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Teach me how to keep my floor clean, like I am a small child.

Us: old farmhouse, wood floors, golden retriever, crawling baby. There is dog hair everywhere and the baby gets into it and I feel like I'm going about this all wrong. What do you do with your floors, and pets? The floors aren't very fancy, if that helps. Not as bad as the last AskMe about wood floors, but no high polish and lots of cracks that could really be tighter. I'd just like to keep everything clean and tidy so that baby can roam and my feet are happy. I grew up with carpet so this is totally foreign.
posted by checkitnice on Aug 18, 2014 - 25 answers

Can I use alcohol-based wipes on my new glasses?

I have these glasses wipes that I *love* (Flents Wipe 'n Clear). I used them to clean my old glasses with anti-glare coating all the time and never suffered any ill effects. Is it safe to use them on my new glasses? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Jul 31, 2014 - 7 answers

What substance is coming off my tomatoes?

Hello, We had some "off the vine" tomatoes we bought at the store and I was cleaning them with water and wiped them with a paper towel and noticed a yellowish stain on the paper towel. I wiped very well, then rinsed and finally the new paper towel I used was clean. What do you think this is? Is it tomato tar?
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jul 30, 2014 - 11 answers

[request] bathroom and rug cleaning solutions

Hi. Can someone suggest ways to clean our home rug and bathroom. the rug itself has been in use for over 20 years and has now grayed with dirt and compressed down. The picture shows a side by side of when the rug was new (a bed was under this area so it was untouched). [more inside]
posted by philllip on Jul 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Armageddon tired of messy kitchens

What are your tips and tricks for keeping your kitchen clean while preparing and cooking? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia on Mar 3, 2014 - 23 answers

cleaned brick planters with muriatic acid, got white film

I cleaned my brick planters with a strong solution of muriatic acid, parts worked will, but one major section turned white with a film. How do I remove the film? The advice I read is to use muriatic acid to remove the film, but that seems to be causing the film on this one section.
posted by alcahofa on Mar 2, 2014 - 1 answer

How to get make-up off collar of fleece top?

My wife is sad because her favorite North Face fleece top is kind of shiny and gross around the collar where make-up (mostly Bare Minerals powdered foundation, she says) has built up. Can she remove this stuff? How? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Feb 6, 2014 - 12 answers

High-energy, visually interesting, utterly SFW music videos?

I am teaching a class where the students mostly arrive early and sit waiting for everyone to arrive. During this time, I like to play some high-energy, visually interesting, utterly safe for work music videos. Students have commented in the past that they really enjoy it. The thing is, I don't have enough good videos to make it through the semester. Can you suggest some videos for me to use? I particularly like unusual, non-english videos, but fun remixes and other ideas are great as well. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Jan 30, 2014 - 59 answers

Cleaning My Cloth/Leather Bag

I have owned a cloth messenger bag with leather trim around the edges for a couple years. Over time, the cloth has gotten somewhat dingy (no issues with the leather). I am unlikely to find another bag like this, so I want to keep it clean, if I can. Laundromats won't touch it because of the leather and I can't machine wash it for the same reason. I have tried scrubbing it by hand with different things - vinegar, lemon juice, and bleach (all diluted in some amount of water) to no avail. Internet searches haven't turned up many other suggestions. Are there any recommendations for other things to try?
posted by C'est la D.C. on Jan 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Best dry cleaner in Bay Area for a white satin designer suit?

I need to clean an expensive white Oscar de la Renta skirt suit that's lined in taffeta/tulle; it has some faint smudging here and there on the thick reverse silk-satin fabric. I wouldn't trust a normal dry cleaner with this, and don't know where else to go. Alex's seems exorbitant and gets awful reviews; Peninou seems doubtful as well; and I read somewhere about Crystal in San Mateo but don't have much to go on. Does anyone know a cleaner (preferably in San Francisco, but I can drive elsewhere if necessary) who works with designer items, maybe wedding gowns, who would know how to work with tricky white silk fabric? Many thanks!
posted by roxie110 on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best drinking water option?

Been reading a few articles about tap water vs. bottled water, and some of these mention how tap water is at least the same, or even better (1, 2, 3, and 4) and of course, less expensive. I live in Toronto and I buy PC's bottled water (simply because it doesn't have that artifical taste that other brands have in my opinion), but I'm starting to look at other options. Between bottled water, water cooler bottles, and installing a tap filter, which is my best option?
posted by omar.a on Nov 12, 2013 - 17 answers

New Shimmer is a dessert topping AND a floor wax!

