Questions tagged [cleaning]

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How can I neatly eat messy food without “common” utensils?

This is an attempt at a canonical Q&A for the question above, as suggested in this comment: This should replace the Mango, BBQ Ribs, Chips, Apple and Orange eating questions. I am trying to eat ...
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How to clean crevices of electronics without compressed air?

For cleaning keyboards and other computer components not reachable with a cloth, I generally use a can of compressed air. However, the can is empty. What else can I use that would be a general ...
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How to clean blood from white clothes

A related question asks about cleaning blood off of colored clothing. What can I do to clean blood from white clothing? I've tried washing it off with soap and water, but that doesn't really get rid ...
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Permanent marker on a dry erase board?

I have inadvertently used permanent marker on my dry erase board. If I "scrub" the board the marker comes off, but this ruins the surface. What might be the best way to fix this mistake to save the ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Spending most of its life in my pocket, the headphone jack of my phone frequently gets clogged up with lint. Usually I can tweeze it out, but this time I forgot, and tried to plug in my headphones, ...
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How can I clear my shower drain without drain cleaner?

While showering I notice that the drain starts to clog and water start to accumulate, but yet its not totally clogged. What can I do to prevent further clogging, while still being able to continue my ...
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Removing ice from the windshield

Related: How to keep the windshield from freezing over? Let's say I've ignored their advice and woken up with a thick coating of ice on my windshield, as I did yesterday. What's the fastest way of ...
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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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Eradicate a cockroach infestation

A cockroach infestation has formed in my house a while ago, probably because food was left out and dishes were never done. However for the last few months I have made sure to keep the place clean and ...
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How to clean glass without glass cleaner?

I'm all out of Windex/glass cleaner and I want to clean a very dirty window without leaving streaks. I have both a microfiber cloth and paper towels available. What can I use instead of glass cleaner?
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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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Cleaning a dirty computer screen

Sometimes my computer screen gets dirty and dusty, and this grime doesn't come off by just wiping it. (Besides the fact that wiping it by hand will just make more problems) What can I use to clean a ...
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What is the best way to get rid of steam on a mirror?

What is the best and continually way to get rid of steam and fog on a mirror? The picture below is what I mean: Image from: vivaitalianmovies.com In the past, I've tried using soap and toothpaste on ...
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De-pill the clothes?

Many people like me do not like to wear the cloths which has small pill-like balls especially on cotton based fabric. I tried plucking the the visible pills after a wash, that was very annoying and ...
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How to get Urine stains out of carpet

I recently got a puppy, and he is still not quite house trained. I attempt to clean up his accidents right away, but they still leave a small stain. I can see small circles on the carpet where he has ...
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How can I fix a clogged toilet without calling a plumber?

We've all been there: you're using the toilets, flush the water, and it's still there. Flush again, to no avail. It's utterly clogged. When at home I can simply call a plumber, but: It costs money ...
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Easiest way to remove blackheads [closed]

What is the easiest fastest and not too expensive way too remove blackheads on the face? Especially the nose area.
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Clean hair from vacuum brush

I own a roomba and while its cool and saves time and everything, cleaning the counter rotating brushes inside it is bothersome. I have long hair. I usually open the roomba and remove the brushes, ...
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How to eat chips with out getting hands dirty [duplicate]

The title really says it all, but for you sticklers... How to eat chips with out getting hands dirty? Things I have tried: A napkin; very awkward Not eating chips; not a solution Eating with my ...
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Removing blood from colored clothes

I got blood on my blue shirt. I would usually use peroxide, but last time I tried that, my shirt got ruined (colors got messed up). What is an easy way I can remove blood from my shirt without ruining ...
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How can I neutralize the odours of certain washing detergents?

Brands of clothes washing detergents such as Tide, Gain, and Downey contain a strong chemical odour which is offensive to me. No amount of airing-out will diminish this odour. Things washed using ...
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How do I clean dust between my desk and glass protecting it?

I have a huge sheet of protective glass on top of wood desk with a computer set up on top of that. Dust has collected between desk top and glass. How can I get the dust out without disassembling and ...
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How does one efficiently clean-up hair from sink after shaving or trimming beard?

How does one efficiently clean-up hair from sink and counter area after shaving or trimming beard? After shaving, but more so trimming my beard (using electric trimmer), mustache, or trimming my hair ...
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How can I clean my sticky keyboard?

My keyboard is sticky. Obviously, since it is electronic, I can't use an abundance of soap and water. I've tried a damp cloth, but it is not effective. How can I clean it, without ruining it?
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How to get cat urine smell out of wooden floors?

