Questions tagged [cleaning]

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How do I get the last lines of dust into the dustpan?

While cleaning up my room with a broomstick, I use the dustpan to collect dust and garbage, but those last lines of dust don't go into the dustpan. That's why I have to leave it there. How do I get ...
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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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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 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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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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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 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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What is the best way to recondition a whiteboard?

Our office has installed new whiteboards over the last two years. Many of these boards are heavily used and have already devolved to the point of being useless -- the writing on them has become all ...
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How can I better clean headphones that sit inside the ear?

I have a pair of headphones that I use regularly, including while I'm working out. They're the kind of headphones that sit inside the ear (earbuds), so inevitably they'll get kind of gross after a ...
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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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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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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 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 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 get rid of Bedbugs?

Is there any natural or other way of getting rid of bedbugs? Is there any kind of chemical with another purpose that also works to kick out the bedbugs that is available in the market? I know that ...
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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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Removing rust from tools

I accidentally left some tools outside for a few days while I was away and they rusted. I can barely use them now. They were good tools, and I don't want to have to buy new ones. Is there any way to ...
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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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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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Diesel fuel smell out of clothing?

I recently used the diesel pump on a frigid morning and got fuel on my polar fleece (synthetic material) gloves. I have soaked them, washed them normally, washed them in the dishwasher, soaked them in ...
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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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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 to dust Venetian blinds?

I have Venetian blinds in my home. I have a feather duster, but it does a terrible job, removing (at most) a third of the collected dust. I've also used a standard dust cloth, which does a good job, ...
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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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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 I remove or clean the glitters from my skin?

Generally during birthday bashes or similar events, There are more possibilities that glitters stick to my hands, face and even all over the body after the event. Also I have this experience while ...
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How to quickly remove stains made of semen from clothes

Maybe some of you have had the bad experience to get semen stains on your clothes after having a sexual intercourse with your partner in a public place (for example at a party, in the office, in your ...
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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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What is a permanent solution for black mold?

Mold-removing chemical products are good but the mold keeps growing back. What is an efficient permanent solution?
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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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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 do I remove a car window sticker?

We recently bought a new - used - vehicle that has two window stickers on it. I want to remove both of them, however the one that I particularly want to remove is very firmly stuck. I tried to ...
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Removing spray paint from Skin(e.g. hands)

When I use spray paint to paint something, my hands usually get really messy. How can I easily remove the paint from them? Simply washing them with water isn't the best solution.
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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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What is the best way of cleaning the glass on a wood burning stove?

I have a wood burning stove and sometimes the glass get covered in black soot from the fire. It's very hard work to clean off using a scouring sponge and water/washing up liquid. Is there an easy ...
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removing corrosion on the contacts of an Apple USB-to-Lightning cable

After keeping my iPhone data/charging cable in the car for too long, I have the problem described here which is that the tiny contacts on the "lightning" end of the cable have become corroded, and the ...
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What's the simplest way to put toothpaste back in the tube?

Sometimes an excessive amount of toothpaste flows out of the tube. Instead of wasting, is it possible to put the extra toothpaste back without any inconvenience? The existing methods like cutting ...
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How to clean food coloring off skin?

With the holidays coming up, I decided to do some baking. The recipes asked for food coloring to be used in the dough. This means the color was kneaded into it and I failed to wear gloves. As a ...
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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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How can I not burn my hands in hot water when doing dishes?

Every time I do the dishes by hand, I scald my hands, but if I use cold water, the dishes don't get clean. This is extremely inconvenient, especially when I need to clean them fast, rather than ...
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What is the best way to tumble-dry wet sneakers?

When I wash my sneakers and attempt to tumble-dry, a loud thumping sound permeates my apartment and often they will kick the door open. How can I best tumble-dry my sneakers without the noise and ...
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Prevent Smelly Sponges

Our daily dish washing sponge starts smelling awful within a few days of use. How do you prevent that? I would hope they'd last at least a couple weeks. We use Scotch-Brite Greener Clean for non-stick....
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Remove ice from freezer / keeping it clean

So, my freezer looks currently like in the image below, it has an ice sheet on all the walls. Other than in this image, my freezer has drawers that start to be tricky to open and close. Now, I know ...
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How can I clean a vase that I can't reach inside?

I have a tall vase with an unusual shape. The top opening is too narrow for me to get my hand, or even a large brush, into it. I left some flowers in there for a bit too long, and the inside of the ...
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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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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

I know there are a few questions which are similar to this, but I'm asking for facts, about which is definitely better. We have only one clothes rack but we have a lot of laundry to get through. ...
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Can I use regular kitchen salt to my dishwasher?

The other day I was buying special dishwasher salt from a grocery store for about 3.5 USD a package. Later on, when I did read the contents (trying to figure out what is so magically pricey on the ...
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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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How to clean my ear canal with something more reusable than a cotton swab?

Issue: I must clear my ear canals of water or I will get "swimmer's ear" (an ear infection). Regularly cleaning the ear wax helps prevent infections. I currently use cotton swabs, but I would like to ...
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How can I remove sticky residue left by a vinyl sticker from the back of my iPad?

The Stack Exchange sticker on the back of my iPad had been there for over a year and a half, and it was time to retire it (for a new one, of course). I carefully peeled it up, and put it in a sticker ...

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