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sink drain

Cleaning Smelly DrainsThis is a page about cleaning smelly drains. Bacteria growing in your drain can produce odors that waft throughout the house.


Moss between concrete brick pavers.

Getting Rid of Moss and Algae on ConcreteMoss growth can be a problem in shady areas. This page is about getting rid of moss and algae on concrete.


pressure washing concrete

Removing Sap from ConcreteTrees overhanging your driveway, sidewalk, or patio can drip sap on to the concrete surface leaving you with a sticky mess to clean up. This is a page about removing sap from concrete.


Baby Wipes Container

Uses for Baby WipesThis is a page about uses for baby wipes. Baby wipes aren't just for cleaning a baby's bottom. There are numerous alternative uses for these handy wipes.


Puppy Running in Yard

Getting Rid of Parvo Virus in the Yard and HomeWhen this virus has been present in your home and yard, you want to make sure it is completely eliminated so it does infect other dogs. This is a page about getting rid of parvo virus in the yard and home.


Cleaning a Coach Purse

Cleaning a Coach PurseYou spent a lot of money on your purse and want to keep it looking good. This is a page about cleaning a Coach purse.


A white powder on a spoon, either baking soda or baking powder.

Can I Use Baking Powder Instead of Baking Soda for Cleaning?Since baking powder contains baking soda, it could be substituted when cleaning. It is however more expensive, so not a good regular alternative. This is a page about, "Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda for cleaning?".


Cleaning Toilet With Ammonia

Cleaning With AmmoniaAmmonia is a common cleaning agent found in many cleaners you buy at the store. It can also be purchased as a stand-alone cleaner. Caution should be used when mixing ammonia with other chemicals as dangerous fumes can be created. This page talks about the benefits and dangers of cleaning with ammonia.


Pair of dentures in a glass of clear liquid

Using Hydrogen Peroxide for Cleaning Dentures?This is a page about using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning dentures. Hydrogen peroxide is a good cleaner for dentures, and a product many of us already have in the medicine cabinet.


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Removing Hardened Clay Cat Litter from the Driveway?How do I clean up cat litter with clay from the driveway? It was on my garage floor and when I swept it out into my driveway the clay stuck to the black top seal. When the litter got wet it turned into a thick gray mass.


man servicing a semi truck

Cleaning Diesel Fuel on Concrete?This is a page about cleaning diesel fuel on concrete. Diesel fuel spills on concrete are common in garages, workshops, and driveways.


Old Steamer Trunk

Cleaning and Restoring an Old TrunkThis is a page about cleaning and restoring an old trunk. Whether it's an heirloom or an antique store find, an old trunk can be a wonder addition to your home for both storage and decoration.



Cream colored roller blinds.

Removing Dried Paint from Roller Blinds?If your blinds are left in place when painting it is possible to accidentally drip paint on them. This is a page about removing dried paint from roller blinds.


Removing a bandaid and leaving behind some adhesive residue.

Removing Adhesive Residue on SkinThis is a page about removing adhesive residue on skin. Medicated patches, adhesive tape, etc. can leave sticky, hard to remove, residue on your skin.


Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide

Cleaning With Hydrogen PeroxideThis is a page about cleaning with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is a less noxious alternative to bleach for many of your cleaning jobs.


Wood Door

Removing Stickers from a Wood DoorThis is a page about removing stickers from a wood door. Removing stickers from a wood door can be done, keeping in mind the type of finish.


A humidifier blowing steam.

Adding Vinegar to Your HumidifierAdding a bit of vinegar to your home humidifier can help freshen the air. This is a page about adding vinegar to your humidifier.


yellowed keyboard

Making Yellowed Plastic White Again?Plastics can yellow over time and exposure to light. You may be able to whiten or paint it to restore a pleasing look. This is a page about making yellowed plastic white again.


An illustration of cleaners at a store.

Uses for Awesome Cleaner from Dollar GeneralAwesome cleaner is a good inexpensive multipurpose cleaner that you can get at most dollar stores. This is a page about uses for Awesome cleaner from Dollar General.


