Questions tagged [cleaning]

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How do I stop toothpaste from piling up on the cover?

I always have a problem with toothpaste. My whole family uses the same toothpaste tube. At the end of the week, there is this huge glob of hardened toothpaste stuck over the end of the tube. Is there ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

While vacuuming, I heard the typical 'kaclink kaclink' of a larger solid object being sucked up. I think it might be an earring I lost a few days ago, so I'd like to get whatever it is out of the bag. ...
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How to clean dead skin off feet?

I put a small amount of baking soda in my shoes every morning to stop my feet from smelling throughout the day. Because of this, my feet get very dry and flaky with dead skin, especially between the ...
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How can I stop the bin liner falling in to the bin? [duplicate]

Often as I fill my bin, the bag sinks deeper and the edge of the bag ends up inside. Inevitably due to my laziness, rubbish then ends up inside the bin, but not inside the liner. This makes me more ...
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How to get gum off of clothes

Last night I somehow had chewing gum on the back of my shirt, and before I knew it was there, I leaned against a throw pillow on my couch, getting gum on the pillow too. How would you remove the gum? ...
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How can I get rid of large amounts of cardboard boxes

I recently moved house. Because of this, I have huge amounts of cardboard boxes. An amount that would likely fill our bin twice over. Which I can't do, because we have other rubbish. I need to have ...
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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 can I get wrinkles out of a dress I can't Iron or wash?

I recently bought a pretty, secondhand prom dress from a thrift shop. Unfortunately, it is covered in little wrinkles! It is made out of a silky, polyester fabric, and has little dots of glitter. ...
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How to remove build up of biofilm within pipes

My bathroom sink is very slow to drain -- I removed part of the pipe and there is massive build up of biofilm inside (presumably because of how it's not really tilted downwards enough). How can I ...
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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 vacuum stairs with minimal effort?

This is related to How to vacuum room with minimal amount of effort? but specifically aimed at vacuuming stairs. I recently moved to a two-story house after being in single-story houses for a while. ...
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How To Get Food Out of Braces

After eating I always find there is food stuck in my braces. It might seem easy to remove the food by brushing your teeth, but at school, you can't. It can get annoying with all the food stuck in them ...
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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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How can I remove streaks on my windshield from the wipers?

My wiper blades leave streaks on my windshield when I run them during rain and this is rather annoying to the point where sometimes I run the wipers with low frequency just so I don't the get the ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the easiest way to get rid of spilled glitter?

I was recently glitterbombed from a "friend" playing a prank on me. It got all over my carpet, my desk, and my room. I have tried sweeping glitter to no avail, tried vacuming to no avail (because the ...
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How to pick up small metal objects from the floor

Today I had a disaster... I was searching through a tray of small washers (for a M3.5 size screw for those interested) and I knocked it accidentally and the tray fell out... Needless to say I just ...
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Get Shampoo and Conditioner Out of My Eyes

I, and many others, have got shampoo and/or conditioner in our eyes while taking a shower. Opening your eyes will burn your eyes even more. So that means water won't help. Wiping your hands to get the ...
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How do I effectively remove dog hair from carpets?

My dog's hair gets on surfaces like the carpets'. Its hard to get them off. I have to literally scratch the hair out or use brute force to remove it with a broom. I've tried vacuuming but it wasn't ...
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How to remove grease stains from clothes

I was eating pizza and I got some grease on one of my nicer shirts (I know, I probably shouldn't eat pizza and wear nice clothes). The stain is pretty visible and after washing the shirt, it was still ...
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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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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 to remove residue from coins corroding

Some copper coins were corroding behind the tap of my bathroom sink. They started corroding and left behind some sort of residue which is hard to remove. How do I get rid of it?
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How to clean dirt/dust out from under your keyboard keys [duplicate]

How do you go about cleaning out dust and other dirt/particles/chunks of food from under the keyboard keys. I know its possible with compressed air, but what other alternatives are there, apart from ...
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How to stop a trashbin from stinking [duplicate]

Okay, so we have bin collection once a week. For clarity sake, this is what our bin looks like: So basically, occasionally the bag wears out and we loosen it so that it gets thrown out when the ...
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Get wax off of wooden table

I tend to burn a lot of candles, and every once in awhile some wax will spill onto my coffee table. Are there any Life hacks to get this wax off nicely and completely? Everything I've tried (...
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How to clean a baseball cap?

