Questions tagged [cleaning]

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What household substitutes are there for cotton buds?

My ears are really itchy and there are not any cotton buds at home. I was vaguely advised to use the bottom end of my pen to scratch it, but that seems dangerous. So are there any household ...
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How to clean the charging port of iPhone 6?

For weeks, I had the issue of my phone not charging as soon as I plugged in the lightning cable. I suspect it could be because of dirt that has accumulated over the years. How do I safely clean the ...
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Cleaning oil spill on a concrete floor

My house has finished concrete floors. My husband had put a chainsaw on the floor and it made an oil stain that I haven't been able to get up. What can I use to get the oil stain out?
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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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Is there any hack I can use to prevent having to clean my gas stove so often?

Background: I often shallow-fry my food with high heat and a fair amount of oil. This means oil gets all over the stove and neighbouring walls. A good thing that I do (and worth sharing with everyone) ...
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How to clean cloth-wire earphones?

There are lots of tutorials to clean white earphone wires but those are made of rubber or plastic. How should a cloth-wire earphone be cleaned without damaging it?
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Remove wet sand and mud from shoes

I was running, and i must have zoned out, because the next thing i knew, I had ran into a sand pit. It had just rained the other day,so the sand was really muddy, and now they are covered in dried mud/...
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The smell of metal (mainly brass)

I have a spinning top and the handle is made out of brass. Keeping it around with me all day results in my hands smelling of brass. Any way to reduce that effect, or eliminate it completely?
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How to deep-wash a backpack?

I have a 9 year old Wenger Swiss Gear laptop backpack, used it almost daily, but it held up really well- only a couple very-small tears and the colors faded. (https://amzn.com/B0007QCT0G) But it has ...
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How to empty a sponge of its soap?

Whenever I use a sponge and any soap-like product to clean a surface, I get the unfortunate effect that the sponge seems to always be full of that product afterwise. I can repeat dozens of "fill with ...
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How to clean out a pencil sharpener

Often when I use a pencil sharpener a lot, the pencil shavings and lead gets jammed in the sharpener part. What's an efficient way of cleaning it out?
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How can I remove scraps of food from books?

Sometimes I read books while eating, then scraps of food, such as fragments of biscuits will come into books, too internal to be removed easily. I usually use pencils to push them out, but after that ...
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There is a tiny plastic ball stuck in my Macbook's earphone port. How can i remove it?

There is a tiny plastic ball stuck in my Mac Book's audio port. I have shaken my Mac: failed. I have tried to take it out with a vacuum cleaner: failed. Tried to take it out with a pin : failed. ...
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Remove used engine oil stain from running shoes

I have a pair of Adidas Los Angeles Denim running shoes the same as these. Apparently they have a denim upper which is printed with a pattern. Over the weekend I was changing the oil on my car and ...
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What's the easiest way to wash a bowling ball microfiber rag?

I own one of those microfiber bowling ball rags. You know that rag that you wipe off the extra oil off the ball? I need to know a way to clean one.
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clean Off! bug spray stain on car's handle?

How can I clean Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent Spray off the car's handle and other plastic exterior parts ?
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How to remove foot stink?

Every morning I have a bath and leave for work. Recently during rainy season my feet start to stink once I reach my work. As its an AC environment, the smell is prominent, which is kind of ...
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How to remove oil without soap while washing?

How do i clean the oil off my lunch box after just finishing eating my lunch, without utensil soap at my disposal ?
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How to polish a metal flooring like the one in this image? [closed]

What equipment/chemical is needed to clean my metal flooring.
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How to remove rust stains from cloth?

There were some rusted screws in my washing machine. The cloths touched with the rusted screws and got stained. I am unable to remove these stains. I even tried bleach and soap but that just ...
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Washing Machine Grease on white towel

I have a black stain on my white cotton dish towel, this towel says on the tag it can not be bleached. I think it may have come from my washing machine, but I am not for sure. I have already tried ice ...
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Mac Keyboard cleaning

My mac keyboard is dirty after a year of using it and I want to clean it, however nothing seems to work. I've tried alcohol (98%) , I've tried soap,nail polish remover, wipes for cleaning glasses... ...
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How to remove ballpoint-ink on a card?

I have some cards (for example pokemon cards) that I wrote on with a ballpoint pen. I was wondering how I could get rid of it, any lifehacks for that? If it helps it's on the backside of the card. ...
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Cleaning bathroom tiles without chemicals

I need to clean my bathroom tiles, but I don't want to use any of those special cleaning liquids. Is there a way to clean bathroom tiles using common household products?
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How to avoid ruining the collar on men's dress shirt?

