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Your Embarrassing Cleaning Questions, Answered. Keeping your home clean can often be more than you bargained for. Sometimes the cat pees on the rug, you find roaches in your kitchen, or your shower falls victim to surprise mold spores. Whether you're dealing with pesky pests or stubborn stains, here's how to solve those common—but kind of gross—cleaning problems, and the answers to household questions you might be too afraid to ask. Smells and Stains Q: How do you get sweat stains out of clothes? Soaking the stains in a mixture of equal parts water and lemon juice before putting your clothes in the wash should take care of it. Q: How do you remove blood stains? If the blood is fresh and hasn't dried yet, soak (or blot with a sponge or cloth) the stain immediately in cold water. Q: How do you get rid of pet urine smells? How you proceed depends on what surfaces you're trying to clean.

Q: How do you get weird smells out of furniture? Q: How do you get rid of bad smells in your sink? Q: How do you freshen up smelly shoes? Pests General Grossness. 10 Surprising Uses for Kitchen Items Around the Rest of the House — Double Duty. You know the feeling you get when you have a problem in your home — a stain, a crack, an annoyance or a mundane task of some kind — and realize, with relief and a bit of relish, that you have the means on hand to fix it immediately?

That's the feeling I get when I look at this list of kitchen items that pull double-duty around the house: I don't have to buy anything new or special to fix this thing I'm dealing with, because I can just use this other thing that I always keep in my kitchen. Yes. Here are the top 10 kitchen things we use to solve problems all over the house. 1. Use it to remove grease stains from clothes. The first time I heard of pre-treating grease-splattered clothes with dish soap, I was surprised I hadn't thought of it myself. And it does! 2. Use it to open mail packages. Some people uses scissors, some use a letter opener, some an actual box cutter. 3. Use it to polish and replenish wood furniture. 4. Use them to cover scratches on wood furniture. 5. 6. 7. Oh man. 8. 9. The Squalor Archive.

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How To (Steam!) Clean a Microwave Quickly & Easily. Keeping the microwave clean isn't always easy (especially if you have roommates!) And it's usually the last chore anyone wants to tackle. It's a time consuming, smelly task and can command quite a bit of elbow grease to get the job done. We all know the best way to keep our microwaves lookin' good is to wipe them down after each use, but chances are if you're using your microwave you're probably in a hurry anyway. This steam clean method takes just a few seconds to prep and a minute to wipe down. Materials: 1 Lemon Microwave safe bowl Tap water 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

How To Clean Burnt Pots & Scorched Pans. If you've ever experienced the pain of a burnt frying pan, I bring good news! You can put away your rubber gloves and rest your weary arms. I have found a solution that is chemical-free, cuts scrubbing time in half and lets you keep your pan. Cheers! If you've ever experienced the pain of a burnt pan I bring good news! What You Need Materials 1 cup of vinegar 2 tablespoons of baking soda 1 cup of water (give or take depending on the size of your pan) A burnt stainless steel pan that was left empty and unattended on a heated hot plate. oops!.

Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Additional Notes: I'm almost ashamed to say, this is not my first time burning a frying pan (hopefully it is my last) and you can get them clean with just baking soda, water and a scourer if you're super committed. How To Wash a Pillow by Hand or Washing Machine — Apartment Therapy Tutorials. How To Clean Your House in 20 Minutes a Day for 30 Days. When I first learned to clean my own place, I thought Saturday had to be an all day clean-a-thon.

I didn't really have a concept of how to balance the work load during the week so weekends could be reserved for larger projects or even you know…fun! Now I clean in 20 minutes a day — every day — and things just seem to take care of themselves. Here's a glimpse at the schedule I use! No one said you had to do everything at once and even when time seems short, if you can manage one task a day, things should start to work themselves out. Adjust this list as your family's needs require (those with more or less children might require doing certain activities more or less). 1) Dealing With What Comes Through The Door Set up a small area by the front door to act as a "landing strip" for incoming items to your home. 2) Do Your Dishes After Every Meal This will help you stay on top of your kitchen instead of having it turn into a monster! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16.

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Homemade cleaners. How To Make Your Own Lavender Laundry Detergent. Homemade laundry detergent isn't just about saving you money (although it's definitely a budget friendly move). In this day and age, when most of us are so far removed from the process of how our necessities are made, there's something thrilling about making something that you need. If you'd like to try your hand at it, here's how I made mine. What You Need: Detergent Ingredients: 4 cups of Borax (available at most supermarkets in the laundry aisle) 4 cups of washing soda (available at most supermarkets in the laundry aisle) 2 cups of baking soda 2 bars of Dr. Tools and Storage: food processor with grater attachment and S-blade, or a grater large container for mixing measuring cup gloves mask large spoon for mixing container for holding finished detergent scoop for measuring out detergent Notes: If you're looking to make a non-toxic detergent, like I was, know that borax is a somewhat controversial ingredient.

Steps: 1) Chop your soap. 2) Grate the soap. Don't leave this out. 7) Enjoy!

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Clean Your Microwave. Smells Sweet: 5 DIY Air Fresheners. Simple wooden laundry rack. This is the fourth installment of Brittany Watson Jepsen’s summer DIY series. Check out her previous projects here, here and here. I love how simple and minimal these projects are, creating awesome results with only a few materials. Thanks for sharing, Brittany! — Kate For those of us lucky enough to have minimal living space, creative space planning is a must.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials 2 wood dowels (mine are 1 1/2″ in diameter) at 36″5 yards of ropetwinedrill and drill bit (I used 16mm)scissorsclamps Instructions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. This has been so helpful in creating a bit more space in our tight living quarters, and the best part is that it’s easy to tuck away. How To Fix Up Bad Tile. 10 household items you can clean in 1min.