I dropped a baseball cap in a puddle of mud. I'm afraid to drop it in the laundry. How can I best clean it?
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How to rid toxic all purpose cleaner?

I recently used an all purpose cleaner that I found out was a highly toxic un-vetted product, according to the EWG. I used it on a couple of shelves. I obviously threw the product away, but how do I ...
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How to remove water spots?

I have a shower with a glass screen to stop the water covering the floor and I try to wipe it down every time using a squeegee in order to prevent the exact problem I am having - I believe the issue ...
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When removing a stain from white cotton linens does not work, what's the most effective way to remove all color from the stain?

I have a perfectly white cotton flat sheet that has several small stains ranging from dark orange to light grey. The dark orange ones may even be small burn marks or rust stains. I have tried ...
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How to remove dust from clothing without washing?

I recently cut something out using a Dremel Saw and as some of you may know - these can get dust everywhere. I wasn't using any sort of extractor fan to remove the dust while sawing so it was free to ...
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How to quickly clean car windows from road salt?

Winter stinks. For those of us who drive on heavily salted roads, how do you clean off your windows from the salt? Of course, there are wipers on the front, but what about the sides?
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Is there a non-mechanical solution to unclogging a sink drain?

My bathroom sinks get clogged quite regularly. I end up taking apart the u-tube and manually pulling out the disgusting mess with a coat hanger modified for the occasion. Is there a way to unclog ...
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How to remove permanent marker from furniture, clothes, skin etc

A permanent marker exploded and got all over everywhere (please don't ask how). Usually I just use water and soap to get it off, but takes too much work. So I was wondering: Is there a method to ...
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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 do I effectively remove dog hair from my car seat?

I am looking for a hack to help me remove stubborn dog hair from my cloth car seat. It seems resistant to vacuuming.
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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 vacuum room with minimal amount of effort?

I'm trying to find any life hacks which helps me to safe time on vacuuming the room. Especially if you need to repeat the work every few days over and over again. I'm not talking about the right ...
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How to clean dried blood and bone from the car grill

Sometimes I find dried blood and even bone in the grill of my car. Regular car soap does not remove the blood, especially if it has stained the chrome. Bits of bone also get stuck between metal and ...
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How to Not Smell Like Feces without Bathing?

I'm a bit lazy about bathing, so sometimes I'll go a week without cleaning myself. I counteract BO by avoiding manual labor, so that I don't break a sweat; I also use deodorant and cologne. However, ...
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Boiled water to clean leather [closed]

I've just been advised by a furniture repairman to clean my leather reclining armchair as follows: boil some water let it cool down wipe down the armrests and headrest with that water Now, thinking ...
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How to remove epoxy on clothes

How to remove epoxy on clothes? More precisely in my case, how to remove the hardener of epoxy, which consists to components: hardener and resin?
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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 make shoes shine?

The other day I was polishing my shoes with the standard black wax polish using a cloth to apply in small circle motions, however when it came to buffing the polish layer off with a polish / shoe ...
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Easy way to remove brand stickers in recyclable materials?

I love to recycle materials but most of the time I have a hard time removing the brand stickers on them. For example, I've finished eating the peanut butter and I'd like to use the peanut butter ...
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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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Is there an easy way to remove animal feces from the soles of my boots?

Specifically, I stepped in canine fecal matter with deep-treaded hiking boots. The process to remove the foreign substance was arduous and tiresome. Hot water, dish soap and the use of brushes did the ...
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How do I clean gold and silver ornaments?

I heard, We can clean silverware using backing soda and hot water. I tried this but it wasn't of much help. Is there an easier way to clean them? not to be confused with -polishing the ornaments
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How do I remove hard-to-remove ink from my hands?

Sometimes I'll be working with stamps, and stamp ink is sticky and hard to remove. Even after trying lots of soap, body soap, scratching against a table, and sandpaper the ink still remains on my ...

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