How to Remove Juice Stains from Clothing





When it comes to removing juice stains, regardless of the color, the first rule of thumb is to blot – not rub – the stain as soon as you can possibly get to it.

This is also true when using any of the solutions listed below. Blotting is better than rubbing because rubbing might only spread the stain more.

Another important thing to remember is that you should not use natural bar or soap flakes because they tend to set the stain even more, making it harder to get rid of.

Here are some quick and easy juice stain removal solutions.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can help get out many colored stains. Simply make a paste out of 4 tablespoons of baking soda combined with ¼ cup water. Blot the stain first as quickly as you can (do not rub) then apply the paste and let it sit for a few hours before laundering the item as usual.

Borax

Mix one teaspoon of borax with one cup of warm water. Immediately blot up the stain as quickly as possible (remember – do not rub) then sponge the solution on the stain and let site for at least 20 minutes. Then you can wash the item in the washing machine as you normally would.

Clorox 2

Clorox 2 is a non cholorine bleach that works well for removing juice stains. Simply apply it to stain and work it in gently. Let it sit for about 30 minutes, then launder as usual.

Dishwashing Liquid and White Vinegar

Another way to get rid of juice stains is to combine equal parts dishwashing liquid, white vinegar and water. Work this mixture into the stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wash it as usual.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice also works well at removing juice stains. Simply saturate the stain with lemon juice and let it set for about thirty minutes. Then wash item in washing machine as usual.

OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover

This is probably an item that no house should ever be without The funny thing however is that many people forget that they bought it once upon a time. So if you do happen to have OxiClean handy – it is supposed to be really effective on all types of stains including juice stains. Simply follow the instructions on the canister, then wash your item in the washing machine as usual.

Salt

Table salt is good for getting juice stains out as well. Just sprinkle the stain with salt and rinse it off with cold water. Then you can throw the item in your washing machine in warm water with regular laundry detergent.

White Vinegar and Water

If the stain is on a washable cotton or linen item you can try mixing one part vinegar and three parts water. Apply to the stain, let it sit for while and then wash it as usual.

Wine Away

Wine Away is a product made explicitly for removing dark red wine stains and works just as well at removing purple or red juice stains. You can probably find it in most grocery stores in the laundry section or purchase it online.



How to Remove Juice Stains from Carpet



Because Juice stains – particularly grape or red colored – are so similar to removing wine stains – you can use the simple solutions found here to help remove juice stains from carpet.




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Ice Packs – How To Create Your Own Do-It-Yourself Ice Pack



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Corn Syrup

Corn Syrup works great in a pinch for making a quick ice pack. It stays flexible and squishy. Simply pour some corn syrup in a Ziploc bag and stick in the freezer until it is cool enough to use. You might want to double Ziploc bag this one however, because while it does not contain anything harmful, even a small leak can cause a sticky situation.

Dishwashing Liquid

Another quick and easy way to make a do-it-yourself ice pack is to use a liquid dishwashing soap such as Dawn. Simply pour some of the liquid into a sandwich bag or gallon Ziploc bag (depending on the size you need) and pop it into the freezer for a few hours. The color helps distinguish what it is and it stays cold for quite awhile but also remains squishy so it can be shaped around the needed area. This is a temporary solution however because it tends to get firmer if left in the freezer for longer than a day, so you might want to make a fresh pack each time you need it.

Jell-O

Using Jell-O is another quick and inexpensive way to make an effective ice pack. Prepare the Jell-O according to the instructions on the package and wait until it is cool enough to pour into a plastic Ziploc bag. Fill the bag ¾ of the way, then securely seal and freeze it for a few hours. When the jell-o warms up and starts to melt, simply throw back in the freezer for a few more hours.

Ketchup Packs

Finally a great use for all of those little extra Ketchup packs you’ve been collecting for a year in the fridge. Simply throw a bunch of the ketchup packs in a sandwich size or gallon size ziploc bag and place them in the freezer for a few hours. Before you know it you will have an easy, shape-shifting ice pack that can be easily molded around the swollen area.

Peas

An oldie but a goodie. Due to the way frozen peas shift in the bag, they can easily be molded around any injured area that needs soothing. It is important however to wrap the frozen bag of peas in a towel or cloth so the bag does not create any kind of skin burns. Also be sure to clearly label the peas as an ice pack because it isn’t safe to eat peas that have been repeatedly frozen and unfrozen a few times.

Plastic Playtex Gloves

Simply fill a plastic glove (such as Playtex) with ice, then tie it securely to prevent leaks and place in freezer. If you find the cold plastic is too tough on skin – wrap the glove in a dish towel or cloth before placing on injured area.

Popping Corn

Another unique, but easy and inexpensive way to create an ice pack is to freeze unpopped popcorn kernels. Simply pour one cup of unpopped kernels into a sandwich sized Ziploc bag and place into the freezer to make an ice pack that will easily conform to your body.

Rice

Who knew? Rice is another great way to create an ice pack because it holds onto the coolness created by the freezer for quite awhile. (Be sure to use regular rice however, not the short cooking type.) You don’t even need a Ziploc for this remedy, as a plain old sock will do. Simply fill the sock about 2/3 of the way full, tie it securely and stick it in the freezer. The rice will easily shift so you can shape around the needed area.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol combined with water in a freezer bag also works great as an ice pack because the alcohol keeps the water from freezing. Simply mix one cup of rubbing alcohol with three cups of water in a gallon Ziploc bag and freeze.

Salt

Another quick and easy way to make a do-it-yourself ice pack is to simply add 2 tablespoons of salt to 2 cups of water and zip securely in a zip top freezer bag.

Sponge

This type of ice pack works great for keeping food cold in lunch boxes and coolers because even when it melts the water gets reabsorbed by the sponge ensuring there will be no leaks. Simply soak a sponge in water then seal it in a Ziploc bag. Can be reused again and again.

Vodka

Another great way to make an ice pack that won’t freeze solid is to combine 2 cups of water with 1/3 cup of Vodka and seal well in a gallon size freezer bag. You might want to add a little bit of blue or green food coloring so family members can find it easily and it will not be mistaken for something that can be consumed.





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How to Clean Hairbrushes and Combs




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Over time dirt, grease, grime and excess hair care products can accumulate on your combs and hair brushes making them less effective when it comes to styling your hair. Listed below are quick and effective ways to get your brushes and combs squeaky clean and shining like new again. (Take extra caution when it comes to professional, specialty or expensive brushes. In many cases it is best to contact manufacturer for proper cleaning instructions.)

Ammonia

Ammonia will help remove any grease and grime from your hairbrush and combs. Simply add three tablespoons of ammonia to one quart of warm water and let your items soak in this mixture for about an hour. Remove and rinse with clean water then let sit to dry.

Bleach

Bleach also works well for removing hair care products, dirt and grime from your brushes and combs. (Just do not use this solution on expensive brushes or brushes with wood handles.) Add ¼ cup of bleach to a gallon of hot water and mix well with a large spoon. Then place all of your combs and brushes into the solution and let them soak for about an hour. Remove the items and place them in a solution of clean water with a little liquid soap added. Swish brushes and combs in this mixture for a minute or two, rinse with clean water only, then let brushes and combs air dry on a towel.

Shampoo

Simple shampoo can help easily clean your hairbrushes or combs if they are not too dirty. Pull out any hair that might be sticking to the brush. You can do this with your fingers, a hair pick, or the back end of a styling comb if there is a lot of hair. Run the brush and/or combs under warm water, then add a little shampoo. Work the shampoo into the brush with your hands, a comb or another brush (gently and in one direction so bristles do not fall out). Rinse well, then let brushes and combs air dry on a towel.

White Vinegar

Make a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water and soak your brushes and combs in this mixture overnight. Then dry with a clean cloth. This will remove all grease, grime and hair products from your combs and brushes.

Washing Machine & Spray and Wash

Depending on the material your brushes are made of, one of the best ways of getting them clean is to throw them in the washing machine while doing a load of laundry. Spray brushes and combs with some Spray and Wash – then throw in the machine. When cycle is done – take items out and let them air dry (do not throw them in the dryer). This method will have your brushes looking like new.

20 Mule Team Borax and Dishwashing Liquid

In one cup of warm water, mix one tablespoon of 20 Mule Team Borax and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. (Double or Triple this recipe for larger brushes.) Let brushes and combs soak for at least a half hour in this solution. Rinse well with clean water and let brushes and combs air dry.




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How To Clean a Garage Floor



Easy Ways to Clean a Garage Floor


General Cleaning of a Concrete Floor

Baking Soda, Murphy’s Oil Soap & Warm Bucket of Water

This simple solution does a great job of washing a concrete garage floor. Simply combine 2 tablespoons of Murphy’s Oil soap and ¼ cup of baking soda into a 2 gallon bucket of warm water. Scrub the floor with this mixture using a push broom, then rinse clean.

Bon Ami

Bon Ami works well for cleaning up basic dirt and grime from a garage floor as well.
Liberally wet the floor, then liberally sprinkle the Bon Ami over all effected areas. Scrub with a brush or push broom, then rinse well with a garden hose or buckets of clean water.

How To Clean Set-In Oil Stains From a Garage Floor

Cascade Dishwashing Powder

Because Cascade is made to cut grease, it works well for getting oil stains out of concrete and cement floors. Simply make a paste using Cascade and water and scrub it into the oil or grease stains. Let it sit overnight, then rescrub and rinse the area thoroughly the next day with clean water.

Coca Cola

Strangely enough, Coca Cola is another good way to get oil stains out of concrete. Pour enough of the soda over the stain to make sure it is fully covered and let it sit for about a half hour. Then rinse with a garden hose or a bucket of clean water. You might need to repeat another time or two for particularly hard stains, but it does work.

Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing liquids are also made to cut grease, so they work well for removing oil stains from garage and concrete floors. Cover the stain with a liberal amount of the dishwashing liquid (spread with a push broom or brush if necessary). Leave for 24 hours, then spray clean with a garden hose.

Easy Off Oven Cleaner

Easy Off Oven Cleaner also works well for removing tough grease or oil stains from a concrete garage floor. Be sure that the room is well ventilated – then spray the cleaner directly on the stain. Let it sit for about 15 to 20 minutes – then scrub the area with a scrub brush or push broom. Rinse Well with a garden hose. If any of the stain remains, repeat for a second time.

How to Clean Fresh Oil Stains from a Garage Floor

Cat Litter

Cat litter is great for absorbing fresh oil or grease stains from a garage floor. Pour a good amount of cat litter onto the spot be suring to grind the litter in with a piece of wood or even the heel of your shoe. Let it sit overnight to fully absorb, then simply sweep up the litter and throw away. If any stain remains, use one of the household remedies up above.

Corn Starch

Corn starch is also great for absorbing fresh oil stain. Cover the area liberally with the corn starch, leave for a few hours while it absorbs all of the oil, then sweep up and away.

Newspaper

Here’s a neat little trick. Cover oil or grease with a bunch of newspapers. Saturate the newspaper sheets with water. Let the papers completely dry, then throw the papers away.
The newspaper absorbs the oil as it dries.

How to Clean Mold From a Concrete Garage Floor

Bleach

Bleach is one of the most effective ways to clean mold from a concrete floor. Simply mix 3 cups of Clorox Bleach in one gallon of water and use a mop or brush broom to cover the moldy areas. Let it sit for 24 hours then rinse the area well with a garden hose or buckets of clean water. Then re-sweep the clean water out with a broom.

How to Clean Rust From a Garage Floor

Lemon Kool Aid and Plastic Trash Bags

Here is a neat little trick to clean rust from a concrete garage floor. Wet the stain and sprinkle some Lemon flavored Kool aid on top of it. Then cover the stain and the kool aid powder with a plastic garbage bag. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then remove the plastic bag and scrub the area with a scrub brush. Rinse clean with a garden hose.

Lemon Juice and Salt

Here is another handy way to get rid of rust stains from a concrete garage floor or patio. Saturate the rust stains with lemon juice, cover it with salt. Let it dry, then scrub it clean and rinse it down well.

How to Sweep a Garage Floor

Corn Meal

An easy way to prevent dust from flying up and around while sweeping a garage floor is to sprinkle some corn meal all over the floor before sweeping. The dust will stick to the corn meal and believe it or not, will make clean up go faster because you don’t have to keep sweeping the same areas again and again as the dust flies.

Coffee Grounds

Used coffee grounds will also prevent dust from flying around making you go over the same spots again and again. Just sprinkle some used coffee grounds all over the floor and watch how much faster the sweeping will go.

How to Remove Urine Smell From Concrete Garage Floors

Simple Green

Simple Green works well for removing particularly tough smells from concrete or cement. This includes cat spray, skunk spray, cat urine or dog urine. This works well for concrete outside as well as the occasional accident in a concrete garage. Mix one cup of simple Green in 10 cups of hot water in a bucket. Scrub the surface down with this solution using a brush or brush broom. Be sure that room is well ventilated and that you brush out as much of the moisture as possible. Then place fans around the room to dry the area.