I have a few expensive dress shirts and even though I wear them only in very limited situations, they slowly get a little run around the collar from where they rub up against my neck. Is it better to ...
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How to prevent clothes from shrinking in the washing machine

At the first washing, some clothes shrink. What should I do before washing them in the washing machine to avoid shrinking them?
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How to be rid of mosquito larvae in bird bath [closed]

I have a birdbath and in the summer it accommodates many mosquitos' eggs. It's concrete, so I would rather not pour it out each time. I also don't want to poison the water as to not harm the birds. I ...
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How can I unclog my headphone port on my phone? [duplicate]

So, my phone rather surprisingly spends a lot of its life in my pocket. In the course of its day to day life, it gets what I assume is pocket lint in the headphone jack. This buildup has made it so ...
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How to tackle with mosquitoes in my room?

I am fed up of mosquitoes in my room .I have attached bathroom in my room and one window opening for cooler. I Have sprayed HIT but after 1or 2 days again found them. I Have even used ALL OUT but ...
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How to clean my hair without being able to wash it?

I got a wound on my temple stitched up and bandaged. The doctor said I shouldn't let it get wet for a couple of weeks, and also shouldn't wash my hair as it can irritate the wound. The problem is, my ...
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Removing ink/toner from smudges on thick paper

I have already looked at this question, and whilst some of the answers might suit my case, I thought I should put this to the community, as my situation is slightly different. I printed out some ...
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How to remove formation due to AC water outlet?

I have an air conditioner at my office. But recently I happen to see that its water outlet is dripping down and creating a formation like the one shown below. How can I prevent the AC from generating ...
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How can I remove large amounts of duct tape from a door?

I need to remove large amounts of colored duct tape from an old, rusty door. What is the cheapest and easiest way to accomplish this?
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Removing set grout from tile

I recently tiled a bathroom myself for the first time, only to discover afterward that I was not as successful at cleaning the excess grout off as I had initially thought. As a result, there are now a ...
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Cat Urine & Wood Floor [duplicate]

I had a cat that urinated on the landing of my stairs a few years ago. I removed the carpet and wipe it down when I vacuum the steps. I am wondering if the vinegar and baking soda combo and then a ...
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How can I remove hardened masking tape on car surface?

Help, have already tried an elbow grease spray and have taken off some of paint work through over rubbing.
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How to get water out of ears?

I have looked and I cannot find an answer to this! Is there a quick way I can get water out of my ears after being in the pool without earplugs? I will accept the safest, fastest, and most useful ...
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How to Dry Small, Freshly-Washed Produce (Blueberries, Raspberries, Grapes, etc.)

I love fresh blueberries, but I hate wet fruit. After I wash them I usually dry them by spreading them out on paper towels, putting another paper towel on top, and rolling it around over them. Is ...
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How can you get algae out of of a glass bottle?

I have a few glass bottles for drinking water. I accidentally left one out of the fridge for a while when it was almost empty. Some algae has grown at the bottom. I don't have a bottle-brush to clean ...
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How do you remove dust between keyboard keys? [duplicate]

Is there any way how I can remove the dirty stuff between my keyboard without having to buy particular stuff to do it? My laptop fell and now it is dirty, and I don't want to go to a shop to buy ...
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How to clean computer peripherals? [duplicate]

Im a software developer and having multiple desktops and Its really hard to clear the keyboard, mouse and other peripherals. I have tried Using big size painting brush for my keyboard but it wont ...
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How can I improve dish washer performance? [closed]

Besides washing dishes first or changing detergent, are there ways to improve the cleanliness of dishes coming out of an old dish washer?
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Alternative to expensive disposable floor mats for taking care of recurring puddle next to toilet?

Some men with Parkinson's disease have very poor aim when urinating. This can be a sensitive subject, such that asking the person with Parkinson's to implement one of these ideas is not an option (and ...
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Remove oil build-up on the touchpad

Any good ways to remove oil build-up on the touchpad of the laptop? It's always getting oily ( not sure it's oil or not ). Is there any way to avoid or remove it?
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How to get diesel out of leather boots?

I managed to splash diesel all over my tan leather boots this morning. How can I get the stains out? I've asked a few mechanics who aren't too positive I can. I'm reluctant to try anything without a ...
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Dog hairs Dog hairs Dog hairs…everywhere hairs, but how to get rid of it

I love my dog, but I totally hate the hairs what are almost everywhere. Even when you use a vacuum cleaner the hairs heap up in the brush. So what is a good way to minimize dog hairs in your house ...
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How to clean a key guard?

I have a key guard(used to protect the laptop's keyboard). When it was new, it looked nice and clean. But now it had started to turn opaque, not completely but to the extent which could make it look ...
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Dirty mouse of dried cream

I have a gaming mouse and many times when use it, it gets dirtier and dirtier due to the moisturising cream on my hands where they stick onto the edges and I have to use my fingernails to scrape some ...
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How do I remove a musty smell from my books?

There are two types of musty smell in books: "Ah, this book has probably been in this library for 50 years. Just imagine the information it contains." "Hm, I probably shouldn't have left this book in ...
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How to completely clean a whiteboard without harsh chemicals? [duplicate]

I have an older whiteboard that I want to clean up. You're supposed to use only the expo dry erase markers (or whatever the whiteboard markers are), but my silly siblings have used permanent markers ...

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