Cleaning & Laundry : Home & Garden

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How to Clean the Hardwoods in My Kitchen

How to Clean the Hardwoods in My Kitchen

Hardwood is a durable surface used in kitchen areas, particularly as a floor and cabinet choice. Since the kitchen is used to prepare and eat meals, dirt and buildup can accumulate quickly. This means you need a cleaning routine that removes crumbs, residue and bacteria quickly without causing damag......[Read More]
How to Check a Grill Ignitor

How to Check a Grill Ignitor

The ignitor on a gas grill triggers a spark to light the burner inside the appliance in preparation for cooking. Ignitors typically work with a wire from a spring-loaded push button on the grill control panel to the ignitor component installed on the underside of the grill. Pressing the button sends......[Read More]
How to Remove Clear Silicone Sealant From Glass

How to Remove Clear Silicone Sealant From Glass

When silicone sealant, or caulk, hits a material such as glass, it binds to the surface like glue, then hardens, making it difficult to budge without scratching. While this action works well to keep moisture from seeping behind showers and sinks, it becomes a headache to remove when dripped on surfa......[Read More]
Flammable Storage Safety

Flammable Storage Safety

When working with flammable substances, there is always the risk of fire, explosions, and other injuries. There are a variety of flammable substances found in the home and workplace that include gasoline, paint thinners, welding gases, cleaning chemicals, and heating gases. When dealing with these s......[Read More]
How to Resurface Terrazzo Floors

How to Resurface Terrazzo Floors

Terrazzo flooring dates back to the Roman Empire, and its reputation for beauty and durability still lives on in many homes today. A mixture of marble and concrete, Terrazzo flooring is porous by nature and without the proper protection can be susceptible to damage brought on by dirt and staining. R......[Read More]
How to Remove a Metal Towel Hanger

How to Remove a Metal Towel Hanger

Towel hangers cling to walls with the use of screws, glue or brackets. You may be able to remove the hanger using your hands, or you may need tools, depending on how the hanger attaches to the wall. A screwed-in towel hanger is the easiest to remove and leaves the least amount of mess, while a glue......[Read More]
Which Elements Besides Boron Are in Laundry Detergent Powder?

Which Elements Besides Boron Are in Laundry Detergent Powder?

Laundry detergent powder may contain several ingredients that impact the user and the environment. The Household Products Database, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides product information gleaned from product labels and the Material Safety Data Sheets prepared by manufa......[Read More]
Solutions for Removing Odors

Solutions for Removing Odors

Something unfortunate everyone must face at one time or another are strong or persistent odors. These unpleasant smells can be found in various places in the home and on clothes, and can often be irritating and embarrassing. There are certain solutions available to help remove odors or prevent them ......[Read More]
How to Successfully Clean to Remove Pet Odors

How to Successfully Clean to Remove Pet Odors

Rubbing a bit of baking soda through pets' coats can help as a last-minute fix before guests arrive, but long-term pet odor removal requires routine care and upkeep of both the pet and the home. This need not be a time-consuming endeavor. Add a few small tasks to your daily routine and go for deeper......[Read More]
How to Remove Mold Stains from a Refrigerator Interior

How to Remove Mold Stains from a Refrigerator Interior

Mold is often associated with growing in warm, moist locations. Although the inside of a refrigerator doesn't offer these same conditions, the moisture and lack of air circulation contribute toward the growth of mold. Whether the mold begins to grow on food or directly on the refrigerator's surface,......[Read More]
How to Remove Walnut Stains From the Hull When It Gets on Your Hands

How to Remove Walnut Stains From the Hull When It Gets on Your Hands

The juice from an unhulled walnut can leave a dark stain on your hands. This type of stain is called a tannin stain, which is a plant-based stain. Other tannin stains include berries, coffee, ink and juice. Tannin stains are known as some of the more difficult stains to remove. While you might becom......[Read More]
How to Gauge Snowfall

How to Gauge Snowfall

Unlike measuring rain, gauging snowfall presents challenges. Snow mixes with rain or sleet, blows into drifts or melts, and all these factors can inhibit an accurate measurement. For these reasons, the National Weather Service recommends two low-tech ways to gauge snowfall: measuring snow with a yar......[Read More]
How to Remove Fresh Motor Oil From Carpet

How to Remove Fresh Motor Oil From Carpet

Motor oil spills can be very damaging to carpet. If not cleaned up immediately, set-in oil stains may be impossible to remove. If a stain is treated while the oil spot is still fresh, however, saving the carpet is a possibility. Though extreme care and some elbow grease are required, removing oil st......[Read More]
How to Clean Scuff Marks Off Trex Decking

How to Clean Scuff Marks Off Trex Decking

Composite decks, often called Trex decking, require some basic care and maintenance to keep them looking good. Although composite decks require less work than standard wood decks, certain things can still leave stains or marks, such as scuff marks from shoes. Cleaning scuff marks from Trex decking i......[Read More]
Garlic to Kill Ticks

Garlic to Kill Ticks

Each time you let your cat or dog out of the house, you risk the pet bringing ticks into your house. Ticks live in areas with a large amount of weeds and wooded areas. Garlic won't kill ticks, but it does repel the ticks and keep the pests away from your home.......[Read More]
How to Remove Garlic Odor From a Refrigerator

How to Remove Garlic Odor From a Refrigerator

Garlic can emit an odor that will stick to the refrigerator or other items inside the unit. The strong scent can linger for days even after you remove the garlic. When you notice the offensive garlic smell, you will need to remove it from the refrigerator safely to protect the perishables inside the......[Read More]
How to Keep Crystals Looking Shiny

How to Keep Crystals Looking Shiny

Once polished and finished, crystals are eye-catching stones that capture and refract light. They can be used in jewelry and in new age healing rituals, but in order to maintain the energy of the stones, you must keep them looking clean and shiny. Polishing crystals is essential to maintaining their......[Read More]
Steps on Cleaning Wallpaper

Steps on Cleaning Wallpaper

Wallpaper comes in a variety of colors, textures and materials. From paper to vinyl and fabric -- wallpaper requires gentle cleaning to remove dust or stains. Most types of wallpaper won't withstand harsh cleaners or abrasives, but can hold up to cleaning with mild detergents. Some types of wallpape......[Read More]
Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

Pet Friendly Indoor Plants

Gerbera daises are pet friendly indoor plants that are non-toxic to cats, dogs and horses.pink gerber daisy image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.comWhen keeping houseplants and pets at the same time, it is important to make sure you are choosing pet friendly indoor plants. Many plants.........[Read More]