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Am I going to catch, like, coffee scrofula?

How clean should I be keeping my french press? Help me overthink a plate of (coffee) beans. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 1, 2015 - 21 answers

Cat Hair Removal: Floors & Furniture Edition

What tools/products do you use to get cat hair off your furniture and linoleum floors? BunnyCat's fur is extra sticky or something because it takes a LOT of effort to get her hair off my fabric couch and chairs and the crappy plastic baseboards that are everywhere in my apartment. Lint rollers and my vacuum can't handle the density of it all anymore. What's the next step? Bonus points if your method can get cat hair out of a velour papasan cushion!
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Face cleaning: Oil Edition

I think I need to change up my skincare routine and am interested in going toward the oil cleansing route. Do you oil cleanse? I have some logistical and experience questions within. [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Apr 17, 2015 - 25 answers

What do I need to know about having a seasonal wardrobe?

I have not lived in a place with seasons since I was 13. Now I do. Help a poor person take good care of her belongings so she don't have to replace them in a few months. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 16, 2015 - 7 answers

How can I get away with dusting less often?

Please help me be a domestic god and a lazy person at the same time. Spring has sprung and I am getting my house nice and clean. I am dusting, sweeping, mopping, cleaning baseboards and windows, washing bedding and other fabrics and just basically doing things up right. My problem is, it doesn't stay this way. Does anyone know some magic to keeping a clean house with a couch based lifestyle short of getting worse lighting? [more inside]
posted by dness2 on Apr 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Appointment(s) with new dentist: is this normal?

Is it normal for a new dentist to expect one appointment for an exam/x-rays, a separate appointment for a cleaning, and then another follow-up appointment for any work that needs to be done (and I'm fairly sure I need at least one filling, possibly a crown)? Also, is it true that no dentists offer warm rinsing/jet water? (Do you know one that does offer this near Durham, NC?) [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 1, 2015 - 23 answers

When you do thorough "spring cleaning," what do you clean?

When you do an extra thorough periodic clean, what do you clean that you don't routinely tackle? [more inside]
posted by semacd on Mar 31, 2015 - 27 answers

I Can Haz Nice Things?

Thinking about using silk in two bedding projects. I have two cats and a toddler. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 27, 2015 - 5 answers

My condo gets dusty and filled with cat hair easily. How do I clean it?

My flooring is all vinyl and tile. I sweep and clean regularly, but a film of dust forms quickly and my cat constantly sheds. I live in a ~600 sqft place and it's annoying to put up with. What's the best way to prevent and clean cat hair and dust?
posted by GiveUpNed on Mar 8, 2015 - 21 answers

End of Season Humidifier Care

How do I get into all the nooks and crannies of my Crane teardrop humidifier? [more inside]
posted by donut_princess on Mar 8, 2015 - 2 answers

do Norwex cloths really safely clean with just water?

It is safe to take my baby to a playspace that is using just Norwex cloths and water to clean? [more inside]
posted by octarine on Feb 12, 2015 - 26 answers

Unclogging drains without ever seeing or touching the gunk

I have very slow drains in my sink and bathtub. I am 90% certain it is because of hair and coconut oil clogged in there. I'd like suggestions of ways to fix this without a snake, a zip-it, or a plunger. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Feb 6, 2015 - 22 answers

Cleaning spectacles / eye-glasses using a machine ?

Interested to hear of others experiences using a machine to clean your spectacles / eye-glasses ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Jan 20, 2015 - 4 answers

Bleach, vinegar, mold, help.

I recently discovered mold in my apartment. It's a new building (a backyard cottage) and very airtight, and recent cool/rainy weather caused excessive condensation on windows...which led to black mold on windowsills. I'm about to move out, for other reasons. But I'm trying to get the mold out of one of the windowsills before I go. A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Jan 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Clean my humidifier without poisoning me and my loved ones

I currently use vinegar to clean my humidifier, but it's starting to act funny and I'm wondering if I need to do a better/deeper clean. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Jan 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Could I hire some helpful singing animals from a Disney movie?

