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Rules and Guidelines for Life

TL;DR There is still hope. They have not passed the point of no return. Help me help them change their ways and change their lives. This young family needs guidelines for life which include cleaning, cooking, finances and vehicle maintenance. I am not passing judgement because "there, but for the grace of God, go I." I am simply trying to help. Unseemly details follow. [more inside]
posted by CleverCrow on Apr 22, 2010 - 44 answers

How to get body odor out of a silk dress

I can't get a body odor smell out of an expensive silk dress. Dry cleaning seems to have made it worse. Does anyone know what might get the smell out?
posted by let444 on Apr 15, 2010 - 22 answers

Who were the cleanest pioneers?

Is there any historical record of American settlers or pioneers from the old west who were meticulously clean? [more inside]
posted by circular on Mar 15, 2010 - 21 answers

Help, Heloise. These Sheets are Yellow.

Just inherited some lovely, but dirty old bed linens. Need advice on how to restore them. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Mar 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Cleaning a coat that can't be washed or dry-cleaned: How?

How do I get a stench out of a coat that can't be washed or dry-cleaned? [more inside]
posted by FlyingMonkey on Feb 22, 2010 - 21 answers

Win 7 install problem

I did a clean reinstall of Windows 7. When I did, rather than creating a small "recovery" partition, it designated an entire separate hard drive a system drive. Now if I want to use the built in drive image program it insists I back up both...when I just want to back up the OS. Can this be changed? If not, if I use a third party image program can I just back up the C drive?
posted by jmf2525 on Feb 8, 2010 - 4 answers

help! i'm a slob.

My apartment is starting to look like I'm trying to audition for the TV show Hoarders. The floor is covered in trash and I have not a single organizational system. How do I deal with this mess by myself and how do I learn to change my behavior? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 - 37 answers

Steam Mopping a Hardwood Floor

Is it really bad to use a steam mop on unfinished hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by Srudolph on Dec 27, 2009 - 13 answers

How to keep dry hands clean

How can I keep my hands clean without water or alcohol? [more inside]
posted by queseyo on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Smudgy Stainless

Stainless steel everywhere. What's the best way to clean it to be free of fingerprints and smudges? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Oct 20, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I get clean html from MS-word, to paste into thunderbird?

How can I get clean html from MS-word, to paste into Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Oct 12, 2009 - 21 answers

Getting tape residue off windows, and holding broken ones up?

Best way to get duct tape residue off windows, and how to hold broken car windows up? [more inside]
posted by nmaster64 on Sep 16, 2009 - 14 answers

Ummm...you put your weed in there.

What the frack is a roor? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Jul 22, 2009 - 19 answers

Smells like Teen Spirit

How/when did floral, citrus, pine, and mint become associated with cleanliness?
posted by asockpuppet on Jun 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Clean computer start menu for more speed

I want to clean up my start menu on Dell Inspiron E1705 with Windows XP Pro. Computer beginning to run slowly. I use computer almost exclusively for internet, word-processing and Quicken. I have trouble identifying which entries on start menu to delete.
posted by psc1860 on Jun 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Free Furniture?

What about free furniture on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by bobertdude on May 22, 2009 - 17 answers

Help me do what I need to do to wipe as much as possible from my PC before I sell it

Tomorrow I'll list my ACER Aspire 3680 for sale on eBay. I want to be as sure as I can that there the lucky buyer has as little chance as possible of seeing passwords/pics/personal info. Normally, I would just format and do a clean install of XP. But I've moved house and my install disk is one of 19 packing cases stored 2500km away, so that option is out. I've listed what I've already done after the jump, but I'm hoping a more tech-savvy mefite might spot a hole in my erasure efforts. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 6, 2009 - 10 answers

What's the best cleaning method for a HORRIBLY dirty aluminum grill grate?

What's the best cleaning method for a HORRIBLY dirty aluminum grill grate? [more inside]
posted by covert7 on Apr 2, 2009 - 14 answers

Make sure you get behind Lincoln's ears

Who cleans the US national memorials? How often is it done and how long does it take? What is the cleaning process like?
posted by easy_being_green on Mar 31, 2009 - 4 answers

no longer pretending my kitchen floor is't revolting

How can I do the best job cleaning my floor for the least amount of effort? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Mar 20, 2009 - 25 answers

Help me clean up after quiting smoking

I have recently quit smoking and am on the road to recovery. I am looking into options into cleansing programs. I know the years of smoking has probably mucked up my system with many poisons and has reeked havoc on my lungs n such. I want to hear from Me-Fis regarding any programs or treatments they know regarding any de-toxing I could be doing.
posted by citybuddha on Mar 2, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I clean these shoes?

How can I clean vomit off leather shoes? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 5, 2009 - 3 answers

How to protect my wall from the cat dish

Cat fanciers: is there a convenient way to keep dried bits of food from getting on the wall next to the cat food dishes? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut on Jan 22, 2009 - 10 answers

A clean pair of clothes...really?

Is gym-provided workout clothing safe to wear? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 29, 2008 - 10 answers

Clothing mess - how to solve?

Help me organize my 7 year olds clothing! [more inside]
posted by burhan on Dec 10, 2008 - 11 answers

cleaning mildew off microsuede?

After 4 months in storage, my red microsuede couch is now a gray velvet couch. Can I clean mildew from microsuede? How? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Nov 29, 2008 - 4 answers

Not buying this "cats are clean" nonsense...