Tree sap running down the bark of a tree

Cleaning Tree Sap From HairThis is a page about cleaning tree sap from hair. Sticky tree sap seems like it might be impossible to clean out of your hair. It is in fact easy if you use the right products.


Old Doll

Cleaning an Old DollBefore you try to clean your old doll you will want to first determine the doll's composition. That information will help determine the best cleaners to use to prevent damage. This is a page about cleaning an old doll.


Hand washing a black and white striped shirt.

Stain Remover Formula Using Dawn, Peroxide, and Baking SodaCommon household products can be combined to make a powerful stain lifter. Use it with a brush for good results. This is a page about a stain remover formula using Dawn, peroxide, and baking soda.


A yellow and green kitchen sponge.

How to Keep a Kitchen Sponge from Getting StinkyAllowing your sponge to dry out between uses will help keep it from developing smells. This is a page about how to keep a kitchen sponge from getting stinky.


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Cleaning a Mobile Home That Was Infested With Mice?I recently purchased a used mobile home. I know it must have been infested with mice. There were traces everywhere. Now I have been in it for 3 months and I can still smell a "rodent odor" can someone tell me how to get rid of this?


spilled ink on document

Removing Ink From PaperThis is a page about removing ink from paper. Once ink has been applied to paper, it can be a challenge to remove with no trace or without damaging the paper.


Clumped Detergent

Softening Clumped Dishwasher Detergent?This is a page about softening clumped dishwasher detergent. Sometimes powdered detergent can get clumpy in the box, making it difficult to measure. This is a page about softening clumped dishwasher detergent.


Beautiful Cedar Deck

Removing Sap from a Deck?This is a page about removing sap from a deck. Trees overhanging your deck can drip sap onto the boards. Depending on the composition of the deck there are different ways to remove sap from a deck.



Shiny Pink Fabric

Making Fabric Less Shiny?This is a page about making fabric less shiny. Fabric can be shiny as a result of wear or because of its fiber content. Trying to reduce the shine may be possible.


Drop of tree sap on bark

Removing Tree SapTree sap can get on anything from clothing to your car. This is a page about removing tree sap.


Cleaning Boat Seats

Cleaning Boat SeatsThis is a page about cleaning boat seats. Get your boat seats clean and ready to use for yourself and guests on your boat.


transparent container of liquid laundry detergent

Other Uses for Laundry Detergent?This is a page about other uses for laundry detergent. Laundry detergent can be put to other uses around the house.


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Removing Concrete Mix and Dust from Skin?How do I remove concrete from the skin?


Staircase with wooden banister

Cleaning a Wood Banister?Banisters can get quite dirty and sticky from general usage. This is a page about cleaning a wood banister.


Porcelain Figurine

Cleaning Smoke Residue From Ceramic and...This is a page about cleaning smoke residue from ceramic and porcelain figurines. A house fire or smokey fireplace can wreak havoc on your treasured figurines.


A textured popcorn ceiling

Cleaning a Textured (Popcorn) CeilingWhen cleaning a popcorn ceiling, it is important to determine what the texture is composed of. This page is about cleaning a textured (popcorn) ceiling.


Gorilla Glue

Removing Gorilla Glue from a CountertopThis is a page about removing Gorilla Glue from a countertop. It is easy to get glue on the countertop while working on a project or making a repair.


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White Purse Has Yellowed?I have a Dooney and Bourke bag with multicolored hearts all over it and it is made out of vinyl I think. It has turned a yellowish color since I got it a couple years ago. Does anyone have this problem and does anyone know how to clean it so it looks white again?



Removing Adhesive from Plexiglass?This is a page about removing adhesive from Plexiglas. With the proper products and care you can remove stubborn adhesive from Plexiglass without damaging the surface.


Permanent marker scribbles on a toilet seat.