What would be the most useful cleaning supplies for my office? [more inside]
posted by medusa on Jan 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Fragrance-free & eco-friendly cleaning products that actually work

I'm new to cleaning for myself and need recommendations for house cleaning products that are really effective but don't contain heavy/chemicalized perfumes (these give me terrible headaches). Environmentally-friendly options are even better! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Dec 30, 2014 - 20 answers

How to motivate myself to KEEP my house clean once clean?

Ever since I was little, I have gotten a rush of pleasure from cleaning REALLY messy rooms... but keeping a clean room at a livable level of cleanliness bores me to tears. I seem to need the urgency of "This is a Disaster Zone!" to imbue routine tasks with higher meaning. I no longer want to hop from Cleaning Emergency to Cleaning Emergency. Are there tricks or routines that could appeal to my need for a little bit of adrenaline in order to make it a habit to keep things clean? Cue Mission Impossible theme song... [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Dec 29, 2014 - 17 answers

How can I clean stains caused by cleaning liquid?

I spilled some Kaboom on my toilet seat cover. How can I get the stain out? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 27, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I treat a toilet that won't be used for months?

Toilet not being used for months. How do I keep it from getting gross? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Dec 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Cobweb Control

We need to paint our basement before showing the house for sale. However, the basement currently looks like Shelob's Lair. Help! [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I clean melted shrinky dinks off my toaster oven?

Shrinky Dinks were placed in our toaster oven without being on a tray, and the plastic melted onto the oven's heating element. How do I get the toaster oven clean? [more inside]
posted by werty on Dec 7, 2014 - 12 answers

What comes to mind when I say "cleaning service"?

If you had to choose something that could visually represent a cleaning service for houses and businesses in an unusual, offbeat way, what would it be?
posted by omar.a on Dec 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Solvents on china?

Can you help me get burnt plastic off fine china? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Dec 5, 2014 - 7 answers

What are some great mantras to help keep up momentum while decluttering?

What mantras, mottos, catchphrases, rules of thumb, boot-camp-style commands, etc. have worked best for you to keep up momentum during a major decluttering project? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on Dec 4, 2014 - 38 answers

Slimed!

Nylon jacket stained by mysterious paint/solvent. Can it be cleaned? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 2, 2014 - 1 answer

How do I clean this vintage beaded purse?

Looking for advice on how, if possible, I might clean a vintage beaded purse. The beadwork was done on a loom; it's not beaded to the fabric underneath. I'm wondering if there's a safe way to clean the beadwork, and am finding contradictory and possibly specious advice online. [more inside]
posted by Mothlight on Nov 25, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I (safely) get candle wax out of my oven?

In the process of melting candle wax out of mason jars last night, my husband and I spilled candle wax all over the inside of our oven. Help us fix this. [more inside]
posted by rebekah on Nov 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Flash, I Love You, But We Only Have Eight Hours to Clean the World!

I'm devoting tomorrow to battling entropy and getting my house back to a mostly-clean state. What's going to give me the biggest bang for my buck in that time period? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Nov 10, 2014 - 32 answers

oh god the stench

I need help cleaning a few things that have cat pee on them. The smell is killing me. Help me! [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Nov 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Living in a pigsty.

Right now my tiny apartment is filled with cat hair, dust, some trash and a general mess. I spend weekends in my room lying on my bed with my laptop because that way I don't have to see how messy everything is or trip while trying to reach something and I dread getting home during the week. I have no idea how I can fix this.
posted by Ratata on Nov 2, 2014 - 32 answers

Honey, we destroyed the floor

Rug left terrible honeycomb residue on our hardwood floor. Help! [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Nov 1, 2014 - 8 answers

One weird trick that the gutter cleaners don't want you to know

I don't mind cleaning my gutters (at least the ones I can reach), but I feel like there has to be a better way. Gutter enthusiasts, share your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 24, 2014 - 20 answers

New apartment seems mold-prone

I moved during the summer and have noticed that my new place seems to attract mold at a higher rate than other places I've lived. I'm wondering if these things should be a cause for concern, or if these are just normal things given the specific situations. [more inside]
posted by offrecord on Oct 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Does this smell like pot to you?