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How To Remove Grass Stains on Clothes



How to Get Grass Stains Out of Clothes



How To Get Rid of Grass Stains on Clothes

The household tips listed below are great for getting grass stains out of clothes. Just be sure that the item is not a dry-clean item only because some of the methods below can discolor if used on sensitive items. Another thing to remember with grass stains is to be sure the stain is removed before placing the item in the dryer. Sometime a second application might be needed for extremely tough stains and you do not want the stain to set in a hot clothes dryer.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Sprinkle one tablespoon of baking soda on the stain then pour one teaspoon of lemon juice on top of it. When the mixture starts to fizz, rub the fabric together to make sure the solution really gets into the stain. Then launder as usual.

Baking Soda and White Vinegar

Baking soda mixed with white vinegar will also help to remove grass stains from clothing. Put one tablespoon of baking soda in a dish, then add one teaspoon of vinegar on top of it and mix it together. When the fizzing stops, take an old toothbrush and dip it into the paste and apply it to the grass stain working it in well. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wash the item as usual.

Bleach, Hydrogen Peroxide and Water

This combination also makes a great grass stain remover. Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and bleach with 3 parts cool or cold water. Pour mixture on the stain and let it sit for about an hour. Be sure to rinse item thoroughly, then launder the item as usual.

Hand Sanitizer

A hand sanitizer such as Purell, can also help to remove grass stains from washable fabrics. Simply rub a little of the hand sanitizer deep into the stain, then follow up by rubbing some liquid laundry detergent into the stain as well. Let this solution for approximately 10 minutes, then wash the item as usual.

Laundry Detergent and Water

Sometime grass stains can be removed simply by pretreating the stain before washing in the washing machine. Make a paste out of powdered laundry detergent combined with water. Dip an old used toothbrush into the paste and rub it into the grass stain well. Let it sit for about an hour, then launder the item as usual.

Sugar and Water

A warmed sugar and water mixture will also help to remove grass stains.

Simply dissolve ¼ cup of sugar with ½ cup of water in a microwave safe coffee cup or bowl and mix well. Place cup or bowl in the microwave for approximately 1 minute then pour this mixture over the stain or stains. Let it sit for about an hour then throw in washing machine and wash as usual.

Toothpaste

Using a toothpaste such as Colgate Regular Flavor toothpaste will help get out grass stains from washable fabrics. Simply place a dab of toothpaste on a damp sponge, a small scrub brush or unused, clean toothbrush and brush the toothpaste into the stain. Rinse well with water and then launder item as usual.

White Vinegar, Dishwashing Liquid and Water

Another way to get rid of grass stains from clothes is to combine equal parts of white vinegar, dishwashing liquid and water. Work this solution into the stain really well, let it sit for about 10 minutes and throw into your washing machine as usual.




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How To Get Rid of Fish Smell



How to Get Rid of Fish Smell in House

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Cinnamon Sticks

Simmering some cinnamon sticks in water on the stove is an easy way to get rid of the fish smell in a room after cooking. If you do not have sticks available, try simmering some dried cinnamon in a pot of water and throw in some other spices such as cloves or nutmeg. (Just make sure water does not boil completely out of pot.)

Crisco

Frying your fish in Crisco as opposed to other frying oils will also help greatly reduce, if not completely eliminate, unwanted fish odors.

Febreze

Febreze will work in many cases if the odor is not overly strong. Be sure to spray your stoves exhaust fan with the febreze as well. This will keep the odor from redistributing itself back into the room.

Milk

Soaking the fish in milk for about an hour before cooking will help greatly reduce the smell of the fish when cooking.

Neutralizing or Deodorizing Candles

Candles also work well for getting rid of the smell of fried fish in your home. There are specific odor neutralizing candles such as Fresh Wave Neutralizing Soy Candles or Clothesline Fresh Odor Exterminator candles that work perfectly for all smells in your home. In many cases however, candles you already have in your home might suffice. Vanilla candles and lemon scented candles seem to work the best for fish smells.

Odor Absorbing Splatter Screen

One of the most effective ways to prevent the fish smell from permeating the room in the first place is to use an odor absorbing splatter screen when frying your fish. These screens have activated carbon filters that absorb the fish odors during cooking. Just as important they also help keep the oil from splattering on stove tops. Farberware makes some highly recommended screens at a pretty reasonable price. They work well when frying other foods as well.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar works well in removing many odors from rooms (also see removing Cigarette Smoke Smell). Simply fill an open bowl with some white vinegar and leave it out on the counter overnight when you have finished cooking your fish. The smell is usually completely gone by the next day. If you cook fish often, you can fill a glass jar that has a screw top on it and reuse the same vinegar the next time around.

White Vinegar with Water

Another vinegar remedy you can try if you want to speed up the deodorizing process is to put a mixture of vinegar and water on the stove and let is simmer for fifteen or twenty minutes.

How to Get Rid of Fish Smell From Hands




Coffee

Coffee is a great natural deordorizer and works well for removing the smell of fish from hands. Simply fill your hands with some damp coffee grounds (both used and unused will work) and rub hands together thoroughly for a minute or two. Then simply rinse hands under plain water.

Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice also works well for removing fish odor from hands. Pour a little lemon juice on hands and rub together well. Fish odor is all gone.

Listerine

Listerine works well for removing the smell of fish from hands. Simply pour about one teaspoon of Listerine on hands and rub them together. Follow up by washing hands with soap and water.

Regular Toothpaste

To remove the smell of fish from your hands, simply apply a small squeeze of Colgate Regular Flavor Toothpaste into the palm of your hand, then rub hands together under some running water.

White Vinegar

A combination of white vinegar and water will help remove the fishy smell of fish but will not affect the fish’s flavor. Simply combine an equal part of white vinegar with water and let the fish soak in the mixture for 3 or 4 minutes.




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How To Clean a Barbeque Grill




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Burn It Off

The less you have to clean from your Barbeque grill – the easier it will be. For both charcoal and gas grills simply turn the flame on high after you have finished cooking or you can do this before putting food on and let the high temps or flames burn off most of the baked on food or grease.

Burn It Off While Covered With Aluminum Foil

Another trick you can try for really baked-on food is to place a piece of aluminum foil over the top of the grill grates – then turn heat on high for approximately 10 minutes. Pull the aluminum foil off and follow up by scraping grill with a wire brush.

Coffee

Strange as it sounds, coffee can also make Barbeque Grill cleaning easier. Simply pour a pot of leftover coffee over the cooled rack and then wipe it dry.

Oven Cleaner

A great way to get a Barbeque Grill clean is to use Oven Cleaner. Spray the cooled rack with an oven cleaner such as Easy Off and place in a large plastic garbage bag. Tie the bag closed and leave the grill in the bag outside overnight. The next day remove the grill from the bag, hose down and dispose of the garbage bag. (Do not use oven cleaner on the Barbeque itself however because it remove the paint.)

Vinegar

Vinegar works great when it comes to cleaning a barbecue grill. Mix two cups of vinegar with two cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake well to insure it is mixed. Then spray the entire grill on both sides until totally saturated. Leave the mixture on the grill for about 15 minutes to dry.

Then empty your spray bottle and add just plain vinegar. Take a piece of aluminum foil, fold it into a 2 inch square – spray the foil with the vinegar and use that square to clean in between the slats of the grill and to take off any remaining baked on food. (There is no need to rinse afterwards.)

Warm Water

Sometime soaking your grill in warm water for about a half hour is all you need to make grill cleaning easier. Fill a sink with warm to hot water and let the grill soak. You can also add some vinegar or dishwashing liquid to the water if you choose.

Wire Brush

This is one of the most popular ways to clean your barbecue grill. The real trick however is to do it after you have finished cooking instead of before. After you are done cooking, let the grill cool a little until it is just warm. Then use your wire brush to brush off food particles. It is easier to remove food while it is still soft as opposed to when it has cooled and hardened completely. You can follow up by brushing a light coat of cooking oil on the grill with a paper towel or spray with a cooking spray to prevent future sticking.




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How To Fix a Stuck Zipper


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How To Fix An Already Stuck Zipper


If you have a zipper that is already stuck because it slid up crookedly, this could get a little tricky – but it is not impossible.

Bar Soap

Try rubbing some bar soap along both sides of the zipper. Get a study grip on the end with the stopper (not sure of the technical name but it is the square metal on the bottom. The zipper side without the stopper is the one you are going to try and pull back through. You might need to grip the stopper with pliers and hold with one hand – while using your other hand to pull the skinny or “free” end through.

Pencil Lead

Sometimes rubbing the teeth with pencil lead will help free the skinny or “free” end (the one without metal square and zipper pull). Again you might need pliers to help secure the metal square side while trying to pull the other side through.

Work It With Patience

Sometimes patience and simply working it up and down will do the trick. This may even require working one tooth on each side at a time. But if you are truly stuck in your garment, you may have no choice. Try moving a tooth at a time through the catch.

WD-40

Sometimes a little WD-40 will help loosen teeth of zipper to pull free end through. Be very careful with this remedy however because if you get it on the fabric of clothing item it could ruin it.

How to Prevent Stuck Zippers


Some of the following remedies can also help fix currently stuck zippers, but these work extremely well in preventing them. If you have a zipper that you know tends to stick or has a hard time sliding – these remedies work perfectly to prevent the situation listed up above.

Chapstick

For stubborn zippers that get stuck or are hard to slide, simply coat front and back with some Chapstick. The wax in Chapstick will help lubricate the zipper to have it gliding easily and will even prevent it from rusting.

Crayons

Wax crayons such as Crayola can also get a zipper gliding smoothly again. White is probably the best color if you have it available. Simply rub both sides of the zipper with the crayon.

Ivory Soap

Putting Ivory soap on both sides of the zipper teeth is another way to get zippers to slide easier.

Petroleum Jelly

Using a petroleum jelly such as Vaseline can also help to unstuck zippers or keep them sliding smoothly. And only a small bit is needed.

To Help Zippers Stay


Hair Spray

If you have a zipper that opens a little too easily, a little spray of hair spray will give the teeth more traction and help it stick.




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Other Household Tips You Might Be Interested In

How To Remove Yellow Stains



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Aspirin

A crushed aspirin can help remove yellow perspiration stains from the underarms of a shirt. Simply crush one aspirin in a cup of warm (not hot) water. Apply this solution to the stain or let the stain soak in this solution for a few hours. Then wash the item in cold water and hang out to dry.

Baking Soda Paste

Make a baking soda paste out of 4 tablespoons of baking soda combined with ¼ cup of water. Apply this paste to the yellow stained areas with an old toothbrush or nailbrush and let the paste sit for about an hour. Wash the item in cold water and then hand to dry – no hot water and no hot dryer.

Baking Soda – Peroxide – Water

The first thing you need to do is check to see if the shirt is washable. If it is dry clean only it is best to do exactly that. For washable items however, this is a good way to get rid of yellow perspiration or yellow sweat stains from shirts.

Combine an equal amount of baking soda, peroxide and water in a cup or bowl. (You can usually clean one shirt with about ¼ cup of each.)

Gently rub this solution into the stains using a washcloth or an old toothbrush to loosen stains and then let solution sit on item for approximately a half hour. Then you can launder the item in cold water.

If cleaning a colored shirt, test on an inconspicuous area first to ensure color fastness.

Efferdent Denture Tablets

Efferdent denture tablets works well for removing yellow stains from clothes, fabric tableclothes and linens. Simply fill a sink or small tub with water and pop in two Efferdent tablets. Let the item sit in the solution until the stains have disappeared and then launder the item in cold water.

Ivory Soap

Something as simple as ivory soap can do the trick. Simply dampen the area with water and rub the soap on heavily over stain. Then wash the item in cold water and hang dry.

OxyClean

OxyClean is a good yellow stain remover as well. Mix one scoop of Oxyclean with one cup of water. Apply this solution with a nail brush or old toothbrush and let it sit for one hour. Follow up by washing in cold water and hanging shirt to dry.

Toothpaste

Surprisingly toothpaste (the paste king – not the gel) works well for removing yellow stains from clothing. Simply rub a dap of toothpaste into the spot and wash the item in cold water.

Vodka

Mix some vodka with water, put the solution into a spray bottle and spray the stain. Let it site for about 20 minutes before washing in cold water and air drying.

White Vinegar and Salt

Pour some white vinegar over the stain – followed by a little bit of table salt rubbed in. Leave the white shirt out in the sun to dry – then follow up by washing in cold water and hanging out to dry again.

* No Heat!
If you have shirts with yellowed stains do not wash item in warm or hot water because this will only set the stain in deeper. Be sure to wash in cold water and then air dry because the heat of the dryer can set in the stains as well.

*NO Chlorine Bleach!
While this might be the first item that comes to mind, washing a yellow stained shirt in chlorine bleach can actually make the stain worse because it will react with the proteins in perspiration.




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How To Remove Wine Stains From Clothes







Baking Soda

Baking Soda works well for removing wine stains from clothes. Simply cover the stain with a liberal amount of baking soda, let it sit for a few moments until the stain is absorbed, then wipe the soda away and blot the area with a cloth dampened in water.

