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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
1:30 pm - Help!


I was cleaning this morning and like the moron I am I put a wet cleaner bottle on wood, but the bottom of the bottle was wet with the cleaner not water and now there is a big gunk ring on the wood. Is there anyway to clean the gunk off, because I did use polish and it looks like the gunk is coming off the wood.

Please please help me.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
10:19 am - rust stains and cleaning stuffed deer heads

Hi there, I just joined. I need some advice on cleaning two different things.

First off....the other members in my house hang their towels not on the actual towel rack but on the rung that the shower curtain hangs off of. I've told them time and time again NOT to do this because it gives the towels rust stains in the crease where the towels got hung on.

I know I'm going to have to replace the shower rung, but in the meantime, what can I do about getting these rust stains off my towels?

Second of all...how on Earth would I go about cleaning dust/gunk off of a stuffed deer head? (Or any taxidermied product?)

Thank you in advance!

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Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
11:39 pm - shout wipe

Okay, so...I used a shout wipe on my microfiber sofa *before* finding out I wasn't supposed to use the damn thing on upholstered furniture. Now there's discoloration on the fabric in addition to the original stain (salad dressing).


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Friday, February 8th, 2008
11:59 pm - Turmeric stained carpet

My landlord is going to hate me and take my $600 bond!

I spilled a cup of tumeric tea on the light blue carpet however which turned it a pleasing pea green. Well, pleasing if it had stained every inch.

Any clues as to how to clean it? I haven't yet tried bought stuff, but I thought maybe something simple and traditional might help. I'm in Australia so brandnames might not help, but ingredients would.

Thanks so much. It's weighing on my mind heavily. I'm on a disabled pension so I'm very short on money.

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Sunday, November 25th, 2007
2:29 pm - hey all

 I'm in the process of cleaning my room.

I want to make a habit (when i clean my room from now on) to organize as I clean it.  Because I cannot organize.  I don't even think I know the meaning of organization.... so basically tips for beginners is what I'm looking for... ha ha

Any help appreciated. sorry for spamming. sorry it's boring. 

cross posted.... also sorry

this wasn't added in organizing_help post, so I'll add it here.  My english is growing dim these days because i'm in the process of learning japanese.. and often i ramble in espanol ... sorry

current mood: blah

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Friday, June 22nd, 2007
6:11 pm - Getting smells out of a rug

I'm hoping someone can give me some good suggestions.

I've recently bought a large flat weave Turkish rug. It's brand new, but has obviously been kept wrapped in cellophane for some time in a warehouse and has a strong musty smell. I've tried airing it by draping it over other furniture in the room it's going to be in, but so far no luck -- it still smells musty.

Our weather isn't really good enough at the moment to hang it out outside and I'm very reluctant to try anything involving washing or shampooing it -- partly because I don't know whether the colours will be fast, partly because I don't have the equipment to do so and partly because then I would have the problem of getting it dry again. The ideal solution would be some kind of deodorising spray, or something I could use to tackle the smell without treating the rug inch by inch if such a thing exists.

Has anyone got any suggestions? There's no sign of any mould or mildew on the carpet, so presumably it's just a question of trying to get it deodorised? I tried searching for any hints on line, but the advice all seems to relate to a room which has become damp and smelly and where the problems with the furniture and rugs derive from the room, whereas in this case the room is perfectly fine I just need to get the carpet sorted out.

I don't have the option of returning it as it was despatched direct from Turkey.

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Tuesday, March 13th, 2007
10:53 am - 44 Things to do with Vinegar

Hey everyone! I just stumbled across this article, and I thought some of you might be interested. I already knew quite a lot of these, but some of them came as a surprise.


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Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
9:08 am - pam for cat lovers

So, i went online and checked out ideas for my litter pan, and they suggested using Pam, the cooking spray..I have to say..It worked great! So great in fact that all the litter came out of the pan so fast, that some of it ended up on my floor..

Question, i have a suede couch and it smells like dog, any suggestions on how to get the smell out?

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006
7:45 pm - some cleaning help!

Hey there, everyone.
I'm a graduate student at the VCU Adcenter working on a project about cleaning and household cleaners. I was wondering if I could get some help from all of you as I go about the project. Would anyone be willing to talk about some aspects of cleaning with me? It'll involve two quick surveys. The first one is just one question: Why do you clean?

Click here to take survey

I would really appreciate any help. And this is not for a company.
Thank you!

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
9:30 pm - Pastry brushes

I bought my first Pastry/basting brushes and I wanted to clean them since the cat was playing with them and I tend to clean stuff before it goes from the package to the drawer.

No dishwasher (only me) and I don't have the patience to go around every bristle, but I don't want it to frizz from rubbing it into the dishcloth.

I have silicone ones, but advice on cleaning the other kind work too!

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
2:08 pm - Melted shoes

I have a strange cleaning question which I hope someone here will know the answer to.

I had some shoes put away in storage & the soles of one (really old) pair of sneakers have started melting/disintegrating and now there is red rubber stuff all over a brand new pair of suede sneakers. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Saturday, November 11th, 2006
5:34 pm

This is my first post in a community like this so please be gentle. I have a problem (obviously or I wouldn't be coming to you). My cat peed in my suitcase. I must have left it open at some point when she was ticked off. Anyway, I put it in the bath tub and washed it with soap and water and left it out on the porch to dry. I just checked on it and it still smells like cat pee (less then it was but...) and I have a trip coming up on friday. Can you guys think of something that could get it out? Anyone help, please?

