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A blue above ground swimming pool.

Cleaning an Above Ground Pool?This is a page about cleaning an above ground pool. Above ground pools do not always have all of the filters that in-ground pools do, so they can get quite dirty. It is important to clean your pool properly so that you don't damage the liner.


House With Vinyl Siding

Removing Wood Stain From Vinyl Siding?This is a page about removing wood stain from vinyl siding. Spills happen, but can be very frustrating and often difficult to clean up, especially when they involve wood stain type products.


Patio Umbrella

Cleaning a Canvas Patio UmbrellaAn outdoor canvas umbrella can get dirty over time from exposure. This is a page about cleaning a canvas patio umbrella.


WetJet Package

Unclogging a Swiffer Wet JetWhen the jet nozzles on your Swiffer mop are not spraying correctly, they are usually clogged. This is a page about unclogging a Swiffer Wet Jet.


Cleaning Vinyl Clad Wire Shelves

Cleaning Sticky Vinyl Clad Wire Shelves?Wire shelving is very common in appliances, kitchens, closets, and elsewhere. Keeping them clean can be a challenge. This is a page about cleaning sticky vinyl clad wire shelves.


hands of someone dyeing cloth

Removing Fabric Dye From Skin?This is a page about removing fabric dye from skin. When dyeing cloth you want to avoid getting the color on your skin, as it can be a challenge to remove right away.


Mouth Guard

Cleaning a Smelly Mouth Guard?It answers the question about how to keep your mouth guard smelling nice and clean with daily maintenance. This page is about cleaning a smelly mouth guard.


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Cleaning Wax Off CountertopsAnyone who's ever said "just wait for it to dry and chip it off" has never actually tried to clean wax off a nice shiny countertop. I spilled candle wax and it wasn't the kind of wax that gets hard.


Printer ink on a hand.

Removing Printer Ink From Skin?This page is about removing printer ink from skin. When filling an ink cartridge it is easy to get some on your hands.



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Alternative Scents for Rainbow Vacuum?Does anyone know of any alternatives that can be used instead of the regular scents that you put into your rainbow vacuum cleaner? I don't have any stores near me that sell them and don't want to buy them online without being able to smell them first.


Permanent Markers

Remove Permanent Marker From StoneIf you have to get permanent marker off a stone surface, such as a fireplace, countertop, or figurine there are several ways to get this done. This is a page about remove permanent marker from stone.


Beige Corian Counter

Removing Stains from CorianThis page is about removing stains from Corian. An acrylic composite that is very durable, but can occasionally become stained.


Man Pressure washing his Wood Deck

Cleaning a Wood Deck This is a page about cleaning a wood deck. Your deck is a great place for friends and family to gather in your home. However, the elements and general use means you will need to clean on occasion.


Tarmac Driveway

Cleaning Tarmac?This is a page about cleaning tarmac. Tarmac is a type of road surface often found at airports and also used on private home driveways.


Moss on Headstone

Cleaning Moss and Stains off Headstones?This page is about cleaning moss and stains off headstones. Being exposed to the elements, marble and other stone grave markers can become discolored and grow rootless plants.


Lighter Fluid

Other Uses for Lighter FluidThis is a page about other uses for lighter fluid. Always be careful when using this fluid as it is very flammable.


front of box

Magic Eraser Left Marks?This page is about what to do if a Magic Eraser left marks. These erasers can be helpful to remove a variety of things, but can damage some surfaces.


A Pop-up Camper at a camp area.

Cleaning a Pop-up CamperPop-up campers can get dirty if they are left open for weeks or months at at time. This is a page about cleaning a pop-up camper.


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Removing Sharpie Marker from Paper?Does anyone know how to remove Sharpie from areas under which there is text I would like to read? This is on copy paper.


Super Glue on Eyeglasses

Removing Super Glue from EyeglassesThis page is about removing super glue from eyeglasses. Finding a way to clean this glue off your glasses can be a challenge.


Cleaning Life Jackets

Cleaning Life Jackets?This is a page about cleaning life jackets. Ideally life jackets are cleaned and dried after each use.


Hand holding a permanent marker

Removing Marker From Photos?This is a page about removing marker from photos. Removing marker from one of your treasured photos may seem impossible, but don't despair there may be a solution.


Electrical Outlet

Removing Paint From Electrical Outlets?This page is about removing paint from electrical outlets. When painting walls, some of the color can end up on the electrical outlets and not be noticed until the paint is already dry.


