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Coffee Pots that Use Pods

Coffee pods brew the perfect cup of single-serve coffee.Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty ImagesCoffee pods are ideal for coffee lovers who want simplicity and variety in their mornings. The pods allows home brewers to brew individual cups of coffee without the mess of loose coffee...

How to Get a "No Commercial Vehicles" Sign Posted in Your Neighborhood

Commercial vehicles, like trucks and large vans, serve a purpose. They are typically delivering items or are trucks engaged in working situations. Although they can be loud and boisterous, they often have a reason to be in your residential neighborhood. However, if your neighborhood is not zoned for

What Cleans Rust the Best?

Rust is a general term for different types of iron oxides, created when iron or steel react to oxygen in the presence of air moisture or water. Over a sufficient time period, the iron or steel converts to rust and eventually disintegrates. Though rust removal products are available, household items

Home Remedy for Static Cling in the Dryer

It's hard to feel confident when your clothes are clinging, bunching and riding up. Commercial fabric softeners are an easy solution, but many find the aromas of perfume unfavorable. Environmentally minded homemakers also prefer not to use commercial fabric softeners because they typically use synth

How to Clean a Microwave Charcoal Filter

A microwave oven is a powerful home appliance, and it is important to maintain that microwave properly. A well maintained and properly cared for microwave can last for many years, but a neglected microwave oven may need to be replaced after only a couple of years. One part of proper microwave mainte

How to Remove Smoke Smell From Fire Damaged Furniture

Removing smoke odors from fire-damaged furniture takes time and patience. Wood and upholstery are porous materials that absorb smoke. If your furniture was exposed to fire smoke for a prolonged period, the cleanup job might seem impossible. But there are steps you can take to salvage your furniture,

How to Get Oil Out of Wood

Oil is one of the most difficult substances to remove from wood. Unlike water, which dries easily, or paint, which stays on the surface, oil can permeate the wood, making its removal much more difficult. It is possible to clean oil from wood floors and furniture in a few steps, but it's important to

How to Remove TSP Stains From Glass

Trisodium phosphate, or TSP, is a cleaning product composed of soda ash and phosphoric acid commonly used to remove difficult stains and rust. You shouldn't clean glass with TSP, however. It can etch the glass or leave a stain behind, which makes the glass looking cloudy or white-colored. If the gla

The Growth of Mushrooms

There are 100,000 species of mushrooms, rusts, molds, mildews, stinkhorns, puffballs, truffles and other organisms known to exist. Hundreds of new species are described each year. The mushroom’s life cycle is complex with two types of reproduction: asexual and sexual.

About Pressure Washing

Just as a deep cleaning of the interior of your home can work wonders for its appearance, a pressure washing of the exterior of your home is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to maintain, and even increase the value of your home while adding to its curb appeal.

How to Make a Basic Chisel

A variety of jobs require the use of a chisel. A chisel can be used as a pry bar or to chip off items. A chisel head is very hard because it needs to be able to take a lot of wear and tear. A standard chisel you buy from a hardware store has a forged head on it, meaning the head was heated and dippe

How to Install Tiki Torches

Tiki torches are used for camping and general lawn decorations to create an atmosphere of peace, tranquility and mystery. They are popular for spending time on the beach at night, or by lakes and ponds. While they do not provide the warmth of a campfire, they are most known for luaus in Hawaii. T

How to Remove Water Stains From Satin

It sounds almost hard to believe that water can stain fabric, but that is absolutely possible with satin. Originally derived from silk, satin is now often made from polyester, acetate, nylon, rayon or some combination of these synthetic fabrics. Satin usually has a dull side and shiny side. The shin

How to Repair Smoke Damage From Fire

When fire engulfs your home, business or other area, your first thought is probably to worry about the damage the flames will do. Long after the flames have been extinguished, however, you will be thinking about the smoke. Smoke damage and odor can linger for months after a fire, a constant and terr

How to Seal Cast Iron to Prevent Outgas

Cast iron is a favorite for cookware for many people because of its durability, ease of use and the fact that it conducts heat evenly. Enthusiasts consider it safer to use than non-stick skillets and pots because of the possibility of toxic off-gassing from the non-stick surfaces. The process of pre

Wheatgrass Fungus

Many people grow wheatgrass patches at home to juice. Wheatgrass contains many health-promoting elements, including vitamins, minerals and chemicals that help the body's antioxidant system. It may also improve the health of ulcerative colitis patients. Like other types of grass, wheatgrass can have

How to Make Henna Powder From Leaves

Henna has been used for thousands of years, to color the hair reddish-brown and to create red-orange body art. It has enjoyed a recent surge of popularity in the U.S. as a hair color, because it's natural and free of the chemicals often contained in over-the-counter hair dyes. Enthusiasts claim that

How to Get Washcloths Clean

Washcloths are a hardworking tool in many homes. From personal hygiene to cleaning jobs around the house, washcloths get a lot of use. When it is time to launder them, ensure they get completely clean by using simple household chemicals. When you pay close attention to the cleanliness of your washcl

How to Exterminate Fleas with Borax

Winter fleas thrive inside the warm confines of a heated home. Just one family pet can create a flea infestation that requires a complete extermination of fleas from the home. Chemical pesticides work, but they harm the environment. Borax is a natural mineral that kills fleas where they live. Borax