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Removing Mothball Odor from Clothing

Removing Mothball Odor from ClothingThis page is about removing mothball odor from clothing. It is great that there is no moth damage on those clothes, but getting rid of the smell can be a challenge.


A pair of tan suede boots.

How to Remove Salt Stains From Suede BootsWhen the sidewalks are icy and salt gets put down, it's easy to get salt stains on suede boots. This is a page about cleaning salt stains from suede boots.


Gasoline Can

Removing Gasoline Smell from ShoesThis page is about removing gasoline smell from shoes. When gas is spilled, it can be difficult to remove the odor.


T-shirt with a bright orange and red floral design.  Design isolated next to shirt

Removing an Iron-On Transfer from a T-shirtThis is a page about removing an iron-on transfer from a t-shirt. To clean all traces of an iron-on graphic without damaging the fabric, can be a challenge.


A woman washing stinky clothing.

Removing Body Odor Smell From ClothingThis page is about removing body odor smell from clothing. A stubborn sweat scent can linger in clothing even after laundering.


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Front Load Washer Leaves Clothes HardI have recently bought a front loader and I am not happy with it. I use front loader detergent, but for some reason all the clothes and particularly the towels have become extremely hard. I use softener, but it makes no difference. Any ideas? I am ready to send it back.



Construction Worker

Cleaning Dirty Construction Work ClothingAt the end of the day manual labor jobs can leave you with very dirty clothes. This page is about cleaning dirty construction work clothing.


Woman holding a dog in arms.

Removing Pet Hair from ClothingThis is a page about removing pet hair from clothing. Those of us who have pets try to wear all of that hair proudly. However, generally we want to get the hair off of our clothing easily.


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Does Borax Cause Dark Colored Clothing to Fade?I have read on this site that using Borax in the laundry, when washing dark colored clothing, will cause the clothing to fade. Is this true?


Prom Dress

Removing Wrinkles from a Prom DressThis page is about removing wrinkles from a prom dress. Certain fabrics are not supposed to be ironed and it can be a challenge to remove the wrinkles.


Pink Taffy

Cleaning Melted Taffy From ClothingWhen candy is forgotten in a pocket it can make a sticky mess to remove. This is a page about cleaning melted taffy from clothing.


lint roller

Removing Lint from ClothingThis is a page about removing lint from clothing. Some clothing just seems to be a lint magnet, marring its appearance.


work boots

Removing Diesel Fuel from Shoes and BootsThis is a page about removing diesel fuel from shoes and boots. Work boots and shoes, in particular, can have diesel fuel accidentally spilled on them.


A clothing tag that reads 100% polyester.

Cleaning Polyester ClothingThis page is about cleaning polyester clothing. This popular synthetic fabric holds it's shape well, and requires little ironing.


Dirty tennis shoes.

Cleaning Tennis ShoesThis is a page to cleaning tennis and athletic shoes. Tennis shoes can easily become smelly when they are used often. Cleaning tennis shoes and athletic shoes without damaging them can be a real chore.


White Leather Shoes

Scuff Marks on White Leather ShoesCleaning white shoes can be quick and easy when you know what products to use. Learn how to remove scuff marks on white leather shoes in this page.


Wedding Dress

Cleaning a Wedding DressWhen a dry cleaning service is not available for you, cleaning a formal dress can be difficult. This page is about cleaning a wedding dress.


Leather Boots

Cleaning Cat Urine on Leather BootsThis page is about cleaning cat urine on leather boots. A foul odor and stain can be present when the cat finds your footwear a good place to go.


Christening Dress

Cleaning a Christening DressA special baby gown is often handed down from generation to generation, and can be a challenge to clean. This is a page about cleaning a christening dress.


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How Do I Remove Cat Urine Odor from Mesh Running Shoes?One of my cats had a urinary tract infection and peed in my son's expensive Reebok runners. They are a black mesh, and not the leather shoe. How do I get the smell out of them?


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Cat Urine Odor on ClothingMy cat urinated on a some clothes in my bathroom. I put it in my washer, now my washer smells like cat urine. When I wash anything else it comes out with that smell. Does anyone know what I can use to get the smell out? Please help.



Starched Shirt

Cleaning Starch from ClothingSometimes there is a need to launder a heavily starched item, removing the starch entirely. This page has tips about cleaning starch from clothing.


