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Help: How to Clean Up Motor Oil on My Lawn

Help: How to Clean Up Motor Oil on My Lawn

Motor oil from your lawn tools can sometimes drip onto your lawn. A few drops here and there won't affect your plants, but if you have a large leak or if you spill a lot of motor oil on your lawn, it can harm your soil and kill your plants. You'll need to remove the oil as soon as possible by shovel......[Read More]
Solid Brass Cleaning Materials

Solid Brass Cleaning Materials

Brass is an alloy of copper and nickel. Depending on the ratio of base metals and the combination of additional metals, the color of brass ranges from gold to yellow to red. Brass is a common metal for musical instruments, decorative items, jewelry and furniture accents. Brass is also bactericidal, ......[Read More]
How to Iron Pictures to a Pillowcase

How to Iron Pictures to a Pillowcase

Decorative pillows incorporate the design theme of a bedroom with accentuating patterns. However, pillow covers are often costly, and can be difficult to locate in a specific design. Transferring pictures to a plain pillowcase is a cost-effective technique that lets you personalize to fit your room'......[Read More]
How to Remove Rust From Pavers

How to Remove Rust From Pavers

Many pavers end up with rust stains, thanks to improperly sealed wrought iron patio furniture. If you have rust stains on your pavers, the stain removal process is not nearly as complicated as you might imagine. In fact, in many cases you can remove the rust stains with a surprising item that is pro......[Read More]
How to Remove Pasta Sauce Stains

How to Remove Pasta Sauce Stains

Anybody who has faced a pasta sauce stain before knows that tomato sauce is one of the more difficult substances to get out of clothing, furniture and carpet. However, it is hard to avoid the occasional stain from a simmering spaghetti sauce or that stray noodle that ends up on the white carpet. A q......[Read More]
Cream of Tartar Uses

Cream of Tartar Uses

Cream of tartar is actually a mild acid, called potassium hydrogen tartrate. This acid is found naturally in grapes, and cream of tartar is produced commercially as a byproduct of wine making. It has a wide variety of commercial uses and can be found in many candy, baked goods, soft drinks and photo......[Read More]
How to Remove Glue From Paper

How to Remove Glue From Paper

If you've got glue on a prized baseball card or old photograph and you want to remove it, it's going to take some patience and a steady hand. There are two main types of glue stains: blobs of glue that are somewhat pliable (or look like they could be if heated up) and dried, flaky glue. The method o......[Read More]
How to Clean the Exterior Masonry Wall of a Fireplace

How to Clean the Exterior Masonry Wall of a Fireplace

The soot buildup on the face of your stone fireplace detracts from its beauty and poses a fire hazard. You can restore the masonry by cleaning it with acid wash. The process involves a moderate amount of skill and some basic materials.......[Read More]
How to Renew Homemade Leather

How to Renew Homemade Leather

Maintaining homemade leather can sometimes be difficult, as it ages over time and appears cracked or worn out. Leather is a tricky material, but sometimes can be easier to maintain over a long period of time than other materials such as cloth. Leather can be easily cleaned and, if it does appear wor......[Read More]
How to Clean Man-Made Granite Sinks

How to Clean Man-Made Granite Sinks

Granite sinks are expensive, elegant additions to any bathroom or kitchen. Cleaning these sinks can be a moderately easy process when you use just a few simple ingredients that are most likely already in the kitchen pantry. Harsh chemical cleaning products can be both expensive and many times harmfu......[Read More]
The Green Cleaning Act

The Green Cleaning Act

The Green Cleaning Schools Act is a piece of legislation put into place by the government of Illinois in 2007. The act mandates that only environmentally responsible and "green" cleaning supplies are used in schools.......[Read More]
How to Clean New Tile

How to Clean New Tile

When you have new tile installed in your home, you can take pride in the fresh, new appearance of the room's look. To maintain this attractive look, you need to clean the tile properly. Many commercial cleaners leave behind unattractive layers of film that dull the tile, while other products are not......[Read More]
Homemade Wood Cleaners & Dusters

Homemade Wood Cleaners & Dusters

The wood surfaces of your furniture need dusting and cleaning on a regular basis to maintain their shine and luster, and to ensure that they last for decades in your home. Wood furniture is expensive; cleaning the items properly is an effective way to ensure that your favorite pieces are around for ......[Read More]
How to Cover Water-Stained Ceilings

How to Cover Water-Stained Ceilings

After you locate and remove the source of the water that has stained your ceiling, remove the stain itself. Never fix the stain until you have totally solved the cause, which will prevent mold and mildew, rotting and structural problems. Be sure to protect yourself while you cover the stain. Properl......[Read More]
How to Get Fingernail Polish Out With Turpentine

How to Get Fingernail Polish Out With Turpentine

Considering how quickly it seems to disappear from fingernails, it’s amazing how “durable” nail polish is when it becomes affixed to other surfaces around your home. If you’ve looked around your garage and found turpentine, you’ve probably found a reliable removal solut......[Read More]
Home Remedy for Getting an Oil Stain Out of a Driveway

Home Remedy for Getting an Oil Stain Out of a Driveway

Something as simple as a small oil stain on your driveway can lead to a discolored area that attracts dirt and more stains. While scrubbing the stain on the surface of your driveway helps to remove it, you must make sure any stain that was absorbed into the driveway is removed as well. Proper oil-re......[Read More]
How to Steam Clean Floor Tile Grout

How to Steam Clean Floor Tile Grout

Steam cleaning is an effective way to clean dirty tile grout without having to use harsh chemicals or spend a great deal of time on your hands and knees scrubbing your floor. Handheld steam cleaners are convenient and useful for this task but you can also use upright steam cleaners which can be rent......[Read More]
How to Eliminate Mildew & Mold

How to Eliminate Mildew & Mold

Keeping mold and mildew at bay in the home is a daily challenge. Certain rooms, such as the kitchen, bathroom, basement and attic, are breeding grounds for mold and mildew because of the amount of moisture present in them. If not eliminated, mold and mildew can ruin walls and furniture and even caus......[Read More]
How to Get a White Spot Out of a Wood Table

How to Get a White Spot Out of a Wood Table

When the finish on your tabletop develops a white stain, it can be annoying, but in most cases it isn't a serious problem. The stain may be the result of moisture or standing water, or someone may have placed a hot dish on the table. In either case, you'll probably be able to remove it without refin......[Read More]
How to Remove Gatorade Stains From the Carpet

How to Remove Gatorade Stains From the Carpet

Gatorade has the fuel athletes need to compete; it also has a number of food coloring additives like Red No. 40 and Yellow No. 5 that make it difficult to remove from carpets. Here's a way to remove the stain and keep your carpet looking like a champion.......[Read More]