Cleaning a Dooney and Bourke

Cleaning a Dooney and Bourke PurseThese popular purses can look great again with proper cleaning. This page is about cleaning a Dooney and Bourke purse.



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Removing Tape Residue From PVC Fence?How can I remove tape residue from my PVC fence?


Photo of the exterior of a house.

Finding the Source of Black Soot in a House?This is a page about finding the source of black soot in a house. Soot could come from a furnace or from a fireplace and chimney.


A rubber duck floating in a swimming pool.

Algae in an Above Ground Swimming PoolFilter systems in above-ground pools are often not as robust as in-ground pools. This can make algea growth more of a possibility. This is a page about algae in an above-ground swimming pool.


washing coins

Cleaning CoinsCoins can get grimy over time, changing hands year after year. Coins that are found on the ground are even dirtier and may require cleaning before adding them to your change purse.


Dentures in a glass of water.

Cleaning DenturesThis page is about cleaning dentures. It is important to find the most effective way to clean artificial teeth.


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Cleaning The Inside of Second Hand Leather Shoes?I bought some nice brown leather Stride Rite kids shoes from a thrift store for my two year old. Is there a way to clean and disinfect the inside of the shoes? Can I throw them in the washer?


Shaving Cream on Black

Cleaning With Shaving CreamYou might be surprised by the many cleaning uses for shaving cream. This is a page about cleaning with shaving cream.


blue cooler

Removing Smells from CoolersThis page is about removing smells from coolers. Keeping your ice chest clean and smelling fresh is the goal.


sliding patio door

Cleaning a Sliding Door TrackThis is a page about cleaning a sliding door track. To keep your door opening and closing smoothly it helps to keep the track clean.


Gas pump with fuel spill

Removing Diesel From Block Paved Driveway?This is a page about removing diesel from block paved driveway. Removing diesel fuel that has accidentally spilled or leaked onto your block driveway may require special treatment.


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Spots from Flies on My Home's Siding?Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep flies from landing on the house? We live in the country and get little spots of bug poo all over the siding, it's driving me crazy.


Keeping Water Fountains Free of Mineral Deposits

Keeping Water Fountains Free of Mineral DepositsThis is a page about keeping water fountains free of mineral deposits. Mineral deposits can mar the beauty of your decorative fountain.


Clean Seashells

Cleaning SeashellsThis is a page about cleaning seashells. Collecting seashells is a great pastime that provides you with beautiful shells for crafts and other decorating activities. Cleaning is one of the first steps in preparing your shells.


Clean Scissors

Cleaning ScissorsThis is a page about cleaning scissors. Scissors often need cleaning after using them, especially if used to cut tape. Keeping your scissors clean helps to maintain their efficiency when used.


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Removing Ink from a PhotoThis is a page about removing ink from a photo. Care must be taken when removing ink from a photo.



A ball point pen writing on paper.

Removing Ball Point Pen From PaperIsopropyl alcohol is usually the best way to break down ink, however it does depend on the type of ink. Removing ball point pen from paper can be a very difficult task but it's not impossible.


applying varnish to wood

Removing Varnish from HandsWoodworking crafts or furniture refinishing can leave you with varnish on your hands. There are solvents that will remove it easily. This is a page about removing varnish from hands including a tip about using baby powder.


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How to Restore Shine of Ceramic Tiles?Is there a product that would restore the shine on the floor of a shower? It is made of ceramic tile 4X4 inches. It was cleaned with an abrasive product and a brush?


Soap Dispenser

Unclogging Soap DispensersThis page is about unclogging soap dispensers. Keeping your dispenser free flowing is the goal for a tidy squirt of soap.


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How Do I Keep Litter From Sticking to Sides of Cat Box?Is there a way to keep the litter from sticking to the sides of a cat box when you scoop it out? Can you spray something in the box? And what can you use that is safe for the cat?


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Removing Labels from New ProductsThis is a page about removing labels from new products. After a shopping trip comes the often frustrating process of removing the labels without damaging your new purchase.


A woman holding a blank coffee cup.

Removing Advertising Logos From a Coffee Cup?Sometimes a good mug has a logo printed on it that you may find undesirable. Removing the logo can really improve the look of the mug. This is a page about removing advertising logos from coffee cup.


Cleaning a concrete surface by pressure washing.