What "natural" cleaning products actually work? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Oct 12, 2013 - 29 answers

SFW Rap

I like to rap, and I really like to rap at work. However the silly, popular, well-known verses I've memorized are getting a little stale and I'd like to learn some more. My key requirement is that they can't be misogynistic, cussy, or overly tasteless. What are the catchiest popular rap verses that are safe for work? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 17, 2013 - 32 answers

Good Rap With Minimal Swears

After perusing the current Kendrick Lamar thread, in which people are squabbling about whether or not "bitch, motherfucker" is the essence of rap, it seems worth it to ask for some recommendations of good rap music with no swears. [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Aug 15, 2013 - 35 answers

Are there job opps for programmers in cleantech/fusion research?

I am a software developer with good experience, principally in big data, though I am not married to that field. I think that climate change is a serious threat to human existence, and am probing how I might be able to work successfully in a field that could help us develop a more sustainable future. [more inside]
posted by wooh on May 27, 2013 - 3 answers

SCUM Manifesto

I do not think of myself as a dirty person, but when I'm in the shower and I scrape my nails over my neck/chest/back area, a grayish scum collects under my fingernails. What is this disgusting medley, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Sweat -- do I have to wash it off (besides for smell purposes)?

I've been looking for info on showering/bathing in relation to sweating and whether it's sanitary or not. I can only seem to find articles that basically say "yeah, you need to shower cause you'll smell" but can't find anything that confirms whether or not it's actually sanitary or not e.g. infections. What do ya'll think/know? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me find a clean, bright, sexy smelling perfume

I want to get a new perfume but perfume shopping is an utterly horrible experience for me. I'm looking for a very clean smelling perfume. What can you suggest? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Apr 3, 2013 - 65 answers

How to stop dirt from coming in under front door?

So. I live on the ground floor. My apartment complex hires leafblowers to come and blow leaves and dirt out of the parking lot twice a week. Every time they come to do this, I come home to dirt, in the entryway of my apartment, that has blown in under my front door. It's a new door, with a new rubber guard at the bottom. How can I prevent this from happening?
posted by sevensnowflakes on Apr 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Single Page Daily News Brief - name that site

I have a specific site in mind, and I can't find it for the life of me. It's a consciously minimalist design, about 5 stories per day, summarized. The stories are all in a single column, on a single page, black text on a white background. Clean as clean can be. [more inside]
posted by scamper on Feb 27, 2013 - 7 answers

looking for website with curated news headlines only, for end of day

a few months ago someone I follow tweeted a link to a website that curates and displays only the latest news headlines and top stories. I found this thread (http://ask.metafilter.com/192456/A-better-newspaper) on MF but the site is not listed there. This is a fairly new and probably still obscure site, but I loved the look of it and would like to find it again and seemed to have lost the bookmark. I cannot find it on google because the search terms are so generic. This was an extremely CLEAN site, black on white (i believe) with attractive type, no (or very few/discreet) ads, and nothing fancy going on in terms of media or anything like that. Similar to "theweek.com" in terms of content but nowhere near as busy visually. any help would be appreciated.
posted by denaps on Feb 12, 2013 - 2 answers

will white paint make my bathroom look more clean or more dirty?

we rent in an olllllllld apartment. the fixtures in our bathroom are white, but not matching. and some of them are um, dingy white. ie, white tub liner that's a bit stained from water damage and mildew (there's no mildew on it, but it still remembers a time when there was). the bathroom doesn't get a lot of ventilation so the walls get mildew on them. we want to attack! we have bleach-cleaned the walls and want to paint them with white mildewcide paint, but is this a good idea or will it make the old-and-off-white-ness of the fixtures stand out? our landlord won't replace the tub liner and we can't afford to either, so it is staying. our dream is this but we know we can't have that. can we get close or is it just going to end up gross? any ideas?
posted by andreapandrea on Jan 24, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I clean cotton napkins?

I have cotton napkins, some 100 percent, some 65 percent. And it says on the label to wash them in cold. I want to make sure that when my child puts the napkin to her mouth that the napkin is sanitary. But I'm wondering if washing them in cold takes all the microbes out. I'm not only talking about the food, but what about my wash machine which may have just washed our family underpants. Is this common practice? Or am I missing something? Am I supposed to be washing the napkins in a bucket instead? I wanted the convenience of washing in the washing machine, but if that is not sanitary I will do the bucket. Also, if I can do it in the machine, should I do it in warm to make sure microbes are gone? Or is cold best? Also, should I line dry or do it in the dryer. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Jan 24, 2013 - 29 answers

But they're 90% hole!

