Questions tagged [cleaning]

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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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How do I prevent peanut butter from getting on the handle of the knife?

Whenever the peanut butter jar is half-full or less, I end up with peanut butter on the knife handle. It seems inevitable that the handle will touch the edge of the jar each time you dig deep. In ...
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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 to get hair out of a brush

I have a hair brush that works well, but tends to get a lot of hair stuck in it. I need an effective way to clean all of this hair out. I've tried: Pulling it out - this takes long and is laborious ...
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How to wash without running water

I normally have running water from the City - today, the water main broke, meaning I have no running water for the foreseeable next couple of days - I am looking for lifehacks regarding how to clean ...
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How can I clean an area rug without a vacuum cleaner?

I have a 5' × 7' area rug with a fairly long nap and no vacuum cleaner. I try to keep it fairly clean, but when walking over it, the dirt is fairly noticeable that sticks to my bare feet. It's ...
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How can I clean a glass top oven that has black areas?

I have scrubbed until it's a smooth surface that feels very similar to the original glass top but the surface is so dark it's nearly black. I can slightly see the original pattern in the dark areas ...
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Is there something around the house I can use to protect/clean my suede boots?

I have a pair of suede boots which seem to get dirty on a weekly basis and I typically just wipe them down with warm water and a sponge, however the wiping down seems to be wearing the material down. ...
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How to remove / prevent burns on a shirt from an iron?

So recently whenever I've been ironing my shirts for work I have found that when I do the collar of cuffs, the iron will sometimes leave a brown stain, almost as if it is burning the shirts. I don't ...
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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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Cleaning/removing wax from carpet

Someone has spilled hot candle wax on the carpet again. How can I remove it? Vacuuming doesn't seem to work, it breaks up the wax a bit, but not enough to pull it free from the carpet fibers and I ...
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How to get stains out of the garage floor

I have a lot of stains on my concrete garage floor from oil leaks from my car and some grease. I've tried multiple times to get rid of them and now I can barely stand them. I've tried scrubbing them ...
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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 do I safely clean a laptop using scuba gear?

I have a laptop that keeps getting dust in it and I have a complete diving equipment (tank regulator BCD ext.). Now normally you would blow out a laptop using a compressed air can and I was wondering ...
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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 to clean off hands oil from a touchscreen? [duplicate]

I don't find anything here that would help to my situation, and wiping the screen don't seems to remove the oil that has gotten trough my hands. I need a method without baby wipes which I don't posses,...
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How do I remove cloudy buildup from putting wine glasses in the dishwasher?

I have some cheap wine glasses that I regularly put in the dishwasher. (They are not the really cheap greenish glass but rather thick clear glass.) White cloudy rings develop over time, and also from ...
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How to stop graphite from smudging in a notebook?

I am a very committed drawer and sketch artist, so I obviously have piles of sketchpads and sketchbooks. The only problem is that the graphite/charcoal from my 2B sketch pencils smudge on the papers ...
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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 prevent mildew in the shower?

Mildew builds up between the wall tiles of my shower. Mildew removal spray works, but smells awful. Is there a way to prevent mildew buildup in this situation without using foul smelling chemicals?
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How do I clean my sticky floor after a party night? [closed]

I held a New Year's party at my home, and my house was left a mess, afterwards. There's dirt, glitter and sticky confetti all over the floor, as well as the remains of different drinks that were ...
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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 get rid of the 'farmyard' smell from a goose down pillow?

Many goose down pillows smell like farmyards. How can you get reliably get rid of the smell? So far I have come across many reviews written by purchasers who are unhappy with the pillows they have ...
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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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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 the chewing gum stuck in my shoe?

There are times where I have stepped on chewing gum while walking down the streets. I have tried to scrape it off on the curb, but that only made it firm because of the ridges on my shoes. I tried to ...
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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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Cleaning up a spill on a wood floor, without spreading the spill

It is annoying to have water fall on the floor. After I try to wipe it, it spreads all over and becomes worse. It seems the only way to fix this is to wipe it a billion times. I need a faster way. I ...
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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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cleaning grouts on the bathroom tiles without concentrated acids

The dirty grouts makes the tiles ugly. I have tried to use the acid based cleaners on the tiles, dirty grouts were cleaned but the polish of the tiles faded after using couple of times. I have tried ...
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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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Cleaning bathroom exhaust/ventilator

Bathroom exhaust vent is on the ceiling and quite difficult to reach as it exactly above the wash basin. I wanted to clean it up as it was dirty. I used vacuum cleaner and then wiped with wet sponge, ...
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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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How to get out of the public restroom with clean hands?

Some public restrooms are just nasty to say the least, but even the ones that look clean may have many nasty germs inhabiting them. I'm not interested in the full process of keeping everything of ...
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Taking out folded paper hand towels from a dispenser using wet hands

My office has a folded paper hand towel dispenser (one almost like this, but not exactly this) in the restrooms. A clear picture of the dispenser: An idea of how the paper is stacked inside: ...
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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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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 prevent pen ink from smudging on my hands?

When I am writing with a pen, it is annoying when the ink from what I've already written smudges onto my hands. I have already tried: Writing slower: This did not help at all. Keeping the pen upright:...
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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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Remove rust stains from sink

I've tried using cider vinegar and scrubbing and that seems to work better than most conventional cleaners, but it doesn't seem to remove all of the rust. I've also read that using bleach will "set" ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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How to clean eyeglasses if no cleaning cloth or cleaning spray is available?

I usually do not carry a cleaning cloth or a bottle of cleaner with me to clean my eyeglasses*. If my eyeglasses get very dirty and I don't have a cleaning kit with me, I would clean them with soap ...

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