Questions tagged [cleaning]

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How can I remove white stains from microwaving rice and pasta?

Background For the past several years, I have cooked rice and pasta in my microwave instead of on the stove. This involves putting the rice or pasta in a bowl of water and then using the automatic ...
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How to avoid doing dishes (after microwaving food)

So if I put a dish in the microwave, is there a way to avoid getting the plate dirty so I don’t have to worry about doing dishes? I was thinking stuff like french fries, pizza variations (bite sized, ...
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Stained fridge from dry-erase markers

Does anyone know of a way to remove stains caused from dry-erase markers? I was using the side of my fridge as a whiteboard and it seemed to work fine at first... but I left what I wrote up on the ...
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Cleaning the screens of phones

I don't have a liquid solution specially made to clean the screens of phones. So what's the substitute for that? I can't use only a cloth since my screen has got stains. So can I use sanitizer/ lens ...
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Remove Broken Lightbulb from holder

The light bulb broke off but the metal portion remains in the holder. What is the best or safest way to remove this bulb from the holder?
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How to remove ballpoint-ink on a card?

I have some cards (for example pokemon cards) that I wrote on with a ballpoint pen. I was wondering how I could get rid of it, any lifehacks for that? If it helps it's on the backside of the card. ...
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How to clean out a peanut butter jar for recycling?

Peanut butter is sticky. It takes several gallons of hot soapy water to wash it out so that it is ready for recycling. Is there a better way to do this?
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How to fix colour of suede shoes after cleaning

I have my suede shoes that needed to be cleaned. So I bought a cleaning kit for suede shoes, the way it said to use was to. Pour generous amount of liquid in a bowl full of water, dip the brush ...
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How to kill the stink in an unplugged refrigerator?

There is a refrigerator that has been left with food in it and without electricity for some time, opening the door is 'unpleasant'. It either needs to be cleaned and restored to service or it needs ...
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Clean inside of bottle (fruit juice)?

I use Bormioli Rocco glass bottles to store water and fruit juice. The problem with the juice bottles is that pulp residues dries on the inside of the bottle. How can I clean the bottles? I have tried ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I have the problem that when I moved last, I moved from one end of the country to the other. When I had to vacate the flat I was living in, I didn't have a new place at my current location. Because of ...
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Is there an effective way to clean up shattered glass from a floor?

Whenever I try to clean up broken glass, I always find small pieces even after cleaning it up several times. Is there a way to get rid of broken glass?
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How to conceal a mop outdoors to make it look aesthetically more pleasing?

I want to place a mop outside, but I don't want it to look like an eyesore. How can one conceal a mop outdoors to make it look aesthetically more pleasing? I would like the mop to take up as little ...
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How to remove the bhoosa [chaff] from the phool jhadu [grass broom]?

Here is the picture of phool jhadu. That is the kind of broom used in middle class households in India. The problem is that the new broom of that kind contains a lot of bhoosa (which Merriam-Webster ...
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How to clean old sticky pc mouse with rubber coating?

I have an old Logitech MX510 mouse which is very sticky on the sides. How can I get rid of this stickiness?
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How to clean a large area rug that had mice nesting in it

I have an old 10' x 10' colourful area rug that was in storage for a few years. When I unpacked it I found several mice nests tucked away inside and lots of mouse droppings. I put it outside in the ...
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How can I remove skin oil from my phone's screen?

My phone screen picks up the usual fingerprint smudges, but there is a band where the swipe keyboard appears that is particularly bad. Rubbing with phone screen cleaning wipes and glasses cleaning ...
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How to clean grill/coil of neglected dehumidifier that has hard lint / mold?

I have Large DeLonghi PP50 and Frigidaire Brands in my home. The grill and coils are very dirty
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How to clean fan and coil of ac/dehumidifer?

Basically, bleach vapors have gotten into my dehumidifier after I used clorox "tilex" All Purpose Cleaner With Bleach for mold control in the kitchen sink. Now the dehumidifier is blowing ...
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Any insight about suspect “acid” stains on new hollow metal door jambs?

I'm a commercial painter and the building I'm working has several hollow metal door jambs that have some really, REALLY tough stains on them. It definitely looks like some type of liquid caused them ...
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Why are our cloth napkins “fuzz magnets”?

We have bought a few different kinds of cloth napkins for our dinner table and they seem to always come out of the dryer covered in tiny fine hairs. How do I get rid of these? I wash them with our ...
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Tumble-drying a fitted sheet without getting other things tangled in it

If I put a fitted sheet in the tumble dryer with other things, it will try to kidnap smaller items and twist them into one or more of its corners so that they can't come out and don't get dry. Anybody ...
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How can I quickly eliminate the smell of cigarette smoke in a confined space?

When somebody smokes in my car or a room of my home, the smell lasts for days to weeks. How can I quickly remove that smell? I've tried using basic air fresheners, but they only put a bandaid on the ...
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How to cure “stickiness” on walkie-talkie rubber components

I have just retrieved my walkie-talkies from the big storage box where they lived for the last couple of years. The rubber/rubberized components (grip coating, dials, etc.) have gone very sticky to ...
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How to clean up after tissue paper got into the washing machine?

This happens once a while: I put some tissue or paper material (e.g. a receipt) into some pocket of some clothing, but forget to take it out before putting the clothing into the washing machine. After ...
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Is there a way to avoid dust inside the house and thus the need of cleaning so often?