Thrifty Lint Roller Brush - supplies

Thrifty Lint Roller BrushHere is a way to make a variation on the tape wrapped around your hand makeshift lint roller. This is a page about thrifty lint roller brush.


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Leather Sandals Smell BadLast year I purchased a very expensive pair of BORN Sandals. They are entirely made of leather. By late summer, last year, and now this summer already, they have acquired a nasty smell under my feet. Is there anything I can do to get rid of this odor?


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Cleaning a Formal Dress at HomeHow do I clean a little girl's white stoned pageant dress?


A price tag sticker on a shirt.

Removing Sticker Residue on ClothingSize and price labels on clothing can leave sticky residue that can be difficult to remove. This is a page about removing sticker residue on clothing.


White tank top with black trim.

Whitening Multi-Colored ClothingThis is a page about whitening multi-colored clothing. When clothing is more than one color it can be challenging to brighten the white.


Farmer wearing dirty overalls

Washing Bib OverallsThis is a page about washing bib overalls without straps tangling. These work clothes have buckles that can get tangled in the laundry.


Knitted Sweaters

Stretching Shrunken Wool GarmentsThis is a page about stretching shrunken wool garments. When a wool garment is not cleaned properly it can shrink. It can be a challenge to resize.


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Removing Mold on a Motorcycle HelmetI've got a motorbike helmet that was left in a damp garage, and has mold around the bottom and on the strap. I just wanted to know if I can save it, or should I buy a new one? Thanks.


Cleaning Mink Fur

Cleaning Mink FurThis is a page about cleaning mink fur. Having real animal fur clothing cleaned can be very expensive.


White Vinegar for Removing Sticker Residue from Clothing - before and after photo

White Vinegar for Removing Sticker Residue from ClothingWhite vinegar can be used for a multitude of cleaning purposes around the house, even removing sticker residue on clothing. This is a page about white vinegar for removing sticker residue from clothing.


A man adhering a sticky name badge label to his dress shirt.

Removing Sticky Label Residue on ClothingThis is a page about removing sticky label residue on clothing. A sticker on new or old clothes can leave a residue that can be a challenge to remove.


Clothing stored in a closet.

Keeping Clothes Smelling FreshThis page is about keeping clothes smelling fresh. Having fresh smelling garments is easy, when they are stored properly.



Removing Lint from SweatersThis is a page about removing lint from sweaters. Sweaters tend to collect lint and require attention to remove it and keep them looking good.


A green candle that is burning.

Cleaning Wax from ClothingThe dyes and oils from candle wax (or other waxes) can leave stains on your clothing that can be tough to remove. This is a page about cleaning wax from clothing.



Coach Purse

Stain Proofing a Coach PurseThis is a page about stain proofing a Coach purse. Once you have decided to invest in a Coach purse, you will want to do whatever you can to keep it clean and great looking.


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Removing Hair Dye On White Tennis ShoesHow do I get hair dye off of white tennis shoes?


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Removing Grease Smell from ClothingHow can I get an old greasy smell out of clothes?


Red Prom Dress

Cleaning a Prom DressThis page is about cleaning a prom dress. Cleaning a fancy dress at home can take some special care.


Coat being covered in a dry cleaning bag.

Washing a Dry Clean Only CoatAlthough many items are marked "Dry Clean Only", sometimes they can be carefully washed with no damage. This is a page about washing a dry clean only coat.


Baked chicken covered in cheese.

Getting Perfume Smell Out of ClothingThis is a page about getting perfume smell out of clothing. Strong fragrances on clothing can be an issue for people with asthma or off putting if its a smell you don't enjoy. Vinegar is good at removing odors, but there are also a number of store bought products that work well too.


A pair of well worn work boots, on a white background.

Dealing With Foot Odor From Work BootsKeeping feet dry, clean socks and the use of baking powder is how you can remove funky smells in your shoes. This is a page about dealing with foot odor from work boots.


Vintage Baby Photo

Cleaning Vintage Baby ClothesThis is a page about cleaning vintage baby clothes. Care must be taken when cleaning vintage clothing.


Suede Boots

Cleaning Suede BootsThis is a page about cleaning suede boots. The nap on suede boots and shoes can make cleaning them more difficult than shoes with a smooth leather finish.


Woman unloading sour smelling laundry

How to Clean Sour Smelling ClothingVinegar and soaking your foul garments can help remove odors from your laundry. This is a page about how to clean sour smelling clothing.