X-posted a few places I'm desperate.

current mood: contemplative

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Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
2:50 pm - Black mold and rust stains

Ok, there doesn't seem to be any memories section on here, so i don't know if this has been asked or not. (please do memories, someone, it would be so awesome) But, i live in a very humid area, and black mold grows around here like nobody's business. It's gross, and i hate it. i've been able to keep it under control and clean, on things like walls and ceilings, but it has gotten into our bathroom grout, around fixtures, and i can't seem to get it off. Any suggestions would be helpful, but i'd really love it if someone had ideas about how to clean it with the most "natural" cleansers possible, because i have really bad chemical allergies, and asthma.
Also, our water is so hard, and so iron-rich, that it leaves red-brown rust stains on the grout around the tub, toilet, and sink faucet. Again, it is a grout problem, and i can't seem to get this gunk off! Does anyone know how to get rust-stains out of grout and porcelain, without too much chemical hassle?
Thanks for the help! :)

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Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
10:16 am

someone should make a memories thing for this community ...i know it would help me alot

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Monday, September 4th, 2006
5:13 pm
netaimeplus hey guys, i just joined and i'm really hoping someone can help me out with this. i live in a loft-style dorm at my university and we have cement ceilings. i have stuff written on the ceiling in permanent marker (don't ask). i absolutely can't get it off. i've tried nail polish remover and rubbing alcohol, but both barely had a slight fading effect. i'm really running out of ideas here. do you think i could sandpaper it off or something? any other solutions?? any help is greatly appreciated.

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Sunday, September 3rd, 2006
11:34 pm - help me!

anyone know how to get the combination of baking soda and vinegar when it dries up on carpet...out?

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Sunday, August 27th, 2006
6:13 pm - Pre-war tub stains and dirty black and white tiles

Hi, I'm new here, and thrilled to find this site. I live in a pre-war Manhattan building. I absolutely love it, but unfortunately there are some cleaning issues that came with it. I have a gorgeous old tub that is enamel-based. Unfortunately, it holds stains and dirt like crazy, and nothing I've used seems to get them out. I've used everything from Comet to Kaboom to toilet bowl cleaner (a great stain remover, but strong so be careful). I've noticed that my sponges seem to come apart on my tub too (if I'm using a green scrubber sponge, my tub is green, although it goes away. Does that mean the enamel is that hard??).

I also have old-style tiny black and white tiles on my floor. I LOVE them, but no matter how much I clean (1 parts bleach to 3 parts water), they still have a dingy dirty look to them. There's also one part of the floor that has some rust. I'm using Lime-away right now and hoping that will take care of it however. 

Any ideas on how to take care of these? I've run out of ideas!

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Saturday, June 17th, 2006
6:08 pm - Cleaning a teapot

So cleaning teapots.

I live with an army guy an his wife. They are fabulous, but they suck at cleaning and aren't very ovservant of things. I found one of my teapots this morning with water still in it...in the cabinet. It's the one he usually uses to make his oatmeal because it's smaller. He's been gone since the end of May. She just got on a plane early this morning to go visit family.
I am asuming that she put it up, as she's done with other things, not realizing water was in it. Long story short, she's manic and flipps out when he's gone, hence why I live here.

It smells super funky but i can't get my hand in there to scrub it. Can I just boil it? It's just a stainless steel, copper bottom, 2 cup teapot.

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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
10:39 am - Greetings ...

Crossposted in several other LJ communities

1. I live in a flat with concrete block walls, and every winter I have trouble with some of the walls turning green and my clothes getting mildewy.

I wash my walls with Exit Mould a few times a year, use DampRid containers and wardrobe sachets in my closet and try to keep the place warm and dry (there is a heatpump in the living room, but it doesn't heat the other rooms very effectively), but I can't quite keep on top of it. I was wondering how other people deal with this kind of problem. Also, I'd like some tips on how to get stubborn mould stains off kitchen appliances (such as fridges and the like) and how to get them off the back of drawers, KEEP them off and prevent the problem from reoccurring.

Also, I'm thinking about buying a dehumidifier for the bedroom, but I've read on the Consumer magazine website that some of them don't cope well with the cold NZ climate and can break down if they ice over. I'm just wondering if any of you could recommend brands that you have found effective. I'm thinking of getting a cheap Warehouse (local sore, like Walmart - I come from New Zealand, btw) job, but I don't want to waste my money if it's not suitable.

I'm also thinking of buying a heater for the bedroom, to keep it warmer and drier during the times I am up and awake in there (I work full-time nightshifts, so airing my place out can be a challenge at times) and an axtractor fan for the kitchen (one of the ones that goes on the wall, next to your window), to help prevent the steam from cooking from lingering on and making things worse. If anyone has suggestions for good heater and/or fan extractor brands, I'd also be interested in hearing about those.

2. I have heard that placing half a lemon and a bowl of water in one's microwave and cooking them for a few minutes will help dislodge any gunk which is stuck to the walls, but I don't have a lemon - do you know of anything else I could use?

3. I was wondering if frozen sausage rolls would still be ok after one and a half years in a freezer, or if they'd have freezer burn and need to be thrown out. Also how long they'd take to defrost.

Any advice or suggestions would be most welcome.

Thanks a lot.


current mood: curious

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Sunday, March 19th, 2006
12:18 am

In a horrible brain fart I left a plastic bag of rotini on top of an electric burner (top left), I then made pasta on the bottom right. Well, it apparently was hot enough to melt the plastic and burn some noodles on to the burners.

How do I clean melted plastic off the burners/is it safe to let the wire thing soak?

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