Club Soda

Club Soda is one of the most effective remedies for red wine stains due to its carbonation. To clean a fresh red wine stain, blot up as much of the stain as possible (blot – don’t rub) then simply saturate it with club soda, then launder the item as usual.

Club Soda with Salt

Another remedy for red wine stains using club soda is to combine it with a salt treatment. First cover the stain with salt which will absorb the wine from the fabric, then rinse clean with the club soda. Finally launder the items as you usually would.

Cream of Tarter

Make a paste with one part cream of tarter and one part water. Blot the stain as much as you can first, then cover the wine stain with this paste. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wash the item as usual.

Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer

This is good for red wine stains that occur outside of the house. Blot up as much of the stain as possible, then rub in some hand sanitizer. Blot well again. You might need to do this more than once, but it works well on the go.

Salt

Salt also works well for lifting out red white stains from clothing. Cover the stain with salt (a coarse salt such as Kosher works best – but table salt will work as well). Leave the salt on until the stain is absorbed then brush away the salt and follow up by blotting stain with a damp cloth.

White Vinegar, Dishwashing Liquid and Water

Another way to get red wine stains out of clothing is to combine equal parts of white vinegar, dishwashing liquid and water. Work this solution into the wine stain, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wash the item as usual.

White Vinegar

Quite often white vinegar on its own will remove the red wine stain from blouses or clothes. Pour some vinegar onto a damp cloth or towel and blot the stain until the red wine is lifted. Follow up with another cloth that is dampened with only water. Then launder as usual.

White Wine

This is a handy solution at a party because where there is red wine being served there is usually also white wine. Blot up as much of the red wine as possible, blotting – not rubbing – then pour white wine over the stain. The white wine will neutralize the red and will usually remove the stain completely.




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Baking Soda

After blotting up as much of the wine as possible with white paper towels (blot – do not rub) cover it with a small mountain of baking soda. Let it sit until the wine has been absorbed – then vacuum clean.

Baking Soda Paste

Another way to use baking soda to clean up a wine stain is to make a paste out of it. Blot up as much of the stain as possible using a white towel or washcloth. Keep using clean pieces of the washcloth or towel so as not to add more wine to the rug or carpet. Then mix 3 parts baking soda to one part water and make a paste of it. Apply paste to the stain and let dry. Then vacuum up. If any part of stain remains, repeat process or use a few drops of carpet shampoo on it.

Club Soda

Club Soda is great for many stains, including wine stains. Blot as much of the wine stain up as possible (again – blot – do not rub), pour club soda on the stain and blot again with a white towel or white paper towels. You might need to repeat a second or third time, but the carbonation in the club soda helps to lift the stain.

Shaving Cream (Foamy)

Shaving Cream is also good for getting red wine stains out of the carpet. Blot up as much of the wine as you can, then spray a small amount of white foamy shaving cream on stained area. Work it into the stain with your fingers, the blot clean with a dampened white paper towel or towel until stain is gone.

Dishwashing Liquid

Rinse the stain with some cold water – then make a mixture of ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing liquid and one cup of cold water. Blot the stain with this mixture using a white washcloth or towel and repeat until stain is gone.

Salt

Salt works well for fresh wine stains as well. Simply cover the stain with a small mountain of salt and let sit for about 15 minutes. Then you can simply brush and vacuum away.

White Wine

One good thing about parties, where there is red wine there is usually white wine available as well. In a pinch, pour some white wine over the red wine to help dilute it and blot up with a white washcloth, towel or paper towel. Do not rub – simply blot until stain is gone. If you do not have white wine available you can try clear vodka.

Wine Away

Wine away is a product specifically made for this purpose. If you entertain often or have very light carpets such as white, this is a good product to have around the house. It also works on oriental or colored carpets. Simply follow the directions on the bottle. This also works well if you have tried other remedies and the wine stain still remains. Simply leave the Wine Away on the stain for about 30 minutes, then clean.




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Baking Soda

Clean up as much of the mess from the carpet as possible using a spoon, spatula or butter knife. DO NOT RUB stain because you might rub it further into the carpet. Then blot up as much of the liquid as possible with white paper towels to get out all of the liquid.

Cover the stain with a small mountain of baking soda and leave overnight if possible to give it time to absorb the remaining moisture and to deodorize the scent. The next day vacuum the spot.

Corn Starch

Corn Starch will also work when it comes to getting the moisture out, so if you don’t have baking soda apply a small mountain of Corn Starch and follow the directions listed above.

20 Mule Team Borax

Again, clean up as much of spot that you can using a spatula spoon or butter knife, then use paper towels to absorb most of the moisture. Then dissolve one teaspoon of Borax in two cups of water. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the carpet – then blot dry. If any stain remains, try rubbing some foamy shaving cream into the stain.

Club Soda

Club soda is especially effective if the vomit stain on carpet contains color, Clean up as much of the stain as possible, than pour some club soda on the stain and blot with white towels or white paper towels until the stain is gone. The carbonation in the club soda is what will help lift the stain.

Ammonia

Ammonia also works well for cleaning vomit from a carpet. (Do not use this solution however on woolen carpets or rugs.) Add 5 teaspoons of ammonia to one cup of water – mix well – and use a sponge to apply the mixture to the stain. Then blot dry. You might need to do this more than once.

Water, Dishwashing Liquid and White Vinegar

Another way to remove vomit from a carpet is to clean up as much of the mess as possible then blot any remaining moisture with white paper towels or white absorbent cloth. Be sure to use a lot of pressure to get down deep into the carpet.

Apply warm water to the area (not too hot) then re-blot area with white paper towels or cloth.

If you still have some kind of stain add 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing liquid to a quart of warm water and treat the area again. Being sure to blot up well.

If there is still a spot remaining mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar to one quart of water. Use a white cloth to apply this solution – then another dry white paper towel or cloth to blot very well, again pressing down deep to get to the bottom of the carpet.

Enzyme Cleaners

If you have children or pets, chances are these situations will occur more than once. It is probably a good idea to invest in an enzyme cleaner that is especially good for stains and smells on rugs. Nature’s Miracle and Woolite Oxydeep are two of the best products for these kind of situations and will definitely be worth the investment. Simpy follow the directions on the packaging.

* Dry Well

After you have applied any of the above treatments it is a good idea to really get any remaining moisture out of the carpet. Place a heavier white towel over area and place a heavy object such as a large book on top of it to get out all remaining liquid. Vacuum the next day to restore the pile.




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Club Soda and Baking Soda

Pour a liberal amount of club soda on the stain and blot immediately with some paper towels. When the area is dry – cover with a good amount of baking soda. Let sit for an hour or two – then vacuum up.

Baking Soda

If you do not have club soda, baking soda alone will usually do the trick. Be sure to blot up area as uch as possible then cover with a small mountain of baking soda. If possible, let it sit on stain for 8 hours giving it time to work and really soak up the odor. Then vacuum.

Club Soda and White Vinegar

Club Soda works well for urine smells because the carbonation brings the urine to the surface. Blot up the urine stain as much as possible – then liberally apply club soda to the area. Blot again until you have gotten as much of the moisture up as possible. Then mix equal parts of white vinegar and water and put this solution into a spray bottle. Spray the stained area. (You might want to test this is an inconspicuous area to ensure colorfastness.)

Hydrogen Peroxide/Baking Soda/Dish Soap

Another way to get urine smell out of carpets is to mix one cup of hydrogen peroxide with I tablespoon of baking soda and ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid. Mix together well, then apply this solution to the stained area with a sponge. Let it dry completely – then vacuum.

Listerine

In most cases, good old fashioned Listerine works well removing urine odors from carpets. Blot up much of the urine as possible. Then cover stain with Listerine. Blot area again very well.

Professional Enzyme Cleaners

There are a few professional enzyme cleaners made specifically for cleaning urine smells and stains from carpets. While most of them do the job well, the following three brands seem to be the most popular: Nature’s Miracle, Urine Gone and Kids N’ Pets.

Carpet Steam Vacuum

If you happen to be lucky enough to have a portable carpet steamer, these also work well for removing urine smells and odors from carpets. Bissels’ Green machine is a consumer favorite and usually retails for about $80.00. A less expensive option is to rent a steam cleaner from a local Home Depot or food store.

To Soak Up Urine From a Carpet

Baby Diaper

Open a clean baby diaper and place over urine spot. Place some heavy books on top of the diaper and leave for about an hour. Then use one of the cleaning remedies listed above.

Paper Towels

Lay a bunch of paper towels over the soiled area and walk on top with it with shoed feet. Throw away soiled paper towels, add more a few more and walk over again. Continue to do this until almost no dampness remains. Follow up by using one of the remedies mentioned above.




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Baking Soda

Baking Soda is one of the most effective remedies for helping to remove urine odors from mattresses because it is a natural odor absorber. If the area has already dried, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area and let it sit for a couple of hours. If the smell is particularly strong, you might want to let it sit longer. Then vacuum away.

Club Soda and Baking Soda Combo

Another baking soda remedy for a urine smell in mattress involves using club soda as a pre-wash. After blotting up the wet urine stain as much as possible, pour some club soda over the area and immediately blot it again. Then, when the spot has dried completely (you can place a fan on the bed directed at spot to hurry this process), cover it with the baking soda. Leave for an hour or two, then vacuum.

Febreeze

Febreeze works different from other deodorizers because it neutralizes and eliminates odors as opposed to simply covering them up. Remove sheets from mattress – spray a generous amount of Febreeze over the affected area (spray enough where you feel the mattress getting damp to ensure it really sinks in) and then let it dry for a couple of hours. When dry, you can replace the sheets.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar can also help remove urine odor from mattresses. Blot up as much of the urine as possible then flush urine spot generously with warm water. Mix equal parts of white vinegar with cool water, spray liberally on the urine spot, then blot very well again. Place a fan on or next to the mattress for quicker drying – of if the mattress is small enough to move – place it outdoors in the sun until dry

Professional Enzyme Cleaner

There are quite a few Professional Enzyme Cleaners made specifically for removing urine stains and odors. Nature’s Miracle is one of the most popular cleaners, but Baby Stinky Odor Away, Kids N’ Pets and Urine Gone are also popular and effective brands.

Diluted Beach

Diluted bleach combined with water can not only help to remove urine smells but urine stains as well. Simply dilute some bleach with water in a spray bottle and liberally spray the solution on the stain. Wait until it has completely dried and see if any odor remains. If it does, repeat the process.

Use a Steam Carpet/Furniture Cleaner

Steam Cleaners are specifically made to clean deep down into furniture and carpets and they work well for removing urine smells and stains from mattresses as well.

There are quality portable steam cleaners that you can purchase for approximately $100 such as the Bissel Steam Cleaner – or if you are looking for a cheaper option, there are steam carpet/furniture cleaners that you can rent by the day from places such as Home Depot or a local food store.

To Avoid Further Incidences

There are a couple of things you can do to protect your mattress in the future if bedwetting is a frequent occurrence.

Waterproof Mattress Protectors

Waterproof Mattress Protectors are probably one of the best investments you can make when it comes to protecting mattresses from urine accidents . Not only do they prevent urine from damaging mattresses but they also prevent other liquid spills, dust mites and allergins from getting into mattresses as well. They come in all sizes for all mattresses and if an bedwetting accident does occur you can simply throw the protector in the washing machine.

Glad Trash Bags

If an emergency, thicker trash bags like Glad trash bags will serve as a mattress protector. (This is for older children or adults only – do not use in crib or toddler beds) Cut the bags down the sides, place on top of the mattress – secure with large tape such as masking or packing tape, and then place sheet over it.

Scotchguard Fabric Proctector Spray

Just as scotch guarding furniture helps make it waterproof and stain proof, it works well for protecting mattresses from urine smells and stains as well. Simply spray it the mattress liberally with Scotchguard Fabric Protector Spray.




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Baking Soda

Baking soda works great for cleaning toilet bowls. Simply pour in ½ cup of baking soda into the toilet, brush with a toilet brush and flush.

Bleach

Bleach will not only help get rid of tougher toilet bowl stains, but will help deodorize and sanitize the bowl as well. (Do NOT use bleach however if you have a toilet cleaner attached to your bowl that cleans each time you flush because the combination can cause toxic fumes. Also do not use this if your bowl has rust because chlorine bleach can actually set rust stains.) For other users however, bleach works extremely well. Simply add about ¼ cup of bleach to your bowl, let sit for about 10 minutes, then use your toilet brush to clean. Stains and marks come off easily. Then flush.

Coca Cola

While this might sound strange, Coca Cola also makes a great toilet cleaner. Just pour a can of Coca Cola into the bowl, let it sit for about an hour, then brush it and flush it.

Denture Tablets

2 denture tablets work well for cleaning toilet bowls as well. Drop in 2 tablets, (be sure to close the lid) and let the tablets sit in the bowl overnight. The next morning a quick brushing and flushing will finish the job.