How to Remove Permanent Marker From a Tub and Toilet?Little artists will use any surface to create their masterpieces. Unfortunately they are often using permanent markers. This is a page about how to remove permanent marker from a tub and toilet.


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Removing Glue Residue Left By Contact Paper?This is a page about removing glue residue left by contact paper. If you have ever removed contact paper, there is sometimes a sticky residue remaining.


girl with paint on hands from making handprint shirt

Cleaning Fabric Paint Off Kids' Hands?This is a page about cleaning fabric paint off kids' hands. Kids can really get into their fabric painting projects.


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Life Without a Garbage Disposal?Life Without a Garbage Disposal. My new home does not have a garbage disposal in it. I thought all homes came with garbage disposals. I am used to putting everything down the garbage disposal. . .



Ashtray full of cigarette butts on a painted red wooden table.

Cleaning Nicotine from Painted Wood?This is a page about cleaning nicotine from painted wood. Cigarette smoke, which contains nicotine and tar, and leave yellow stains on your painted wood trim or furniture.


Hand pointing to calcium deposits on a faucet.

How to Remove Calcium Deposits on FaucetsThis is a page about how to remove calcium deposits on faucets. Hard water spots or calcium deposits develop wherever the minerals in you household water remain after the liquid evaporates. Faucets are a common place to find them. Vinegar is a good cleaner for this job.


Florescent Lights in an office.

Cleaning Florescent Light Covers?The plastic covers on most florescent light fixtures are removable. Once taken down they can be cleaned with mild dish soap and water or other cleaners suitable for plastics. This is a page about cleaning florescent light covers.


Suede Couch

Cleaning Cat Urine From Suede?This is a page about cleaning cat urine from suede. If your sweet little kitty has an accident on your suede shoes, clothing, or furniture it can be stressful determining how to clean it.



Uses for Pine-SolThis page contains uses for Pine-Sol. A strong smelling cleaning agent that has been manufactured since 1929. It is effective for a variety of jobs.


A yellow lab laying on a cement floor.

Cleaning Dog Pee Off a Cement FloorCleaning the stains and odor of pet urine off of concrete requires the right product and often some serious scrubbing. This is a page about cleaning dog pee off a cement floor.


Permanent Marker

Removing Permanent Marker From VinylThis is a page about removing permanent marker from vinyl. Permanent marker can be difficult, but not impossible to remove from many surfaces.


Artificial Flowers

Cleaning Artificial PlantsThey may not need light and water, but artificial plants do require regular cleaning to look their best. This is a page about cleaning artificial plants.


Bleach Bottle

Cleaning Up Spilled Bleach?This is a page about cleaning up spilled bleach. How you clean up a bleach spill will depend in large part on where it was spilled.


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Cleaning Heavy, Lined Drapes?I have not one, but five sliding glass doors in my house! They are everywhere! I have hung on them heavy, lined drapes that I bought on sale from J.C. Penney's. They each also have a valance on top. What I would like to know is can I clean them any way other than dry cleaning which is what the tags say?


Crocheted Item

Cleaning Stains on Crocheted Items?This is a page about cleaning stains on crocheted items. Care needs to be taken when cleaning crochet items, especially the more delicate lace style ones.


Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

Other Uses for Liquid Dishwasher DetergentThis is a page about other uses for liquid dishwasher detergent. Many cleaners and soaps can be used for jobs other than those for which they were intended.


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Preventing Polo Shirt Collars from Creasing?This is continuing to drive me crazy. The collars on polo shirts crease or curl up, destroying the look of a shirt. I've tried 100% cotton, 70-30 cotton, poly etc.


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Removing Smell from Wooden Trash Can?I recently purchased a wooden bin from a thrift store. It was listed as a trash can. It smelled badly of trash and cigarette smoke. I washed it with soap and used Clorox. I have also used baking soda. But can not get rid of the bad smell in the wood. Is there any hope?


Open Pressure Cooker

Removing Pressure Cooker Gasket OdorThis is a page about removing pressure cooker gasket odor. The gasket on your pressure cooker can absorb the odor from the foods cooked inside.


