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This page contains miscellaneous tips and ideas for cleaning a wide variety of items.
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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.
Removing Super Glue from Eyeglasses
This page is about removing super glue from eyeglasses. Finding a way to clean this glue off your glasses can be a challenge.
This guide is about cleaning dentures. It is important to find the most effective way to clean artificial teeth.
Unclogging a Swiffer Wet Jet
When 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 Motor Oil Stains From Concrete
This 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.
Removing Moss from a Driveway
This is a page about removing moss from a driveway. Moss on your driveway can be dangerously slippery when wet in addition to unsightly.
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.
Caring for Plastic Tablecloths
This is a page about caring for plastic tablecloths. Some plastic tablecloths are intended for multiple uses, rather than being disposable. Proper care can keep them in good shape and extend their usefulness.
Cleaning a Dooney and Bourke Purse
These popular purses can look great again with proper cleaning. This page is about cleaning a Dooney and Bourke purse.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
Cleaning With Shaving Cream
You might be surprised by the many cleaning uses for shaving cream. This is a page about cleaning with shaving cream.
This 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.
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.
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?
Removing Smells from Coolers
This page is about removing smells from coolers. Keeping your ice chest clean and smelling fresh is the goal.
Removing Permanent Marker from Hair
This 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.
Cleaning Terra Cotta Pots
This is a page about cleaning terra cotta pots. Terra cotta is used to make many flower pots and other outside garden items. Usage and the elements can leave them dirty and stained.
Remove Permanent Marker From Stone
If 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.
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.
Cleaning Silk Flowers, Swags and Wreaths
This page is about cleaning silk flowers, swags and wreaths. Dusty artificial flowers and greenery need special care when removing the dirt.
Cleaning an Artificial Christmas Tree
This is a page about cleaning an artificial Christmas tree. Many families use an artificial tree to safe money or because they believe it is better for the environment. Because these trees can be used year after year they will need to be cleaned periodically to retain their fresh appearance.
Cleaning a Sheepskin Rug
This page is about cleaning a sheepskin rug. A sheepskin rug will eventually require deep cleaning.
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.
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.
Removing Super Glue from Eyeglasses
This 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cleaning Piano Keys
This instrument's keyboard can become quite dirty over time, and can suffer some coloring abuse with youngsters around. This page is about cleaning piano keys.
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.
Cleaning Artificial Trees
Faux trees can collect a lot of dust on their leaves that requires cleaning. This is a page about cleaning artificial trees.
Removing Stains from Corian
This page is about removing stains from Corian. An acrylic composite that is very durable, but can occasionally become stained.
Sanitizing Your Toothbrush
This is a page about sanitizing your toothbrush. Your clean looking toothbrush is secretly harboring viruses and bacteria. There are ways you can eliminate most of these microscopic contaminants.
Cleaning Wax Off Countertops
Anyone 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.
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.
Cleaning a Pop-up Camper
Pop-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.
Keeping Water Fountains Free of Mineral Deposits
This is a page about keeping water fountains free of mineral deposits. Mineral deposits can mar the beauty of your decorative fountain.
This page is about cleaning marble. A durable rock material that needs to be cleaned and maintained with care.
Removing Ink from a Photo
This is a page about removing ink from a photo. Care must be taken when removing ink from a photo.
Cleaning Paint Brushes
This is a page about cleaning paint brushes. It is important to properly clean your paint brushes right away after any painting project.
Cleaning Your Fireplace
This is a page about cleaning your fireplace. A fireplace can provide not only heat but ambiance. Keeping it clean will improve its efficiency and safety. Whether you are removing ash and soot on the surround or creosote buildup from the chimney, a regular cleaning is necessary.
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.
Removing Double-Sided Tape
This 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.
Cleaning Flip Flops
This page is about cleaning flip flops. A favorite summertime slip-on foot covering for many people.
Cleaning a Painted Door
My pantry door is painted black. When I try to clean the fingerprints off it with a damp rag or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser it leaves a white film. I've even tried furniture polish. I'd like to find something that I can use on a daily basis to keep this door clean!
Cleaning Garden Statuary
This is a page about cleaning garden statuary. The elements can take a toll on your garden decorations.
How Do I Clean Salsa Off a Matte Finish Photo?
How do I safely remove salsa from a professional photograph with a matte finish?
Cleaning a Thermos
This page is about cleaning a thermos. Whether stainless steel or glass, these insulated containers need to be rid of prior food or beverage odors.
This 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.
Cleaning Life Jackets
This is a page about cleaning life jackets. Ideally life jackets are cleaned and dried after each use.
