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How to Install a New Cable Drain Machine

Cabled drain cleaners are the ideal tool to clean out slow or clogged drains. The cable is directed down the drain line to penetrate, loosen and remove the material causing the clog. Operated correctly, these cable drain tools will free up the drain in no time at all. As these machines are used, and...More...

The Best Natural Way to Clean Stovetops

In a home kitchen, stains can develop on the stovetop that can be difficult to clean without much scrubbing or powerful cleaners. If you are concerned about cleaning with chemicals so close to where food is prepared, there are a number of natural cleaning solutions that use materials you may alread...More...

How to Fold Napkins Into Swans

When you host an important dinner party, it's vital to set the correct theme. By learning a few easy techniques, you can create restaurant-worthy elegance at your dinner table. A simple way to do this is to start with your napkins. If you use a touch of creativity, your cloth napkins can be more tha...More...

How to Kill Mildew on Non-Washable Fabric

Mildew successfully develops and thrives on any porous or organic surface subjected to prolonged humidity or moisture. Although most textiles and clothing can be tossed in the washing machine to kill and remove mildew, this approach doesn't work on nonwashable fabrics. Nonwashable fabrics used in up...More...

How to Get Puffy Paint Out of a Carpet

When puffy paint comes in contact with carpet, it quickly adheres to the fibers and leaves a troublesome stain. When dealing with puffy paint, remove it as soon as possible. The longer the craft paint sits on the carpet, the more likely a permanent stain develops. If possible, wipe fresh puffy paint...More...

How to Get Cactus Out of Your Skin

The cactus is a constant threat to hikers and campers in desert climates. These plants have adapted their leaves into thin spines, both to fend off predators and to reduce water loss. Cactus spines can be quite painful if you are unlucky enough to brush up against them, but they are also fairly easy...More...

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out of a Bedspread

Bedspreads are an inevitable destination for fingernail polish stains when teenagers use their bed as a vanity table. Don’t panic or resort to exotic methods to remove the nail polish. Address the stain as soon as it is discovered by using products readily available around the house. It is not...More...

How to Get Discoloration Off a White Dress

It seems as though white clothes are magnets for marinara sauce, latte, chocolate pudding and mud. If you have a discoloration from one of these substances on your white dress and you don't get it out right away, you may be looking at a lost cause. However, if the discoloration comes from something ...More...

How to Remove Grease From a Wool Rug

There are so many beautiful rugs of different fabrics that can be used to accent the décor of a room. Many people choose decorative wool rugs for the focal point of their rooms. Unfortunately, a grease stain on a wool rug can make it look ugly and old. While grease stains can be the toughest st...More...

How to Clean Wool Upholstery

Wool upholstery is not commonly found in a home, as it can be uncomfortable to skin. However, many offices have wool upholstery on chairs and/or couches. Wool upholstery can shrink, distort or lose color when cleaned, so dry cleaning works best. If you decide to clean wool upholstery yourself, you ...More...

Stain Removal Tips for Antique Tablecloths

Antique linens, napkins and tablecloths provide an interesting touch in decorating. Frequently, however, the items have stains that require removal prior to use. In many cases, the staining occurred while the item was stored, as the product of an insect or from mildew. The most common scenario is t...More...

How to Clean or Refinish an Old Porcelain Bath Tub

It's kind of a no-win situation with a porcelain bathtub. Although you want it to be as clean as possible, the more you clean it, the more it will lose its luster because of the chemicals in the cleansing agents. When you add in natural wear and tear, the tub eventually will have an old and dirty ap...More...

Best Way to Remove Dishwasher Soap Build-Up

Over time dishwasher build-up occurs from a build-up of food, minerals and dishwasher detergent. This build-up will not only cause dishes to not be thoroughly cleaned, but can also etch and ruin dishes until there is no option but to replace them. With the proper cleaning and prevention methods, you...More...

Hints for Cleaning Walls

Clean walls mean a healthier home.Woman cleaning the house. image by maron from Fotolia.comKeeping your walls clean is not just good for the looks of your home, it is also healthy. However, cleaning your walls can itself be an unhealthy practice unless you stay away from bleaches and......More...

Cheap Ways to Get Rust Stains Out of a Toilet

Rust stains in your toilet can be caused by heavy metal content in your water or by long periods of stagnation. If you begin to notice reddish or brownish stains in your toilet bowl, it is important to act as quickly as possible to get rid of the rust stains before they ruin your toilet. If you are ...More...

How to Use a Manual Bar Tying Tool

In the outdoor building industry and home landscaping projects, rebar is used to secure cement, fencing and has many other applications. Rebar often needs to be tied for security. Since you need to use wire to tie the slender beams, tying these by hand can tear up your hands especially if tying mult...More...

How to Remove Sticky Glue From Cotton Fabric

Sticky glue can appear on your cotton clothing or fabric during home improvement or craft projects or it may be left behind when you remove the labels from new clothing. However the sticky glue appeared, act fast to remove it, as the glue spot could create an ugly stain. Fortunately, cotton is a dur...More...