Tag Archives: Cleaning

Five Stain Removers You Need To Buy Before The Holidays

The holidays are insanely messy! I know that because I’m a person who has lived through many holidays and also because I do a job in which people ask me questions about how to clean up the messes they’ve made, and things go OFF THE RAILS during the last few months of the year. So I have a pretty good idea about what…

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Amazon’s Running One of the Best Dyson Discounts We’ve Ever Seen, Today Only

Dyson vacuums dominated the nominations in our Kinja Co-Op for best vacuum, but they can be prohibitively expensive. Today though, refurbs of the popular Dyson Ball are down to $150 on Amazon, the best price we’ve seen.

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5 Products You Need To Keep Winter From Destroying Your Shoes

WINTER IS COMING, and that means that your leather shoes are in peril. Snow, rain, road salt … they’re all going to take their best shots at jacking up your favorite shoes, but what they don’t know is they don’t stand a chance because this year, you’re going into winter prepared. Here’s how.

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How Am I Supposed to Get Blood Stains Out of Leather?

As a 27-year-old menstruating woman, I fancied myself a master at removing blood stains—jeans, underwear, sheets—no problem. Then last month, my boyfriend and I broke up, and I spent most of my time sulking on the couch, wine in hand and pizza nearby, when my period decided to be a sneaky bitch and ruin things.

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Five Products That Will Keep Your White Sneakers Super White

Sometimes, broken-in is a cool look. But other times, you just want your new white sneakers to stay looking new, and looking white. If that’s your thing, these are the products you need to know about to keep your favorite kicks looking like they just came out of the box.

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The Five Best Cleaning Products for Dorm Rooms

Cleaning isn’t high on the list of extracurricular activities for typical college students, but the life of typical college students is certainly one in which some cleaning is required. Laundry needs to get done eventually, dorm rooms get stale and take on a funky odor over time, and well? Barf happens. Fortunately,…

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Here Are Jeep’s Official 1979 Recommendations For Cleaning ‘Vomitus,’ Urine And Other Stains

While enjoying a typical, romantic Friday evening with a bottle of automatic transmission fluid, a few lit MAP torches and my 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle’s owner’s manual, I discovered something amazing: a stain-removal table, which includes information on how to clean various fluids including “vomitus,” blood,…

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Remove Berry Stains From Clothing With a Boiling Water Flush

Remove Berry Stains From Clothing With a Boiling Water Flush

A handful of berries is a great snack, but one dropped berry or thoughtless wipe of your juice-covered hands can leave your clothing stained. If you act quickly, a little bowling water can keep the red stain from setting in your favorite garments, even whites.

A good stain remover will take out a stubborn stain once it sets, but it’s better to address the stain as soon as it happens, and Jo First at The Kitchn recommends a boiling water flush. Fill a teakettle with water and get it boiling on the stovetop. Blot the stain with a clean cloth to try and absorb some of the juice, but don’t rub or press too hard. Now turn the garment inside out, pull it taut over a large bowl, and pour the boiling water on the stain. Doing it inside out makes the stain go out of the fabric, not deeper into it. If you can’t hold the garment taut by yourself, use a rubber band around the edge of the bowl. Once the stain is out, hang the garment to dry in the sunlight. After a few hours, it should be good as new.

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The Best Way to Remove Berry Stains | The Kitchn

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The Essential Supplies You Need In a Basic Home Cleaning Kit

There’s an endless number of cleaning products out there, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to keep a home looking nice. These are the only essentials you need.

In this video from the Clean My Space YouTube channel, host Melissa Maker shares her tips for building a basic cleaning kit. To put your own kit together you need some obvious basics like all-purpose cleaner, glass and mirror cleaner, and disinfectant. You also need some dish soap for battling grease stains, baking soda for deodorizing, rubbing alcohol for dealing with sticky spills and stickers, and hydrogen peroxide for hard-surface stains. In terms of tools, you should have a hand squeegee for mirrors and windows, a toothbrush for tile and hard to reach spots, and even a measuring cup for whipping up a one off cleaning solution. Maker even shares some of her favorite DIY cleaning solutions for you to try.

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Cheap & Effective Cleaning Kit! | YouTube

Speed Up Your Cleaning Routine by Picking a Room and Staying In It

Speed Up Your Cleaning Routine by Picking a Room and Staying In It

It’s easy to get frazzled cleaning your home, especially when you’re short on time. If you want to streamline your cleaning process, you need to pick a room and stay in it until it’s done.

As you clean and pick up clutter, you may feel the urge to leave the room and put things back where they came from. But as Taryn Williford at Apartment Therapy explains, you’re better off quarantining yourself in the disaster area:

…don’t put it away. It seems counter-intuitive, but if you head into the bedroom to put the thing away, you might begin to straighten up upstairs. Instead, leave the things at the bottom of the stairs (or the entrance to the hallway, or wherever), and continue on your task.

If you have guests on the way, focus on getting the living room and kitchen clean. Don’t let yourself leave those rooms until you’ve done everything you can do without leaving, then go put everything away at once. You’ll save yourself a ton of time and effort.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Cleaning Your Whole Apartment in Half the Time: 3 Rules to Clean By | Apartment Therapy

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