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How to remove dust from fridge coils?

My Whirlpool side by side fridge has the external coils underneath the fridge, with a fan to circulate air. Over the years the coils collect a lot of dust. For some reason the coils are sort of M ...
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How to remove blood stain from sneakers?

I haven't tried anything, because I have had the "faded blot" experience where the cleaner removes a little of the stain but makes the rest impossible to get off. Are there any products or tricks that ...
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Removing soot and smoke smell after a house fire

Due to a recent house fire caused by a forgotten chip-pan, we now have all the rooms of our house left sooty and smelling of smoke. Luckily the fire department arrived within 2 minutes and had the ...
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How can I wash chopsticks in the dishwasher without them falling?

What else can I say but: How can I wash chopsticks in the dishwasher without them falling?
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How can I extend the life of steel wool used for cleaning?

How can I prevent or reduce the rate of rusting for a piece of steel wool used for cleaning things like greasy pots and pans? If I use it once and then put it away somewhere, it is usually beginning ...
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Remove coffee stains

Today I spilled some coffee on my white formal shirt. I tried to wash off the portion with water, soaked the part of shirt in milk(crazy isn't it).. But these two options didn't work. Any ...
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How to disinfect inside of shower and water tap outside your home so you don't get sick?

I know this probably sounds hypochondriac, but seriously - I learned that some people do shower enemas i.e. taking off the shower head, insert the hose in their anus, and run water. THAT IS SO GROSS ...
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How to clean a keyboard without a vacuum cleaner [duplicate]

This happens with my system that is kept near an open window. Dust gets accumulated over a period of 2-3 days beneath the keys, on the keyboard head and on the keys a bit. How do I clean a traditional ...
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How to remove color bleed stain?

Recently, I bought some new cloths, one of them is a jean, and some other white cloths. By accident, I washed the jeans together with other light colored cloths, and the white cloths got colored. When ...
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How can I remove impurities from water easily when my water purifier is not working? [closed]

There are some situation where I have to face this problem when my water purifier is not working properly. So what I can do so that I can remove impurities from water. There are some issues with water ...
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How to keep long hair from getting everywhere? [closed]

I live with someone who has long hair. It seems to get everywhere. Even 24-48 hours after cleaning I can find it on floors, on tables, on furniture. Is there anything they or I can do to prevent this ...
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How can I clean some white leather shoes?

I have a pair of white leather shoes, that are still in very good condition, but are quite dirty and thus look scruffy. How can I clean them up to make them look nice again?
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How do I clean the inside of a keyboard that I spilled a drink into?

My keyboard works fine but some of the keys hesitate to press. This makes typing really difficult. I have not figured out how to take it apart since there are no screws at all on the front or back.
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How to deal with cockroach at home? [duplicate]

Recently, in the past few months, I found and killed some (~4) cockroaches at home, I'm worried that there is actually more cockroaches, I've tried putting Roach Baits in the kitchen, bathroom etc. ...
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How can I best to get rid of/avoid dog hair on clothes

Our labrador has long white hair and even though we regularly brush her and vacuum clean to get rid of as much as we can, we're constantly finding white hairs on clothes - even before ironing/hanging ...
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how to keep bandages close to hand dry and clean

I bet we've all had difficulties with medical gauze or (tensor) bandages being close to the fingers so that each time you wash your hands or do the dishes they get wet. How do you prevent this from ...
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How to clean glass without glass cleaner?

I'm all out of Windex/glass cleaner and I want to clean a very dirty window without leaving streaks. I have both a microfiber cloth and paper towels available. What can I use instead of glass cleaner?
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How do I remove dust from under a protective glass top? [duplicate]

Protective glass sheet on top of wood desk; computer setup on top of that. Dust has collected between glass and desk. How can I remove the dust without disassembling & moving computer?
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How do I clean dust between my desk and glass protecting it?

I have a huge sheet of protective glass on top of wood desk with a computer set up on top of that. Dust has collected between desk top and glass. How can I get the dust out without disassembling and ...
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How can I remove grease from controllers?

So, me and my friends were playing last night while eating some snacks, and, as a result of my lack of attention, the controllers got all greasy. I tried using a napkin to clean it, but it still feels ...
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How to easily clean dough remains after baking bread?

I have a strong preference to self made bread. The only issue is that's a dirty job; it leaves dirty hands, a dirty marble working surface, and dirty dishes. How can I clean all of this without ...
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Remove white stain from counter top

I moved into an apartment with new counter tops. I'm not sure what type they are, but I think they are formica. They also said "glaze." Which I'm guessing is some sort of laminate? Anyways, someone ...
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Keeping tub and shower clean, mildew-free

Is there a quick, daily routine to keep the tub and shower clean? A procedure after each use? I am also wondering how others use their shower curtains: do you keep it in/over the tub at all times (...
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Discourage sand from sticking to body when at the beach

When at the Beach while swimming or just playing sand tends to stick to your body. More times than not it is hard to disengage from your body, without full showers or baths which are not always ...
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How to remove Sweat stains from clothing?

In the Summer, you will usually sweat a large amount or a little, at least. This is natural, but the stain that results(especially in white clothing) is annoying and unsightly. What can I do to clean ...
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How to clean hands after fishing

whenever I go fishing I have to handle the bait (usually squid or prawns) which ends up leaving my hands stinking heavily of fish, even after washing them. I wash my hands with soap and water and ...
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Clean walls without removing its paint

Now and then , the wall gets dirty even after regular cleaning with dry cloth and other equipments. But greasy spots on wall cannot be cleaned without using damp cloth with little soap. This leads to ...
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How to clean a mattress?

