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How to Clean a Shower Door Frame

How to Clean a Shower Door Frame

Having shower doors installed is a great convenience, especially when you have children that tend to splash water outside of the tub when they shower. The problem with shower doors is that the frames are difficult to keep clean--especially the bottom tract. Cleaning a shower door frame doesn't have
How to Refinish a Chrome Faucet

How to Refinish a Chrome Faucet

Painting chrome is challenging because the surface doesn't easily accept paint and most paint jobs do not last. It is important to prepare the surface properly and take your time to do the job well, to ensure the paint lasts as long as possible. Try painting the faucet in a different color for a foc
Why Do My Towels Smell Moldy After Washing?

Why Do My Towels Smell Moldy After Washing?

Plunging your face into a musty-smelling towel is a sure way to start the day off wrong. There are many causes of this stink, but all of them involve moisture and mildew or bacteria, and sometimes other factors. The cause may be in your house, laundry equipment or laundry products. Whether the probl
How to Remove Mildew From Vinyl Upholstery

How to Remove Mildew From Vinyl Upholstery

Vinyl upholstery is common in outdoor applications, ranging from the seat on a riding mower to garden furniture cushions. While tough and weather-resistant, vinyl is still vulnerable to infestations of mildew when left out in the elements. Mildew smells bad and aggravates certain allergies, and a sm
How to Remove Stains From Carpets

How to Remove Stains From Carpets

Your carpeting contributes to your home's unique look. Unfortunately, it is also one of your home's most heavily abused attributes. Walking through the house, you may discover an inglorious red wine stain in your living room, a blob of gum in your child's bedroom or a pet's accident in the hallway.
How to Get Rid of Hard-Water Residue on an Electric Kettle

How to Get Rid of Hard-Water Residue on an Electric Kettle

An electric kettle requires regular care to maintain the cleanliness of the interior and the water being boiled, as tap water used with the home appliance contains mineral deposits. Deposits found in hard water calcify inside of the electric kettle, and they affect the quality of the boiled water an
The History of Tide Laundry Detergent

The History of Tide Laundry Detergent

In 1946, Tide was not just another laundry soap; it was not soap at all. Tide was the first heavy-duty synthetic detergent. Prior to this product, traditional laundry soaps left clothes stiff, dull and dingy. Tide and the automatic washing machine (that debuted the same year as Tide) changed the way
How to Remove Glue With Canola Oil

How to Remove Glue With Canola Oil

Canola oil is typically used for cooking, but it actually works well in removing glue. This oil works well because it cuts through the glue and breaks apart the sticky adhesive quality of the glue. This process works well on nearly any type of glue, from crafting glue to strong, all-purpose househol
How to Recycle Oil Paint in Illinois

How to Recycle Oil Paint in Illinois

After a home improvement project is completed or when you are cleaning out a workroom or garage, you might find that you have some excess oil paint that needs to be disposed of. If you have more than 1/4 of a container of paint left, consider donating it to a friend, neighbor or local charity. Howev
How to Make Blue Boxes White

How to Make Blue Boxes White

Changing the color of a box is not a challenge, whether the box is made of cardboard, wood or other materials. Give a consistent look to your closet by making all the storage boxes the same color. Improve the organization of crafts, for example, by making the color of the boxes reflect the content.
How to Treat a Pet Urine Stain on Your Upholstery

How to Treat a Pet Urine Stain on Your Upholstery

Pet urine stains can ruin upholstery if not properly cleaned in a timely manner. If your dog, cat or other pet has an accident on your upholstered furniture, act quickly to ensure maximum removal. Upholstery may become damaged if exposed to harsh cleaning supplies, but the right cleaners can help yo
How to Remove Dinginess From White Curtains

How to Remove Dinginess From White Curtains

White curtains can add a light, airy touch to a room. Unfortunately, they also become dingy quite easily. Over time, environmental factors such as dust, dirt and smoke can cause curtains to loose their crisp whiteness. You can use common, inexpensive household items to remove the dinginess from your
How to Get Rid of Mold With Vinegar

How to Get Rid of Mold With Vinegar

Mold is an unsightly problem that causes homeowners stress trying to get rid of the nasty fungus. You may reach for the nearest chemical to take care of mold; however, harsh chemicals can fill your home with a residue that is toxic to you, your family and the environment. Instead, use white vinegar
What Conditions Make Mold Grow on Bread the Fastest?

What Conditions Make Mold Grow on Bread the Fastest?

Bread is a perfect host for certain types of mold.bread image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.comMold is a living fungus that, unlike plants, can't process light for nourishment. However, mold does require small amounts of water and food supplied directly from a host. If you have ever...
How to Paint & Antique Metal Hardware

How to Paint & Antique Metal Hardware

Metal hardware is a common feature with many pieces of furniture and home installations. Metal hardware is common on doors as hinges, on cabinets or on dressers as drawer pulls. If you have a newer piece of furniture that you want to give an antique look, you can paint your hardware to make it look
Daisy Scout Petal Ideas

Daisy Scout Petal Ideas

Daisy Scouts are girls just beginning the scouting program, usually in kindergarten or first grade. Part of being a Daisy Scout is earning the petals for the Daisy badge. Each petal is a different color and represents a different part of the Girl Scout code. Some activities to earn a petal can be do
How to Clean a Coke Cooler

How to Clean a Coke Cooler

Coke--also known as Coca Cola--is a popular soft drink that has been on the market since the late 1800s. In recent years, Coke merchandise has become increasingly popular. The Coke logo can be found on just about anything including clothing, home decor and coolers. A Coke cooler--like other types of
Homemade Brass Cleaner Polish

Homemade Brass Cleaner Polish

Cleaning your brass properly, on a regular basis, not only restores its warm glow but also guards against the ever-present threat of tarnish. For best results, apply brass cleaner with a soft cloth or sponge. Rub it gently on the brass piece and rinse with water. Polish with a dry clean, cloth. Whil
How to Eliminate Gasoline Fumes in a House

How to Eliminate Gasoline Fumes in a House

It is common knowledge that gasoline fumes are dangerous. What you might not know, however, is just how much exposure you could be getting. Simply because your house does not smell like a gas station does not imply that it is free of fumes. Gasoline fumes pose a serious health risk, so it is only lo
How to Clean Burnt Food From Your Oven

How to Clean Burnt Food From Your Oven

When food cooks at high temperatures -- as it does when it's in an oven -- it will expand and possibly spill. For this reason, you may be left with stains that are baked onto the oven's surface. As you may well be aware, these baked-on stains don't come off nearly as easily as kitchen countertop sta