Clothes Dryer

Clothes Dryer TipsThis page contains clothes dryer tips. There are a few ways to save electricity and help you get your clothes drying done.


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Sleeves on Old Letter Jacket Are StickyI still have my son's high school letter jacket from 20 years ago. Guess I am waiting for a grandson! Lol! Anyway, the sleeves are made of a type of vinyl, I am sure you know what I mean. Keeping it in the closet for so long, I think the heat or age has gotten to it. The sleeves are sticky or tacky.


Shirt Collars and Plackets Fading - faded area around the neck band on a blue tee-shirt

Shirt Collars and Plackets FadingMy shirt plackets and collars are fading or bleaching. Why is this happening and what can I do to stop it in the future?


Cleaning and Deodorizing Vintage Baby Shoes

Cleaning and Deodorizing Vintage Baby ShoesI'm expecting my first grandchild, a girl, in May. I saved most of my daughter's baby things and now want to give them to her as an heirloom gift for her daughter. I'm washing the clothes using a good strategy, but am stuck as to what to do with the leather baby zip and walking boots, as well as the little girl's Sunday shoes.


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Fur Matting on Mink CoatI have a question about a mink coat. What does it mean when you take 2 fingers together and gently rub anywhere on the coat and it matts. Anyone know what causes this?


Removing Polyurethane Spill from Shoes - light stains on boots

Removing Polyurethane Spill from ShoesHe was stuck in a room with 110 gallons of a polyurethane or similar substance. How can I fix them?


Dirty shoes in a dryer bag.

Drying Shoes in a Dryer Without the BangingIf you hate the sound of athletic shoes banging around in your dryer try the simple solution outlined in this page. All you need is a long mesh laundry bag. This is a page about drying shoes in a dryer without the banging.


Woman in a pink prom dress with pink heels.

How to Remove Odors on a Prom DressThis is a page about removing odors on a prom dress. Generally prom dresses cannot be washed in the washing machine, which means the standard cleaners aren't an option. Here are some tips to try if you have a prom dress with hard to remove odors.


Grey slip on women's shoes, one upside down.

How to Keep Shoe Soles CleanShoes go everywhere so the soles can become dirty very quickly. Clean soles will track in less dirt and will help the shoe look presentable longer. This is a page about how to keep shoe soles clean.


Woman folding freshly washed clothes

Washing New ClothesWhen you first wash bright or dark new clothing, there can be dye transfer. It's best to wash them separately at first. This is a page about washing new clothes.


Polishing Imitation Leather Shoe

How to Polish Imitation Leather ShoesPolish away scuffs on your imitation leather shoes using land lotion or petroleum jelly. Always test on an inconspicuous area when using a non-traditional product. This is a page about how to polish imitation leather shoes.


100% Polyester clothing label

Cleaning White Polyester Work ShirtsUse non-chlorine bleach and avoid fabric softener to help keep polyester shirts bright and white. This is a page about cleaning white polyester work shirts.


White Rubber soled Shoe on white background

Cleaning Rubber Shoe SolesNo matter what color your rubber soles are, they can look much better when they are clean. This is a page about cleaning rubber shoe soles.


A dress shirt that has a bad odor after being laundered.

How to Remove Ethanol Odors from ClothingThis is a page about removing ethanol odors from clothing. Simply washing clothes does not always eliminate odors. Here are some tips to try, if you haven't been able to remove ethanol odors from clothing.


A pile of silver wrapped sticks of chewing gum with one stick unwrapped.

How to Clean Chewing Gum in a PocketThis is a page about how to clean chewing gum in a pocket. Freezing or spray and wash with scraping can be helpful to remove gum from a pocket.


Tennis shoes with newspaper stuffed inside for drying.

Newspaper for Drying Wet ShoesTo dry your shoes bunch newspaper together and stuff in the shoes. They will dry faster.


Wedding dress laid out on a bed.

Removing Wrinkles on a Wedding DressWedding dresses can be made of a varsity of fabrics that require special care if they become wrinkled. This page has advice about how to remove wrinkles from a wedding dress.


dried litter on soles of shoes

Cleaning Cat Litter Off of ShoesKitty liter, especially if it gets wet, can cling to surfaces like the bottoms of shoes. This is a page about cleaning kitty litter off shoes.


A dirty work jacket.

