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Nonstick Skillet Care

Nonstick skillets are among the most appreciated pieces of cookware in the kitchen. They make cooking previously difficult items such as pancakes and omelets a breeze by keeping the foods from sticking to the pan and falling apart. To keep nonstick skillet performance at optimum levels for many year

The Best Way to Clean a Real Stainless Steel Appliance

Stainless steel appliances help lighten and brighten any kitchen up. Unfortunately, the sparkling beauty that attracts many consumers can easily become marred by fingerprints, smudges and other dirt marks since the shiny surface appears to show every little spot.

How to Remove Car Oil From Carpet

While carpet has many benefits such as reducing noise, providing comfort and adding aesthetic appeal, it also has the tendency to become stained. When carpet is used in areas of high traffic or where spills or leaks may occur, it is more likely to suffer stains such as car oil. Car oil can be spille

How to Clean Sticky Tile

Cleaning tile floors usually requires no more than a damp mop and a bit of floor cleaner. Occasionally, cleaner, dirt, grease or other substances build up and make the floors feel sticky. If this is caused by cleaner that has been improperly rinsed off, rinse the floor well with warm water. When sti

How to Get Pen Ink Out of Leather Furniture

Pen ink is made with permanent pigment that helps it adhere to porous surfaces such as paper. Leather, like paper, is also a natural and porous surface which has the tendency to absorb pen ink stains. The key to successfully removing pen ink from your leather furniture is to remove it quickly and ca

How to Clean a Credit Card Swiper

A credit card swiper receives a lot of wear and tear over time, as credit cards are slid through the machine and dirty or sticky fingers are pressing the keypad buttons. If you let dirt build up on the machine, you will eventually end up with sticking keys and a card reader that does not always read

How to Make a Homemade Dust Mop

Essential products around the house, cleaning supplies can also be expensive. Mops, brooms and dusters can cost as much as $10 to $30 apiece and may need to be replaced often. These tools that are sometimes used every week, and even every day, can add up to a large cleaning cost. To combat this, you

How to Wash House Shingles

The shingles of a house are some of the most important attributes to the roofing and display the home gives off. After bad winters or windy springs, the roof of a home can look weathered and beaten because the shingles are dirty. Cleaning the shingles on a home can breath new life into the roof and

Draperies to Replace Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds make very practical window coverings. However, some add little visual appeal to a room's decor. If you're ready for a window makeover, trade in your Venetian blinds for draperies. Upgrade your space with materials and patterns that reflect your design personality. Draperies add richn

How to Clean and Prep Douglas Fir for Staining

Douglas Fir is one of the most stable and strong woods that you can use for structural support. If your home has exposed roof beams and they are made of Douglas Fir, you can stain them to enhance their appearance. Before you get excited and start applying wood stain, you must prepare your wooden sur

How to Use Soft Scrub to Clean Glass Cooktop

Soft Scrub, a fine abrasive cream cleanser, contains calcium carbonate. This material helps remove tough stains without scratching delicate surfaces. Some formulations contain bleach to disinfect and whiten. Soft Scrub is ideal for use with glass cooktops, removing cooked-on food and grease with min

Home Insect-Repellent Remedies for Small Black Bugs

Insects are common indoor invaders of homes and office buildings. Many homeowners prefer natural remedies to chemical insecticides for control of indoor bugs. Earwigs and ants are common indoor pests, while spider mites and aphids are found on houseplants. Natural remedies are effective in reducing

How to Paint a Plastic Frame

Painting plastic frames or any other plastic item is much easier than it has been in the past. Plastics have a glossy surface and a tendency to not bond to paint well without a lot of preparation. With some companies now making paints primarily targeted toward plastics, there seems to be less prepar

How to Stain Brick Homes

As brick homes age, the exterior walls become discolored or faded by sun, rain and wind. Rather than replace the brickwork, brighten up an old brick home by using a brick stain. A brick stain can restore old brick back to the original color or change the color all together. A brick stain differs fro

How to Keep Cats Out of Mulch

Cats have an instinctive urge to cover up their waste, and garden mulch provides them with an excellent opportunity to do so. If you have noticed that the neighborhood cats or even your own cat is using your garden mulch as a toilet, it is time to do something about it. Not only is this an unpleasan

How to Remove Urine Stains From Oriental Rugs

As if the smell of pet urine is not nauseating enough, it will make you even more upset to your stomach when your pet urinates on your beautiful and valuable Oriental rug. Urine can cause the colors to run in your Oriental rug. It can also be very hard to get rid of the odor, which can attract insec

How to Clean Sea Sponges

Sea sponges are exactly what they sound like. They are sponges found in the sea that are cleaned and sold for individuals to use in the shower. You can also use these sponges to clean your kitchen or bathroom. If you want to take the all-natural approach, these sponges are for you. However, if your

Food That Ants Won't Eat

"The ants go marching one by one." If only this were true. When dealing with an ant infestation, it can seem that your whole house is under attack by swarms of these pesky creatures. But certain foods naturally repel ants. When determining which foods ants don't like to eat, you must first look at w

How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

Dish-washing detergent is expensive, and many products contain harsh ingredients that are not eco-friendly. Instead of using commercial dishwasher detergent, make your own. Homemade dishwasher detergent is quick and inexpensive to make, and will leave your dishes sparkling clean.

How to Clean Bamboo Serving Utensils

For an eco-friendly approach to cooking, bamboo utensils are a popular choice. Since bamboo grows back after you cut it, unlike trees, bamboo is actually a renewable resource. In addition to helping the environment, you're doing yourself a favor as bamboo utensils require very little effort to clean