A mate used to keep vials of marijuana and possibly other drugs in a backpack that I would like to use. I can't smell anything. Will I be stopped by k9 units? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I get nail polish off of grout?

Nail polish remover could get it off the tile, but the grout stays peskily stained. What should I try next? [more inside]
posted by acm on Oct 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Apartment move-out cleaning question

Moving out of an apartment with no security deposit - how responsible do I need to be about getting it cleaned up for the new tenant? [more inside]
posted by norrington on Sep 22, 2014 - 24 answers

So, I sabotaged my coffeemaker.

Coffee Idiotfilter: In some kind of zombielike haze, apparently I put ground coffee into my water reservoir, and then water, and then brewed my lovely, lovely on-sale Intelligentsia coffee AND DIDN'T NOTICE (which shows you what a coffee connoisseur *I* am). Now I need to clean it out. How? The instructions say to not even use a cloth inside the reservoir. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Sep 16, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I clean a pleather (faux!) jacket?

I have a cheap pleather jacket that I wear all the time - the inner lining is stained and I'm worried about washing it. The jacket says "dry clean only" but when I took it to the dry cleaners they said they'd charge $60+ to clean it because it was "leather" (it's not). How should I clean it? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Sep 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Leather jacket cleaning/oiling?

I bought a nice Burberry leather bomber jacket a few years ago that I wear pretty heavily during the fall/winter months. Breaking it out again for the season and noticed that it's got a bit of accumulated grime on it and the leather has coarsened a bit in spots from exposure to the elements. Can anyone recommend a good way to clean or oil it to get it back into top shape? I'm also open to taking it in somewhere for treatment if that's advisable, but very wary of harsh treatments or chemicals (i.e., certainly no dry cleaning).
posted by decoherence on Sep 12, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I get the gasoline smell out of a car?

I spilled some gasoline in a rental car. How can I clean it and get rid of the smell before I return it in a few days? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Voluminous grease dump on clothing: what to do?

Carrying a serving dish full of pot roast and all the delicious associated juices. Slipped out of my hands, exploded on floor. Crockery shards, meat and grease everywhere. My pants - polyester wool blend, dry clean only - what to do until/in prep for dry cleaner? Anything? Soak? Blot? My shoes - brown leather tasseled loafers. Great splotches of grease. Ruined? This just sucks.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Anyone have experience with Eco-friendly upholstery cleaning?

I had someone come out to clean my light-colored sofa, which gets pretty dirty because I have a dog. The guy used eco-friendly cleaning products and, $100 later, my sofa seems to me no cleaner than before he came. I'm wondering if this is because eco-friendly products just don't cut it and I need to go with the old-school, harsher chemicals, or whether my sofa is just too dirty to be cleaned. I'm thinking the former, but I'd hate to shell out another $100 bucks and still be left with a dirty sofa. I wonder if anyone has firsthand experience with this.
posted by swheatie on Aug 31, 2014 - 4 answers

Bathrooms are gross. Cleaning shouldn't be worse.

How do you clean your grody tiled bathroom floors -- without causing more mess to clean up now or later? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Aug 21, 2014 - 30 answers

Hotel Housekeeping Issue

I stay at the same large corporate hotel that is part of a large national chain every week. Every other week or so, I find hair(s) in my stack of clean towels (in different rooms, on different floors). These hairs do not match my hair length and color. Is it worth it to complain to housekeeping? I question if my complaint will make a difference since the hotel is so large. What is the best way to raise this so that my issue is heard and acted upon?
posted by seesom on Aug 18, 2014 - 5 answers

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

Best way to clean old wood floor.

My new place has an old hard wood floor that is in serious disrepair. Patched by metal signs, covered in particle board in parts. What is the best way to clean them? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Jul 18, 2014 - 6 answers

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