Cleaning Dirty Glazier Work ClothesA glazier is a skilled craftsman whose work includes installing and removing glass in all it's applications (windows, doors, etc.). This page is about cleaning dirty glazier work clothes.


Banana Peel

Using Banana Peels for Shining ShoesBananas are not only a quick snack, they can also clean your shoes in a second. Learn how to use banana peels for cleaning shoes in this page.


A woman holding stinky clothes.

Why Don't My Clothes Smell Good?This is a page about why don't my clothes smell good? Determine whether it's your washer, detergent or your water that is responsible for a foul smell in your washed clothes.


A stack of baseball caps.

Cleaning Baseball CapsThis is a page about cleaning baseball caps. Baseball caps can take a beating and really dirty.


Best Detergent for Washing Baby Clothes

Best Detergent for Washing Baby ClothesThis is a page about choosing the best detergent for washing baby clothes. Choosing the best detergent for washing baby clothes is important.


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Work Clothes Smell Bad After WashingMy work clothes get washed regularly by themselves. The smells don't go even after they've been washed. Shall I hand wash it? Any recommendations would be helpful.


Swimming Suits Drying

Washing Swimming SuitsThis is a page about washing swimming suits. With proper cleaning your swimming suit can last a long time.


Washing Wool Clothing

Washing Wool ClothingThis is a page about washing wool clothing. It is important to find the best way to wash your woolen clothes to maintain their size and shape.


Crocs Shoes

Cleaning Your Crocs ShoesThis is a page about cleaning your Crocs shoes. These popular foam shoes can get pretty dirty from frequent use.


someone buffing a shoe

Shining ShoesThis is a page about shining shoes. Keeping your leather shoes shined will prolong their use, and keep them looking good.


Faux Suede Boots

Dry Cleaning Faux SuedeThis is a page about dry cleaning faux suede. Faux suede clothing is either marked with cleaning instructions that sometimes allow machine washing or frequently recommend dry cleaning.


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Removing Dusty Smell from a Crocheted RobeThere is a dusty smell in a recycled sweater-like robe I bought at the thrift store. I have washed it, but let it air dry. It is like a crocheted sweater type material that probably would not do well in the dryer.


Satin Baby Shoes

Cleaning and Preserving Satin Baby ShoesThis is a page about cleaning and preserving satin baby shoes. Those adorable baby shoes can be kept as an heirloom or passed down to another beautiful child.


Muddy Shoes

Removing Mud From ShoesThis page is about removing mud from shoes. Working on outside projects can sometimes leave your boots covered with dirt and mud, that can be a challenge to easily remove.


Sport Sandals

Cleaning Sport SandalsYour shoes will last longer with proper care. This page is about how to clean sport sandals and clogs.


Golf Shoes

Cleaning Golf ShoesThis is a page about cleaning golf shoes. Proper cleaning will help to prolong the life of your expensive golf shoes.



Using BluingThis is a page about using bluing. Rather than bleaching whites you can try an alternative method; using bluing. This product will help to make your whites appear whiter.


Wrinkle Dress Shirt

Removing Wrinkles From Clothing That Sat Too LongThis page is about removing wrinkles from clothing that sat too long. Dry clothes left in a pile can leave you with lots of wrinkles.


Muddy Boots

Dealing With Dirty ShoesThis page is about dealing with dirty shoes. Working in wet weather or the garden can leave you with very dirty shoes.


Leather Shoes

Removing Salt Stains From ShoesThis is a page about removing salt stains from shoes. With winter comes slushy snow and salt stains on your shoes.


A stack of cotton shirts.

Caring for Cotton ClothingThis page is about caring for cotton clothing. A common natural fabric that makes durable and comfortable clothes.


Removing Gum From Shoes

Removing Gum From ShoesThis page is about removing gum from shoes. It is irritating when gum has been thrown on the ground and ends up on your shoe.


Ugg Boots

Cleaning Ugg BootsThis page is about cleaning Ugg boots. These comfy boots always look better if kept clean.


Patent Leather Shoes

Shining Patent Leather ShoesThis page is about shining patent leather shoes. These lustrous shoes look spiffy when very clean and polished.


Cleaning a Neck Tie

Cleaning a Neck TieThis is a page about cleaning a neck tie. Because most ties are made of silk or wool, cleaning them requires care.


Blue Jeans

Keeping Blue Jeans Looking Like NewThis page is about keeping blue jeans looking like new. Sometimes you want to keep that dark blue color in your jeans.