Gatorade

Gatorade is another strange but true remedy for toilet cleaning. Pour 2 cups of Gatorade into the toilet and let sit for about an hour. Then brush with a toilet brush and flush it clean. It is the citric acid in Gatorade that does the trick.

Magic Eraser

A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is great for removing mineral rings from toilet bowls. Simply dampen a medium sized piece of the eraser and rub on stain till it easily disappears.

Tang

Strangely enough, the citric acid in Tang make a great toilet bowl cleaner. Dissolving 3 tablespoons of Tang Powder in the toilet and leaving it sit overnight will clean rust and stains. The next morning simply brush and flush.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar works great for tougher stains in a toilet bowl. Pour about a cup of white vinegar into the bowl and let sit for at least an hour. Then use your toilet bowl brush to clean the bowl as usual. When done, flush it away. An added benefit of using white vinegar is that it also works to clean out drains on the way down.

20 Mule Team Borax

Another easy to use toilet cleaner is 20 Mule Borax. Simply pour one cup into bowl, close lid and leave to sit overnight, The next morning brush and flush.

 



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Goo Gone

Goo Gone works well for so many things around the house and removing stickers from glass, windows or windshields is one of them. Simply saturate the sticker and gently scrape off with a razor blade – then you can use a little bit more of the Goo Gone to get rid of any adhesive reside left behind.

Hair Dryer

Aiming a hair dryer at the sticker will help to melt the adhesive underneath. Then you can use a single edge razor blade to peal it off. Be careful not to scratch glass.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail polish remover can also help remove stickers from car windows or windshields. Saturate the sticker by using one or two cotton balls that have been soaked with the nail polish remover. Give it a few minutes to dissolve the adhesive underneath, then scrape the sticker off with a single edge razor blade.

Olive Oil

Another way to remove stickers from a windshield or window is to cover it liberally with olive oil. After giving it a few minutes to soak in – gently remove the sticker with a single edge razor blade.

Windex

Spray the sticker liberally with Windex until it is saturated. Give it a minute or two then gently use a single edge razor blade to remove the sticker. Be careful not to scratch glass. To remove the adhesive residue left behind, a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser will do, a product such as Goo Gone or you can try alcohol.




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How to Remove a Sticker From Artwork

Gentle heat is what is needed to remove a sticker from artwork. Simply aim a blow dryer at the sticker to loosen the adhesive on the back of the sticker, then carefully use the edge of a razor blade to get underneath it to peel it off.

How or Remove a Sticker From Picture Frames or Glass Frames

Nail Polish Remover

Nail Polish Remover works well for getting stickers off of picture frames (do not use on actual artwork however – just frames). Simply saturate a cotton ball with nail polish remover and rub it on the sticker until the adhesive loosens enough to remove it.

Cooking Oil

Cooking Oil also works well for removing stickers from frames. Simply rub enough oil on the sticker to saturate it, let it sit for a few minutes and scrape it off. The cooking oil helps dissolve the gum in the adhesive.

WD-40

For stickers that are stuck to glass, a little WD-40 will do the trick. Simply saturate the sticker with WD-40, let is sit for a few minutes as it eats away at the adhesive then scrape it clean.

How to Get Rid of Sticker Residue

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

For sticker or adhesive residue left behind by a sticker, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is just the thing. Simply dampen a small piece of the eraser and rub off the glue.

Nivea Face Cream

Face creams such as Nivea Face Cream can also remove sticker residue from metals, glass, and even most plastics – even if the glue is dry. Rub a decent amount of face cream on the residue – wait a few minutes then simply wipe clean.




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Hair Dryer and Credit Card Method

Applying heat is a great trick for removing stubborn bumper stickers. Aim your blow drier at the sticker until the adhesive on the back begins to melt, then use a sturdy card such as an old credit card to get under the sticker to peel it up. You can also try using a putty knife covered in duct tape or a rubber spatula to get under the sticker. (Do not use a razor blade however because it can scratch the bumper.)

Hot Water

Quite often hot water is all you need to remove bumper stickers, though some might be tougher than others. Dip a rag into boiling water (wear gloves!) and place the rag over the sticker. Apply light pressure on the rag for about 30 seconds, then try to peel the sticker up from the corner. Continue to place the hot rag on more stubborn spots.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil will also make it easier to remove bumper stickers. Simply saturate the bumper sticker with olive oil – let it sit for about 5 minutes and remove the sticker when the adhesive is dissolved.

WD-40

In most cases saturating the sticker with some WD-40 will do the trick. If you can get a small corner up and spray underneath it would be perfect, however if it won’t budge, try spraying a generous amount of WD-40 onto the sticker, wait a few minutes for it to work on the adhesive – then try to remove.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail Polish remover works well for getting rid of the adhesive that bumper stickers leave behind. Saturate a cotton ball with Nail Polish Remover and rub off the glue. (Note: This is for bumpers ONLY – do not use on car finish.)




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Baking Soda and Water

Baking Soda can help remove rust from tools. Make a paste of baking soda mixed with a little bit of water. Apply this paste with a damp sponge or cloth onto the rusty areas. Let sit for a few minutes – then wipe off with a clean damp sponge and be sure to dry thoroughly.

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

Make a thick paste with baking soda and lemon juice. Apply to tools – let it sit or a few minutes – then wipe it clean with a dry towel.

Coca Cola

Coca Cola also works well for removing rust from tools. Depending on the amount of tools you have fill a basin with a couple of cans of soda and let tools soak in the mixture overnight. Rust should be gone by morning. Rinse the tools clean and make sure to dry each one thoroughly.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar is another easy way to get rust off of tools. Fill a bucket or basin with white vinegar and let tools soak overnight. The next morning rinse each tool and dry thoroughly.

Kool-Aid

Kool-Aid works well not only for removing rust from tools but concrete as well. Soak the rusty tools in Kool-Aid overnight – then rinse clean and dry thoroughly the next morning.

Sand Paper

This should be used only if you have light rust spots because continuous use of sandpaper will remove metal from tools. Simply sandpaper smaller rust spots and wide clean with a clean cloth or towel.

To Prevent Tools From Rusting in the Future

Charcoal

You can prevent tools from rusting by placing some unused Charcoal in toolboxes and tool drawers.

Mothballs

Place some mothballs in your toolbox or tool drawers to help keep moisture out.

Pam Cooking Spray

Lightly coat each tool with some Pam Cooking Spray – then wipe clean. It will keep rust from forming.

Sand Bucket

Keep gardening tools in a bucket of dry sand to keep them from rusting when not in use.

WD40

Try applying a light coat of WD40 to each of the tools after each use and drying with a clean towel. This will also help prevent tools from rusting.




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Lemon Juice and Salt

An easy way to remove rust from clothing is to liberally apply some lemon juice to the stain and then sprinkle a fair amount of salt on top of it. Then either lay or hang the item out to dry in the sun. When dry, launder as usual. (Just be sure that the clothing item is colorfast – you might want to try on a seam to ensure no discoloration)

Cream of Tarter

Cream of Tarter can also get rust stains out of clothes. Simply cover the stain with cream of tarter. Roll the item up tightly and soak in a bucket or basin filled with hot water and leave for about an hour. Then launder the item as usual.

White Vinegar and Salt

White vinegar works similar to the lemon juice method mentioned above. Saturate the stain with white vinegar and then cover the stain with salt. Lay out or hang the item out to dry in the sun – then wash item as usual.

Rhubarb

Strangely enough Rhubarb works for removing rust stains from clothes as well. Boil some rhubarb for about twenty minutes. Take the stalks out of the water and carefully place the stained item in. Soak the item in the rhubarb water until the rust stains come out or have mostly disappeared – then wash item as usual.

Commercial Rust Removers For Clothes

There are a couple of commercial rust removers that you can purchase is rust on clothes is a common problem in your home. Rust Remover For Clothes, Whink Rust Stain Remover for Fabrics or Super Iron Out are all products made specifically to remove rust stains from clothes and fabrics.




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White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar

If rust stains are fairly recent this is a nice safe remedy you can try. Simply cover rust stains liberally with white vinegar or apple cider vinegar, let sit for a few minutes and then brush with a heavy duty scrub brush or push broom. Rinse area clean.

Plastic Trash Bags and Kool-Aid

While this might sound a little odd, using the combination of large plastic garbage bags (such as Glad Trash Bags) and Kool-Aid will remove rust stains from concrete. Simply wet the rust stain and cover with yellow lemon flavored Kool-aid powder. Then cover the stain with the plastic trash bag. Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then remove the plastic bag, scrub the stain with a brush or heavy push broom and rinse with a hose or bucket of water.

Kool Aid and Boiling Water

Here is a second method of using Kool-aid to get rid of rust stains from concrete. Boil approximately ½ gallon of water. Add enough yellow lemon flavored Kool-aid as if you were making 2 quarts of lemonade (the instructions are on the container). Pour entire mixture on the stain – then again brush the stain with a scrub brush or heavy push broom until the stain is gone. The hose down or douse with a couple of buckets of water.

Lemon Juice and Salt

If you have rusts stains caused by metal patio furniture on your concrete a mixture of Lemon Juice and Salt will do the trick. Soak the stain with the lemon juice, then cover it with salt. Let it sit and dry in the sun, then scrub with a brush and hose it or rinse it clean.

The Works

The Works is a hydrochloric acid based toilet bowl cleaner that can be used to remove rust stains from concrete. You need to be careful however when using this cleanser because this can be dangerous stuff. Be sure that you follow the directions carefully and remove any furniture or any other items that could be damaged or discolored while trying to remove rust stains. Also be sure to wash down area thoroughly when done.

Commercial Rust Remover

For especially old or stubborn rust stains on concrete you might need to try a commercial rust remover that can be found in most hardware stores or in the links below. Be sure to follow direction on package carefully however because this is some strong stuff.




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Bounce

Don’t waste those used sheets of bounce if you own a pet. Used bounce sheets are great for cleaning pet hair from furniture or clothes. Simply wipe areas with pet hair or fur with the used bounce sheets. The sheets act like a magnet and will attract all of the hair.

Playtex Gloves

Playtex gloves are another great way to get rid of pet hair. Simply fill a bucket with water and slip on a pair of the gloves. Dip your hands into the water, wipe the area that has the pet hair, then redip your hands back in the water. The pet hair will stick to the wet rubber of the gloves, and the water in the bucket will rinse them off.

Damp Hands

If you don’t happen to have rubber gloves available a damp hand will work as well. Dampen hand lightly then run over the pet hair in a downward motion. Wash off pet hair and repeat as often as needed.

Sponge

Very lightly wet a kitchen sponge and run it over the area that has cat hair or dog hair. If you keep pulling the sponge towards you the fur will ball up making it easier to for to remove the clumps from the sponge to throw away.

Velcro Curlers

Using Velcro curlers is another easy way to pick up pet hair. Just as the curlers easily hold human hair in its hook and loop design, it will also pick up pet hair. Reserve one of your Velcro curlers just for cleaning pet hair whenever you need it.

Packing Tape

Large rolls of packing tape work well for cleaning pet hair as well. Simply wrap the tape around your hand with the sticky side facing out. Then run the tape over affected areas. It picks up the hair easily.



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Sand

Sand works pretty well for removing oil stains from driveways, garage floors and other concrete areas. Simply cover stain with sand – let sit until the sand has absorbed the oil then sweep up.

Kitty Litter

Kitty litter also works well for absorbing oil from a concrete surface. Taking similar steps to the one listed above, cover oil stain with kitty litter – allow time for the litter to absorb the oil – then sweep away.

Newspapers

Place several newspapers over the stain then soak the newspaper with water. Let it sit long enough to dry. When you pick up the papers the oil stain will come with it.

Cascade Dishwasher Detergent

For older grease or oil stains on a concrete floor try making a paste using some Cascade Dishwasher detergent mixed with water. Scrub the paste on the oil stain and let it sit overnight. The next day add a little more water, scrub with a brush and rinse clean.

Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwasher liquids are known for their ability to cut through grease and oil. Cover the oil stain with a large amount of Dishwasher Liquid – make sure entire stain is covered – then let sit overnight. The next morning hose or wash away.

Easy Off Oven Cleaner

Another great degreaser, spray the stain liberally with Easy Off Oven cleaner (make sure area is well ventilated). Let it sit for about ½ hour then scrub clean and follow up by hosing or washing away. (More stubborn stains may need more than one application).




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Baking Soda

One of the most effective remedies for oil stains on carpets or rugs is plain old fashioned baking soda. Almost nothing absorbs oil better. Liberally cover the oil stain with some baking soda, rub it into stain and let it dry for about ½ hour. Then brush up and vacuum as usual.

Corn Starch

Corn Starch also works well for oil stains in carpets. Basically it is the same as the baking soda remedy above. Sprinkle a liberal amount of corn starch over oil stain and rub it in, let it sit for about ½ hour then brush clean and follow up with a vacuum.

Rubbing Alcohol

In many cases rubbing alcohol can remove oil stains from carpets or rugs as well. (Be sure however to test in a small hidden area to ensure there will be no discoloring of carpet.)

