Questions tagged [cleaning]

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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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How can I remove the bag from my bin more easily?

When removing a plastic bin bag from the bin, the vacuum created and subsequent air pressure makes it difficult to remove. With drilling holes into the bottom to let air in as a last resort as this ...
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How can I clean up my Lego collection without breaking everything

My Lego models are covered in dust and I can't find a great technique to clean them correctly. I'm able to clean the bigger parts but there is always some remaining. I'd like to be able to clean them ...
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How do I vacuum under furniture without moving it?

I vacuum my carpet once a week, and I would like to vacuum under furniture (sofa, etc.) once a month instead of every six months. Is there a way to vacuum or clean under the furniture in some form or ...
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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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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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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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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 do I remove burned-on gunk from an enamel stove-top without using harmful chemicals?

I know I can use oven-cleaner but it's extremely caustic. And I don't want to wear myself out scrubbing. Is there another way?
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How can I clean sticky juice off my hands when outside?

Sometimes, I'm outside working or whatever, not near a water faucet. I work in some orchards, and sometimes I eat a fruit, which (of course) is very sticky. I usually wipe them off soon after they get ...
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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 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 do I clean a whiteboard that hasn't been cleaned in a while? [duplicate]

I have a whiteboard (dry-erase) that hasn't been cleaned in a long time, and that now has stuff dried on it. Even though it was originally written with dry-erase markers, it's been too long, and they'...
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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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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 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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Eeek! - Resin in my hair

I have long hair and like being out in the woods. Unfortunately this means I sometimes get resin (or sap) in my hair. It's always a pain to get it out, sometimes I have no choice but cutting the "...
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How to clean up spilt sugar?

Today, while making a cup of coffee at a fundraising event, I spilt some sugar on a hard floor. We had no dustpan and brush or vacuum, so effectively, we resorted to picking up the sugar from the ...
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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 method of cleaning up broken glass?

When reaching for the phone, I accidentally knocked a glass onto the floor (the floor is a hard surface). I tried vacuuming, picking up the individual pieces, and even using paper towels. How do I ...
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How to remove mould (fungus) from clothes?

I had left some wet clothes in a damp place for somever days due to my carelessness. The clothes have now developed black mould. Washing clothes with detergent simply does not help. What is the way ...
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Remove expansion foam from clothes

As an occasional user of expansion foam, I know that it gets on my clothing quite often. When removed ASAP it does not really leave a mark, but if you wait for a bit it can stain your clothes, and ...
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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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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 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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How can I remove gum from carpet?

Sometimes, chewing gum inevitably gets on the carpet. How do I get it back off? I've tried using ice to harden the gum, and lifting it off, but it didn't freeze down far enough.
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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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How do I remove dust from fabric lampshades?

Many of my lampshades are made of different types of fabric, which accumulate dust. I've tried wiping them, vacuuming, etc, but I haven't been happy with the results. What can I do?
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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 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 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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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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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 eat barbecue ribs without getting covered in barbecue sauce? [duplicate]

I love barbecue ribs but I don't love getting completely covered in barbecue sauce! I have already tried eating more carefully only using my finger tips but I still get too much barbecue sauce on my ...
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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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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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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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