Questions tagged [cleaning]

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How do I remove ballpoint pen ink scribblings from a laminated piece of cardboard

I have scribblings on a old box cover with what seems like ballpoint pen ink. The toy box itself is a thin printed cardboard coated with a layer of laminate. The pen marks themselves are rather old. ...
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Why do shirt's bottoms “bend” after washing, and how to avoid?

For 2y now I've noticed my shirt's "bottoms" bending like this: (Note that the bottom rolls up) Why does that happen? And... How do I avoid it without having to iron them? Things that I've tried, ...
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How to remove color from clothes

When I soaked my new clothes in detergent, I was not aware that some previously washed clothes had left some colors in the water. Those colors have stained my brand new clothes, and I have tried to ...
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How do we use less than one unit of a multi-component soap pod? [closed]

It is no longer possible to find stores here that sell dishwasher detergent as just a box of powder or a bottle of liquid; they only sell these "pods" that are supposedly "one size fits all". As a ...
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How to see white tile/grout cleaner on white tile with white grout

I like to use tile & grout cleaner (a bleach gel) to clean the grout in my shower. However, the tile & grout cleaner is white, the grout is white, and the tiles are white. How can I easily ...
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How to clean the purge valve of a snorkel?

I've had this snorkel for several years now and usually use it in a chlorine pool. There's something disgusting happening to the part close to where I put my mouth. I'm not sure how to clean it. Any ...
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Remove Drops of Wood Varnish on LED TV

I noticed that my LED TV have drops of wood varnish on my LED TV's screen. It is annoying especially when I'm playing video games (I keep falling victim, thought it was an island on a horizon of sea). ...
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How to effectively and regularly clean 1200sqft of carpet?

I live in a ~1200 square feet (~110 square meters) apartment which has carpet (cable style, very plush) on the floors (except bathroom / kitchen). I have a bag-less Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner which ...
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How to get rid of dandruff from hairs?

In every winter my head skin become ruff and get dandruff which cause hair broken sometime when I shampoo my hairs it is clean just for hour or two after a day same thing happened again. Can you ...
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How to remove mildew from leather shoe

I have a pair of tan leather shoes. Yesterday, I wore them in the rain and let them air-dry over the night. Now there are these white marks on the top of both pairs of shoes. Are the marks mildew? ...
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How to keep colour in clothes?

I've noticed that in jeans, especially new ones, the colour tends to leak from them. Are there any ways to mitigate this? I've heard of washing them in cold water, turning them inside out, and adding ...
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Best way to clean formica.Table has turned dark in places from the sun

I have a 1950's formica table that's been exposed light for years and had a discoloration. I discovered that lemon juice and sunlight seemed to remove the stain. I got the table completely back to ...
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How do I wash flexible cutting boards and silicone baking sheets?

Flexible tools like thin cutting boards and silicone baking sheets are wonderful to use, but I hate cleaning them. They don't hold their form well enough to wash by hand OR set in the dishwasher. I ...
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Cleaning Narrow Spaces in Kitchen

My oven sits in between two countertops with perhaps 1/2 inch of total wiggle room, which means that I have two roughly 1/4 inch gaps that are ~36in deep in which all manner of crumbs and food mess ...
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How to get combat boots shined to mirror finish?

I have a pair of combat boots that I use regularly. I need to get them shined to a mirror finish, so that they look like patent leather. I've tried several methods, most of which did no good. I ...
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Remove bad smell from clothes

I buy new clothes and wear them for 2-3 months. I wash them several times during this period. The clothes don't smell fresh anymore, even after washing. The smell is like sweat or ammonia or ...
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Clean PVC Facias and guttering [closed]

I have been given the task of cleaning the front of our new home and it looks like they have never been wiped down before as there is a build up of all kinds of grime. The parts which need a good ...
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Remove ink from coroplast

I'm trying to remove the ink/paint from coroplast signs with a simple trick. Any household item, something not too expensive that I can find easily. I saw once that recycling facilities could remove ...
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How to remove tuna oil from backpack?

So despite me telling her a thousand times not to use the crappy plastic food containers, my sister still put my lunch into a crappy plastic food container. My lunch consisted of tuna and had quite a ...
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How to reduce creepy crawly insects in the house?

I don't mind insects but having a spider crawl over my hand while I'm trying to sleep is just ridiculous. I lived in a shared house which is a bit old. I noticed insects including large spiders and ...
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How to reduce Dust in an appartment - use sticky tape?

I am looking for a simple way to significantly reduce the amount of dust in an appartment without fan or filter. Methods I have thought of: Place a bowl of water on the radiator and put a drop of ...
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How to quickly dry out a Camelbak?

The Camelbak is an useful piece of equipment for long outdoor hikes, cycling trips, and camping trips. It stores water in a pouch, with a tube to drink out of. But that's my problem: After I'm ...
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How to repair and clean traffic cones?

