How to Organize Clothing

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If your dresser drawers won’t shut or you can’t find a thing to wear in your closet, it’s time to get organized! Follow these tips to get started. Organizing a Dresser What You Will Need: A Sock Organizer (optional but recommended) A Drawer Cubicle (optional but recommended) Four large cardboard boxes How to Get It Organized: Label the boxes “give away,” “throw away,” “repair,” and “put away” (for items that don’t belong in the dresser at all). Start with the sock drawer. Empty the drawer and place the Sock Organizer in the space. (You can use any small box, such…

How to Organize Canned Goods

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Canned foods are ideal for stocking up and storing, but keeping them organized can be a challenge. If your supply of canned goods has turned into a jumbled mess, then these tips for organizing canned goods are for you! What You Will Need: Canned goods Recommended/Optional Organizers: Three-tier Can Rack Shelf Under Sink Storage Shelf Expandable Shelf Organizer Narrow Shelf Organizer Large Expanding Shelf How to Get It Organized: The first step is to know what you’re working with. Pull out your canned goods and group them by contents. Consider one of the following storage and organization solutions based on…

How to Clean Radiators

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Carol asked: How do I clean the exterior of radiators in our home? I especially want to get at the dust that accumulates underneath and inside. My vacuum cleaner attachments don’t go that far. Radiators are constructed in such a way that dust and dirt can become trapped and takes some time to clean it all out. Luckily, the process is simple and it doesn’t require any special equipment. With a little time and effort, your radiators will be looking great and ready to provide heat all winter long. You Will Need: Dust cloth Towel Soft cloths Water Soap Bucket…

How to Clean White Canvas Vans

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Alescia asked: How do I clean white, canvas vans? I got them a little dirty. I know putting them in the washer will turn them yellow. I need a guaranteed answer on how to make them all white again. Cleaning white, canvas Vans or any other canvas shoes can be a real challenge. The yellowing that you describe in the washing machine can be caused from bleach being used or the glue that holds the base to the shoe, spreading onto the canvas. Follow these guidelines from the Vans website for proper care and cleaning. You Will Need: Woolite or…

How to Remove Beer Stains from Pool Table Felt

Wesley asked: How do I remove beer stains off of pool table felt? A friend spilled his half-empty beer on my pool table. I haven’t tried to get rid of the stain yet because I don’t want to damage the felt any further. The stain is about the size of my hand, and it left the green felt a shade darker. It doesn’t affect game play. The stain just looks ugly. I have no idea where to start. With beer being a common beverage while playing pool, beer stains are a common problem. The felt on pool tables is not…

How to Remove Dark Soled Shoe Stains from Carpet

Millie asked: How do I remove a dark stain on the carpet made from dark-soled shoes? It is in front of my husband’s chair. He wears black-soled flip flops. The carpet is short nap beige with dark brown threads. These dark stains from shoes can be from a couple of different problems. If the carpet is wet either from moisture in the air or moisture from the shoes, it will pull the dirt out of the soft-soled shoes more easily and absorb it into the fibers of the carpet. This results in a deep-carpet dirt stain that can be tough…

How to Remove Cement from Tile

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Pam asked: After having a fireplace built on our sunporch, they got cement on my quarry tile floor. How do I get the cement off the tile? Ceramic tile is much harder than cement and can tolerate the cleaning methods needed to break down and remove the cement. For thin layers or small amounts of cement, common household products may be sufficient for removal. However, for larger jobs, stronger acids may be needed to get the job done. Be sure to protect your skin and use good ventilation as you work through the steps below. You Will Need: Vinegar (for…

How to Remove Dye Stains from Clothing

Melissa asked: How do I remove a leather stain from a white, polyester shirt? A brown leather belt left a rub line on a white polyester shirt. I’ve tried everything to remove it, but it’s still there. Help! Leather is treated with dyes to give it the desired color. When these dyes transfer to clothing they are considered “loose dye” stains. These loose dyes, or dyes that are on the surface of the fibers, can be removed with a few products that are readily available. The most common is bleach, which is often harsh on the fabric as well. Below…

How to Remove Floor Wax from Porcelain Tiles

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Kimberly asked: How do I remove floor wax from glazed porcelain tile floor? I know I’m not supposed to wax glazed ceramic and tile floors. I just tried it in a small area (my kitchen floor), but I guess I should remove it now. I am wondering, what is the right way of doing so? It’s correct that glazed porcelain does not need to be waxed. Removing the wax will likely be more cumbersome than leaving it on there. However, it can be removed and should be. You Will Need: Acidic tile cleaner (ex: TileGuard) Non-metallic scrub brush or pad…

How to Remove Latex Paint from Wood Laminate Flooring

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Carla asked: How do I remove latex paint from wood laminate flooring? Our flooring is a laminate, and we recently had a painter come in and paint the trim. He got a few spots of interior semi-gloss latex paint on the floor. I’m not sure where to start. The directions for everyday cleaning of the floor indicate to use only water and a dust mop. Can you help? Fortunately, latex paint is much easier to remove from most surfaces than oil based paint. There are cleaners that will release the paint’s bond without causing damage to the floor. Here are…