Washing Sports Uniforms

Washing Sports UniformsThis page is about washing sports uniforms. Athletic uniforms can be a challenge to get clean and smelling fresh.


Wool Sweater

Washing Wool SweatersThis page is about washing wool sweaters. Special care needs to be taken that your garment does not shrink and maintains its shape.


Canvas Sneakers

Cleaning Canvas SneakersThis page is about cleaning canvas sneakers. Having your canvas shoes bright and clean keeps them looking good.


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Cleaning a Fitted HatWhat's the best way to clean fitted hats?


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Removing Button Hole Fluff on ClothingHow do you keep fluff from forming behind button holes? How do you remove it once it happens?


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Removing Pink Marks from Soles of ShoesI have a pair of coach shoes and the white soles have pink faded onto them. How do I remove the pink from them?


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Cleaning Felt HatsMy dad needs to clean some spots off of his felt hat. It's non-washable, and the spot removers in the laundry department are all for washable items. Anyone have any good ideas? I'd thought about the Magic Eraser, but I'm afraid it might leave another spot.


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Clear Sequins Have Turned YellowHow do I get the sequins on my dress clear again? They have turned yellow.


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Removing Cat Urine Smell from ShoesHow do I get rid of the smell of cat urine in a tennis shoe?


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White Linen Shirt Has Turned Dingy GreyMy formerly white, thin linen button-down shirt is mostly a dingy grey on the sleeves and outer edges of the shirt. I tried soaking it for several hours in distilled white vinegar, which produced no results.


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Best Water Temperature for Washing ClothesIn an effort to save money, I have decided to wash my pants suits in the washing machine instead of sending them to the dry cleaners every month. These are nice suits that I wear to work, but they are also washable suits.


Polishing Leather Shoes

Polishing Leather ShoesThis is a page to polishing leather shoes. Keeping your leather shoes clean and polished not only makes them look nicer but helps extend their lifetime as well.


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Drying Shoes Without the Banging - ends of mesh bag protruding from dryer door

Drying Shoes Without the BangingI thought of this because I hate that banging sound of athletic shoes slamming around in the dryer. It's pretty simple as the pictures show. You need a long mesh laundry bag. This one is 2-3 feet long.


dirty white sole on shoe

Soft Scrub for Clean White ShoesTo keep your shoes white and clean use Soft Scrub bleach and an old towel to clean the white parts on the shoe. White rubber can get dirty really fast so you could do this as many times as you want, but make sure to clean all the dirt out of the cracks first so you don't get mud everywhere.


How to Wash a Cashmere Sweater - folding up dried sweater

How to Wash a Cashmere SweaterFor years I dry-cleaned my wool and cashmere sweaters, paying $3.50 each time. I saw a TV segment that convinced me to try it at home. Not only is it cheaper, but there are no chemicals in your sweater, and it comes out so much softer. This will work for merino, cashmere, and all fine sweaters.



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Washing Dry Clean Only ClothingWhat if the care label says dry clean only? Can I safely soak in milk and then wash them?


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Hand Washing a Linen Viscose and Elastane DressCan I carefully hand wash a dress made of 60% linen, 30% viscose, and 16% elastane?


Removing an Oil Stain on Crocheted White Lace Shoes

Removing an Oil Stain on Crocheted White Lace ShoesI have a pair of white crocheted lace pumps that have a small oil spot on the back top of the heel. It is not large at all, but due to the color of the shoe I don't want to ruin the shoe. Please let me know if you have any suggestions on how I may lift this stain without ruining these beautiful shoes.


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Lace on White Skirt Is YellowingI have an off-white skirt with lace sections, some of which are yellowing. What can I do to take the yellow out?


Whitening a 50 Year Old Peau de Soie Wedding Dress - woman wearing the dress

Whitening a 50 Year Old Peau de Soie Wedding DressI'd like to have my mom's wedding dress redesigned for my upcoming wedding, but after sitting in a box for 50 years, the peau de soie has completely yellowed. It's a sturdy fabric and aside from the yellowing, has no other stains on it. Is there a way I can safely whiten it?


Cleaning Ugg Boots Removed Some of the Dye - dark stain on boot

Cleaning Ugg Boots Removed Some of the DyeI dropped some grease on one of my Ugg boots. Is there any way I can dye them? When I tried to wash them some of the dye was coming off. Is there anything I can do?


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