Cleaning Concrete?This is a page about cleaning concrete. Concrete patios, sidewalks and driveways can often be restored to like new with a pressure wash or other cleaning technique.


Double-Sided Tape

Removing Double-Sided TapeThis is a page about removing double-sided tape. Double-sided tape leaves twice as much sticky residue that can be tricky to remove. With some helpful tips, it's not an impossible task and can even be a breeze.


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Getting Urine Smell Out of Gravel?I can't get the urine out of the scoria, (crushed red gravel) in my yard. It smells all the time, especially when its really hot, or after heavy rain.


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Rubbing Alcohol for a Hand SanitizerInstead of buying bottle after bottle of hand sanitizer which can go fast with a lot of kids, I save old spray bottles that give a mist like hair spray pump bottles. I refill them with rubbing alcohol.



Cleaning Plexiglass?This page is about cleaning plexiglass. Clear plastic can scratch easily when cleaning it.


Removing Permanent Marker from Hair

Removing Permanent Marker from HairThis is a page about removing permanent marker from hair. If your or your child accidentally or intentionally got permanent marker in your hair it can be a chore to remove.


A tent set up below tall cedar trees.

Removing Tree Sap from a Tent?If your tent is under a tree for a while, it may get some tree sap on it. Isopropyl alcohol, preferably 99% or 91%, can be very useful for removing tree sap from things. This is a page about removing tree sap from a tent.


Motor Oil on Concrete

Cleaning Motor Oil Stains From ConcreteThis is a page about cleaning motor oil stains from concrete. Whether from a spill or engine leak, motor oil stains on concrete can be a cleaning challenge.


Two hair brushes and a comb.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Brushes and CombsThis is a page about cleaning and disinfecting brushes and combs. Combs and brushes can accumulate hair and get grimy quickly. Also, if someone in the household gets lice it is important to disinfect all the brushes and combs that person may have used.


Dry Erase Markers on White Background

Removing Dry Erase Marker from a Chalk Board?This page is about removing dry erase marker from a chalkboard. When the wrong kind of marker is used on a chalkboard it can be hard to remove.


Silk flowers.

Cleaning Silk Flowers, Swags and WreathsThis page is about cleaning silk flowers, swags and wreaths. Dusty artificial flowers and greenery need special care when removing the dirt.


Loctite Super Glue

Removing Super Glue from EyeglassesThis is a page about removing super glue from eyeglasses. Super glue is meant to be permanent, so when you get it on something accidentally, it can be frustrating.


Sofa bed pulled out.

Keeping A Hide-a-Bed CleanIf you have a sofa that converts into a bed, keeping it clean and ready for the next guest is preferred. This is a page about keeping a hide-a-bed clean.


Old, dirty wood doors.

How to Remove Grime from Wood Doors Without Refinishing?Wood doors can become grimy over time. Here is some information about how to remove grime from wood doors without refinishing.


garden statue

Cleaning Garden StatuaryThis is a page about cleaning garden statuary. The elements can take a toll on your garden decorations.


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Cleaning Brake Fluid Off Pavement?I recently moved into a new area which seems like a new planet. We are on a roll lately with problems and have already annoyed a neighbor. All of that aside My sister came to visit and her brake line busted and spilled brake fluid all over the place and I have no clue how to remove it from the pavement. I really do not want any more complaints so if any one has a clue please let me know. Jen from Michigan


Old glass perfume bottles

Cleaning Old Perfume Bottles?Ornate glass perfume bottles have been collected for generations. They can be difficult to clean safely and thoroughly. This is a page about cleaning old perfume bottles.


Ball Point Pen Writing on Paper

Removing Ink From a DocumentMistakes can happen when you are preparing a document. Depending on the type of ink used there may be a way to correct the error. This is a page about removing ink from a document.


Outdoor Play Equipment

Cleaning Outdoor Play EquipmentThis is a page about cleaning outdoor play equipment. Play structures, sand boxes, and other types of play equipment need periodic cleaning because of use and exposure to the elements.


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Removing Bubble Gum from a DVD?My 3 year old put gum on a dvd. Need help to get it off and not scratch it.


An old toy rubber duck.

Cleaning Sticky RubberA small amount of baby oil can help clean sticky rubber whether a handle or possibly an old doll. This is a page about cleaning sticky rubber.


Cleaning eyeglasses with a cloth.