Are cats really as clean as everyone says? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Nov 16, 2008 - 28 answers

Seeking Credit Report Expert/Janitor

Where do I get a legitimate credit report and how do I go about cleaning it out? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Nov 15, 2008 - 12 answers

Is penny-wise pound-foolish with replacement filters?

With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Oct 30, 2008 - 4 answers

Cleaning cleaner

How can I get CVS-brand liquid "high efficiency" detergent out of a nylon duffel bag? (asking for a friend)
posted by prefpara on Oct 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Who else makes high quality 220-240V voltage regulators?

Electrical engineering / voltage regulatorfilter: I'm searching for manufacturer or vendor sources on high quality, 220V to 240V automatic voltage regulators. This is for use with telecommunications/GSM/ISP equipment in the third world. Any other advice related to the subject will also be greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 10, 2008 - 1 answer

How do I get smoke out of suits?

How do I get smoke smells out of men's wool suits--dry cleaning didn't work. [more inside]
posted by midwestguy on Sep 29, 2008 - 15 answers

How can I get more organized and disciplined in my life?

I've plenty in touch with my inner child. How can I get in touch with my inner adult? I just want to be more disciplined and do the things a grownup needs to get done. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Sep 23, 2008 - 16 answers

How to clean Musty Towels

How can I get this awful, musty smell out of my towels? [more inside]
posted by milestogo on Sep 17, 2008 - 20 answers

Uses for Dr Bronner soap?

How does Dr Bronner soap work? What are the 18 uses that they claim on the bottle? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Sep 16, 2008 - 28 answers

Toilet works: slow flushing toilet

My toilet is flushing slowly. Sometimes it takes 3+ flushes to completely remove waste. I have completely replaced all of the internals, and tried the CLR method. I have even manually cleared out the return / fill holes. It has helped some, but not enough. I think I need to use something stronger than CLR, like muriatic acid. The problem is I am on a septic tank and everything I read says do not use the muriatic acid method if you are on septic as it will kill all of the beneficial bacteria in the septic tank. So, my thoughts are to use the muriatic acid to clean out the bowl, but before the first flush, use baking soda to neutralize the acid as much as possible. Then flush. After about a week, add some RidX to help restore some of the lost bacteria and after another week or so, add another box of RidX. Is this a sound plan or should I abandon the muriatic acid idea completely?
posted by twistedmetal on Sep 15, 2008 - 17 answers

Voigtländer Bessamatic Needs a Bath

Where can I get a professional camera reliably cleaned in NYC? [more inside]
posted by milarepa on Sep 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Fix for Braun Shaver/Razor Syncro Clean & Charge System?

Fix for Braun Shaver/Razor Syncro Clean & Charge System? [more inside]
posted by criticman on Sep 4, 2008 - 6 answers

HygieneFilter: should I always use soap when washing my hands?

HygieneFilter: must I always use soap when washing my hands? [more inside]
posted by XiBe on Sep 3, 2008 - 18 answers

Getting milk out of computer keyboard

Crying over spilled milk - in Mac keyboard. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Sep 1, 2008 - 8 answers

I need some fresh air.

I need creative ideas for remedying a stale apartment. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Aug 13, 2008 - 11 answers

How can I clean my computer when it won't let me?

I need to swab my old laptop as completely as possible before I sell it... the only problem is, I don't have a restore or new operating system disc. Please help! [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Aug 4, 2008 - 13 answers

Can I wash old wool?

How to wash/clean old wool blankets? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Aug 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Can I clean a carpet without ruining the hardwood underneath?

If I steam clean a carpet that has been installed on top of a painted hardwood floor, will I ruin the hardwood? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Aug 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Ugly headlights

My truck is starting to get ugly cloudy headlights. What's a cheap inexpensive way to make them look new again?
posted by kowboy on May 16, 2008 - 15 answers

You want the truth..? You can't handle the truth!

I have about a week or so to find some of this carpet. Yep, it is that stuff that's everywhere. You probably even have 3 rolls of it under your house as we speak. It's almost safe to say, at some point, you really did have like 3 rolls of it - what did you do with them?!! Where should I inquire about getting a scrap of it?? (30cm/12inch -sq.) Demolition.. people? The dump? Is there like an Elephants Graveyard but for carpet?? Also.. I need a hand with repairing melamine/laminex?? ( Bathroom vanity and a cupboard). And (omg!) this blind ( /s)... [more inside]
posted by mu~ha~ha~ha~har on Apr 2, 2008 - 5 answers

automatic keycap cleaining?

What (automatic) methods would you recommend for cleaning grime off the keycaps of a keyboard? [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid on Feb 28, 2008 - 22 answers

Broken compact fluorescent bulb

I broke a compact fluorescent light bulb in my bedroom. Rudimentary cleanup, but I'm must go to bed, and my husband's already asleep in there. I saw the scary "leave the room for 15 minutes" mercury warnings on the government cleanup page. Anybody know the science? How bad is this? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Feb 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Whence comes sediment-free after-dinner coffee?

Please tell me about the coffee I'm often served in restaurants after dinner (especially in hotels) and at event receptions (especially in hotels). [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Feb 16, 2008 - 17 answers

i knew if i waited too long this would happen

I bought these suede moccasin slippers at Target back in November. My local store no longer carries them, and target.com says they are out of stock. Where can I find them (or at least shoes similar to them)? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Jan 27, 2008 - 8 answers

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