How to Prevent Clothes from Fading

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Victoria said, “How can I keep my black pants from fading? I have only worn the pants twice, but now they need to be washed. Is there something I can put into the washing machine with them to help set the color?” Most clothing fades over time. However, there are some steps you can take to slow the process down. Follow the steps below to keep your laundry bright. Preventing Fading You Will Need: Dye Fixative White Vinegar Steps to Prevent Clothing from Fading: Get a dye fixative kit from the laundry aisle of your local supermarket or in a…

How to Remove a Lemon Stain

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Jaya said, “My husband’s silk dhoties have a lemon stain. Without noticing, it became a dark blackish colour. Please suggest to remove it; it’s our wedding dress.” Although lemon can be used as a stain remover itself, it too can leave a stain. The sugar in the lemon can darken the stain as it ages and make it more difficult to remove, so you should always treat a lemon stain as soon as possible. However, even if the stain is old, the steps below can help to remove it.¹ Removing the Stain You Will Need: Water Vegetable glycerin White vinegar…

How to Clean Tar off a Dog’s Paws

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Kathryn said, “How can I clean tar off of my dogs paws? He stepped in some tar that washed up on the beach and it really stinks.” Dogs are just as likely as humans to step in tar, possibly even moreso because they don’t know to avoid it. What’s worse is that it gets into the fur and between their paw pads, making it more difficult to remove. Thankfully, a few household items are all you need to quickly remove the tar. Removing the Tar You Will Need: A trash bag A plastic scraper Cooking oil A sandwich bag Margarine…

How to Remove an Oil Stain from Paper

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Meera said, “How to remove an oil stain from paper?” While multitasking can be save time, spilling oily food onto some work papers you need is counterproductive. Though removing the oil isn’t usually a quick process, it can be accomplished. Follow the steps below to remove the stain. Removing the Oil Stain You Will Need: Paper towels A heavy book Baking soda Steps to Remove the Oil Stain: Get two sheets of paper towels. Fold each sheet in half. Put one folded sheet under the oil stain and one on top of the oil stain. Set a heavy book or…

How to Clean Cooking Oil from Upholstery

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Nick said, “Spilled olive oil on the back seat of my car. How do I remove the oil?” Whenever something spills on upholstery, it is best to act fast to prevent it from seeping deep into the cushions. However, even old oil spills can be cleaned from upholstery if needed. Follow the steps below to remove the stain. Removing the Oil You Will Need: A cloth Paper towels WD-40 Fuller’s earth Baking soda A vacuum Shaving cream An old toothbrush Water Dish liquid Steps to Remove the Oil: Blot the spill as many times as needed with a clean cloth…

How to Remove Super Glue from Granite

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Linda said, “I accidently left a small tube of superglue on my granite countertop. Even though I noticed it right away and tried to rub it away (which probably made it worse) it left the area totally dull. Is it possible to clean/repair this type of damage/stain.” It is always scary when super glue lands somewhere it isn’t wanted. However, even super glue can be removed when necessary. Follow the steps below to remove the glue. Removing the Glue You Will Need: Dish liquid Water A cloth Plastic wrap Rubbing alcohol Pure acetone A cotton ball Steps to Remove the…

How to Clean Chrome

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Cathy said, “I have a used car that the previous owner used something on the chrome interior and on the black plastic of the dash that I can see spots on the chrome and a whitish film on the black plastic. I have tried commercial interior car cleaners and vinegar and rubbing alcohol and nothing helps. The rubbing alcohol does seem to discolor the terrycloth rag that I am using but I don’t see a huge difference in the chrome looking clean, there are still spots on the fabric! Can you help please?” The term “chrome” refers to metal that…

How to Remove Odor from Household Items

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Christina said, “How do you remove the odour off of things in general that you have left downstairs in the cellar because there wasn’t enough space when we moved in? Most things in the cellar are in plastic storage boxes.” Every now and then, things need deodorizing. Thankfully there are some natural deodorizers that most households either already have or can easily get for cheap. Read through the steps below and follow the instructions to deodorize your knickknacks or other household items. Removing the Odor You Will Need: A cloth A vacuum with a brush attachment A bag or container…

How to Clean Nail Polish Off Suede

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JoAnne said, “I have a red nail polish spot on my taupe color suede material couch. What do I use to get this out? Thank you. Appreciate any help with this.” Real suede is not like fabric, and should not be treated the same as fabric. Suede has its own set of care instructions to keep it looking great. Use the steps below to remove a nail polish spill from your suede. Removing the Nail Polish You Will Need: A cloth An emery board Sandpaper Dry oats Baking soda Suede cleaner Nail polish remover Rubbing alcohol A suede brush A…

How to Remove Hairspray Buildup from a Counter

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Danielle said, “how to get hairsoray build up off bathroom doos and counter tops ?” Unfortunately, using hairspray will almost always result in some over-spray, which when used repeatedly it in the same place, could lead to build up. Select one of the cleaning methods below to remove the hairspray, and continue trying other methods if needed until the spray is removed. Removing the Hairspray You Will Need: Rubbing alcohol White vinegar Baby shampoo Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Glass cleaner A dryer sheet Steps to Remove the Hairspray: Pour some rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wipe the area with…