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Removing Fragrance Smell from Wool?

I tried some free-sample of underarm deodorant and it had a freakishly strong scent that I just can't get out of two pieces of wool clothing I wore during the trial. I've tried Eucalan soak, regular wash with a natural, gentle detergent and I can still smell the stuff. I've read that dry-cleaning wool doesn't necessarily remove odors--any other suggestions would be appreciated.
posted by Jon44 on Nov 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Old dog, old kidneys, old carpet, help?

A few years ago we adopted an older dog. She's now an elderly dog. She has a kidney condition that makes her drink massive amounts of water, and she goes through periods where she'll pee in the house. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Nov 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Tried and tested ways to clean silver jewelry

My wife's silver jewelry is really tarnished, and needs a good cleaning. In order of importance: the cleaning method shouldn't damage the jewelry (some of it has sentimental value), it should actually work, it should be cheap, and it should be easy. What has worked for you to clean silver jewelry? [more inside]
posted by RedOrGreen on Nov 3, 2015 - 18 answers

Fixing cast iron stove grates after dishwasher

In a moment of desperation I put some cast iron stove grates in a dishwasher. They're done washing. What do I do now? I'm kind of terrified that I've ruined them. Please explain to me like I'm five. And scared.
posted by bilabial on Oct 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Please help me save a favorite doll in need of emergency care!

A favorite doll (Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl, to be specific) was lost for quite some time, but newly discovered in a box out in our shed. After almost a year of being exposed to a lot of moisture, she is a moldy mess. [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain on Oct 10, 2015 - 7 answers

What is the best canister vacuum if you have long hair?

I just moved into an apartment with a long, carpeted staircase. I also have long hair. I need a good canister vacuum that will be: 1) Relatively lightweight for navigating stairs; and 2) Vacuum loose long hairs without getting them stubbornly tangled in the rollers or other parts. Any recommendations? Price is no object.
posted by invisible ink on Sep 27, 2015 - 7 answers

how to clean a down comforter?

I have a very nice silk down comforter, that finally needs cleaning. I have lost the cleaning directions. Anyone recommend a safe way to clean it?
posted by ebesan on Sep 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Do you do share housework or do it all as a stay-at-home parent?

I'm a full-time mom of two children, one who is in school and one in preschool 2.5 hours a day. I'm trying to keep the house clean by myself, but am wondering- what works for you if you're also a stay-at-home parent? Do you do it all yourself or does your spouse help? What kinds of tasks do you share if you do share the housework? [more inside]
posted by percor on Sep 21, 2015 - 23 answers

am I sexist for wanting a lady cleaner?

I have employed a cleaner on and off or the last few years, but am now at a stage where I'm deciding to commit to a fortnightly clean as work responsibilities ramp up. The cleaning agency I use has sent me a male cleaner to be my new regular, the first I've ever encountered. I am having a strange reaction that I'm trying to reconcile myself with and need a little help to differentiate the crazies. Details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Sep 16, 2015 - 52 answers

Is it pooping?

I clean house for a friend every other week. Her office chair, with its standard plastic caster wheels, is leaving chunks of black, sticky goo on the floor. It then, of course, gets rolled through the gunk, repeatedly, and I have a huge mess to scrape up with a butter knife. How do I fix it, make it stop, something, without damaging or replacing the chair? (And if those ARE the only options, please recommend some cheap high-backed office chairs.)
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 answers

Out, damned [dent]! Out, I say!

I just bought a condo, and the owner moved out, leaving dozens of various-sized furniture dents in the carpet. What to do? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Sep 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Peed on shoe rack.

A person - who will remained unidentified - pissed on my shoe rack. Most of the urine was directed INTO suede, lace-up shoes with a squishy, fabric bottom. A second pair of suede shoes (below) was affected by overflow. Otherwise, the urine sprinkled. [more inside]
posted by kiki_s on Sep 9, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me not live in a garbage can.

My apartment is very messy and I need a one time deep cleaning thing. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Speed cleaning for dummies

Omg, AskMe! I have a very important visitor coming over for dinner tonight. The house is reasonably tidy but I haven't cleaned cleaned in . . . a while. I will have about an hour between dinner prep and guest arrival; what high-impact cleaning tasks should I blitz through to make it SEEM like I am a Clean Person? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 3, 2015 - 26 answers

How to disinfect leather dress shoes

Found a small amount of mouse (chipmunk?) droppings in some otherwise very nice men's leather dress shoes I mistakenly stored in the garage. Can anyone recommend a best course of action for disinfection without damaging the shoes? [more inside]
posted by novelgazer on Aug 30, 2015 - 9 answers

How to get dye fumes out of my kitchen

I recently dyed a piece of fabric in iPoly's blue with it's color fixer, with all doors and windows open and several fans blaring. Hours later, the fumes are still there. How much cleaning/trashing do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont on Jul 29, 2015 - 2 answers

Can this Dutch oven be saved?