Blot the oil stain with a clean paper towel, a brown bag, or strangely enough a piece of white bread. Be sure to blot and not rub however because you do not want to spread stain. Then follow up by adding a small amount of rubbing alcohol to a clean washcloth, towel or paper towel. Continue to blot over the area (again do not rub). For larger stains you might need to repeat more than once.




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Baking Soda

This is probably the first remedy you should try to get rid of oil stains from clothing because it will absorb as much oil from the stain as possible. Liberally cover the oil stain with baking soda and rub it in gently with your fingers. Let the baking powder sit for approximately ½ hour then gently brush it clean. Launder as usual.

Club Soda

Club Soda works wonders for removing all kinds of stains and it also works for removing oil stains from clothing. Saturate the stain with Club Soda – let it sit for a few minutes – then blot as much as you can. Launder as usual afterwards.

Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing liquid is known for being a powerful degreaser. Rub a few drops of dishwashing liquid onto the oil stain, rub it in gently, let it sit for a few minutes then rinse out or launder as usual.

Cheese Wiz

Believe it or not this delicious treat works great for removing oil stains. Simply smear some cheese wiz into the stain and throw in the washer.

Baby Powder

Baby Powder is also great for absorbing oil on clothes. Rub some baby powder into the stain and then brush clean. Wash as usual.

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Hair Spray

Hair Spray is also known to take out oil or grease stains. Simply spray stain with a decent amount of hair spray then toss in the wash and launder as usual.

Baby Shampoo

This cleaning tip is perfect for gentler clothing items. Simply rub a few drops of Baby Shampoo into the stain, then soak in some warm water for a few minutes. Afterwards, launder as usual.

Corn Starch

Corn starch works similar to the Baking Powder remedy mentioned above. It works really well for absorbing the oil in the stain. Simply sprinkle an ample amount of Corn Starch on the stain, rub it in gently and then let i t sit for about ½ hour. Then gently brush the corn starch off and wash item as usual.

Wonder Bread

Strangely enough, white bread will absorb oil as well. Simply rub the stain with some white bread or heavily blot to get stain out.




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How to Open a Stuck Nail Polish Bottle Top







Nail Polish Remover

Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover – hold your nail polish bottle upside down – and squeeze the liquid from the e cotton ball into the bottom of the cap. Doing this around the whole cap should loosen it enough to open.

Warm Water

Try immersing the nail polish bottle upside down in warm water so warm water seeps into the cap. This could also help loosen it enough to open it.

Petroleum Jelly

To prevent further sticking of nail polish bottle caps rub the threads on the rim of the bottle with Petroleum Jelly.

Use Slight Force

If none of the above works, then you might need to use gentle force. Get a pair of pliers and hold the top of the bottle with the pliers. Then grab a towel (for some traction) and grab the bottom of the bottle with your other hand. Twist the bottom half of the bottle while holding the top steady with the pliers.




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How To Remove Nail Polish without Nail Polish Remover




Try Clear Polish

If you find yourself in a pinch without Nail Polish Remover, try applying a coat of clear polish over your old nail polish and wipe entire nail with a paper towel. The old polish comes up with new polish. Be sure to do only one nail at a time however so the clear polish does not have time to dry.

Hair Spray

Many hair sprays contain acetone – the most active ingredient in Nail polish remover. Simply spray nails with a hair spray that contains acetone (example: Alberto VO5 hairspray) and wipe nails clean. Then wash hands with soap and water.

Rubbing Alcohol

Using rubbing alcohol can also help remove polish in a pinch, but should not be used often because it can dry out nails and skin around nails when used on a long term basis. It might take a little more scrubbing than usual as well, but it works in an emergency.




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How to Whiten Yellowed Fingernails or Whiten Stained Nails





Denture Tablets

A quick and easy way to whiten yellowed nails is to drop 2 denture tablets in a bowl of water and soak nails for about five minutes.

White Vinegar
White Vinegar is also good for stained nails. Simply soak nails in a bowl of white vinegar for approximately 10 minutes.

Lemon Juice

You can use either fresh lemons or lemon juice from a bottle. Simply pour juice into a bowl and soak nails for several minutes.

Lime Juice and Table Salt

Combine one teaspoon of table salt and two teaspoons of lime juice into a bowl of warm water. Then soak nails for about 10 minutes.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and rub on yellowed nails. You might have to repeat this a few times on each nail.

Whitening Pencils

If it is an emergency whitening pencils can do the trick. Most beauty supply stores and many online retailers sell whitening pencils that can be used on top of nails as well as underneath.

Apply a Clear Base Polish

To avoid yellowed nails in the future, try polishing your nails with a clear base coat of polish before applying colored polish. This will help prevent colored polish from discoloring your nails.

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How To Quick Dry Nail Polish






Ice Water or Cold Water

To dry your nails quicker try plunging your polished nails into ice water or running them under very cold water. Let hands air dry or you might smudge polish.

Pam Cooking Spray

Spraying Nails with Pam Cooking Spray after you apply the last coat is also good for drying nails quickly. Simply spray on nails, wait for them to dry then gently wash your hands with soap and water. If possible let hands air dry.

Buy a Nail Drying Spray

Many beauty shops and online stores sell quick drying nail spray that can be sprayed on after the last coat.

Invest in a Nail Dryer

For those of you that polish often but are also very busy, a nail dryer such as the ones that are used in salons can be purchased for a reasonable price.

Purchase Fast Drying Nail Polish or Fast Drying Top Coat

More and more manufacturers are coming out with faster drying nail polishes. If lack of time is a common problem, it might be in your best interest to purchase one of these fast drying polishes or you can purchase a fast drying clear topcoat that you can use on top of any nail color.




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How To Thin Nail Polish




Refrigerator

Keeping nail polish in a cool place such as a refrigerator will help keep nail polish from thickening.

Nail Polish Remover

To thin nail polish that is already thickened, simply add a few drops of nail polish remover, put nail polish top back on the bottle and shake well. This will help thin nail polish out.

Purchase Nail Polish Thinner

You can purchase a Nail Polish Thinner made specifically for this purpose such as OPI Thinner if you find that thickened nail polish is a common problem.

Flip the Bottle and Warm it Up

Turn your nail polish bottle upside down to distribute color evenly throughout the bottle then gently roll the bottle between your palms to warm the bottle up. The warmer nail polish will spread more evenly.



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Nail Polish Remover

The first thing you need to do is read the label on your garment. Do NOT use this household remedy if the garment is made of modacrylic, acetate or triacetate, because the remover can actually dissolve the fabric.

For washable fabrics, place a white towel directly under the stain. For example, if you have a shirt, put the towel inside of the shirt so it does not go through to the back side of the garment.

Dip a cotton swab or white cloth in the nail polish remover and work from the outside of the stain in so it does not spread further. Keep dabbing gently and you should see the polish transferring to the swab or the towel.

Bug Spray

Crazy as it sounds Bug Sprays such as OFF can help remove nail polish from clothing.

Place a white towel directly under the stain so it does not bleed through other side of garment and liberally spray the bug spray until the stain is saturated. Leave spray on for about ten minutes then use an old toothbrush or nail brush to brush the stain out.

Again however, be careful of the material of the garment.

Motsenbocker’s Lift Off #3

Normally found in the paint section of stores such as Home Depot – this is a great item to always have around the house. It works great for removing nail polish stains (it is even listed as one of the uses on the bottle) as well as other accidental stains such as ink stains, permanent marker stains, graffiti removal and more!

Spray ‘N Wash

Spray “n Wash can also help remove some nail polish stains, but not all. It seems to work better on lighter colored polishes. If you have some in the house however, try spraying it on garment and rubbing with a soft old toothbrush or nail brush.

Dry Clean Only Items

Chances are you might not want to mess around with these types of garments. Bring it to your local dry cleaner and be sure to point out the stain to them. They would probably have more success getting it out than you would.



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Spray ‘n Wash

Spray ‘n Wash works really well when trying to remove nail polish from carpets. Simply spray the Spray ‘N Wash on stains, let sit for 3minutes and then blot with a wet cloth or towel. Repeat until stain is gone.

Non-Acetone Nail Polish Remover / Foamy Shaving Cream Combo

Be sure to test the non-acetone Nail polish remover in an inconspicuous area of rug to ensure there will be no discoloration of carpet.

Then blot up as much of the nail polish as you can using paper towels, rags or tissues. Do NOT rub – you do not want to spread stain.

If you have found the nail polish remover safe for your carpet, apply a few drops to the nail polish stain and immediately blot afterwards. Repeat process until you get up as much of the stain as possible – then follow up with a dollop of foamy shaving cream. Work the shaving cream into the spot, rinse with some water and then blot dry.




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* How to Get Nail Polish Stains Out of Clothes

* How to Open a Stuck Nail Polish Bottle Top

* How To Quick Dry Nail Polish

* How To Remove Nail Polish without Nail Polish Remover

* How to Whiten Yellowed Fingernails or Whiten Stained Nails

* How To Thin Nail Polish




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Mouse Repellents – How to Keep Mice Away



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Mice Repellents

Peppermint

Peppermint is a natural repellent for mice. Fill a few open containers with peppermint extract and leave around entrance areas. Or you can try dipping a few cotton balls in peppermint extract and stick in crevices, baseboards and other entry points. (Extra benefit is it smells nice and fresh in your home).

Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets

Bounce has an oleander fragrance that repels mice as well. So stick a few new and unused fabric softener sheets in crevices and entry points to keep mice away.

Mothballs

Mice are also known to be repelled by Mothballs. You can place these around cracks, crevices, baseboards and entry points to help keep mice as well.

Steel Wool

Plug entry ways with steel wool. Mice have a very hard time chewing through it and usually will not bother and move on.

Used Kitty Litter

Placing used kitty litter in bowls around entrance areas will help keep mice away as well. Cats are their natural enemy and they will not go near areas where they think a cat might reside.

Air Tight Containers

One of the best ways to keep mice away is to not give them a reason to be there in the first place. Be sure to use airtight containers for storing grains, cereals, cookies and any other foods that might attract mice because they can easily gnaw through cardboard boxes.


Baiting Mousetraps

Peanut Butter

Crafty mice have the ability to get cheese out of a trap without setting it off. Baiting your trap with peanut butter however, sticks to the trap and will draw mice right in.

Cotton Balls

Mice love to use the batten for their nests. Tie a cotton ball to your mouse trap with a small piece of thread – as the mouse goes to pull on it – trap will go off.

Gumdrops

Gumdrops will not get moldy sitting in a trap for any length of time so it is also good bait for mouse traps.




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How To Get Rid of Ketchup Stains




How to Get Out Ketchup Stains



Liquid Dish Detergent

To remove ketchup stains from clothing, tablecloths or carpets make sure to blot up ketchup stain as soon as possible with a clean white cloth, towel, or paper towel. Then stir one ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwaster detergent in one cup of cool water. Dip another clean cloth in solution and re-blot stained area. Repeat as many times as necessary until stain is gone, then rinse with clear cool water on another clean rag.

White Vinegar

Blot (do not scrub because stain will spread) ketchup stain immediately with a clean white, cloth or towel – then either pour white vinegar on stain or dip another white cloth in vinegar and continue to blot stain until it is clear. Then rinse with cold water and continue blotting with another clean white cloth.

Baking Soda

Pour some baking soda on the stain and let sit for 5 minutes. You can then rinse with white vinegar. Leave for a few more minutes then blot with cool water on a clean white cloth or towel until stain is gone.

Soda Water

Soda Water is also great for removing ketchup stains. Blot as much of the ketchup as you can with a clean cloth. Then pour or dab soda water until stain is gone (remember to blot – not rub because you do not want to spread the stain.

How to Unclog a Ketchup Bottle

To unclog or get the flow moving on a newly opened ketchup bottle, stick a straw in it.
Sticking a straw all the way into the bottle will add air. Then remove the straw and begin pouring.




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Lipstick Stains



How to clean lipstick stains


Hair Spray

Oddly enough, the acetone in hair spray removes oily dye that is found in lipsticks. Simply spray lipstick stain with hairspray, let sit for a few minutes, then blot with a paper towel until the stain is gone.

Baby Oil and Dishwasher Liquid

For washable fabrics, rub a few drops of baby oil onto the lipstick stain and let sit for about 20 minutes. Then rub in some dishwasher liquid to break up the baby oil. When finished, launder as usual.

Play-Doh

Modeling clay such as play-doh is great for getting extremely fresh lipstick stains out. Simply rub the stain with a small ball of play-doh before the oily dye has a chance to set into the fabric.

Silly Putty

Silly Putty works very similar to the play-doh option above. Flatten a piece of silly putty, then put over the stain and press down again. Fariy fresh lipstick stains will come right up with the Silly Putty.

Hand Sanitizer

This is perfect for those of you on the go. IF you have hand sanitizer such as Purrell in your purse, simply saturate the stain with sanitizer then blot with cold water and launder as usual when you get home.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste works great for remaining many stains and it also works well for lipstick stains. Simply rub a dollop of the toothpaste (be sure it is past and not gel) onto the lipstick stain and launder as usual.

