How to Clean a Plunger

Housewife with Plunger

Matthew asked, “Where do you keep your plunger and how do you clean it off after using it?” A plunger is one of those household tools we need, but don’t want to admit we actually use. It does not have to be a gross addition to your cleaning supplies; read on for no-fuss cleaning and storage tips. Cleaning a Plunger You Will Need: Detergent, such as dish liquid Chlorine bleach All-purpose disinfectant spray Boiling water Plunger holder Small bucket Steps to Clean the Plunger: After using the plunger to clean a toilet, flush the toilet a few times and use the…

How to Remove Salsa Stains from Fabric

Salsa and Chips

Olivia asked, “Someone help; how do I get a salsa stain (the size of my fist) out of my bed sheets?” Believe it or not, salsa is nearly as popular in the United States as ketchup and mustard these days so finding salsa stains is not an uncommon occurrence.¹ Removing Salsa Stains You Will Need: Unsharpened knife Club soda Enzyme detergent Liquid laundry detergent Clean sponge White vinegar Lemon juice Hydrogen peroxide Steps to Remove the Salsa Stain: Scrape off the solid salsa with the knife.¹ As soon as you can, use a clean cloth to dab at the stain…

How to Remove Pollen Stains from Carpet

Flower Pollen

Heather asked, “Anyone have tips for removing lily pollen stains from carpet?” Flowers are lovely to look at and lilies are one of the few flowers that will keep nicely indoors for quite some time. The only problem is that while lilies continue to look beautiful, they do drop pollen as they age in the vase. Pollen from lilies contains dyes that can make removal seem difficult, but try some of our tips below to remove the pollen stains from your carpet. Removing Pollen Stains Always test a cleaning solution for carpet on a small out-of-the-way area before attempting to…

How to Remove Chalk from Clothing

Sidewalk chalk stains

Thor asked, “How do I remove chalk from my clothes?” After a day of enjoying sidewalk chalk or brushing up against a chalkboard, you will most likely discover chalk marks or dust on your clothing. Use the steps below to remove the chalk. Always test a cleaning solution for fabric on a small out-of-the-way area before attempting to clean the stain. Removing Chalk from Fabrics You Will Need: A vacuum White paper towels or cloths Rubbing alcohol Liquid detergent Fels-Naptha soap Steps to Remove the Chalk: Shake the garment outside or use a vacuum attachment to pick up any chalk…

How to Remove a Curry Stain from Clothing

Curry and Parsley

Steff asked, “Anyone know how to get a curry stain out of fabric? I got one in my mum’s new puffer.” Puffer jackets are the rage lately and they are certainly a fun addition to an outfit, but not if you have borrowed one and spilled something on it. Curry can be a tough stain to remove, but don’t worry, read on for some suggestions on how to return your mom’s jacket stain-free. Always spot test a cleaning solution on a hidden area inside of the jacket first to look for any adverse reactions Removing a Curry Stain Follow the…

How to Clean Gutters

Cleaning the Gutters

Kazou asked, “I might need to clean out the gutters soon. We’ve never had gutters. How do you clean them?” The purpose of gutters is to keep rain water flowing away from your home to prevent mold, mildew and other problems that standing water around your home can cause. The problem is that gutters need to be kept open to allow the water to flow, but that can cause debris to collect, which then defeats the purpose of a gutter. It is best to inspect and clean your gutters at the change of every season. This schedule keeps the job…

How to Remove Chocolate Stains from Carpet

Chocolate Bon Bon on Ribbon

Trish asked, “Best way to remove a curious stain from the carpet? Possibly chocolate??” Everyone loves chocolate, just not on the carpet! Select a cleaning solution from the list below and use the steps to remove the chocolate stain. If one solution does not work, select another and continue working through the steps until the stain is removed. Always test a cleaning solution for carpet on a small out-of-the-way area before attempting to clean the stain. Removing the Chocolate Stain You Will Need: White paper towels or cloths Old sponge Rubbing alcohol Dishwashing liquid Ammonia 3% hydrogen peroxide Powdered laundry…

How to Remove a Temporary Tattoo

Temporary Tattoos

Josh asked, “What is the best way to remove a temporary tattoo?” If your child put a temporary tattoo on their face over the weekend, chances are that all or some of it is still there when they have to go to school on Monday. Use the information below to easily remove the tattoo from skin. Removing a Temporary Tattoo You Will Need: Cold cream A washcloth Steps to Remove the Tattoo: Apply cold cream onto the tattoo.¹ Use a washcloth to gently rub away the cold cream and tattoo.¹ Repeat until the tattoo is removed. Additional Tips and Advice Cold cream…

How to Clean Up a Dropped Egg

Dropped Egg

Cat asked, “How do I clean up cracked egg on the floor?” An egg hit the floor and you discovered that cleaning it up is a rather comedic endeavor. Well, with the quick trick below you can turn your kitchen comedy into a simple success. Cleaning the Cracked Egg You Will Need: Salt Paper towels A plastic spatula A dustpan A sanitizing cleaner Steps to Clean Up the Egg: Sprinkle about a handful of salt onto the spilled egg.¹ Let the salt soak up the egg for about 10 minutes.¹ Use paper towels or a spatula to scoop up the egg or to…

How to Clean Champagne from Carpet

Champagne Spill

Kristopher asked, “How to clean champagne out of grandma’s carpet when the bottle accidentally exploded?” It is always fun to watch the champagne cork fly in the movies, but in real life, half the bottle of champagne usually goes with it. If you were opening that bottle over a carpeted area, check out the suggestions below to clean up the spill. Always test a cleaning solution for carpet on a small out-of-the-way area before attempting to clean the spill. Cleaning a Fresh Champagne Spill Alcohol stains left untreated can leave a brownish stain, so act quickly to remove the champagne…