I was reading some clickbait "cleaning hacks" article, and it mentioned cleaning a mattress by using vodka in a spray bottle, then leaving it to air dry. Is this actually effective? If so, I'd rather ...
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How to remove tomato sauce stains from dishwasher?

There are red stains on the white plastic parts on the inside of my dishwasher. I'm guessing they are from tomato / bolognese sauce. Running the dishwasher again does not remove them. What is a good ...
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Empty bin with bag that is too heavy

Yesterday I had to empty the garbage bin which contained a heavy plastic bag. The bag turned out to be too heavy and it ripped at some point. I decided I had to get some stuff out and put that in a ...
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How to control my sinuses when I lose my handkerchief

I am living in middle east, so it is common around here to develop sinuses. I have been affected by it for so long I can't remember feeling well. I lost my handkerchief and there is not a single ...
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What is the best way to clean a stove?

I have a stainless steel stove that is covered with old oil splatter and other spills. What would be the easiest way to clean it? I would prefer to not use off the shelf cleaning agents.
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How to clean a water tank

I've a plastic water storage tank as such with a small lid (12"/30cm in diameter). It has developed a thin slippery/shiny layer inside of the walls overtime and surface of the water has the same ...
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How can one remove burned food from the inside of a pot?

Heated up a pot of milk (apparently the heat setting was too high). However, the milk burned to the bottom (inside) of the pot. How can this be removed? Tried so far: Elbow grease with brush Elbow ...
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How to clean my ear canal with something more reusable than a cotton swab?

Issue: I must clear my ear canals of water or I will get "swimmer's ear" (an ear infection). Regularly cleaning the ear wax helps prevent infections. I currently use cotton swabs, but I would like to ...
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Clean blender as fast as possible, or prevent it from accumulating protein powder residue

I use a Ninja Master Prep blender to mix protein powder or Soylent with water. Is there a way to clean it very quickly? The blades are super sharp and I'd rather avoid having to scrub bits of powder ...
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Cleaning around a fixed wire retainer

Having had orthodontic treatment, I now have both Essix retainers and the fixed wire retainers. Try as I might, I'm finding it hard to keep my teeth clean, particularly the backs of the six front ...
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How can I clean my car headlights?

My car is getting rather old and it's headlights are foggy and dirty. How can I possibly clean them to be as close to new as possible? The image above is what I'm chasing. EDIT: I know of the ...
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How can I remove black spots from the paintwork of my car? [closed]

I have a 15 year old car, with black spots on the paintwork, in various places, in a spray pattern. I'd assume that these are tar spots, but I've tried various tar spot removal creams, and nothing ...
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What is an effective way to clean stainless steel appliances without commercial products? [closed]

Stainless steel appliances look nice and modern, but they are a pain to keep clean. So far I've tried soap and water, diluted vinegar, and a damp cloth. None of these really seem to leave it ...
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How do I minimize dirt tracked around the house?

During winter and spring, lot's of grit and dirt gets tracked into the house on boots/shoes. People remove their footwear when entering, but the dirt still gets tracked in on socks over the course of ...
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Cleaning hydrochloric acid stains from metal

I used hydrochloric acid to remove calcium deposits from a pot, but left some of the acid on the kitchen sink metal plate overnight. It produced corrosion stains like on the photo, that can't be ...
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How to remove lint from a shirt without a lint brush?

I am at the office right now and thanks to a new cotton jacket I wore on the way here, my shirt is covered in lint/fluffs. Obviously this looks terrible and I would like to avoid making a bad/unclean ...
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Ant Chalk Cleanup

I read a few articles on Google and this Lifehack post on alternatives for Ant/Bug control. How would I properly clean up ant chalk that has been used on hard wood? I previously used latex gloves, a ...
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How can I safely sanitise my smartphone's display?

I've recently upgraded from a keypad feature phone to a smartphone. The smartphone in question has Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the touchscreen, which I've read has an olegeophobic coating which can be ...
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How does one efficiently clean-up hair from sink after shaving or trimming beard?

How does one efficiently clean-up hair from sink and counter area after shaving or trimming beard? After shaving, but more so trimming my beard (using electric trimmer), mustache, or trimming my hair ...
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How do I stop toothpaste from piling up on the cover?

I always have a problem with toothpaste. My whole family uses the same toothpaste tube. At the end of the week, there is this huge glob of hardened toothpaste stuck over the end of the tube. Is there ...
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How do I extract a small object from a vacuum cleaner bag?

While vacuuming, I heard the typical 'kaclink kaclink' of a larger solid object being sucked up. I think it might be an earring I lost a few days ago, so I'd like to get whatever it is out of the bag. ...
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How to clean dead skin off feet?

I put a small amount of baking soda in my shoes every morning to stop my feet from smelling throughout the day. Because of this, my feet get very dry and flaky with dead skin, especially between the ...
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How can I stop the bin liner falling in to the bin? [duplicate]

Often as I fill my bin, the bag sinks deeper and the edge of the bag ends up inside. Inevitably due to my laziness, rubbish then ends up inside the bin, but not inside the liner. This makes me more ...