Cleaning EyeglassesThis is a page about cleaning eyeglasses. Anyone with eyeglasses knows that they can require constant cleaning. Proper cleaning will ensure that your lenses are smudge-free.


A Sharpie marker with its lid off.

Removing Permanent Ink (Sharpie) from a CD or...This is a page about removing Sharpie from a CD or DVD. Removing permanent ink from a CD or DVD can be difficult. When removing the ink you need to be careful to not damage the disc.


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Nail Glue on a Cell Phone?What removes nail glue from a cell phone?


Artificial Tree

Cleaning Artificial TreesFaux trees can collect a lot of dust on their leaves that requires cleaning. This is a page about cleaning artificial trees.


Dusting Delicate Items

Dusting Delicate ItemsThis page is about dusting delicate items. Finding the best way to dust your fragile knick-knacks and plants helps keep them beautiful.


Artificial Calla Lilies in a glass vase.

Cleaning Artificial Calla Lilies?Calla lilies are beautiful and artificial ones look real, especially from a distance. However, they do get dirty over time and require cleaning. This is a page about cleaning artificial calla lilies.


A photo with tape on it.

Removing Tape Residue on Photos?This is a page about removing tape residue on photos. Care must be taken when trying to remove tape residue on photos.


Cleaning Artificial Flowers

Cleaning Artificial FlowersThis is a page about cleaning artificial flowers. Artificial flowers can become dusty or dingy over time.



Removing Bird Poop Stains?This page is about removing bird poop stains. Bird nests can be built in places that leave unwanted excrement in odd places.


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Removing Masking Tape From Fiberglass Boat?I have masking tape that was left on too long (1 year). The tape is on a fiberglass boat. It is possible to scrape it off with a plastic scraper to avoid damaging the fiberglass but a very, very slow process. When the tape is off there is still the glue residue left, any ideas on the best way to remove both of these?


Cleaning Hair from a Brush

Removing Hair from BrushesThis is a page about removing hair from brushes. Trying to remove hair from your brush or a pet brush can be frustrating.


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Cleaning Hair TiesHere is an easy way to keep your hair ties clean. Once a month or so place all of your hair ties, aka elastics and cloth headbands in a dirty sock. Tie the top of the sock into a knot and toss it in with the rest of your wash.


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Cleaning Urine Off a Tempur-Pedic Mattress?How do I clean urine off a Tempur-Pedic Mattress?


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How to Remove Floral Clay?Does anyone know how to remove that tacky floral clay from items. I can't seem to find any answers online. I tried isopropyl alcohol and vegetable oil, but no luck. Thank you in advance for any feedback.


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Removing Dried Cement from Steel?How do I remove dry cement paste from steel plates?


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Cleaning Ostrich Feathers?I purchased 6 ostrich feathers, they are beautiful, but I quit smoking and would like to get them clean and bright again. Is there any way I can clean them?


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Removing Sharpie From Vinyl Bus Seats?Help! One of my little darlings on my SCHOOL BUS wrote some pretty nasty graffiti on my bus seat with a SHARPIE.


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Cleaning a CPAP Machine?I suffer terribly from moderate obstructive sleep apnea. After over 2 months of waiting, I am finally getting a CPAP machine tomorrow (6/9). I hope this will help me. I have a concern about keeping this machine clean. I know that there are machines to buy that will clean them, but I probably can't afford one. I'm lucky my health insurance covers my CPAP! I need a way to clean this thing as simply and easily as possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Removing Labels from PlasticWhen I need to get labels off of plastic bottles, I put them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. The labels come right off.


A man using a toilet plunger.

Cleaning a Toilet Plunger?Soaking a toilet plunger in a bucket with added bleach will help to remove the odor and debris. Be sure to air dry thoroughly before storing.


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Removing Pine Tree Sap from Trex Decking?I have a Trex deck how do I remove tree sap from it?


Cleaning a Kitchen Faucet Head - head removed from pipe lying on the counter

Cleaning a Kitchen Faucet Head?My kitchen faucet head is sealed and can't be taken apart. This is our second faucet head. We have a lot of earthquakes and constantly have a churned up well. Can I still soak the head in vinegar and loosen the hard water inside it?


Removing Gorilla Glue from a Guitar?It is a challenge to remove excess ugly glue without removing the lacquer finish on a guitar. This is a page about removing gorilla glue from a guitar.


