take the items or clothes out of house.

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Removing Ink from a Textured Wall

My sister drew a picture on my wall. It has a thick texture almost like sandpaper. How do I get it off?

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Cleaning Between Glass on Oven Doors

Aside from totally taking the door apart, how can one clean in between the door's double glass?

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Cleaning an Old Easel Board

I check out some of the other email postings. I recently received an easel board from another family member - they had a lot of writing with grease markers on it, and they don't know how long it was on there.

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Rubber Marks on Car Fender

A bicyclist scraped the fender of my new black VW with his rubber handlebar. It is not scratched, but there is a streak of rubber about 5" long on the side of my fender. How can I remove it without damaging the paint?

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Scented Powder as Vacuum Freshener

I received more scented powders as gifts than I could use. I dump some on the floor and vacuum it up. Now the vacuum bag smells nice all the time. Note: I have a HEPA bag so it does not generate too much dust when I vacuum; I wouldn't do this if you have an asthma sufferer in the house.

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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 Dye That Transferred in the Wash

My red towel bled on my light color green shirt and my black and white shirt. How can I get the red dye out of my clothes? I did put them in the dryer, but I believe they are still damp. Can anyone help me please?

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