Smoke Smell on Belongings After a House Fire
Removing 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.
Cleaning Stone Coasters
This is a page about cleaning stone coasters. Porous stone can absorb stains and may be a challenge to clean.
Cleaning Up a Broken Egg
This is a page about cleaning up a broken egg. If you have ever dropped and broken an egg you know what a mess it makes.
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.
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.
Rubbing Alcohol for a Hand Sanitizer
Instead 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.
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.
Cleaning Coated Eyeglass Lenses
Many eyeglasses have anti-reflective and protective coatings. When cleaning you need to make sure you use a cleaner that won't damage these coatings. This is a page about cleaning coated eyeglass lenses.
Cleaning Greasy Residue Left by Goo Gone
Depending 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.
Cleaning a Lawn Mower's Carburetor
This is a page about cleaning a lawn mower's carburetor. Cleaning your lawn mower's carburetor is something that has to be done on occasion. Depending on what type of mower you have it can be relatively easy to do.
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.
Keeping Garbage Bags In Place
This is a page about keeping garbage bags in place. It is annoying when the trash can bag liner slips down into the can as you add trash.
Cleaning a Curling Iron
This is a page about cleaning a curling iron. Hairspray and other hair products can build up on your curling iron. Cleaning your curling iron will prevent this build up from transferring to your hair and ensures that the iron heats up evenly.
Cleaning a Sliding Door Track
This is a page about cleaning a sliding door track. To keep your door opening and closing smoothly it helps to keep the track clean.
Dusting Delicate Items
This page is about dusting delicate items. Finding the best way to dust your fragile knick-knacks and plants helps keep them beautiful.
Keeping Your Satellite Dish Free of Snow
This page is about keeping your satellite dish free of snow. Snow and ice on the dish can interfere with the reception on your television or internet service.
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.
Removing Crazy Glue from Marble
This page is about removing crazy glue from marble. A beautiful, porous, rock material that can be easily stained.
How Can I Clean a Chandelier Without Taking It Down?
What is the best way to clean a chandelier without taking it down from the roof?
Removing Decals From Wood
How do you remove decals that were added to a wooden bread box and a wooden potato box over 20 years ago? They really have stayed on. No sealer, etc was brushed over them. I want to put on new decals as these are faded.
Algae in an Above Ground Swimming Pool
Filter 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.
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.
Cleaning the Outside of Your House
This page is about cleaning the outside of your home. The outside of your home can get very dirty.
Other Uses for Lighter Fluid
This is a page about other uses for lighter fluid. Always be careful when using this fluid as it is very flammable.
Cleaning a York Stone Fireplace
Does anyone know how to clean a York Stone fireplace? Any ideas would be helpful.
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
Cleaning Permanent Marker Off a Dry...
Writing on a white board with a permanent marker is common mistake. The good news is that the permanent marker can be easily removed.
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.
Removing Ink From a Document
Mistakes 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.
This is a page about cleaning hairbrushes. Hair products, hair, and skin oil can build up in your hair brush. Periodic cleaning will help your brush last longer.
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?
Cleaning Eucalyptus Branches
I have a vase full of eucalyptus branches that have mildew. It's a large amount and would be very expensive to replace. Does anyone have any ideas on how to clean this, if it is possible? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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 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.
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
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?
Coins 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.
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 guide about removing gorilla glue from a guitar.
Cleaning Sticky Rubber
A 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 Sink Drains
While 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.
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)?
Keeping A Hide-a-Bed Clean
If 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.
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.
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.
Cleaning Knick Knacks
Beautiful 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.
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 guide about cleaning fireplace bricks.
Uses for Body Spray
A 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.
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.
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.
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?
Cleaning an Above Ground Pool
I accidentally put 98 oz of clarifier in my pool 4 days ago. I have been vacuuming and flushing the pump for days. My jet starts out strong then it just trickles. What can I do to get it running strong?
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.
Cleaning a Cotton Boll Wreath
I plan on buying a cotton wreath, but how do I keep it clean? I thought of using a portable vacuum and with the hose attachment just vacuum each cotton flower. Any other ideas? It will be inside and hanging on a wall.
Getting Rid of Algae in Above Ground Pool
I am constantly getting green and cloudy water in my pool. I shock and algaecide about once a month. Lately every 3-5 days I run the filter 12 hrs a day. The last two weeks I have also been adding Clear View and also vacuuming about 2-3 times a week and then backwash after vacuuming.
Using a Shop Vac to Empty an Above Ground Pool
Is it safe to use a shop vac to finish emptying an above ground pool to get all the algae out before you refill it?
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