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Best way to clean and brighten up white sheets with a pattern?

I have some sheets I love (they are white with little dinosaurs on them), but they get dingy really fast and look dirty even when I've just washed them (they're pretty cheap but they make me happy). Seriously, even when they were new they looked kind of dingy after sleeping on them for two nights. What's the best way to get them as clean and white as possible without fading the dinosaurs? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Oct 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Toning bleached hair

DIY-hair-filter: I bleached my hair 2.5 weeks ago. Can I use toner on it now or is that a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jul 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Bleaching teeth – no food or drink afterward, literally?

Can I bleach my teeth late afternoon or early evening, and then eat or drink later without unbleaching? [more inside]
posted by Lesser Shrew on Dec 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How did my knife get pitted?

Decent paring knife emerges from bleach-soap-water presoak with pitting corrosion. WTF? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Dec 7, 2013 - 13 answers

At least mold won't grow...?

I just noticed what appeared to be a large water leak on the drywall of the ceiling. Upon further inspection, we discovered that somehow a large bottle of industrial strength bleach had leaked in the attic (please don't point out what a bad idea it is to store large bottles of industrial strength bleach in the attic... we had no idea it was up there and have never seen the bottle before tonight). [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Oct 17, 2013 - 9 answers

What happens to bird feces when sanitized, but still physically present?

Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind. I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach. Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious. BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
posted by ahtlast93 on Sep 29, 2013 - 11 answers

Bottle-blonde for dummies

I have typical Irish colouring (not stereotypical, think The Corrs), healthy brows and very little interest in maintenance. What do I need to know if I want to try going blonde. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Sep 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Mixing cleaning products: just how bad can it be?

Help! I mixed cleaning products in my oven. Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Apr 21, 2013 - 5 answers

Does bleach go bad?

Instead of buying spray disinfectant all the time. . . I usually just mix 1 teaspoon into a spray bottle with water and use that. My wife thinks it goes bad and loses it's disinfecting power. Does it?
posted by patrad on Mar 13, 2013 - 19 answers

This is a hair question.

For 9 or so months, I've been dying my usually light brown hair pink and blue after bleaching it. I bleach it every 3 months or so, and use manic panic every month or so. How can I keep my hair as strong and healthy as possible? [more inside]
posted by kpht on Feb 15, 2013 - 22 answers

Teach me your peroxide hair bleach secrets!

Help me bleach my black, coarse, glossy facial (and head) hair! [more inside]
posted by windykites on Dec 26, 2012 - 25 answers

Bleach... Noooooooo!

How do I negate or minimize the effects of bleach on my clothes? [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist on Sep 7, 2012 - 18 answers

I Should Have Learned This Somewhere

How do people keep their light-colored clothing nice? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jul 5, 2012 - 34 answers

How long can you leave bleach on a counter?

How long can I leave bleach on a countertop? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome on Mar 13, 2012 - 6 answers

How to clean up after mice? Dirty buggers.

How should I clean up after finding mouse droppings in my kitchen drawers? And is this mouse fighting strategy sound? [more inside]
posted by Bibliogeek on Feb 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Deyellow me some whites!

I have some white T-shirts (standard Fruit of the Loom/Hanes/shrink-wrapped supermarket cotton T's) that have gone yellow around the folds after being stored folded in a closet for too long. I'd like to bring them back to their original shade. Some I've actually never worn! The tools I have are a bucket, gloves, collar cleaner, and bleach. I'd like to rinse the bleach out before I put them in the machine. I've never done anything like pre-soaking or treating stains before. [more inside]
posted by saysthis on Dec 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Not quite white

I left a red sock in my white laundry and now everything is pastel pink. How can I safely and simply make everything white again? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Advice for dying hair silver

I'm going to bleach my hair and dye part of it silver tomorrow, and I've got a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Dec 2, 2011 - 11 answers

Something died in my dishwasher and I need help cleaning it.

Something literally died in my dishwasher. Please help me clean it. [more inside]
posted by ellenaim on Oct 12, 2011 - 9 answers

I will never clean again.

How to fix horrific bleach-on-silk tragedy. [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery on Sep 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Weird smell after running?

Why do I smell bleach after a hard run? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Sep 2, 2011 - 9 answers

This Is Why We Don't Buy White Things...

White stretch denim cotton/spandex pants. Best practices to keep them clean? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Disinfecting stinky leather without damaging it beyond use?

My all-leather combat boots stink. Probably colonized by fungus. Looking to disinfect and wash without murdering the old, already mildly damaged leather. [more inside]
posted by wires on Mar 27, 2011 - 6 answers

help tame the frizz

my platinum pixie has gotten frizzier over the last few months ... any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by crankyrogalsky on Jan 21, 2011 - 19 answers

Do I need to Crest-strip it?

I've got a bum tooth up front, and want to get a crown -- do I need to bother trying to bleach/whiten my teeth ahead of time, or just go with whatever shade I am now as a match? [more inside]
posted by liquado on Nov 18, 2010 - 9 answers

Does Splat fall flat?

