How to Clean a Doormat

Welcome Mat

Rachel asked, “How do you clean a doormat?” Doormats are handy for keeping dirt out of your home, and particularly off of your carpet. However, you have to keep the mat clean in order for it to work properly. Doormats can quickly become full of dust and debris, so use the steps below regularly to keep your mat (and your house) clean.¹ Cleaning the Doormat You Will Need: Vacuum with a brush attachment Baking soda Broom or scrub brush Garden hose Clothesline Steps to Clean the Doormat: Shake out the majority of debris over grass or another outdoor area.² Vacuum the mat…

How to Clean an Eyelash Curler

Eyelash Curler

Ness asked, “How do I clean my lash curler?” Eyelash curlers often become coated with mascara, as well as bacteria from your eyelashes and any powdered cosmetics they may come in contact with. Thankfully, they are easy to clean. Use the steps below regularly to keep your lash curler in like-new condition.¹ Cleaning the Eyelash Curler You Will Need: Cotton ball Eye makeup remover Baby oil Dish liquid Water Cloth Towel Steps to Clean the Curler: Moisten a cotton ball with eye makeup remover.² If you don’t have eye makeup remover, you can use baby oil instead.¹ Use the cotton ball…

How to Clean Milk and Cereal from Carpet

Cereal

Lauren asked, “How do I clean soggy cereal off the carpet?” Even if it’s on your carpet, don’t cry over spilled cereal with milk. Milk stains are often easy to remove, although a sour milk odor can develop if it’s not thoroughly cleaned right away. Use the steps below to clean the spill before it dries.¹ Cleaning the Spill You Will Need: Spoon or dustpan Paper towels Soda water or cold water Enzyme carpet cleaner White shaving foam Old toothbrush Cloth Dish liquid Borax Vacuum Steps to Clean the Spill: Scrape up as much of the cereal as you can with a spoon…

How to Clean Mold from Upholstery

Blue Couch

Vicky asked, “Anyone ever found white mould on furniture? What did you use to clean it?” Mold is a fungus that can grow virtually anywhere, including on your couch. It is important to remove it as soon as possible, as it can cause the fabric to deteriorate quickly (in addition to causing health problems). Follow the steps below to remove the mold. When using a cleaning solution, always test it on a hidden area first to check for any adverse reaction.¹ Removing the Mold You Will Need: Long sleeves & pants Gloves Mask or respirator Sunlight Broom Vacuum with a…

How to Clean a Strainer

Colander

Kelsey asked, “How do you clean strainers?” No need to stress over cleaning your strainer! The steps below will help you to remove even the dry, difficult debris that can make strainers seem impossible to clean. Cleaning the Strainer You Will Need: Sink plug or large bowl Dish liquid Scrub brush Old toothbrush Hand towel Steps to Clean the Strainer: Plug the sink and fill it up with water, or fill a large pot or bucket with water in the sink. Mix some dish liquid into the water. Soak the strainer in the soapy water for about 15 minutes to loosen…

How to Remove Fabric Softener Stains

Soaps On A Towel

Kristin asked, “Anyone know how to get a fabric softner stain out of clothes?” Fabric softener stains can either be from a liquid softener that is added to the wash water or a dryer sheet that contains fabric softener. Thankfully, there are some simple ways to remove the stains. Select a cleaning method from the steps below to remove the stains, then consult the Additional Tips section for information on how to prevent future stains.¹ Removing the Stain You Will Need: Bar soap Dish liquid Shampoo Steps to Remove the Stain: Soak the stain with water, then rub a bar of soap onto…

How to Clean a Cooking Oil Spill

Olive Oils

Daniela asked, “How do I clean up all this olive oil from my kitchen floor? Literally half of the kitchen is smothered in oil.” As the saying goes, “oil and water don’t mix.” So when the bottle of cooking oil spills all over the kitchen floor, reaching for the mop probably isn’t the best idea. If there is any broken glass in the spill, cleaning can seem even more impossible. However, the steps below will help you easily clean up the oil, as well as the broken glass. Cleaning the Cooking Oil Spill You Will Need: Shoes Ice cube tongs…

How to Clean a Paper Lampshade

Lampshade

Captain asked, “How does one clean a lampshade?” Paper lampshades are very absorbent and often gather dirt and dust from the air, as well as oily fingerprints, flyspecks and all other sorts of yuck. The steps below are safe for most paper lampshades, including parchment, vellum and laminated paper, but you should always test a cleaning solution on a small, hidden area to check for any adverse effects.¹ General Cleaning Without Water It is best to avoid water when cleaning paper lampshades if possible. Use the steps below to dust and maintain your shade on a regular basis, as well…

How to Remove a Butter Stain

Butter Stain

Miranda asked, “How do you clean butter stains?” Whether it’s butter, margarine, a ‘not quite butter’ substitute or a butter sauce, it’s a greasy butter stain that you better remove before it sets and becomes more difficult to remove. Whether your stain is fresh or older though, the methods below will help you remove it. Select the section for the location of your stain, then use the information in the steps to clean. Removing Butter Stains from Clothing You Will Need: Dull knife WD-40 Dish liquid Washing soda Enzyme laundry detergent Steps to Remove the Stain: If the butter stain is fresh,…

How to Remove Fruit Punch Stains

Fruit Punch

Madison asked, “What can I use to clean fruit punch out of the carpet in my car?” Most commercial fruit punch drinks are dyed bright red which leaves a bright red stain. Thankfully, red is the most easy to remove of all dye stains. Select the section below for your stain location, then use the information in the steps to remove the stain. Always test a cleaning solution on a hidden area first to check for any adverse reaction. Removing Fruit Punch Stains from Clothing You Will Need: Club soda A cloth Laundry detergent Ammonia Rubbing alcohol White vinegar Steps…