I profoundly dislike dusting, but getting rid of dust is a necessity. It seems to me -- although it might be just an impression rather than a fact -- that lately way more dust gets on all surfaces ...
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How to restore clothes from colour run?

I have a few clothes (coloured t-shirts and polo shirts) which have turned a different shade of colour due to a small amount of colour from other clothes being transferred to them in the wash. One ...
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How to remove or seal in mold mildew on vintage electronic cables

Bought some vintage electronics, and the 20 foot data cable bundle smells like mildew very strongly. I need something to seal in that smell and kill the fungi on the insulators, without damaging the ...
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How to remove ear wax and other dirt that went into my pods without opening them?

I have these pods from Oppo for almost 5 months now and they are causing problems. Basically, after I use them for some time the audio from the left starts decreasing till I can barely hear it. But if ...
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How to clean Blu Tack?

I use Blu Tack quite a lot in my day to day work - keeping things in a fixed position while working on them etc... But I have noticed that after a couple of weeks of usage they become quite dirty ...
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How to effectively remove cat hair from clothes (e.g. T-shirts) of thin cotton?

I was told several times that the most effective way is simply to move my wet hand (palm) over the cloth (and cat's hair will be on the palm). But in my case it's not true. Maybe, because in my case ...
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How to remove bonded-printed content from a ripstop fabric?

I was gifted an insulated picnic bag (a bit like this one). The thing is, its rip-stop fabric side has a company logo printed on it... ... and it doesn't just scratch off. How can I remove the ...
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How to remove adhesive residue from ventilator cover without damaging it?

I used the filter put on ventilator cover (like sticker), but it wasn't peeled off completely. It was also tainted by dust so looks dirty. The ventilator cover is made by plastic. How can I remove it ...
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How to remove the stain made by pen on leather jacket?

While writing, I accidentally draw stains on my brown leather jacket. I tried to wash it with water but it did not work and I tried to remove with body spray as well which was a recommendation from ...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

Whenever I use a sponge and any soap-like product to clean a surface, I get the unfortunate effect that the sponge seems to always be full of that product afterwise. I can repeat dozens of "fill with ...
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How to remove baking soda stain from wooden kitchen worktop?

I cleaned my oven with a mixture of baking soda and water. Unfortunately, I got some of this on my kitchen worktop and it caused some stains (see picture). I scrubbed the stains for 1-2 minutes with ...
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How to improve air quality in an old storage room?

I am forced to use an old storage room for work as there is some really loud construction work going on in an adjacent building, located near my current working room. The problem is that the storage ...
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How to remove blue gel pen ink from cream colored jeans

Can you provide me tips on removing gel pen ink from a very light colored (cream color) pair of jeans. The gel pen ink is from Bic Gelocity (blue color). Many solutions over the internet and also on ...
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Remove oil build-up on the touchpad

Any good ways to remove oil build-up on the touchpad of the laptop? It's always getting oily ( not sure it's oil or not ). Is there any way to avoid or remove it?
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Removing Pepper Juice From Eyes

I was wiping my eyes with my hands as they felt itchy and I immediately felt a sharp, burning sensation and realized that I let pepper juice (jalapeno) get into my eyes. I went to the sink and tried ...
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How do you clean your phone screen of breakout causing build up regularly?

I would first like to clarify that I believe my question is not a dupe of: How can I remove skin oil from my phone's screen? as I am specifically asking about a sensible solution to help prevent ...
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How can I remove leather dye stains from colored clothing?

I managed to forget removing a leather belt from my laundry. That would have been OK if i only washed it, but I put it into a dryer as well. Not only did this destroy the belt completely, but pretty ...
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Cleaning MicroUSB socket on mobile phone

I have a Motorola Nexus 6, and recently I noticed the charging cable wasn't staying in place as well as it did when the phone was bought - my phone is charging, but if I picked it up whilst plugged in,...
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How can I remove gel (?) Ink from a book?

My sister wrote the wrong name in a bible that's to be presented and displayed in two weeks. It's shiny paper that is beige in color. The back side of the page is different color printed pattern. She'...
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How can I prevent leaves from blocking my gutter guard?

It's been raining heavily here. The tree that is behind my house has grown so that about 5% of its top is over the roof. So there are loads of fallen leaves on my roof. The problem arises when the ...
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What should I do without hot water in the shower?

I just woke up, it's -20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, I have to be at work soon, and now I just found out that the hot water heater isn't working, so the water is freezing cold! I'm smelly as can be ...
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How to fix stuck laptop keys?

The a and z keys specifically doesn't work most of the time. The v key is also showing the tendency to get jammed too. Sometimes its works , without having to do anything or with enough pressure. I'm ...
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How to Get Rid of Smell in a Refrigerator?

How do you get rid of the mixture of smells in a refrigerator (Not Unplugged) so that other items don't inherit their nasty smell? I have heard of baking soda, but are there other techniques?
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How can I remove unwanted human hair from clothing after washing?

I was wondering how to remove human hair that builds up and sticks to my clothing? I've noticed this right after my clothes have been put away. Is there any way to remove or to prevent human hair from ...
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How to prevent air conditioner pipe from molding?

My bedroom has a split-type air conditioner. Between conditioner and compressor there is a pipe for refrigerant. Moisture condenses on the pipe for a long time, and it has thick mold. I plan to clean ...

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