Does anyone have experience with "Splat" hair dye? Specifically "Lusty Lavender". How does it compare to Manic Panic? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas on Nov 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Emergency Laundry Question

Emergency Laundry Question: I had some bad laundry experiences over the weekend. A dry cleaner left this awful kerosene smell in a jacket, which they tried to cover with perfume. Another laundromat over-bleached my dress shirts. How would I go about removing the odors -- of inept dry cleaning and bleach -- from these clothes tonight? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 8, 2010 - 4 answers

How to bleach a printed shirt

Can I bleach a t-shirt without disturbing the print? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers on Aug 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Can I store bleach in my car?

Is there a good reason I shouldn't store bleach in the trunk of my car? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jul 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Why does my bionic sweat bleach my clothes?

Why does my sweat sometimes bleach my clothes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2010 - 21 answers

I need a chemist

Na2CO3·1.5H2O2 + NaClO + H2O --> ??? Or, what actually happens when you mix bleach and oxyclean? [more inside]
posted by sentient on May 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Color safe bleach chemical composition?

What is color-safe bleach composed of? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Jan 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Reverse tie-dying

I have a reverse tie-dying question, for lack of a better description. [more inside]
posted by Witty on Jan 7, 2010 - 9 answers

What is this mystery gunk that bleached my pants?

What is this mystery gunk that bleached my pants? [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Nov 8, 2009 - 11 answers

Can I bleach my curtains white?

Curtains are expensive! But I have some old ones -- can I bleach them white? [more inside]
posted by jenmakes on Sep 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Cleaning her environment, not her intestines.

[Cat-Sanitary, NOT-Pee Filter]: What is the best way to disinfect a pet water fountain thoroughly, without poisoning the fountain itself? We want to be more through than just a dishwasher, but not disinfect the cat's innards... [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Jun 1, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me find my abused clothing a new home

What to do with my scrap clothing in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by gc on Dec 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Shirt / antiperspirant détente!

Quotidian-question-filter: I seek a high-quality antiperspirant that won't stain clothing. [more inside]
posted by Captain Rayford Steele, Tribulation Force on Oct 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Suggest kitchen cleaning products

Please suggest products that I should and should not use to clean different parts of the kitchen, such as a laminate counter top, stainless steel sink, or metal stove top. I am particularly interested in products that won't generate fumes that will send me out of the kitchen. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Oct 25, 2008 - 21 answers

How to get back to my natural color without losing hair

HairFilter: How do I get back closer to my natural light brown after going from bleach to red to dark without my hair falling out? [more inside]
posted by fructose on Sep 21, 2008 - 13 answers

Drippy, icky bathroom fun!

Mold and bleach? How much to kill it, but not me? (And I guess not my roommate, too.) [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews on May 6, 2008 - 21 answers

Help me not mangle this name!

What is the correct phonetic pronunciation for Tite Kubo (creator of Bleach)? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dirtmonster on Mar 7, 2008 - 3 answers

Come with me to the Casbah, Cherie

Nontoxic, non burning fur lightener for cats? Is there way to painlessly, stinklessly give Ms. Black Kitty a light skunklike stripe for her own protection? She lurks in dark, high traffic areas on dark carpet and consequently gets tripped over occasionally at night. [more inside]
posted by fish tick on Jan 11, 2008 - 23 answers

Natural/Alternative solutions to cover unwanted bleached hair?

Peroxide Mishap - Is it possible to get my bleached hair back to its natural color without resorting to boxed hair dye? [more inside]
posted by zippity on Dec 10, 2007 - 12 answers

De-stinkify me

I got some bleach on my mattress and it stinks. How can I de-stinkify it? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Sep 24, 2007 - 3 answers

baking soda and hair

What is baking soda doing to my hair? [more inside]
posted by puffin on Sep 12, 2007 - 9 answers

How can I de-funkify these towels?

How can I de-funkify stinky towels & clothing items? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2007 - 26 answers

URGENT: I accidentally made chlorine gas -- should I start writing my will?

I just mixed bleach / vinegar / salt / and liquid dish detergent in hopes of created a super weed killer. I mixed the stuff in a fairly well-ventilated room, and then sprayed it on some weeds outside. Now I just read about chlorine gas resulting from the mixture of bleach and chlorine, and I'm suddenly feeling light-headed (hypochondriac). Am I going to die? [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) on Jul 17, 2007 - 33 answers

Bleach doesn't always work?!

I sat in bleach. Why didn't it turn my chair white? [more inside]
posted by rossmik on Jul 12, 2007 - 4 answers


Khaki pants— $50 or less solution to fix girlfriend's khaki pants. Went through laundry with detergent on top; got orangish bleach stains. Dye? Some sort of hot soak with other khakis?
posted by klangklangston on Jun 30, 2007 - 10 answers

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