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Wearing a Mask While Cleaning?I'm wondering if anyone out there wears a protective mask while cleaning the toilet or bathroom? I found a clip on youtube with advice on bathroom cleaning, where the nanny presenting the clip recommends wearing a mask to protect your health while using toilet cleaning chemicals.


Photo of 3 vintage porcelain dolls.

Cleaning Porcelain DollsThis is a page about cleaning porcelain dolls. Porcelain dolls need special care to keep them clean.


A illustrated bottle of super glue.

Removing Super GlueWhen crafting or repairing an item it is possible to accidentally get the glue on clothing, the work surface, and elsewhere. Depending on where the glue is there are a number of safe methods for trying to remove it. This is a page about removing super glue.


A man cleaning a driveway.

Removing Tree Sap from a Driveway?It can be difficult to remove sap from a driveway. Petroleum based cleaners can be very useful in removing the sap, especially if pressure washing has failed to remove it.


A pair of dentures and a toothbrush.

How to Remove Grape Juice Stains from Dentures?This is a page about removing grape juice stains from dentures. Do you have juice stains on your dentures, that won't come off with store bought cleaners? Dentures are an expensive investment, so it is best to consult your dentist before using anything not specifically intended to clean them.


White plastic coffee carafe.

Cleaning Coffee Stain Off Plastic Carafe LidRemoving stubborn coffee stains on cups and carafes can be done in one of the several ways found in this page, including using denture tablets, baking soda, or lemon juice mixed with salt or sugar. This is a page about cleaning a coffee stain off of a plastic carafe lid.


nickel silver toned fan

Preventing Dust Build-Up on Ceiling Fans?Ceiling fan blades are notorious for collecting dust. This is a page about preventing dust build-up on ceiling fans.


Removing Dry Erase Marker on Wood - A B C written on white background

Removing Dry Erase Marker on WoodIt is easy to accidentally get dry erase marker on a wood surface such as a table. Try one of the solutions found on this page about removing dry erase marker on wood.


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Cleaning an Old Kilim?I have an old kilim that I bought at the flea market. I wonder how to clean it. I'm afraid of the colors running or that it may shrink. Any ideas?


Bottle of WD-40.

Cleaning WD-40 Residue?Dish soaps such as Dawn are the perfect cleaner to remove the residue left by WD-40. This is a page about cleaning WD-40 residue.


A woman spraying cleaner on a white counter.

How I Save Money By Keeping a Clean HouseThere are many money saving advantages to keeping a clean house from energy efficiency to reducing wear and tear on mattresses and electronics. This is a page about how I save money by keeping a clean house.


Removing Ink Stains from your Coach Purse

Cleaning Ink Stains from a Coach PurseThis is a page about cleaning ink stains from a Coach purse Cleaning stains on an expensive purse without damaging it further needs to be done with care. .


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Tips for Sweeping Up Hair?I work in housekeeping at a resort. We have a hard time sweeping up hair in the bathrooms. Does anyone have a trick for making this easier? The hair seems to want to go everywhere, except in the dust pan. Thank you.


cleaning silicone spray from tiles

Removing Silicone Spray?This is a page about removing silicone spray. Removing silicone spray from surfaces is easy enough if you use the right products.


Window Screen

Removing Paint From a Door or Window Screen?This is a page about removing paint from a window screen. Drips and overspray from painting can result in paint on the window screens.


Microfiber Towels

Removing Lint From Microfiber Towels?This is a page about removing lint from microfiber towels. Microfiber excels as a cleaning cloth due to its ability to gather up lint and dirt. This same fabric design makes removing lint difficult.


Stainless Steel Thermos against white background

Cleaning a Stainless Steel ThermosThis is a page about cleaning a stainless steel thermos. Tea and coffee are common beverages kept in a thermos. Both can leave stains inside.