Kitchen Cleaning Gurus of MiFi: What's the best way to clean 1) oily gunk from between the handle and the netting of my all-metal spider, 2) a colander/strainer? Tips and tricks requested! [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jan 21, 2013 - 7 answers

My bag is turning black!?

Help me clean my jean-stained leather bag in Japan (and help me prevent this from happening again)! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Dec 1, 2012 - 7 answers

How to clean a stinky fridge

My friends just got power back after Sandy, and their fridge stinks. We've thrown out all the food. What's the best way to clean the fridge? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Nov 1, 2012 - 17 answers

Purging all of the things

Have you ever done a large purge of your possessions? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 22, 2012 - 77 answers

Cleanliness: On tap!

What's the best system for cleaning a kegerator? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I remove some stains from unsealed slate tiles?

I recently purchased a used coffee table with unsealed slate tiles. There are a few small dark stains on the tiles, perhaps from beer or soda. I tried scrubbing a stain with dishwashing soap and a sponge, but it didn't work. Are there any simple solutions or products that I can use?
posted by jordanian2 on Oct 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Inspire me to quit smoking.

How did you (or someone you know of) beat smoking with clean living? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 4, 2012 - 22 answers

What is the best and easiest way to clean soot from inside of our wood burning brick fireplace?

What is the best and easiest way to clean soot from inside of our wood burning brick fireplace? [more inside]
posted by Tziv on Sep 9, 2012 - 3 answers

What is the happy medium?

How do I come to terms with the fact that my apartment will never be as neat as I would like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 17, 2012 - 21 answers

How do I keep my wood heater glass clean?

I have moved into a house with an inbuilt wood heater. Its not necessary for heat, but I am enjoying having a fire in there every other night. But the glass on the front blackens within a couple of burns. I am cleaning it weekly with oven cleaner. I have tried keeping the fire at the back. Is there anything I can do to keep the black off?
posted by jjderooy on Aug 7, 2012 - 14 answers

It's a bug-eat-bug world out there.

Just a dead bug... but where could it have come from? And where did all these little critters show up from? Are they larva from the corpse? Please help me figure out how to best get rid of this mess. [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Jul 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Safe, easy, preferably free way to get hot corners in Windows 7

I want OS X Exposé-style hot corners in Windows 7. Is there any alternative to Hot Corners or LiveEdge? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Jul 21, 2012 - 1 answer

Male characters good at keeping house

Where can I find male protagonists in fiction who are good (but not overly fastidious) at keeping house? I watched Weekend last night and felt one of the protagonists (Russell) was a good example. Hikaru Murakami's protagonists would be excellent examples as well. [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Jun 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Ginger Beer Explosion. Glass shards. Help?

How does one clean up a gallon of home brewed gingerbeer out of an oriental wool rug? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat on Jun 5, 2012 - 10 answers

My house is a dump.

I live in a complete dump. How can I make the best of my crappy living situation while I look for a new place? [more inside]
posted by windbox on May 14, 2012 - 34 answers

Housework Blues

I'm confused about how to equitably split up housework. I am messier than my spouse, and to him this means I should do all the housework. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2012 - 54 answers

please let me push that chair in...

How can I curb the (rather desperate) urge to tidy up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Beautiful, upbeat websites?

Know any ungendered, artful, well designed, and relentlessly positive/upbeat websites? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

How to clean a foam mattress topper?

How to clean a foam mattress topper? [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

What's the smell on a freshly cleaned aeroplane?

What's the smell on a freshly cleaned aeroplane and can it be replicated? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 21, 2012 - 2 answers

How to clean cat pawprints from silk?

A cat left two paw prints on a 100% silk pillow cover. How do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by amf on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Why does my toilet hate poop?

I have a rather...sticky situation happening in the bathroom regarding poop and my new toilet. Please help before I die of embarassment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2012 - 30 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

I want to eat you, not smell you

Do you cook a lot? Yet your house smells clean? Tell me how you do it! [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Getting my Mac back on track

New Year's Resolution: Clean up my hard drive(s) by removing duplicate files, implementing a new folder hierarchy, and any other odds and ends I need you to tell me to do. Mac Pro 2009 running the latest pre-Lion OS. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 4, 2012 - 10 answers

Begone Norton Security

How do you do a clean install of Windows without the CD/DVD? [more inside]
posted by dave99 on Dec 29, 2011 - 6 answers

Popcorn is staining my stainless pan!

Cooking popcorn with vegetable oil is discoloring my stainless steel pan. It leaves a dark yellowish stain both inside and outside around the rim. Is this a reaction with the metal? Is there a way to avoid this happening? And most importantly, is there a way to remove this discoloration? Scrubbing does nothing.
posted by stopgap on Dec 8, 2011 - 31 answers

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