White Bread

This is another great household remedy for fresh lipstick stains. If you get lipstick on yoor clothes while dressing – pressing white bread on top of the stain will pick it up.

Petroleum Jelly

Using a petroleum jelly such as Vaseline can also help to remove lipstick stains. Simply rub stain with some jelly, then wash as usual.




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How To Clean Jewelry



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Safe Ways to Clean Jewelry



Toothpaste

Toothpaste works great when it comes to cleaning Costume Jewelry. Simply squeeze some toothpaste (the paste kind – not the gel) on an old toothbrush and lightly scrub the costume jewelry. Then rinse well and pat dry.

Rubbing Alcohol

Place costume jewelry in a container or bin. Pour a little rubbing alcohol over the item and let jewelry soak for three or four minutes. Then remove and wipe dry with a clean cloth.

Denture Tablets

Denture tablets such as Efferdent or Polident can also work wonders when it comes to cleaning costume jewelry. Simply fill your sink or a basin with hot water, drop in two denture cleansing tablets followed by the jewelry. Let the jewelry sit for 30 minutes – rinse and pat dry.

Liquid Dish Soap

In many cases simple water with a couple of drop or two of dish detergent will do it (not too much detergent though because it can leave jewelry looking dull). Fill a basin halfway with warm water and add a drop or two of liquid detergent.

Let costume jewelry soak for about 20 minutes then remove and gently pat dry with a clean cloth.

How To Clean Gold Jewelry

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

This handy little cleaning sponge works wonders when it comes to cleaning many things and it is also great for cleaning gold jewelry. Simply dampen the Magic Eraser and gently rub off the stains from the gold jewelry. Then wash the gold jewelry thoroughly with some warm soapy water, rinse and pat dry.

Ammonia

Diluted Ammonia is another easy way to clean gold jewelry. This works best however with Gold Jewelry that is free of gemstones. You do not want to submerge any gold jewelry in liquid if it has gemstones because the liquid could rust the setting or discolor the stones.

Mix equal parts ammonia with equal parts of warm water in a basin and soak gold jewelry for ten minutes. Gently rub off any stains with a soft clean toothbrush and then place jewelry on a towel to dry (do not rinse solution off.

Liquid Dish Detergent

Liquid Dish detergent can work as well for gold jewelry as it does for costume jewelry (again make sure there are not gemstones involved). Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a couple of drops of liquid dish soap. Place gold jewelry in the mixture and leave to sit for about 20 minutes. Then use a clean, dry cotton cloth to rub dry. Leave jewelry on a top to finish air drying on its own.

Gold Jewelry with Gemstones

To clean gold jewelry that contains gemstones, mix warm water with a few drops of liquid dish soap, but instead of submerging jewelry, dip a cloth into the mixture instead. Then use the damp cloth to gently clean the gold and the gemstones. Make sure cloth is damp but not soaked — because you do not want excess liquid to settle in gemstone settings. Gently dry with another clean cloth and then leave upside down on a clean towel to completely air dry on its own.

How To Clean Silver Jewelry

Baking Soda and Lemon Juice

This combination works great for removing tarnish from Silver jewelry. Make a paste by combining lemon juice and baking soda on a place or dish. Then get a soft, clean old toothbrush, dip it in the paste and brush onto the silver jewelry. Let the paste dry, then brush and rinse jewelry clean. You can then follow up by polishing the jewelry with a clean dry cloth.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The magic eraser is good for cleaning both gold and silver jewelry. Simply dampen a piece of the magic eraser and rub off tarnish stains from silver jewelry. Then wash the item in soapy water, rinse clean and dry.

Aluminum Foil, Salt and Water

This method not only helps clean tarnish from silver jewelry it also works great for tarnished silverware.

Put some aluminum foil in the bottom of a pan, bowl or jar. Fill halfway with hot tap water and add one tablespoon of salt. Place silver jewelry in the solution for at least 5 minutes. The aluminum and salt act like a magnet for the tarnish. Then remove jewelry and dry.

For tougher tarnish stains you might need to do this two or three times, but it will get your silver jewelry clean.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste can also help clean Silver Jewelry. Squeeze a dollop of toothpaste (paste kind not gel) on a clean piece of cloth and rub the item until spots or tarnish is removed, then rinse and dry.

How To Clean Pearls

Olive Oil

Olive oil works beautifully when it comes to cleaning pearls. Simply dampen a soft clean cloth with a few drops of olive oil and rub each pearl with the oiled cloth.




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How to Remove Hair Dye From Carpet, Skin and Clothes




How to Remove Hair Dye From Carpet, Skin and Clothes


How to Remove Hair Dye From Carpet

Hairspray

Blot up as much of the dye stain as possible using a clean white rag or towel. Then saturate the stain with hairspray (make sure to test in a small unseen area first to ensure the acetone in hairspray does not discolor carpet). Let the spray sit for about 5 minutes – then rinse the stain and blot again with clean white towel or cloth.

Dishwashing Liquid

Dishwashing liquid is also good for getting hair dye stains out of a carpet. Blot the stain with a clean white towel or white cloth and absorb as much of the dye as you can. Then mix ¼ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with one cup of cold water. Blot stain with mixture and keep repeating until stain is gone. Be sure to use a clean spot on your white towel or cloth each time so as not to transfer dye you have already gotten out back into the carpet.

Vinegar – Water – Dishwashing Liquid Mixture

Immediately blot up hair dye as quickly as you can with clean white towel, washcloth or paper towel. Do not rub or this will spread dye. Mix one quarter teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with one cup of water. Dip a clean piece of the cloth in this mixture and re-blot the dye spot by working from the outer edge in so dye does not spread. Add more water to spot and blot again. Then mix 1//3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup water. Using another clean piece of rag, towel or cloth blot dye spot with this mixture – again working from the outside in. Follow up with more plain water and keep blotting until area is clean.

Astringent

Astringent can also help remove hair dye stains from a carpet or rug. Clean and Clear or Sea Breeze are just two of the brands you can try. Soak up as much of the stain as possible with a white towel, white cloth or white paper towel. Then soak stain with astringent (color test in small area first to ensure you do not discolor carpet). Let the astringent sit on dye stain for about 5 minutes – then blot again with fresh white towel- rinse with cool water.

Baby Shampoo

Baby shampoo works well for water-soluble dyes. Again blot up as much of the dye as possible with a white towel or white cloth – wet the stain with water and a few drops of baby shampoo – then continue to blot and rinse until the stain is gone.

How to Remove Hair Dye From Skin

Toothpaste

To remove hair dye from skin, simply apply some toothpaste to a damp cloth and rub the area gently in a circular motion until stains are gone.

Dishwasher Liquid

For lighter or smaller dye stains, simply add some dishwasher liquid to a damp cloth and rub in circular motion over stains until gone.

Baking Soda and Dishwasher Liquid

For stains that are a little more stubborn or cover a larger area of skin, try mixing equal parts of baking soda with dishwashing liquid, put on damp cloth and again rub in gentle circular motions. Then rinse off the paste mixture along with the dye stain with another clean damp cloth.

Lemon Juice and Dishwasher Liquid

Mix equal parts of lemon juice with Dishwasher liquid, apply to damp cloth and gently rub on dye stains on skin until they disappear.

Makeup Remover

In many cases, a little makeup remover will help get rid of hair dye stains on skin. Simply apply on clean washcloth and gently rub area in circular motions.

Use More Dye

While this may sound strange, sometimes adding a little more dye to area and washing off immediately will pick up the old dye stain as well. Simply apply more dye to the same area and wash off immediately with soap or dishwashing liquid and water (just be careful to avoid eye area).

How to Get Hair Dye Our of Clothes or Fabric

Hair Spray

To clean dried hair dry from washable fabric or clothing saturate the stained area with hairspray. Let it sit for about 5 minutes then rinse it clean (make sure to test in a small unseen area first to ensure the acetone in hairspray does not discolor clothing).

Baby Shampoo

If the hair dye stain is water soluable baby shampoo will do the trick. Simply wet the stain with water and rub in some baby shampoo. Then wash item as usual.

White Vinegar and Dishwashing Liquid

This works well if the hair dye is still wet. Simply fill a sink or basin with warm water and add 2 cups of white vinegar along with two tablespoons of dishwasher liquid. Let stained item sit for 3 or 4 hours then launder as usual.

OxyClean

Another way to remove hair dye from clothes is to rub stain immediately with heavy duty laundry detergent, rinse well, then fill a sink or basin with cold water. Add some ox clean (follow directions on package) and let item soak for overnight. The next day launder as usual.



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How to Remove Gum From Hair

Peanut Butter

Try rubbing a dollop of peanut butter into the chewing gum – work it in well – then try combing the gum out. The oil in the peanut butter is great for dissolving the chewing gum.

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil can also help to make removing gum from hair easiier. Pretty much any cooking oil will do (canola, vegetable, olive oil). Simply apply oil to gum and surrounding hair – work it in with fingers then gently comb out. (Wash hair thoroughly afterwards. )

Baby Oil

Baby oil is another great way to dissolve the gum. Simply pour a few drops onto the gum and work it into the gum with fingers. Then gently comb out.

Ice It

Freezing gum can also make it easier to remove from hair. However this method works best only if gum is in one big chunk as opposed to spread out in hair. Simply place some ice in a plastic bag – and place on wad of gum for approximately 15 minutes until gum is frozen and hard. Then crack chunks of gum out of hair. If gum softens – refreeze until all the gum is removed.

Noxzema

Rubbing some Noxzema (skin cream) will help remove gum from hair. Rub a dollop of it into the area where gum is stuck – work it in well – then gently comb out.

Non stick Cooking Spray (such as Pam)

Another way you can remove gum from hair is to spray it with a non-stick cooking spray such as Pam. A quick spritz worked into the gum will loosen it enough to be gently combed out.

WD40

While this might sound a little strange WD40 works well for many household remedies and it also helps to remove gum from hair. Simply spray the wad – work it into the gum and comb out – then wash hair thoroughly.

Egg White

Simply take the white of an egg, apply to hair, leave in for 5 minutes then work the gum out.

How to Get Gum Out of Carpet

Ice It

To remove gum from carpets the ice method works well. However it is again best if the gum is in a single wad and not spread out. Place ice in a Ziploc bag and place on gum for about 15 minutes until gum is frozen and solid then crack off in pieces. If the gum thaws out, refreeze and keep cracking until all the gum is removed. If there are a few frozen pieces left, you can use some petroleum jelly on the remaining gum to dissolve it – comb it out – then you can use a few drops of dishwashing liquid on a damp sponge to remove the petroleum jelly. Then simply rinse and blot area well.

Spray ‘n Wash

Spray ‘n Wash stain remover can help soften and dissolve chewing gum stuck in carpet. Siimply saturate area then use a fork or comb to work the gum out of carpet.

Peanut Butter

The oil in peanut butter is great for dissolving gum. Simply place a dollop of peanut butter on the gum and give it a few minutes to work its magic, then use a fork, comb or even an old clean toothbrush to work the gum out of carpet. To remove any remaining oil left behind on carpet by the peanut butter – simply use a few drops of dishwasher detergent on a damp sponge to clean area – then blot dry.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is also good for dissolving and softening chewing gum making it easier to remove from a carpet. A few drops placed on gum will help loosen it readying it to be brushed out with a comb, toothbrush or fork. You will again need to use dishwasher liquid on damp sponge to remove any oil residue however when all gum is removed.

WD40

WD40 is another great gum disolver when it comes to getting gum out of a carpet. (Be sure to try in a test area first however to avoid discoloration.) Simply spray some WD40 onto gum and let sit for 15 minutes so it can begin dissolving. Then gently pull – gum should slide right off. Sometimes requires a second treatment depending on stubbornness of gum however.

How to Remove Gum From Clothing

Freeze It

One of the easiest ways to remove gum stuck on clothes is to throw the item in the freezer for at least 15 to 20 minutes until gum freezes – them simply crack the frozen gum off in pieces.

Spray ‘N Wash

Spray ‘N Wash is a great gum remover. Spray affected area then let it set for about five to ten minutes. Saturate the stain again with the spray, rubbing the gummed area to help dissolve the gum. You can then work some laundry detergent into the stain and rinse it well with hot water. Machine wash as usual.

Hair Spray

Hair Spray can also help remove gum from pants or clothing. Simply spray gummed area with hair spray until gum hardens then crack pieces off. You might need to spray more than once until all gum is removed.

How to Remove Gum from Dryer

Dryer Sheets

If you have gum that melted in the dryer, try wetting a dryer sheet and placing it over the gum for about 15 minutes. Gum should come right up.

Goo Gone

Goo Gone is a product specifically made to dissolve sticky items such as sticker residue, crayon, glue and gum.

Spray a little Goo Gone on a clean rag and rub it into the gum sticking to the dryer. Next wipe your dryer drum out with soap and water. Then leave dryer door open for awhile to completely air out before using again.