Cleaning FormicaThis is a page about cleaning Formica. Whether you are cleaning up a vintage table or your kitchen counters, you may be looking for tips on cleaning Formica.


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Refilling Scented Oil Warmers?We inherited several of the plug-in scented oil warmers (ours are Airwick) when we bought our house. I would like to use them, but the refills are so expensive and they only come in a few scents. Does anybody have any ideas on how to refill the little bottles, or even if you can? Camilla


Hand in pink rubber glove scrubbing tile wall.

Removing Double-Sided Tape From Ceramic Tile?This is a page about removing double-sided tape from ceramic tile. Double-sided tape residue can be hard to remove. Here are some tips for removing double-sided tape from ceramic tile.


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Softening Suede?I have a suede shirt I got at a thrift store. It's a beautiful blue color but stiff as a board. Any ideas about how to soften the suede? Flora from Boston


Hand Sanitizer

Cleaning Uses for Hand SanitizerThis is a page about cleaning uses for hand sanitizer. Because of the alcohol in hand sanitizer, it makes a good cleaner for other jobs as well.


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Removing Sharpie Marker from Cement?Okay, this may sound lame but does anybody know how to get sharpie off cement? We had a few vandilizers and need help!


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White Artificial Flowers Turning Yellow?I have some very old (about 40 years) artificial flowers which used to be white but have yellowed with age. Is there any way I can clean them and bring the colour back as close to it's original colour as possible without destroying them?


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Gasoline Stain on Pavers?I spilled gas on some pavers. It left a white stain. What can I use to remove the stain?


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Cleaning Wicker Baskets?How do I clean wicker baskets?


Removing Super Glue from Hair

Removing Super Glue from HairThis is a page about removing super glue from hair. Before you get out the scissors, there are some ways you can try to remove Super Glue from hair.


Wood Deck

Removing Candle Wax from a Wood Deck?This is a page about removing candle wax from a wood deck. Outdoor candles can sometimes drip wax on your wood deck.


Cleaning Coach Shoes

Cleaning Coach Shoes?This is a page about cleaning Coach shoes. Although best known for their handbags, Coach also has a line of shoes. If your shoes get soiled, you may be wondering the best way to clean them.


Wet Plexiglas

Cleaning Dull Plexiglas?Plexiglass can become dull over time. You may be able to improve it's clarity with some cleaning and buffing. This is a page about cleaning dull plexiglas.


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Cleaning a Dull Fiberglass Sink?How do I bring the black back into a black fiberglass kitchen sink?


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Cleaning a Stainless Steel Fireplace Surround?Our fireplace has a stainless steel surround that has become discolored from the heat and there is also what I believe to be sap that dripped and burned around the bottom. Any ideas? I haven't tried anything except the regular stainless cleaner I use on my appliances.


A bottle of white vinegar.

Cleaning With VinegarA frugal and effective natural cleaner is vinegar. It can be used to disinfect surfaces, soften and brighten laundry, deodorize and much more. This is a page about cleaning with vinegar.


Different sized bottles of cooking oil.

Removing Sticky or Greasy Substances from SurfacesDeciding on the best product or method to use for removing a sticky or greasy material from different surfaces can be confusing. This is a page about removing sticky or greasy substances from surfaces.


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How Long Should Dishwashing Gloves Last?I use rubber household gloves when I wash dishes. How long should I wait before I buy a new pair? Any help would be appreciated.


A bottle of bleach.

Using Bleach in a Humidifier?Humidifiers can grow mold over time; using bleach to periodically clean them is common. However, adding bleach to the unit and allowing it to be dispensed is not recommended. This is a page about using bleach in a humidifier.


Dishwasher Detergent

Other Uses for Dishwasher DetergentThis is a page about other uses for dishwasher detergent. Dishwasher powdered detergent can be helpful cleaning other things.


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Removing 'White Out' From A Check?I got a check in the mail. My son wrote his name on the back. I then used White Out, which made it look worse. What do I do now? Can someone help me?


