Questions tagged [cleaning]

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How can I clean disposable foam earplugs?

I use disposable foam earplugs to help me sleep. They usually start itching within a week, and I throw them out and get another pair. They seem to be made of memory foam, based on the way they slowly ...
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If I have to ride in a car that recently had some rotting meat, how can I breathe without gagging?

A few years ago, my friend, who drove children to different places as part of their job, said that somebody had left a piece of lunch meat. That was towards the beginning of summer. When school ...
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How to clean permanent marker off metal [duplicate]

I have a metal case that I purchased off someone and there are so many permanent marker streaks on it. Is there any way to get them off without damaging the case?
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How to get dried blood out of carpet

So, one of my family members had injured themselves yesterday and dripped blood all over my carpet. I did not know until this morning when I got home from work. By now, the blood is dried and the ...
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Removing Liquified Plastic Layer Residue From Notched Metal Surface

I use old electric hob (as shown in the picture) for preparing my food, which takes a while to heat up and then takes even more time to cool down after use. Today I made a grave rookie mistake - as ...
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How can I keep stray cats out of garage?

Occasionally I noticed that when my garage door is open, stray cats come and sit under the car. It could be because they like the warmth under the engine compared to the coldness of outside. I don't ...
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How do I remove the hair, dust and gunk off of silicon putty/silicone earplugs?

I want to continue to use my silicone earplugs, but they're becoming increasingly disgusting and laden with little particles. Help!
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How do you get texta ink (permanent marker) off your hands?

I tried hand soap, but it didn’t work. I also tried hand sanitizer; same thing didn’t work. Hair spray didn’t really work either. My hands are now all pinkish red and it’s sorta staining the walls and ...
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How to hide rough finished laminate/sunmica edges on furniture

I have recently did the furniture on my home. And they have not did the perfect job. All the sunmicas have rough edges at all the bends. They look very bad. Whole wardrobe and all the drawers have the ...
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Clean ink blot on polyamide

I have a white-ish polyamide coat that got stained with black ink in multiple places (long story short, I helped lift a large carton with 1-day-old stamps on it, both on the carton and on the masking ...
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How to remove a strong sticker from book

I borrowed a math book from a library. And my 5-year-old cousin decides to put some Dragon Ball Z sticker on a few pages of the book. The stickers seem to be very strong. how can I remove the stickers ...
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Tool for cleaning delicate crystal wine glasses

I have a very handy tool for cleaning Champagne flutes -- the long, slender glasses where it's very hard to reach the bottom of the glass. I think it's made by "Final Touch" but I suspect more than ...
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How to turn water on with soapy hands?

I moved to a new apartment that has sinks with 2 knobs rather than 1 lever. When I wash my face, I like to turn off the faucet to save water. But then, to turn it back on, I have to touch the knobs ...
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How do I get rid of sour milk smell from a plastic container

I have a plastic container that milk went off in. It is part of a coffee machine. Any hints how to get rid of the smell would be greatly appreciated
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Removing liquid lipstick from clothes?

A bottle of liquid lipstick has found it's way in the dryer, and now all our clothes have spots of red on them. What is a good way to remove them? Here's the bottle:
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How to wash the inside of a smelly leather shoe?

I have a leather shoe which is starting to have a very unpleasant smell. I'm wondering if anybody had any success cleaning this kind of shoes using baking soda with white vinegar as it's mentioned on ...
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How to unwrinkle leather?

I have an old vintage jacket that's been sitting in a box for a long time and there are some pretty serious wrinkles/creases all over the jacket. Is there a way to get out the wrinkles safely without ...
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How to remove wet mud from leather shoes

My Leather shoes are covered in wet mud. They are Ahnu, Karma sandal shoes, with a stitched pattern. If I let it dry, they will be permanently disfigured. Do I hose them down, or wipe them and bring ...
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How to clean white, sticky substance on headphone band?

I have 9 months old Motorola Pulse Max Headphones. I used them rarely and always kept them in their original box. yesterday I took them out and noticed a white sticky substance on the handle part. (...
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How can I clean a double-layer tea filter?

I have a double-layer tea filter like this one: I use it to filter rooibos tea, which can have very fine particles. The problem I have is that over time, many tiny particles have become trapped ...
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How to dry shoes quickly after washing them?

I washed my shoes some 72 hours ago; at the moment they are still too damp for me to wear. I know that there are shoe dryers available, but that is not what I want because I only wash my shoes ...
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How to clean spilled honey on piece of cloth/mattress?

I have honey spilled on mattress, How could I remove and clean it?
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How do I diagnose a “mystery stain” on a piece of clothing?

I have a pair of pants which I've noticed have a stain somewhere. What I'm seeing is a small ellipse-shaped stain on one of the 'legs' - a darker color than the fabric's original color. The thing it, ...
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How to clean felt pen ink from the wall?

I have a paper on the wall where I used to write with felt pens. Another day, I accidentally left a wet rag hanging over it. I did not realize until now that the rag soaked both the paper and the wall ...
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How do you remove ‘grease’ stains from grey leather boots

I bought an expensive ankle boot but I somehow got some darker grey spots on them. I expect it maybe an oily substance and so I tried using dish soap and scrubbed them but it left a darker scrubbed ...
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Continuous vinegar disinfecting of dehumidifier water basin

Being a very lazy person, I get tired of vinegar spraying the inside of my dehumidifier's water basin every week. It's a highly compact machine, and the water basin is has an odd shape, with all ...
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How to remove gum from clothing while traveling?

