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How to Remove Water Stains on an Indoor Wood Ceiling

Water stains on a wood ceiling may be an indication of a bigger problem than aesthetics and should be addressed as soon as possible. However, if the stain alone is the only issue, it can be removed fairly easily without having to spend the money to hire a professional.

How to Find a Drip Pan in the Fridge

Refrigerators equipped with a frost-free system have a defrost heater located in the rear of the freezer compartment. The heater lies below the evaporator coils, and heats when energized by the evaporator timer--every four to 12 hours, depending on the model of your refrigerator. The heater removes

How To Remove Burned Popcorn Odor From a Microwave

Burned microwave popcorn odors are both offensive and troublesome to remove. Many people opt to save themselves time by throwing out the old microwave and starting with a fresh one. To save yourself money, you can try simple home remedies to remove the pungent popcorn smells. Not all people have the

How to Get Rid of Streaks on Painted Walls

Cleaning painted walls can pose a serious challenge, as many cleaners can remove not only the streaks of dirt and debris, but also the paint itself. But when dirt has started to overtake the look of your walls, or if a child decides to color streaks into it with a crayon, some cleaning might be in o

How to Get Pen Ink Out of a Clothes Dryer

You can get pen ink out of a clothes dryer easily using some old towels and household bleach. No elbow grease is required using this method, only time. Towels are soaked in bleach and water solution and then placed inside while running the clothes dryer to remove pen ink. It may take a few applicati

How to Clean Stainless-Steel Jewelry

From watches to wedding rings, stainless-steel jewelry has a lot going for it. It's handsome--it resembles platinum, but it's much stronger and less expensive. It's not prone to rust or tarnish, and it's easy to clean. Here's how to keep stainless-steel jewelry looking its best.

Borax Hints

Borax is a cleaning agent that is commonly used as a laundry additive. That being said, borax is a multi-purpose cleanser that can be used all around your home. Knowing some borax hints will help you get the most for your money the next time you buy some.

My GE Profile Dishwasher Soap Dish Doesn't Close

General Electric dishwashers have a soap dispenser that is located in the door of the dishwasher. Before the wash cycle is run, you must fill the dispenser with dishwashing detergent and then close the lid. If the lid is not closed, the detergent will enter the wash tub prematurely, resulting in you

How to Clean a Silk Shoji Screen

A traditional shoji screen is a delicate nearly translucent room divider used in Japanese design since at least the 8th century. A shoji screen is both practical and fragile. If rice paper or silk are used, the shoji reflects bright ambient light from the outside to inside or from one room to the ne

How to Care for Honed Marble

Honed marble provides a more rustic and natural finish to stone that causes marble to become more porous--which puts it at greater risk for absorbing stains. Unlike some polished marbles, honed marble should always be professionally sealed to protect it from damage. You may only clean honed marble w

How to Clean an Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

Ever since the Mr. Coffee premiered, the automatic drip coffee maker has been the go-to coffee pot in American homes. It's reliable, has very few moving parts to break and simple to operate. While a daily wiping can take care of the occasional drips that occur, the insides of the machine, where buil

How to Bend Wood Molding

Some projects involving wood molding require bending the molding to accomplish the desired finish. One method of bending molding is back-cutting, which involves making tiny triangular cuts on the back of the molding, so that you can bend the molding together where gaps exist, but back-cutting makes

How to Remove a Stubborn Commode Ring

The bathroom is one of the most utilized rooms in a home. Keeping this area clean is not always a pleasant task, but a dirty toilet is unsightly and unpleasant no matter if it is in a public facility or private residence. Brownish or yellowish rings, stains running from beneath the rim to the water

Instructions for Homemade Dish Soap

Whether you're using it to scrub burnt-on food from pots and pans or just to wash down your counters, dish soap is a necessary part of every kitchen. The cost of buying dish soap from the store really adds up after a while, but it's not really an item you can cut out altogether. You can save some m

How to Remove Stains From Colored Leather

Whether a leather couch, leather coat or leather shoes, stains on colored leather are quite unsightly. Don't throw in the towel on leather stains just yet. Although leather is a delicate material, there are a variety of products and methods that can be used to remove stains from colored leather. Use

How to Remove Plasticine From Carpets

Plasticine is a nontoxic modeling clay that's been used in children's play for over a century and commonly found in products such as Play-Doh and Silly Putty. Unfortunately, its bright colors can wreak havoc on the carpet. Removing clumps and streaks of Plasticine may appear difficult at first glanc

Composition of a Neem Based Floor Cleaner

Neem oil is a natural, plant-derived essential oil that is used as an insecticide, pesticide, fungicide and antibacterial agent. Neem has been used in agriculture, skin care products and for home cleaning. Making homemade neem cleansers for the floor and home can be a bit tricky, but the result is

How to Save Cookware

Cookware sells for a pretty penny. Yet sometimes, when there's a mess stuck on a pan like tar or so many stains on the aluminum that you're embarrassed, it might be tempting to throw the piece of cookware out. Do you really need to spend hours scrubbing that pan or pot? Probably not. Most stains and