Nail Polish Remover

Nail Polish Remover will remove gum from a dryer in a pinch – however it is very important that you use in a well ventilated area, that you clean all the remover when you are finished and that you are air out the dryer for at least 2 hours before using the dryer because nail polish remover is highly flammable.




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How To Remove Ink Stains




How to Remove ink stains from clothes, skin and carpets




How to Remove Ink Stains From Carpet


Hair Spray (Alcohol based)

One of the best household remedies to remove ink stains from a carpet is spraying it with an alcohol based hair spray. (Always be sure to do small sample test first to ensure no discoloration). Spray the hair spray on the affected area and blot with a paper towel or white towel. The acetone in hair spray will remove ballpoint pen marks and indelible marker ink.

Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizers are another great way to remove ink stains from carpets. Simply saturate stain with a gel type hand sanitizer (like Purell) and blot with a soft clean white cloth, white towel or white paper towel. Repeat as many times as necessary until stain is completely gone.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can also help to remove ink stains from carpets (be sure to test in inconspicuous place first to ensure no color damage to carpet). Take a clean white towel and pour some rubbing alcohol on it – then gently blot the stain. (DO NOT scrub or rub however because you do not want to spread the stain.) Let the alcohol sit for about 30 minutes. Then using same damp, clean cloth gently twist in clockwise direction with your knuckle. This will help clean between carpet fibers.

Finish up by adding ¼ cup of white vinegar to one quart of water and follow the same procedure you did with the rubbing alcohol. Then rinse spot with cold water.

Corn Starch / Milk Combo

Combine corn starch with enough milk to make a paste. Then apply that paste to the ink stain on your carpet. Let it dry – then brush if off and vacuum. This remedy works wonders because the milk will dissolve the ink and the corn starch will then absorb it.

How To Remove Ink Stains from Skin

Shortening

Shortening is a nice, easy way to remove ink stains from hands or skin. Simply rub shortening on affected areas, then wipe stains away with a rag or paper towel.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing Alcohol can also remove most ink stains from skin. Simply soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and wipe affected area.

Nail Polish Remover

In many cases, nail polish remover can help remove ink stains from hands (do not use near eyes however if ink is on face). Soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover and rub over ink stains until gone. Then wash with soap and water.

Balmex

Strangely enough Balmex can help remove ink stains from skin. Simply apply it to inked areas and wipe clean.

Nivea Cream

A plain old jar of nivea cream can also easily remove ink from hands or skin. Apply to skin and then wipe clean.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can help easily remove ink from skin or hands depending on the kind of ink that has been used.

How To Remove Ink Stains from Clothes

Hair Spray (alcohol based)

Spray hair spray on ink stain and blot with a clean white towel or paper towel. You might also want to put a clean towel or paper towel under the stain to prevent stain spreading to other side.

Corn Starch / Milk Combo

Mix corn starch with enough milk to make a paste and apply to stain. Let it dry – then brush it off.

Toothpaste (Paste – not gel)

Toothpaste can also help remove certain types of ink stains from clothes or fabric. Rub a dab of toothpaste into stain and then rinse with cold water.

Hand Sanitizer

Certain gel hand sanitizers (such as Purell) can also remove ink spots from clothes. Simply saturate the stain with the sanitizer, then blot with clean white towel or paper towels. (You might need to repeat more than once.)

Oxy Clean

If you happen to have Oxy Clean in the house – this is another great ink removal treatment for clothes. Simply follow the directions on canister.

Baking Soda

Mix equal parts of baking soda and water in a bowl then pour mixture directly into the ink stain. Then rinse the stained item thoroughly and wash in machine as you normally would.

Lemon Juice / Table Salt Combo

Mix equal parts lemon juice with table salt and rub the mixture into the stain. Dry in the sun for a few hours – then wash item as you normally would.

How to Remove Ink Stains from Walls and Wallpaper

Hair Spray (alcohol based)

The hair spray method works just as well for walls or wallpaper ink stains as it does for clothes and carpets. Simply spray affected area with alcohol based hair spray and blot with a clean white towel, paper towel or cotton swab.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste removes most ink stains from walls or wallpaper easily. Make sure the toothpaste is the paste kind (not the gel). Simply put some paste on an old toothbrush and rub vigorously across stain until the ink stain is gone.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

The Magic eraser is good for cleaning many things around the house and it also works well for removing ink stains from wallpaper and walls. Rip off a small piece of the eraser, dampen and gently rub stained area. Not too hard though because it might take glossy paint finish off of walls.

Hand Sanitizer

Certain gel hand sanitizers (such as Purell) can also remove ink spots from walls. Saturate the stain with the sanitizer, then blot with a clean paper towel or clean cloth. In most instances, stain will come right off.

How To Remove Ink Stains from Leather

Before using any of the following household remedies you will want to test in a small inconspicuous area to ensure you will not discolor leather. Also if you are dealing with suede you should probably consult with a cleaning professional so you do not do further damage.

Vaseline

Vaseline can help to remove ink stains from leather. Rub a small dab into stain and let sit overnight. Then wipe clean the next day. You might need to do this a couple of times but it is easy on your furniture.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Gently rubbing a damp magic eraser over ink stains will help remove them from leather. Use a very light touch however.

Hair Spray (alcohol based)

This is another case where hair spray can help remove ink stains. Spray the stain with some alcohol based hairspray and wipe clean with a clean cloth. Repeat if necessary.

Rubbing Alcohol

Rubbing alcohol can also remove ink stains (make sure to test first). Dampen a white cotton cloth or cotton swab with rubbing alcohol and rub on stain. Work in small areas so you do not spread ink. You should see ink transfer to clean cloth or swab. As this happens use another clean swab or piece of cloth because you do not want to retransfer stain to couch. Continue this procedure until stain is gone.

How To Remove Ink Stains, Pen Marks or Marker from Dolls or Doll Faces

Butter

Did you child draw on the face of their favorite doll and now you can’t get the ink stains off? Try applying butter to the doll face and leaving face up in the sun for a few days – then simply wash off with soap and water.




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Club Soda

To give flatware an instant shine, try placing it in a pan and cover completely with club soda. Let flatware sit until the carbonation bubbles stop popping.

Olive Oil

To remove streaks from your everyday flatware, add a few drops of olive oil to a clean cloth and rub over each piece. Then follow up with a second clean cloth to buff.

Toothpaste

To get rid of stubborn stains on flatware, squeeze a small dab of toothpaste (be sure it is paste – not gel) on a soft clean cloth and rub off the stains. Then you can wash as usual, rinse and dry.

Morton Salt

To remove stubborn egg stains from flatware sprinkle some salt on a damp sponge and rub on affected piece.

Bon Ami

Another great way to remove stubborn stains from flatware is to put some Bon Ami on a damp cltoh or sponge, rub off any stains and then wash as usual.

Vinegar

Vinegar is another great way to clean streaked flatware. Simply put a little vinegar on a clean cloth and wipe down each piece. This can also help remove heat stains.


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How to Fix or Repair Eyeglasses



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Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Eyeglasses

Bounce Fabric Softeners Sheets

Cleaning your eyeglasses with a clean used Bounce Fabric Softener sheet is not only a great way to clean your glasses but it is also a great way to repel future dust for awhile. The antistatic element of the sheets prevents dust from sticking in the eyeglasses for some time. (It is also a great way to reuse a fabric softener sheet.)

White Vinegar

A drop or two of white vinegar will get your lenses sparkling again (however do not use on plastic lenses)

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes work great in a pinch. They will help clean off any grime on eyeglasses.

Coffee Filters

Coffee Filters are great for cleaning eyeglasses because they will not leave any lint behind. They are also inexpensive enough that you can use them daily if you choose.

Vodka

Wiping your glasses with a clean cloth dampened in vodka will not only clean the glasses but will kill germs as well.

Water

It is always best to try and rinse your glasses with water before cleaning them to avoid scratching the lenses with tiny particles. Then you can dry them with a lint-free cotton cloth.

Defogging Eyeglasses

Toothpaste

Strangely enough you can create a thin film on eyeglass lenses that will rebel precipitation by rubbing a dab of Colgate toothpaste (the regular flavor paste variety) then wash them clean with water.

Shaving Cream

Shaving cream in another great deterrent for foggy eyeglasses (works well for defogging bathroom mirrors as well). Simply rub a small dab of shaving cream on both sides of lenses and gently wipe clean in circular motion.

Pledge

Another way to keep eyeglasses fog-free is pledge. Gently spray a little pledge on lenses then gently wipe clean.

Repairing Broken Eyeglasses in an Emergency

Toothpicks

Toothpicks work great is you lose a screw from your eyeglasses. Simply place a toothpick in the hole to hold them temporarily until you can get them fixed.

Clear Nail Polish

To keep eyeglasses screws from loosening, or if you have screws that are already loose, simply apply a small drop of clear nail polish on them to hold them in place.

Dental Floss or String

Another solution for a lost screw in eyeglasses is to tie a piece of dental floss or thread through the hole until you can get replacement screws.

Scotch Tape

Place a piece of scotch tape over a broken or cracked lens to temporarily hold it together until it can be fixed.

Scratches on Eyeglasses

Pledge

For light scratches on your plastic glasses, pledge again might do the trick. Be sure to rinse and clean your glasses first. Then apply a little pledge and wipe off with a soft cloth (like a t-shirt).

Armor Etch

This is another remedy for scratches in PLASTIC eyeglasses. You can find Armor Etch in most craft stores or online. It removes the AR coating completely from the glasses which is quite often the reason for the scratches. DO NOT USE HOWEVER ON GLASS!




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How to Remove Crayons Marks from Walls, Floors and Fabrics



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For as long as there have been crayons, there have been parents and grandparents trying to figure out how to clean crayon marks from walls, floors, clothing and anywhere else creative little minds can think to draw.

Here are some household tips for getting rid of crayon marks.

For Crayon Marks on Walls

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

Arm & Hammer is wonderful for so many cleaning uses and it works really well for crayon marks on walls. Simply sprinkle some Arm & Hammer baking soda on a damp sponge and rub on affected areas.

Toothpaste

Good old fashioned regular toothpaste removes crayon from both painted walls and wall papered walls easily and quickly. (Just be sure to use the paste kind – not the gel). Simply put some regular flavored toothpaste on a soft damp clean cloth and rub the crayon away.

Pledge

Who knew? Pledge works great for removing crayon marks on wallpaper. Simply spray a little pledge on the crayon marks and wipe clean with a soft, clean cloth. Do not use Pledge on floors however because it makes them extremely slippery.

Spray & Wash

Spray a small amount of Spray & Wash on the crayon marks -let sit for a few minutes – then gently wipe clean.

Magic Eraser

Magic eraser is another great item to have around the house because it cleans so many things easily and effortlessly and it works great for crayon marks as well. Simply tear off a small piece of the eraser – and gently rub off marks. Do not rub too hard though because Magic Eraser is so good it can actually take the shine off of glossy, satin or semi-gloss paint. Just a light touch will do it. Also do not use this remedy if you have faux painted walls because it might discolor.

For Crayon Marks on Linoleum

Silver polish

If you happen to have silver polish around it can help remove crayon marks from vinyl and linoleum floors. Simply put some silver polish on a clean rag and gently rub over crayon marks.

Hot Water – Paper Towels or Wash Cloth

For tougher spots you can try gently scraping up extra crayon with a metal spatula or box cutter blade (be careful not to scrape floor however).

Then dip some paper towels or a wash cloth in hot water (don’t burn yourself) and place over remaining crayon marks. This will help soften the wax. Then gently wipe away marks. You might have to repeat this step more than once but it is gentle on floors.

Baking Soda

Baking Soda does work well on removing crayon stains from floors as well as walls, but you need to be gentle with it so you do remove floor finish. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe over crayon marks.

For Crayon Marks on Fabric

Use an Iron

Scrape the crayon to remove the excess. Then place the stain between two paper towels and apply a warm iron and press down gently. Do not move the iron around because you do not want the stain to spread. The crayon wax should melt enough to be peeled off.

WD40

WD40 can help remove crayon stains from fabric as well. Place the stain over a paper towel so the back of the stain if facing you. Then spray the back of the stain with WD40. Let it sit for a few minutes then add some liquid dish washing liquid to the back of the stain and gently work it in.

You can then try washing the item in hot water (as hot as is recommended on tag). Rinse out well and air dry.

WD40 will also work to remove crayon from floors and walls. Be sure to test in a small hidden place however to ensure that it will not cause discoloration. Simply spray the crayon with WD 40 and let sit for a few minutes. Then gently rub off. You should always follow up after with a grease cutting dishwasher liquid however to clean up any grease left behind.




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How to Keep Deer Away From Home or Garden



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Try Soap

One of the easiest and least expensive remedies you can try to repel deer from your home, plants or gardens is by using deodorant soap. Dial or Irish Mist – any type of soap that has a strong scent will do. Some say just keep the wrapper on and place around trees or plants – others say unwrap the soap – put it in a cut up nylon stocking and hang in strategic areas. In either case it works – deers don’t like the smell.