Suppose you're on a train or on an airplane, going on vacation. And darts a piece of chewing gum stick to your clothing. Enough pressure and time have been applied so that it doesn't come off right ...
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Removing rubber earbuds

I recently bought a pair of Sennheiser cx-180 earphones and I am having a hard time removing the rubber earbuds and changing it as my fingers keep slipping off. Any ideas on what to do? (wrapping a ...
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Removing sand out of a bagpack

I think everyone knows it. That trip to the beach, the bagpack with the stuff stored in. And after it, it is impossible for anything stored withing not becoming sandy. What is the best way for making ...
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How To Take Crumbs/Dust Off My Desk [closed]

Sometimes I have dust, crumbs, pieces of paper, etc... on my desk. I tried taking them off with my hand but they just stayed there. I have an IKEA wooden desk. Do you have any idea how I could clean ...
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Electrical tape that doesn't get sticky over time

Regardless of which brand I buy or where I buy it from, the electrical tapes always get sticky over time. As I use them on USB cables and my earphone cables, it irritates me because it is a "high-...
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My clear phone case that I'm not using seems greasy or uncleaned? [closed]

I have a clear phone case that is yellow throughout, which I've grown accustomed to, but one day I saw a clearer phone case and bought it, and left the old one aside. A few days/weeks later I saw my ...
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How do I know if my phone's jack slot is broken and not my headphones?

Initials: First of all, sorry if this question has been asked at the wrong place. This is a general consumer electronics question, but there's no such site yet. And I'm pretty sure these are wrong ...
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Sugar on floor wet mopped

I spilled sugar on the floor and I was in half sleep. Later, I used my "Swiffer" with its fluid to get it up. But after that, the floor became sticky. So I steam mopped it twice and it's still sticky. ...
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How to organize cleaning rags

When i clean the house i have a rag for dusting, one for the floor. Sometimes one for the bikes outside. One for wiping down the toilet. I try to keep track, by remembering the color and where i ...
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How to clean air indoors

What is the best way to clean indoor air the lifehacker way? That is, excluding store-bought air purifiers of expensive brands. Something like DIY: Building an energy efficient and low cost filter ...
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Sterlizing rags, sponges and scrubbers in a microwave? [closed]

Recently I've gotten worried about overuse of cleaning rags / sponges / scouring pads / scrubbers in my kitchen (let's call them "scrubbers" for short), and whether I should perhaps replace them more ...
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How can I remove leather dye stains from colored clothing?

I managed to forget removing a leather belt from my laundry. That would have been OK if i only washed it, but I put it into a dryer as well. Not only did this destroy the belt completely, but pretty ...
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How to remove print/ markings from small Eye Drops bottle for other use?

I am not sure what the material of these types of small bottles is composed of. I find they are most reliable when it comes to being Leak resistant for small quantity of liquids etc where I just ...
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How to clean “reddish/ brownish” grime/ deposit marks from the Silicone Rubber lid gasket of a hot water Thermos Flask

How can I clean the grime from this rubberized sealing gasket on my Zojirushi Thermos Flask? This is mostly for hot water sipping, a yogic/Asian practice. The location of its basically where the lid ...
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Red wine out of white cotton shirt

Some red wine (red mascotta) was splashed onto a nice new white shirt that has been worn maybe 5 times. This happened about 3 hours ago and I just noticed it now. The material is cotton. What ...
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How do I get rid of stale water smell in my new dishwasher [duplicate]

I have a foul stale smell in my new dishwasher, in spite of the the things they tell you to do. I have also had the engineer out and they say nothing wrong. I am sure it is to do with the filter. My ...
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Clean mold from a lemon squeezer

I've used this lemon squeezer but forgot to clean it. Now that I need it again I can't clean the mold in it (please see the picture), because it's too narrow. Is there a practical way to clean it?
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How to get rid of bug stuck into eyes?

Recently I was coming back home on motorcycle (without helmet) while a bug went into my eyes. Holding and closing my terrible burning left eye I came back home. Using the general technique of tap ...
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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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How to clean up after tissue paper got into the washing machine?

This happens once a while: I put some tissue or paper material (e.g. a receipt) into some pocket of some clothing, but forget to take it out before putting the clothing into the washing machine. After ...
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How to clean sesame grains from sandwich toaster effectively?

I am using my sandwich toaster to toast bread which often has sesame grains on it. I am also using olive oil to prevent the bread from sticking to the toaster. This results in such a thing: As you ...
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Dishes after dishwasher have salty taste [closed]

I'm using a dishwasher for some time now and lately we have notice that dishes, especially glasses has a salty taste after they were in the dishwasher. It is frustrating to drink and have salty ...
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Prevent toddler bed-wetting [closed]

I have a 3 years old son, my wife is trying to stop him using disposable diaper at night, so sometimes he is bed-wetting now days. My questions are : Is there a way to reduce or stop him bed-...
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Removing permanent marker marks from phone screen

What would be the best way to remove marks from my smartphone's screen, which have been caused accidentally from a permanent marker ? Note that my phone unfortunately isn't waterproof. Also, I have ...

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