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]
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?
Is there any historical record of American settlers or pioneers from the old west who were meticulously clean? [more inside]
Just inherited some lovely, but dirty old bed linens. Need advice on how to restore them. [more inside]
How do I get a stench out of a coat that can't be washed or dry-cleaned? [more inside]
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?
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]
Is it really bad to use a steam mop on unfinished hardwood floors? [more inside]
How can I keep my hands clean without water or alcohol? [more inside]
Stainless steel everywhere. What's the best way to clean it to be free of fingerprints and smudges? [more inside]
How can I get clean html from MS-word, to paste into Thunderbird? [more inside]
Best way to get duct tape residue off windows, and how to hold broken car windows up? [more inside]
What the frack is a roor? [more inside]
How/when did floral, citrus, pine, and mint become associated with cleanliness?
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.
What about free furniture on Craigslist? [more inside]
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]
What's the best cleaning method for a HORRIBLY dirty aluminum grill grate? [more inside]
Who cleans the US national memorials? How often is it done and how long does it take? What is the cleaning process like?
How can I do the best job cleaning my floor for the least amount of effort? [more inside]
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.
How can I clean vomit off leather shoes? [more inside]
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]
Is gym-provided workout clothing safe to wear? [more inside]
Help me organize my 7 year olds clothing! [more inside]
After 4 months in storage, my red microsuede couch is now a gray velvet couch. Can I clean mildew from microsuede? How? [more inside]
Are cats really as clean as everyone says? [more inside]
Where do I get a legitimate credit report and how do I go about cleaning it out? [more inside]
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]
How can I get CVS-brand liquid "high efficiency" detergent out of a nylon duffel bag? (asking for a friend)
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]
How do I get smoke smells out of men's wool suits--dry cleaning didn't work. [more inside]
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]
How can I get this awful, musty smell out of my towels? [more inside]
How does Dr Bronner soap work? What are the 18 uses that they claim on the bottle? [more inside]
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?
Where can I get a professional camera reliably cleaned in NYC? [more inside]
Fix for Braun Shaver/Razor Syncro Clean & Charge System? [more inside]
HygieneFilter: must I always use soap when washing my hands? [more inside]
Crying over spilled milk - in Mac keyboard. [more inside]
I need creative ideas for remedying a stale apartment. [more inside]
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]
How to wash/clean old wool blankets? [more inside]
If I steam clean a carpet that has been installed on top of a painted hardwood floor, will I ruin the hardwood? [more inside]
My truck is starting to get ugly cloudy headlights. What's a cheap inexpensive way to make them look new again?
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]
What (automatic) methods would you recommend for cleaning grime off the keycaps of a keyboard? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]