Human Hair

Deers are also naturally repelled by the smell of human or dog hair. You can get human hair from a local hair salon or dog hair (obviously) from a shedding dog. Place these in
nylon stockings and place around targeted areas that you are trying to protect as well.

Slinky

Not just for walking downstairs anymore, Slinky’s are also work well as deer deterrents. Drape a few metal slinkys around the perimeter of the garden or across fence posts, branches, etc. Both the sound and the shiny reflection scare deer. (They also make for a creative border.)

Motion Detector

A motion detector is another inexpensive yet effective way to keep deer away. Simply set up a motion detector at a lower level than usual (about 2 or 3 feet off the ground) aimed at the path the deer normally take to get in your garden. The light will usually startle them enough to keep them away.

Fishing Line

Cording off the area with fishing line is also a great deer deterrent because deer don’t usually see it but get spooked when they walk into it and will usually take off.

Egg Wash

You can try mixing one slightly beaten egg with one quart of water and putting it into a spray bottle. Then simply spray onto any plants the deer might eat. You need to keep on top of this one however. You will need to reapply after every rain or about every four to five days in dry weather.




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Bounce Fabric Softener

Bounce Fabric Softener can work wonders when it comes to dusting because the antistatic properties in Bounce help eliminate the static electricity that attracts dust. So the sheets not only help you dust now, but also prevents dust from collecting for longer periods of time.

Even better is the fact that you can use them for dusting after they have been used in the dryer so it is a money saver not having to purchase other types of throwaway dusters.

Acrylic Furniture, blinds, dashboards, framed artwork (covered in glass), lampshades, shutters and television screens can all be dusted with used Bounce sheets.

Pledge

While pledge is made specifically for polishing wood furniture, it happens to work particularly well for dusting polyester and fake flowers and even works well on ceiling fans.

For dusty polyester flowers and trees, simply saturate a sponge with pledge and wipe down petals and leaves which will leave them with a “healthy” shine.

For ceiling fans, you can coat the blades with Pledge then buff with a clean cloth to help minimize dust in the future.

Morton Salt

Another great way to clean dust from silk or polyester flowers is to use table salt. Put flowers in a paper bag and add about 1 cup of Morton salt (other table salts will do just as well). Then close the bag and shake gently. The salt will grab the dust and have your flowers looking as good as new.

Windex

Windex or glass cleaner is another thing you can use to get leaves on polyester flowers and trees shiny again. Simply spray windex on leaves and wipe with a clean cloth.

Liquid Fabric Softener

Similar to fabric softener sheets, liquid fabric softener also prevents dust from settling.

To clean a television with fabric softener, mix two ounces of fabric softener with one cup of water, dampen a clean rag or cloth and wipe down your television screen.

To clean glass tabletops and help them repel dust, mix ½ cup of fabric softener with two cups of water, put in a spray bottle, spray on a soft clean cloth and the wipe the glass.

Clean Paintbrush

To clean off dust from mini blinds, pleated shades or louvered doors simply swipe a new paintbrush across them vertically and horizontally. Then clean the brush with a paper towel or beat it against a railing outside to get the dust out and ready for next usage.

A clean paintbrush will also work well for dusting dirty air vents.

Tennis Ball

A tennis ball to remove dust? Not really, but it is great to remove cobwebs in far corners. Simply wrap a tennis ball in an old nylon stocking, an old bounce softener sheet or a clean cloth, secure with rubber bands and gently toss it up at web. Just be careful to move anything that can get broken if you miss catching it. Good way to keep entertained while cleaning though.

Blow Dryer

Using a blow dryer is another good way to creatively dust tough areas. The real trick however is to catch the dust and not spread it all around the room. Try dampening a towel or cloth with cool water and placing it behind the item to collect dust as you point the blow dryer at it.

This is a great way to clean radiators or smaller knick-knacks.




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How to Get Rid of Car Smoke Smell



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Open The Windows

This probably sounds obvious but the more air the better. Open all the windows and leave them all open overnight if possible.

Vacuum Rug and Upholstery

The next step is to get as much as the surface clean as possible. Vacuum the carpet rug and the upholstery on your seats.

If you have leather seats clean them with a good leather cleaner.

Wash Windows

Again, this is still surface cleaning. You can use Windex or home made window cleaner. Be sure to also do the dashboard and steering wheel.

Clean the Lights

Interior lights attract smoke. Anytime the light goes back on, the smoke smell is redistributed back into the car, so be sure to clean the interior lights as well.

White Vinegar

Put a bowl or two of vinegar in the car overnight. The white vinegar will greatly help to get rid of odor.

Coffee Grounds

Used coffee grounds can also work wonders in getting rid of smoke odor in car. Place grounds in bowels or tie securely in a coffee filter and leave in different places around the car for approximately 24 hours.

Try Citrus Peels or Apples

You can toss a bunch of citrus peels around the car or you can slice up some apples, put them in open bowls and place them around the car. They are both natural odor absorbers.

Bowls of Charcoal

BBQ Charcoal is another great odor absorber. Simply place a few unused charcoals in bowls around the car for 24 hours and the odor should be gone.

Febreze

Febreze Odor Remover works well for cars that have a light cigarette smoke smell. Simply spray on upholstery and carpets.

Vamoose Spray

While Vamoose might be a little on the pricey side, when it comes to getting rid of the cigarette smoke smell from a car nothing works better. Vamoose permanently eliminates the smell of cigarette smoke and other tobacco odors by eliminating the nicotine and tar residue that is deposited from smoke.

(There is a strange smell when you first use it as it interacts with the tar residue but this will disappear very quickly.)

New Car Smell Spray

Vamoose also sells a “new car smell” spray that complements the Vamoose Odor Remover. Most customers swear that the mixture of the two works miracles and really does make the car smell like new. You do not need the Vamoose New Car Smell spray however for the Odor Remover to be effective. There are also cheaper “new car smell” sprays that you can purchase that will probably work just as well.




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Open Your Windows

This probably seems pretty obvious, but it is the first step when trying to get rid of a cigarette smoke smell.

Be sure to open all the windows in the room to air out the room for awhile.

Any furniture, blankets, cushions or pillows that smell like smoke should also be put outside so they can get as much fresh air as possible.

Clean All Surfaces

This also might seem pretty obvious, but it is pretty much the second thing you will need to do. Be sure to clean down all the major surfaces that smell like smoke.

You can use either store bought Windex or home solution glass cleaner to clean all mirrors and windows.

Use lemon scented furniture polish for the outside of wood furniture then place Bounce fabric softener sheets or wrapped bars of Dial soap inside drawers to freshen them up.

Don’t Forget the Light Bulbs

While commonly overlooked, light bulbs will attract cigarette smoke at the time that someone is smoking. When the lights are turned on again they will actually redistribute the smoke smell back into the room. So while doing your surface cleaning, be sure not to forget your bulbs.

White Vinegar

White Vinegar is great for so many household cleaning remedies and it works great for stale cigarette smell as well. Simply fill a few bowls or drinking glasses with white vinegar and place them around the room for approximately 24 hours.

Charcoal

Charcoal is another easy way to deodorize a room of cigarette smell. Again, simply fill a few bowls with charcoal, place them around the room and leave them out overnight.

Ammonia

Ammonia is another great deodorizer. Do not use this remedy however if the you have pets or children because consumption of ammonia is very dangerous. But putting out bowls of ammonia will work just as effectively as white vinegar or charcoal.

Use Baking Soda

Baking Soda is another great item to have around the house because it has so many cleaning uses. It is wonderful for removing cigarette smell from carpets, couches, pilllows, cushions and more. (Be sure to test sample areas however to ensure it will not discolor your items.)

After you have tested sample areas, sprinkle the baking soda around, let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum with your vacuum cleaner (it will help the vacuum cleaner smell better as well).

Don’t Forget Your Walls

Stale cigarette smoke will settle on walls as well, so it is important to wash down your walls to get your room completely smell free.

For Wood Walls: you can use oil soap to wash down the wood, or a cleaner you regularly use – that can be followed up by Lemon Pledge (NEVER use Pledge on wood floor however – very slippery – and again test a small area before using Pledge to ensure no discoloration of your wood.)

For Painted Walls: Mix 1 gallon of warm water, 1/2 cup plain ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1/4 cup washing soda (can be found in most laundry aisles of your supermarket).

For Wallpapered Walls: Depending on the type of wallpaper you have, the same mixture for painted walls could also be used. Just keep in mind that sturdier wallpapers can handle getting wet, but older or thinner wallpaper might tear or peel.

Vamoose

While Vamoose is a product you need to buy (and it is a little pricey), it gets rid of cigarette smoke smell like nothing else can. It permanently eliminates the smell of cigarette smoke and other tobacco odors by eliminating the nicotine and tar residue that is deposited from smoke.

(You may notice a strange smell when you first use it as it interacts with the tar residue but this will disappear very quickly.




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Baby Oil

You can make bandage or band-aid removal painless by simply saturating the band aid and surrounding area with baby oil. The baby oil dissolves the adhesive making band aid removal pain free.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is another great way to remove a band-aid or bandage painlessly. Simply coat the bandage with peanut butter and let sit for about 5 minutes. The oil in the peanut butter will dissolve the glue.

Vodka

Saturating the band aid with vodka will also help dissolve the adhesive making band-aid removal a snap.

Blow Dryer

Simply blow some warm air from a blow dryer on the bandage to soften up the adhesive and the band aid will come right off.

Isopropyl Alcohol

If you happen to have Isopropyl Alcohol in the house, you can soak a cotton ball with the alcohol and rub it generously on the band aid and surrounding area. Leave for a minute and then remove bandage.

Alberto V05

Covering the bandage with Alberto V05 Conditioning and leaving it on for a few minutes will dissolve the glue of sticky bandaids.

Vaseline

Cover the band aid and surrounding area with Vaseline. Leave on for a few minutes and the bandage will come off effortlessly.

Removing Band Aid or Bandage Adhesive

Baby Wipes

Baby wipes can help get rid of the adhesive left behind on skin by bandages after they have been removed.

Avon Skin So Soft

Good for so many things, Avon’s Skin So Soft will also help remove adhesive reside left by band aids.




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Try Crayola Chalk

Strangely enough ants will not cross a chalk line. Crayola is a great chalk to use because the chalk sticks are so thick, but any chalk used liberally should do. Simply draw thick lines around doors, window frames and other entry points.

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

This solution will kill ants instantly. Simply mix ¼ teaspoon of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid and two cups of water in a trigger-spray bottle and spray the ants.

Red Pepper

Red pepper repels ants. Simply sprinkle some red pepper in any crevices by entrance points where ants might enter. That’ll show ‘em!

Table Salt

Salt is another natural repellent of ants. Ants will usually not cross over salt so you can either sprinkle regular table salt in areas that you do not want them entering or try mixing a fair amount of salt with water, putting in a spray bottle and spraying around windows, doors and other entering areas. This will help keep ants of the house.

Cinnamon

Ants seem to dislike Cinnamon as much as salt and pepper. Simply sprinkle cinnamon around places that the ants might be entering and you will find them reducing in number very quickly!

Minute Rice or White Rice

If ant hills are a problem for you, this is the perfect pesticide-free solution. Simply sprinkle uncooked white rice over the anthill. The ants will take the rice back to their colony to eat, but the rice will swell in their stomachs which will kill the whole nest.

Instant Grits

Instant Grits work similar to the white rice mentioned above. Simply pour it over an ant hill. When eaten it will swell their stomachs and kill the colonies

Real Lemon or Lemon Juice

Putting lemon juice around your window sills and door entrances will keep ants away as well.

20 Mule Team Borax and Domino Confectioners Sugar

Do not use this remedy if you have pets or young children because the Borax is toxic. It is however, an excellent killer of ants. Simply combine equal amounts of Borax and confectionary sugar and place it at ant entrance areas such as doorways or window sills and a generous amount near known ant hills. This is another “treat” they will bring back to their nest which will kill all that live there.

To Keep the Ants off the Plants

This is a fairly simple solution. Simply place duct tape sticky side up around house plants. It is usually enough to stop them from reaching the plant.

Try Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets – (Debated)

This household remedy has gotten some pretty mixed reviews. Some people swear it works, others say it doesn’t at all. Maybe it depends on the ants? But either way it couldn’t hurt to give it a shot. Supposedly ants will stay away from Fabric softener sheets so try placing a few of them around ant entrance areas. If it doesn’t work – simply place the bounce in the bottom of a wastebasket or inside smelly shoes to keep them smelling fresh so the sheets aren’t wasted.




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Crazy Glue

Instead of using unsightly or hard-to-find patches, try applying crazy glue to seal the hole or the leaky valve.

Tire Patch Kits

If you happen to have a tire patch kit in the garage, this works very well for holes in air mattresses.

Rubber Cement – Duct Tape Combo

While this might not be a permanent solution, it should get you through at least a couple of nights in an emergency. Duct tape will usually not stick to a mattress on its own, but combined with rubber cement it will do a much better job. Simply apply the rubber cement to the mattress surface, then place the tape over it and press the tape on the hole.




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