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How to Get Clay to Not Stick to Hands

When handling clay, the sticky substance often sticks to your hands. Not only does this create an unnecessary mess, but also, when creating pottery or sculpture, this can sometimes prevent you from forming the desired shapes or cause you to smear intricate detailing that you previously created. To p

How to Make Homemade Powdered Dishwasher Soap

Using a dishwasher may not be the most eco-friendly way to do the dishes, but it sure is convenient. If you are concerned with your carbon footprint but just can't let go of the old dishwasher, consider greening up your dishwasher routine by making your own eco-friendly dishwasher detergent. Sure, y

How to Operate an Electric Food Dehydrator

An electric food dehydrator preserves foods through drying. It takes almost no extra ingredients and once the food has been dried, it can be stored almost indefinitely, if it is packaged properly. Other methods of drying, in the oven or under the sun, take significantly more care and effort.

How to Wash Your Libman Wonder Mop

The Libman Wonder Mop, made of an absorbent microfiber material that is machine washable, allows you to mop any hard floor surface with a single mop. Use your washing machine to wash the Libman Wonder Mop as often as you need to depending on how much use it gets.

How to Reuse Old Brick

Reusing old brick is an ecologically friendly way to conserve energy and help the planet. The reuse of old brick reduces the environmental costs of new brick manufacture and old brick disposal. Unlike recycling, the reuse of a product means to use it again for the purpose of its manufacture. To reus

How to Clean Hair Off Hard Wood Floors

Hard wood floors require special care to prevent damage to the planks. Vacuuming with most vacuum cleaners may remove hair from the floors, but you risk scuffing the floor. A regular broom will also get up hair, but light, fluffy hair, such as pet hair, may become trapped in floor grooves or become

How to Clean a Garbage Disposal Tank

Grease, grime and hardened food build up inside your garbage disposal tank, causing terrible odors and poor performance. Regular cleaning of the tank is not difficult. With a few supplies and a few hours of your time, your garbage disposal tank will smell as fresh as a daisy.

Rust Removal From a Gillette DE Razor

Gillette DE (double-edge) razors are a series of metal razors with two sides to the blade that is secured into place with a twist of the handle. Some of these razors are quite old and valuable. If you've had one for a long time, it is likely to have accumulated a fair amount of rust. Removing this r

How to Stretch Old Carpet

If your wall-to-wall carpet is lumpy and bumpy, you can restretch it. Restretching isn't difficult, even if you've never done it. Rent some carpet stretching tools--a power stretcher, a knee kicker and a carpet cutter. You'll have to lift up the edges of the carpet and pry it from the tack strips

How to Remove Bubble Gum From Floors

Bubble gum is a sticky substance that often gets stuck to surfaces it is not intended for, such as the flooring in your home. Whether the gum sticks to a hard floor surface or soft carpeting, you have a cleaning job on your hands that must be done appropriately. The proper routine gets rid of the gu

The Best Way to Remove the Center Bearing on an F-250

The Ford F-250 three-quarter-ton truck is available with automatic or manual transmission and various engines, ranging from a 300-cubic-inch inline six-cylinder to several types of V-8 engines. It is also available with two- or four-wheel drive. The F-250 has a long wheelbase and uses a two-piece dr

What Can I Use to Clean Plexiglass?

Plexiglass, or acrylic glass, is actually not a glass substance at all. The name derives from its transparent appearance, which makes it look like glass, and it can function as a durable glass substitute. Plexiglass is petroleum-based and consists of strong plastic. You have multiple choices when it

House TV Antenna Removal

Now that more and more homes are switching to cable television, there are a number of unused antennas that create an unnecessary eyesore on the house's exterior. There are several things to keep in mind when removing your antenna. Depending on how the size of the antenna, the project can increase or

Cleaning a Sisal Rug

The natural fibers used to make sisal rugs add to their beauty. Sisal's color and texture brings warmth to an entry or mudroom. In order to maintain the appearance and condition of your sisal rug, you must clean it properly, using a dry cleaning method. You probably already have the necessary suppli

Natural Home Remedies to Repel Rodents

Instead of chemicals, try natural home remedies to repel rats and mice.Rat image by Elena kolesnikova from Fotolia.comRats and mice are certainly not something most people want in their homes, but the idea of messy traps and hazardous chemicals is hardly more appealing. In addition, those...

Homemade Ways to Remove Wallpaper With Windex

It's time to say goodbye to that wallpaper that's covering your walls. With a little elbow grease, a bottle of Windex and a scraper, that hideous wallpaper can be a thing of the past. Windex has numerous household uses and happens to also be effective in loosening the glue that bonds the paper to th

How to Treat Wet Carpet

Any carpet cleaning technique involves using as little water as possible. This is because soaking carpets with liquid can dissolve the carpet adhesive that holds the fibers to the backing. Soaking can also weaken the carpet backing and can sometimes cause the carpet's colors to bleed through the bac

How to Splice Shrubs

If you want your shrubs to produce more flowers or to be more immune to changes in the weather and to storm damage, you can splice or graft them together. This is a method of combining two like shrubs with one another to make a hybrid that produces a kind of mixed foliage. Splicing shrubs is not ter

How to Clean Smells From a Drain

Drains, especially those in bathroom and kitchen sinks, can become smelly with day-to-day use. This is because bits of food, toothpaste and other gunk gets stuck to the sides of the pipes, clinging to them as they rot. Cleaning smells from a drain is simple and doesn't require any commercial drain-c

How to Remove Cat Urine From a Leather Sofa

Leather sofas are ideal for pet owners because they don't collect pet hair and wipe clean from muddy paws. Cat urine is extremely damaging to leather furniture, however, and can ruin the surface if allowed to sink into the material. In extreme cases, the leather sofa might require a trip to a profes