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How to Get Odors Out of Towels

Fresh, clean towels feel great when you get out of the bath or shower. Sometimes, towels can develop stubborn musty or moldy odors that will not go away, even with multiple washings. Using detergent alone to eliminate stubborn odors is only a temporary solution, masking the smell until your towels b...More...

How to Clean Out a Main Drain

If you have cleaned out likely clog sites inside the house and in individual drains but still have water backing up in your house, your main drain--the drain that leads from your house into the city's sewer system--may be clogged. If the main drain has been clogged by tree roots, there is little tha...More...

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven (with Pictures)

How to Clean a Sponge With a Microwave Oven. Sponges are convenient and reusable, but they carry a big problem. If they're used all day, all over the kitchen, they can pick up a lot of bacteria and viruses along with the spills and splatters. Luckily there is something in nearly every kitchen that c...More...

House Cleaning To-Do List

Cleaning your house is not the most glamorous job, yet it is one that needs to be done on a regular basis. When making a cleaning to-do list, the chores can be divided into daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal tasks. Making a list of scheduled tasks to complete can help organize your cleaning routine...More...

How to Blanch and Freeze Vegetables

When you have an abundant harvest from your garden, freezing the vegetables is one way of storing them for later consumption. Blanching is usually necessary before freezing. The blanching process helps prevent the vegetables from losing or changing flavor when frozen. Blanching may take from three m...More...

How to Clean an Oven With White Vinegar & Baking Soda

Cleaning the oven is often overlooked, not just because you can hide the stains behind a closed oven door. It's usually a time-consuming, messy and difficult task. You don't have to clean your oven in a day. By getting started the night before, you'll save yourself time and aggravation. Thanks to wh...More...

How to Perfect a Shellac Finish

Shellac finishes have been used on furniture for centuries. Today, these finishes can be applied easily with a brush or a pad at a nominal cost. Whichever method of application you choose, following these steps will help you perfect a shellac finish.

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How to Remove Smoke & Burned Smells from a House

Smoke and burned smells can develop from a variety of sources, including overcooked food, cigarettes, house fires and fireplaces. No matter what the cause of the smoke and burnt odor is, it fills your home with an unpleasant aroma that can last for days, weeks and months. Removing these odors can be...More...

How to Remove Dried Elmer's Glue

Elmer's glues, an all-purpose household glue that works on a variety of objects, can sometimes drip on unwanted areas. If the Elmer's is still wet, just wipe it up with a wet cloth or paper towel. However, if the glue has dried, removing it becomes a more difficult process.

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The Effects of Waste Disposal

No matter which type of waste disposal is being considered, it all leads to one purpose: to remove waste from homes and offices. There are organizations that advocate for each type and even some that advocate for no waste at all. Each type of waste disposal has its own set of positive and negative e...More...

Video: How to Clean a Fabric Office Chair

Video Transcript Hi, this is Reena from Reena.ca, and this is how to clean your fabric office chair. We use our chairs often so once in a while it's important to clean them. The easiest thing to do is either put a dust or upholstery attachment onto your vacuum and vacuum the entire......More...

Ideas for Folding Bath Towels for Decoration

Adding style to a bathroom can be as easy as putting a decorative touch on the functional items you already have. You can fold bath towels in a number of creative ways to give a bathroom a cozy, organized feeling. Using bath towels of different colors and sizes to create patterns and emphasize textu...More...

How to Clean Commodes

Cleaning the commode in your home is important not only for appearance's sake but also for sanitary reasons. Each time you flush, microscopic germs from human waste are released into the air and can land on your bath towels, sink surfaces and even your toothbrush. By maintaining the cleanliness of y...More...

How to Get Fireplace Smoke Out of a House

Fireplaces can emit smoke smells that can linger in your home. The odor may stick to fabrics and walls if you do not remove it when you first notice it. Air fresheners often only mask the smell instead of removing it. Properly removing the smoke and its smell from your home immediately will help pro...More...

How to Make a Tamale Pie

If you love spicy beef dishes, then you'll love tamale pie. Here you'll learn how to make a delicious tamale pie recipe that will have people asking for second helpings.

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How to Clean Dried Latex Paint From Brushes

Latex paint is usually easier to remove than oil-based paint. This is because latex is water-based. Normally, you will not have to use solvents, such as paint thinner, to clean off your brushes -- even after latex paint has dried. Nevertheless, you have to soften and dissolve the paint to remove it,...More...

How to Reuse Gatorade Bottles

Reusing plastic and glass Gatorade bottles is one way to keep them out of landfills, but reusing them for drinking is not safe or sanitary. The type of plastic drink bottles are made from breaks down with heat and soap, resulting in harmful chemicals leeching into the liquids you refill them with. T...More...

Video: How to Remove Rust From a Stainless Steel Sink

Video Transcript Hi, my name is Mark Newman-Kuzel. I'm President and CEO of Maid in the U.S.A., and today I'm going to teach you how to remove rust from a stainless sink. You're going to need a few products, a sponge with a scruffy reverse, some stainless steel remover and a premixed......More...

How to Remove Nicotine Stains From Clothing

Nicotine stains appear on clothing that is exposed to heavy cigarette smoke, or even when ash drops onto the fabric. The brown tar stains are difficult to remove with regular detergents, but you don't have to toss out your favorite blouse or that nice silk tie. With these tips, you can easily erase ...More...

How to Save Money on Groceries by Shopping at Costco

Shopping at members-only warehouse clubs like Costco is a big money saver -- except when it isn't. In order to really save money, avoid some of the common wholesale shopping mistakes and never assume that Costco always offers the best deals. Make a plan every time you shop. If you play your cards ri...More...