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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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


garden statue

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


blue cooler

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


A collection of old fashioned photos.

Removing Ink from a PhotoMany times, pen ink has been added to a photo for identification but this can cause damage. Care must be taken when removing ink from a photograph. Sometimes, it is better to scan and digitally repair the photo instead to prevent damage.


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.


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 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.



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.


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


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.


A pine cone dripping tree sap.

How to Remove Tree Sap from Just About...Spring and late summer are the prime seasons for sticky, gooey, tree sap. The stuff seems to ooze onto everything with ease. Getting it off, however, can be a whole different matter. Here are some sure fire methods for removing tree sap from just about anything.


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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.


Plastic Tablecloth

Caring for Plastic TableclothsThis 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.


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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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.


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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.


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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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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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.


Terra Cotta Pots

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.


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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?


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.


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.


Sanitizing Your Toothbrush, Glass container of toothbrushes.

Sanitizing Your ToothbrushThis 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.


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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?


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Removing Nail Polish from Laminate Cabinets?How do I remove red nail polish from my laminated breakfast bar kitchen cabinets? It is where my daughter sat on a bar stool and worked on her computer. There are streaks of red polish on two of the lower doors. Please help. Thanks in advance.


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.


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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 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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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.


Stone Coasters

Cleaning Stone CoastersThis is a page about cleaning stone coasters. Porous stone can absorb stains and may be a challenge to clean.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A bottle with the label removed.

Removing Jar And Bottle Label GlueSaving that jar or bottle for that special use you've found can be nice until you try getting all the label glue off it. Then it can be a pain. Not any more!


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Removing Rubber Shoe Marks From Bouncy Castle?Any way to remove rubber shoe marks from a bouncy castle. Brand new 4 weeks old white rubber marks on red slide.


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Disinfecting a Backyard?How do I disinfect my backyard? It is all dirt.


Using a spray bottle to sanitize hands.

Rubbing Alcohol for 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.


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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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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)?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


A candle that has been lit for awhile.

Cleaning CandlesIf your candles have sat around for a while without use, they can get dusty. This is a page about cleaning candles.


Person cleaning eyeglass lenses with a cloth.

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 Artificial Flowers

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


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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Cleaning Antique Doors?I have a pair of antique doors that have not been finished, painted, or stained. They are just the old plain wood. They are very dirty and aged, but no soft spots or sign of bugs, etc. It looks like they were buried and then dug up. What is the best way to clean the doors?


Candle on wrought iron scroll design holder with imitation grape vines

Cleaning Grape Vine Decorations?This is a page about cleaning grade vine decorations. Grape vines are used as the base for wreaths and other decorations. They will periodically need cleaning.


Above ground pool off of a deck with sparkling clean water

Cleaning a Backyard Swimming PoolThis is a page about cleaning a backyard swimming pool. Keeping your backyard pool clean is an important part of being able to enjoy it at any time.


A whiteboard with scribbles all over it.

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.


Preventing Wax Residue in Candle Holders

Preventing Wax Residue in Candle HoldersThis is a page about preventing wax residue in candle holders. Cleaning the wax residue out of your candle holders is not a fun task.


Well Water

Cleaning A Well Water FilterThis is a page about cleaning a well water filter. You may need to clean the pump filter to increase the water flow, if your well is not pumping properly.


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Cleaning Outdoor Lights?I am looking for a solution for cleaning the outside lights that have become pitted and yucky looking. They look like brass. They aren't the really expensive kind.


nubby purple Christmas ornament

Cleaning Christmas OrnamentsThis is a page about cleaning Christmas ornament. Whether made of glass, plastic or Styrofoam holiday ornaments can need to be cleaned.


Vinyl Fence

Cleaning Vinyl Fences and Deck Railings?This is a page about cleaning vinyl fences and deck railings. Vinyl is a durable material when used for deck railings and fences, but it does need periodic cleaning to look its best.


Laundry Line

Cleaning a Laundry Line?This is a page about cleaning a laundry line. Keeping your clothes line clean is necessary to prevent getting marks and stains on your clean laundry.


brightly colored hammock

Cleaning a HammockThis is a page about cleaning a hammock. Hanging in the outdoors, hammocks can get dirty very easily. Cleaning your hammock regularly will keep nice and ready to use at any time.


granite basin

Cleaning Black Granite Fixtures?This is a page about cleaning black granite fixtures. Rock sinks and tubs may need some special care to maintain their surface color. Acidic cleaners may dull it.


Man Cleaning a Vintage Chandelier

Cleaning a Vintage ChandelierThis is a page about cleaning a vintage chandelier. These delicate lighting fixtures can become very dirty. To clean it easily and safely, can take some creative ideas.


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.


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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?


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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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Disinfecting a Backyard?How do I disinfect my backyard? It is all dirt.


Cleaning a Cotton Boll Wreath

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.


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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.


And old photo with an ink stamp over the top.

Removing Ink Stamp From Picture?Can you help me to make this picture clear and colorful. One of my friend has this picture of her late parents only. I want to give her this clear picture to them.


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