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How to Clean Stubborn Sink Stains

How to Clean Stubborn Sink Stains

If you are struggling with stubborn sink stains, you will find products that you already have in your kitchen can help you remove the stains.
How to Remove Hard Water Stains on White Clothing

How to Remove Hard Water Stains on White Clothing

Hard water contains dissolved minerals, usually calcium and magnesium, which tend to cause mineral buildup in water pipes. Washing white clothing with hard water can cause dingy stains on the clothes. Before you assume your white clothes are ruined, realize these stains can be removed with basic hou
How to Clean Old Ceramic Tile Floors

How to Clean Old Ceramic Tile Floors

Ceramic tiles are beautiful and durable, and often outlast the homeowner who installed them. If you are the recipient of some former handyman's labor of love, you'll want to do everything you can to keep the tiles in good shape. The important thing to remember when dealing with ceramic tile is to av
How to Get the Smell Out of an Outside Dog Pen

How to Get the Smell Out of an Outside Dog Pen

Even if your dog only goes outdoors to relieve himself, it's only a matter of time before the odor can become unbearable. If a dog spends a considerable amount of time outside, there are steps that need to be taken to keep his area sanitary and comfortable, not just for you and your family, but for
How to Make Rubber Concrete Molds

How to Make Rubber Concrete Molds

Concrete molds are precast shapes that are used to make concrete bricks. They enable the construction of uniformly shaped bricks without having to individually shape them all the time. Different materials can be used to make molds. Rubber is widely used for this purpose because of its flexibility in
How to Prevent Mold in a Crawl Space

How to Prevent Mold in a Crawl Space

The crawl space--the small, unfinished area beneath the floors of a home that contains electrical wiring and other utilities--is susceptible to dampness and mildew, which can lead to mold that can spread through the air and eventually through your home. If you have a crawl space in your home, learn
How to Get an Egg Off the Bottom of a Pan

How to Get an Egg Off the Bottom of a Pan

Eggs stick to pans as a result of chemical bonds shared with the metal. These bonds, usually covalent, commonly occur when cold eggs are added to an insufficiently heated or unoiled pan. Heating the fat with the pan causes a minute amount of steam to form when the eggs touch it, separating them from
How to Remove Stains From Pots and Pans

How to Remove Stains From Pots and Pans

Pots and pans can become stained quite easily after time and sometimes can be a pain to clean. Especially when the stains hit the corners, where they can be quite difficult to remove. Usually it takes awhile before pots and pans to become stained, but they do despite cleaning them with regular deter
How to Get Hairspray Off Wood

How to Get Hairspray Off Wood

If you have wood surfaces in an area in which you usually style your hair, you may begin to notice hairspray residue on the wood. This residue not only dulls the appearance of wood furniture, but it can also damage the finish of the wood over time. You can remove hairspray from wood through a simple
How to Clean Bow-Front Aquarium Glass

How to Clean Bow-Front Aquarium Glass

A bow-front aquarium can be the centerpiece of any room where it is placed, but only if it is properly cleaned. As with any aquarium, the glass on a bow-front will accumulate dust and dirt, and that debris will leave the tank looking murky. Since the aquarium is a closed environment containing sensi
How to Get Rid of Set-In Laundry Stains

How to Get Rid of Set-In Laundry Stains

Not many laundry mishaps compare to the frustration of pulling a garment from the dryer and realizing you didn't pre-treat a stain. The heat from a conventional dryer can set stains into fabric, making them challenging and sometimes near impossible to remove. You can enhance your odds of successfull
How to Perform an Office Deep Cleaning

How to Perform an Office Deep Cleaning

Offices, whether at home or at work, accumulate clutter and germs. Junk mail, old paperwork and personal items populate drawers and desktops. Food particles, germs and dust also can gather to make the area unsanitary. To keep your office more efficient, keep it clean and clear of these things, give
How to Remove Mothball Odors

How to Remove Mothball Odors

Used for years to keep moths at bay, mothballs themselves will leave a pungent and unpleasant odor that lasts for weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency classified naphthalene -- a common ingredient in mothballs -- as a "persistent, bio accumulative and toxic chemical" that can cause various sid
How to Mount a Birdhouse

How to Mount a Birdhouse

The North American Bluebird society recommends mounting your birdhouse on a metal pipe. Birdhouses mounted to trees or wooden posts are vulnerable to predators, and wind can easily disturb hanging birdhouses.
Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Your Refrigerator

Homemade Cleaning Solutions for Your Refrigerator

If the refrigerator hasn't been cleaned in a while, it likely contains a plethora of odors and bacteria. Before anything else, throw out all old, spoiled and expired foods. Next, remove the remaining foods to give the refrigerator a thorough cleaning. Commercial cleaners are not necessary; the ingre
Floor Cleaning Equipment

Floor Cleaning Equipment

Whether you have carpeting or a hardwood floor, eventually the ground beneath you needs to be cleaned. Luckily, many advancements in the world of floor cleaning have made the process easier than ever before.
Cement Oil Stain Removal

Cement Oil Stain Removal

It happens. A car parks on your driveway and has oil dripping out of it. Or maybe you cause a grease stain in your garage from one of your projects. You can't leave the cement oil stain untreated or you risk tracking the oil into your house. If you are able to start the oil stain removal process qui
How to Fix Cat Straches on a Leather Couch

How to Fix Cat Straches on a Leather Couch

Leather couches add style and general appeal to any room. Leather can last up to five times longer than other fabrics, making it a suitable choice for something that gets everyday use like a couch, according to discount-leather outlet store Diamond Leathers. Although leather is very durable and stro
Simple Directions for Macrame Plant Holders

Simple Directions for Macrame Plant Holders

If you love hanging plants and want a more rustic or natural-looking plant hanger in your home, make a macrame plant holder out of cord. Create a macrame plant holder for any kind of pot, as long as it's not too big or too heavy to hang. Once you've learned the basic knots of macrame, elaborate on t
How to Paint Wooden Materials

How to Paint Wooden Materials

Wood is an excellent choice for many paintable projects, but its porous nature and rough surface can present challenges to painters. The pores in wood will absorb paint quickly, requiring you to add many coats to get an evenly-colored surface, unless you properly prepare the wood in advance. Use wat