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Cleaning CDs and DVDs

posted by lwhite

Taking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching: 1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber […]

Scuffmarks on Patent Leather?

posted by lwhite

It’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks: 1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then […]

Spider Webs inside Your Home?

posted by lwhite

If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your […]

Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?

posted by lwhite

This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl […]

Orange-Colored Stains

posted by lwhite

Spaghetti sauce or French salad dressing always seem to drip onto clothing and leave such awful orange stains on our garments, which can be so hard to get out. Here’s how to remove them: 1. Use a clean, cotton cloth […]

Flower Vase Has Ugly Water Ring

posted by lwhite

If you notice a crusty calcium-type ring inside the vase, it was probably caused by using tap water that contains minerals. However, you can remove the unsightly ring. Here’s how to do it: 1. Warm enough full-strength household vinegar to […]

Cleaning Copper Objects

posted by lwhite

When they tarnish and need to be shined, you can make cheap homemade cleaners to make them shine again. 1. Douse a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice. Then sprinkle salt on it and rub the metal, rinse and dry […]

Cleaning Pewter

posted by lwhite

Pewter has such a lovely soft finish rather than a shine. Occasionally, pewter pieces may need to be buffed up. Here are two home-style ways to do it: 1. Go to your refrigerator and take out several cabbage leaves and […]

When You Dust

posted by lwhite

Use only a feather duster. Dry cloth just rearranges dust and pushes it into the air. Do not move it around, re-move it. Here’s how to do the job better: You need to use a furniture polish or a spray […]

Is the Inside of Your Washing Machine Dirty?

posted by lwhite

Yes, the interior of this appliance can get a residue buildup from hard-water mineral or detergents. To remove this, here’s a hint: Pour a gallon of cheap white or apple cider vinegar into the washer and fill with hot water. […]

Previous Posts

Cleaning CDs and DVDs
Taking good care of your CDs and DVDs will make them last longer and play better. Here are steps to take to ensure good listening or watching: 1. If the surfaces look grimy or they are skipping, get a microfiber cloth to clean the surface. NOTE: Wipe over the disc in a straight line from the c

posted 8:00:43am Apr. 23, 2014 | read full post »

Scuffmarks on Patent Leather?
It’s so easy to get scuffmarks when you wear patent leather shoes or carry patent leather purses. Here are hints to remove these unsightly marks: 1. Use a terry towel/microfiber cloth or an art gum or pencil eraser and then rub off the scuffmarks. 2. If this doesn’t work, then use a cotton s

posted 8:00:28am Apr. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Spider Webs inside Your Home?
If you suddenly notice a lot of spider webs around your home and you don’t like them, be aware that here’s a reason they are there. Spiders like to eat moths and flies and if you have them in your home, spiders will be munching on them. Here’s how to get rid of them: 1. Clean up the inside

posted 8:00:58am Apr. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Ink Stains on a Laptop Computer Screen?
This can and does happen when we are working on our computers. Yes, you can try to remove it and here’s how to do it very carefully: 1. First, lightly dip a cotton swab into a mix of one-party isopropyl alcohol (70 percent strength) with one-part distilled water. 2. Very carefully dab the swab

posted 8:00:02am Apr. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Photo Stuck to the Glass in a Frame?
If you have a treasured picture in this situation, you can try to save and remove it. Follow these steps carefully: 1. First, scan the pictures or take a photo of it through the glass. You will have a copy—just in case. 2. Put the frame and photo or just glass and photo into a plastic freezer

posted 8:00:25am Apr. 17, 2014 | read full post »


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