We have some short and tall traffic cones. Some of them are out of maintenance, and need to be repaired & cleaned. The two big questions are: How can I clean the traffic cones? How can I repair ...
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Cleaning a blood stain from a silk tie

A friend of mine recently moved to a pretty arid climate, and has been experiencing nosebleeds. While he's trying to fix that, he kinda wrecked a brand new silk tie the first day he wore it :( Since ...
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How to deal with an uneven bathroom floor? [closed]

Because of this question I remembered about when I was still renting and the bathroom (aka: comfort room/lavatory/washroom/etc) in my apartment is not level and it causes the water to go to the side ...
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How to get cat pee smell out of a camera

Yes, you read it right! I was staying with friends and their rotten little furball peed in my handbag. Anything soft, like my cloth wallet, was a write-off. Anything hard, like keys, just needed a ...
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Cleaning MicroUSB socket on mobile phone

I have a Motorola Nexus 6, and recently I noticed the charging cable wasn't staying in place as well as it did when the phone was bought - my phone is charging, but if I picked it up whilst plugged in,...
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What can I use to clean my shower head?

My shower head is filthy with so much water scum and yucky stuff on it. Is there household products I can use that will remove it without the work of scrubbing?
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How to wash your rubber shoes

I am looking for the best possible way to wash my Rubber VANS shoes. I know that some rubber shoes can have a decrease in color after attempting to wash them. I am looking for a proper way to wash the ...
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What can I use to clean my electric iron with?

I normally just use a butter knife to scrape off any hard debris. But when doing so, it leaves unattractive scratches on my iron blade. Is there anything else I can use to clean my iron with? ...
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How to remove really old masking tape?

I have the problem that when I moved last, I moved from one end of the country to the other. When I had to vacate the flat I was living in, I didn't have a new place at my current location. Because of ...
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How can I clean a textured bathtub?

My bathtub has a textured non-slip surface on the bottom, which is in the form of a fine grid of raised and lowered areas, forming thousands of tiny squares about 1mm on a side. So each square is a ...
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How to clean dirty white earphones

I've found a good-condition earphones in an old bag, and I've managed to clean the earphone cords with a rag and alcohol, I've also found this video which suggests to clean them with Window Cleaner ...
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How to safely wash my computer with garden hose? [closed]

Theoretically, the only problem of water with electricity is with electricity. So, if I wash my motherboard, RAM, CPU and everything else, it should boot fine if I make sure that there are no traces ...
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How to clean tree sap off a windshield?

We were camping last week and got tree sap (I think it was pine) on the windshield of our car? We tried soap and water with little success. Turning on the windshield wipers also did not work (smudged ...
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Is there a way to unstick 'tacky' buttons?

In my case, someone spilt a sugary drink on my computer's mouse - after cleaning the mouse it works fine except for the liquid that got under the edge of the keys and now leaves me with 'tacky' mouse ...
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How can I clean my backpack?

I have a Thule Laptop Backpack and a Hiking Backpack. Both are more or less of the same material. How can I clean it? I cannot put it into a machine because the hiking backpack has a frame and I am ...
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How to protect micro switches?

The power button on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Note) stopped responding after carelessly using the phone outside on many rainy days. It would not come back so over time I got used to alternative ...
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Bought a Do-It-Yourself Hair Clipper; How do I cut my hair without making a hairy mess on the floor?

I just bought my first DIY hair clipper but I don't want to make a hairy mess on the ground and make it easy to clean up. I've considered the following options: A trash bag – A trash bag is difficult ...
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Safe to use a fork after touching drano? [closed]

I used a metal fork to get something out of a clogged bathtub which had some drano in it. I washed the fork thoroughly afterwards and will run it through the dish washer. Is the fork safe to use ...
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How to clean the inside of a desktop computer without a vacuum

Say I open a desktop computer case and it's very dusty -- not an uncommon situation. However, Oh no! I forgot my vacuum! What else can I use to thoroughly clean the inside of the computer? I ...
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How to remove the bhoosa [chaff] from the phool jhadu [grass broom]?

Here is the picture of phool jhadu. That is the kind of broom used in middle class households in India. The problem is that the new broom of that kind contains a lot of bhoosa (which Merriam-Webster ...
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How do I clean the bottom of a gas grill?

What is the best way to clean the bottom of a gas grill? Wire brushes apparently work for the grilling surface. The metal grid that touches the food. But when that is cleaned, the gunk falls into the ...
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How do I make sure no wire bristles are in or around my grill before I use it?

This article describes a potentially serious problem from eating food off a grill that has been cleaned using a wire brush. The bristles dislodge from the brush then lodge in the food, then enter the ...
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Eliminate smoke smell from BBQ out of clothing

I was at a BBQ and because of some stronger wind, there was a lot of smoke from the fire so now my clothing is smelling after it. Are there any quick solutions to get the smell of smoke out of ...
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Best way to clean loafers?

My loafers (blue) have some velvet stuff on them. If I clean them with a cloth soaked in water then it turns them black in some areas which really makes them look ugly. Even when I wash them, they ...
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How to better clean the inside of my car's windshield?

I've tried using windex with a microfiber cloth several times but it's not cutting through the filminess on the window. What household items should I try instead?
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How to smooth out scratched leather?

My dogs keep scratching up our leather couch. We have tried putting blankets over the couch, but they fall off or just look bad. Any suggestions for smoothing(removing) the scratches that are ...
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How can I defog a bathroom mirror? [duplicate]

After a shower, my bathroom mirror is badly fogged over, which makes shaving inconvenient, and the worst part is, it just won't go away! Wiping the glass barely does anything, and splashing water (...
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How can I clean my car seat which is made of fabric?

I have dirt and stains on my car's seat which is made of fabric. Since the car was a topline one and I don't like non-fabric seats, I'd like to preserve it. How can I clean them cost effectively?

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