Water going down the sink drain.

Cleaning Sink DrainsWhile exceedingly convenient, indoor plumbing can require some routine maintenance not only to keep it clear, but also to reduce the possible odors that result from mold growth on debris lodged in the pipes. This is a page about cleaning sink drains.


Man cleaning a counter with a sponge.

Cleaning Greasy Residue Left by Goo GoneDepending on the material, you can use rubbing alcohol or an acetone nail polish remover for the Goo Gone residue. This is a page about cleaning greasy residue left by Goo Gone.


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Cleaning Smoke Damage and Odor on a Concertina?What can be used for cleaning smoke damage to a musical instrument, a concertina (similar to accordian)?


Humidifier in a bedroom

Removing Vaporub from the Inside of My Humidifier?This is a page about removing Vaporub from the inside of my humidifier. Cleaners such as Dawn or a mix of water and alcohol can be sloshed around the inside of a humidifier to remove the greasy residue of Vicks Vaporub.


Knick Knacks on a window sill.

Cleaning Knick KnacksBeautiful or whimsical figurines and keepsakes can get very grimy after time spent on a shelf or in a curio cabinet. This is a page about cleaning knick knacks.


Smoke drifting up to a smoke alarm on the ceiling of a home.

Smoke Smell on Belongings After a House FireRemoving the strong smells of a fire can be a challenge on a variety of things. This is a page about smoke smell on belongings after a house fire.


Brick Fireplace with Fire Burning

How to Clean Fireplace Bricks?Soot and dirt can stain the bricks on a fireplace, but there are ways to get them surprisingly clean. This is a page about cleaning fireplace bricks.


Woman Using Body Spray

Uses for Body SprayA body spray with an undesirable scent can help lift ink stains on skin and other surfaces. This is a page about uses for body spray.


Wooden Cutting Board

How to Remove Sharpie From a Wooden Cutting Board?Sharpie pen ink can really soak into wood. Isopropyl alcohol may help remove some of the ink, but it may be necessary to take more drastic measures. Here are some ideas about how to remove Sharpie from a wooden cutting board.


Close up of a red brick patio.

Cleaning White Substance Off a Brick Patio?Depending on what it is, washing a white substance off of brick may require a solvent of some sort. Cleaning a white substance off a brick patio can be a chore but with the right equipment and cleaners it can be done.


Cleaning Cigarette Tar Off an Oil Painting

Cleaning Cigarette Tar Off an Oil Painting?Cigarette tar can be nearly impossible to clean from an oil painting yourself. It may require professional cleaning. This is a page about cleaning cigarette tar off an oil painting.


Cleaning Black Prickly Stuff on Wooden Porch - black spots on ceiling of wooden porch

Cleaning Black Prickly Stuff on Wooden Porch?My parents have a wooden backyard porch that has grown some black stuff on the ceiling of it. It's not flat; it is tough and prickly and hard to scrape off. Is this mold also? It's outdoors so I wondered if it can still be mold.


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Removing Armour Etch Film on Glasses?I used Armour Etch cream on my everyday eyeglasses to remove scratches and the cream left a horrible smudgy film on my lenses. I cannot see through them now. How do I remove this smudgy film?


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Removing Grout Haze on Formica Countertop?My husband removed ceramic tile from our kitchen backsplash and replaced it with new mosaic glass tiles and grout. The grout residue will not come off my formica countertop.


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Cleaning an Above Ground Pool?We have an 18x48" above ground pool. I started to notice that there is white stuff floating at all levels in the water. Could this be white mold and if so how do I treat it and also the water gets cloudy once in the pool. I have been trying to vacuum up the discolored cloudy spots. How long should we actually have the pump on for and how often should we clean the filter.


Removing a Stain on a Corian Sink - stains on Corian sink

Removing a Stain on a Corian Sink?I have an ivory Corian sink with a brass faucet. I need to replace the faucet, but there is now a greenish stain around the old faucet base. I am not sure if it is cleaner buildup or calcium or?


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Removing Permanent Marker from an Inflatable Bounce Castle?A five year old wrote on the back of my inflatable castle with permanent marker. We have tried alcohol, peroxide, bug spray, grease lightning, everything that we could think of. What is the best, but cheap way to get it off? Any suggestions help.


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Cleaning a Dooney and Bourne Purse?How do I get a Dooney and Bourke purse back to its normal color because it has a little discoloration.


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