Paint on Hands

Removing Paint from HandsThis is a page about removing paint from hands. Home improvement and craft projects can leave you with paint stained hands.


Old Typewriter

How to Clean an Old TypewriterWhether you are old school and still use a manual typewriter or are refurbishing one as a bit of decor, cleaning it is one of the necessary steps. This is a page about how to clean an old typewriter.


Tree Sap

Cleaning Tree Sap Off HandsA stubborn substance to remove from your skin. This page is about cleaning tree sap off hands.


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Cleaning Laminate Countertops?What can I use to clean my laminate countertop? It is green. It always looks streaky, and dull. I don't want to ruin it.


Ornate dry clean only drapes hanging in a window.

Can I Machine Wash Dry Clean Only Draperies?Dry cleaning drapes can be quite expensive tempting you to consider machine washing them. This is a page about, "Can I machine wash dry clean only draperies?".


Plastic water jug.

Sterilizing Water Containers?This is a page about sterilizing water containers Now that you can refill the water containers for your home dispenser, you will want to sterilize them periodically.


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Washing an Autographed ShirtWashing a shirt that has been autographed can be risky. Depending on the type of ink used for the signature there are some helpful hints in this page. This is a page about washing an autographed shirt.


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Cleaning Water From Marble

How to Clean Water Spots on MarbleMarble polish is one possible solution for removing water spots on a marble surface. This is a page about how to clean water spots on marble.


cap of clorox 2

Using the Last of the Clorox 2As my husband was doing laundry he went to use the Clorox 2. Nothing came out, but it clearly had more in the bottle. He discovered that if you remove the spout, there is almost a capful of liquid trapped inside the bottle. Now none of it will be wasted. :)


Using a paint roller to clean ceiling.

Cleaning Popcorn Ceilings the Easy WayMy popcorn ceilings may be old, but I still want them to be clean. They tend to collect dust and spiderwebs over time, and I've finally found a way to get them clean without much effort! Just use a new, thick-knapped paint roller, on an extension pole if possible.


Ceiling fan on a white background.

Dusting Ceiling FansThe blades and housing on ceiling fans collect a lot of dust when in use and even when not being used. Such high dusting jobs can be messy and difficult to reach. This is a page about dusting ceiling fans.


Putting Away Clutter

Putting Away ClutterAt our house, it only takes a few days for things to get out of place. I have figured out an easy and quick way to get things back in order.


Keep Your Home Clean and Green: Reducing Dust

Keep Your Home Clean and GreenAlthough house dust is comprised of harmless particles of natural materials, it can also be contaminated by a wide variety of pollutants. Here are some tips for keeping your home as dust-free and healthy as possible.


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Removing Hair Dye from Painted Wood?So I accidentally got some blue hair dye on painted wood in my bathroom. It's been a few days so I'm hoping it's not permanently stained. It's a light yellow paint if that helps. I've tried using a Mr. Clean eraser and a mix of water/dish soap/baking soda. What can I use that won't ruin the pain, but lift the stain?


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Cleaning Antique Doilies?I have several cotton crocheted doilies and bedspreads from my great grandmother. They were stored in an attic for 40 years and have small dark brownish stains that do not come out in simple handwashing. What can I use on these fragile items?


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Removing Paint from Roller Blinds?How do I get dry emulsion paint out of a black, black out roller blind?


A television with a film on it.

Removing Vapor Film?How do I remove the vapor film collected on my TV (most importantly) and other surfaces caused from vaping (not smoking) inside. It is a small space and despite the remedies I've tried, nothing seems to work. It simply smears the stain and moves it around. You can see the smear around the flash in the pic. I've since resorted to going outside. But that doesn't fix the problem that already exists. Any help is appreciated.


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Removing Carbon Copy Ink from Paper?How do I remove old blue carbon copy ink from a paper booklet?


A mark on a white glossy surface.

Perfume Stain on Glossy Surface?Help! How do I get rid of this perfume stain on my glossy counter? I tried soapy water but it just doesn't go


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