Sometime ago I bought an old house that had soft wood floors. Half the house had carpet. The person that had lived there before had cats, and the carpeted area of the house had a strong cat urine ...
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How do I remove hairs from a caster wheel on a roller chair?

My roller chair is now immovable since there is somehow HAIR, which is about 3 feet (9 dm) per strand, rolled and tangled into all 5 wheels. Below is a picture of the chair: MSRP for this chair: $625....
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How to clean inside of straw

I have a plastic cup from a company I used to work at. I like this cup and it's very convenient for me to be able to drink water with the straw, so I use this very often. However, after longtime use, ...
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Easiest way to remove adhesive from shirts?

I recently went to an event, and we had to wear name tags. Then, I forgot to remove the name tags before I washed it. When it came out, It had a white stain. I found out that the stain was some sort ...
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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 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 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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Cleaning a microwave

What is the easiest way to clean dried/burnt-on food out of a microwave? Cleaning out the microwave was always one of my least favorite tasks back when I worked the graveyard shift at the local ...
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How to quickly dry wet sneakers?

I stepped in a deep puddle and now both of my sneakers are thoroughly wet. I've tried opening them up to let them air dry, but this takes far too long. I'm also afraid to put them into the clothes ...
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How can I get damp clothes to hang-dry faster in the home?

It's cold at the moment and I can't spare much for heating the house. Are there any cost-effective hacks to hang-dry wet clothes faster (and preferably limit mould-inducing moisture in the air)?
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How to stop rim of water bottle becoming smelly?

I have a water bottle that I use pretty much every day. Admittedly I don't wash it all that often just purely because I don't feel like it / forget when I am home and just want to relax. I have ...
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More effective way to clean a CD/DVD?

I have a music compact disc. When I insert it into my computer, I get through tracks 1-3 just fine, and part way through 4 before the player throws an error. I get an identical response in another ...
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How can I clean my laptop keyboard?

I need to clean my keyboard for my Lenovo laptop. The space of the strokes are very low.
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How can you reuse a disposable water bottle indefinitely?

I like to reuse disposable water bottles as many times as I can so that they get many uses before having to be recycled. Assuming you continue to properly wash the disposable water bottle, is it ...
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How to make a 100% cotton shirt repel moisture?

I bought a casual 100% cotton button-down shirt the other day from the brand ESP fashion. I live in Bangkok, Thailand and it's crazy hot here at the moment (or any moment), so I figured a white one ...
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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 remove lint from a shirt without a lint brush?

I am at the office right now and thanks to a new cotton jacket I wore on the way here, my shirt is covered in lint/fluffs. Obviously this looks terrible and I would like to avoid making a bad/unclean ...
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Removing mold from walls without use of harmful chemicals

I have mold in the corner of my kitchen. Usually remove it with mold-removing chemical products like bleach spray and it work perfectly. But recently some people told me these chemicals are harmful ...
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How to remove large quantity of dust from electronic/mechanical equipment?

Say for example, I have a computer with many many fans, and which that computer sits on the carpet floor. What is the best way to get dust, hair, bits of trash, maybe even bugs, out of a moving piece ...
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Any idea how to remove this build-up from glass shower door?

My shower door has slowly built-up this limescale-like coating over the past 5 years and it does not seem to respond to any attempt to remove it. It is far more prevalent on the door nearest the ...
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How can I clean a textured bathtub?

My bathtub has a textured non-slip surface on the bottom, which is in the form of a fine grid of raised and lowered areas, forming thousands of tiny squares about 1mm on a side. So each square is a ...
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How to remove ink from paper?

We have all made mistakes when writing before and if you are clever you will have written or drawn it out in pencil first so that you can correct any mistakes before making ti a little more permanent. ...
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Removing duct tape from my car without paint damage?

Duct tape is a wonderful product for making things stick together. It often will leave a sticky mess after you separate whatever you used it on. How do I remove the duct tape mess from my car without ...
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Remove bad smell from clothes

I buy new clothes and wear them for 2-3 months. I wash them several times during this period. The clothes don't smell fresh anymore, even after washing. The smell is like sweat or ammonia or ...
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How can I remove melted chocolate from my phone's headphone jack?

I had my Motorola Moto e5 Play phone in my bag, and a bit of chocolate melted into the headphone jack. I tried to use tape on the end of a toothpick, but it didn't work. I need my headphones to chat ...
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How to clean a dusty television screen?

The screen of my LCD television often gets dusty. I've tried cleaning it with a microfiber cloth, but it just pushes the dust into the corners of the screen. How can I more efficiently clean the ...