I let my Dutch oven get really, really gross. Can I safely return it to usable condition? [more inside]
posted by delight on Jul 16, 2015 - 17 answers

DEEP CLEAN... The House

We live on a farm property, with a well and and a leach field. We need to clean the bathrooms and kitchen to showroom quality, without killing our leach field and destroy our delicate plumbing. Advice? [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Jul 12, 2015 - 26 answers

Grout: the biggest mystery of housekeeping.

Recently I've tried using Clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach and then (yesterday) just straight laundry bleach to clean my floor grout. Neither had impressive results. Now I have some Zep, which contains hydrochloric acid. If I use this today and there is still bleach residue on the floor (I did mop with water), might I poison myself via a chemical reaction? The area is decently ventilated.
posted by lakeroon on Jul 8, 2015 - 13 answers

How to get dog smell out of a carpeted room?

I recently moved into a new place where the previous occupant lived in my bedroom with a dog for about a year. I have not been able to get the dog smell out of the room. What does it take? [more inside]
posted by jcreigh on Jun 27, 2015 - 8 answers

It's clean, but it's not clean enough, apparently.

I travel fairly frequently, and when I had a roommate, she watched my three cats while I was gone. Well, she moved out. So I found a couple who were offering to housesit for free in exchange for a place to stay in my (very expensive) area. I thought it was a win-win. Well, I left, and when I checked in, they told me that my apartment needed to be deep-cleaned and they wanted me to pay for it. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers on Jun 25, 2015 - 85 answers

How do I get this stuff off of my walls?

Something sticky has formed tiny droplets on the wall. [more inside]
posted by ksaklingon on Jun 18, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I clean out my water pack's tubes?

I have a hydration pack that sat in storage over winter. I pulled it out last weekend, and I found that the tube from bladder to bite valve has a thin white coating inside it. I tried rinsing them out first with a mild bleach solution, then a vinegar one. Neither of these removed the stuff from the tube. If I squish the tube, the coating comes away from the tube. How can I remove this gunk from the tube? Would I be better off buying new tubes instead of cleaning?
posted by boo_radley on Jun 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Help us save our toilets from our epic cleaning fail!

Ugh. We tried to clean the calcified bits of our toilets and STUPIDLY used a scouring pad. Now its left weird gray stains that just don't seem to budge all that much. Google reveals lots of options but we just don't know which would work for this so we are turning to you! We are in continental Europe so any products need to be available on amazon.co.uk.... Please HELP US!
posted by pairofshades on Jun 13, 2015 - 13 answers

What to do with a very old handgun?

Found a very old, crusted (possible) handgun with my metal detector. What should I do now in terms of cleaning it up / restoring it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Downsizing and de-cluttering when you love 'stuff'!

When I look around my house I see a lot of 'things' that are beautiful or useful, but that I don't actually make use of. I feel a deep urge to purge, but also have that worry that sometime in the future I will miss these 'things.' Any advice on how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jun 2, 2015 - 23 answers

rough / abraded upholstery after professional cleaning - is this normal?

We just had our couch, ottoman and thick, dense rug professionally cleaned. Now the couch and ottoman have a rough, crusty texture that the carpet guy said "will go away with use" - but they're pretty unpleasant to sit on right now. Both couch and rug look aged - like they were scraped pretty harshly. Is this normal? I was hoping having them cleaned would lengthen their lives, not shorten them. If not, what should I look out for to select a better cleaner next time? This outfit had pretty good yelp reviews. [more inside]
posted by blu_stocking on May 29, 2015 - 6 answers


Help me be a grown up, part 342342: What are the solutions that have made a household chore significantly more convenient or less annoying for you? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 27, 2015 - 67 answers

Need help making plans for my possible death

I am making plans for my loved ones in case I die. I know the coroner will take my body away, but I'm afraid there will be an awful mess left behind. How do other people handle this? I don't want my loved ones to have to clean it up. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on May 22, 2015 - 16 answers

Moving overseas, packrat edition

I'll be moving from the US to the EU in a couple of months. I'm a packrat and not an organized one, so the idea of paring down my belongings to a couple of suitcases fills me with a paralyzing anxiety! How can I start to whittle things down? I'm looking for practical solutions and ideas for trimming the fat over the next couple of months, ideally to make my final days here as un-hectic as possible. [more inside]
posted by pocksuppeteer on May 16, 2015 - 18 answers

How can I get my roommates to clean up after themselves?

I and my spouse own a three bedroom house, and live there with four roommates, two dogs, and a dismaying number of parakeets. My roommates are generally considerate, and we work around each other as best we can, but they just will. not. clean. without someone directly telling them that it needs to be done. Since I and my spouse have the lowest tolerance for dirt, we end up doing it. Snowflake: my roommates are my adult children and their significant others. [more inside]
posted by underflow on May 16, 2015 - 40 answers

When you've got the best, but couldn't give two hoots about cleaning it.

This is why we can't have nice things. How do I calibrate my brain to take better, proactive care of the select, excellent things I am lucky to own? I'm talking leather goods and well constructed clothes, chef's knives, stainless steel cookware, upholstered furniture and solid wood furniture, precious metal jewelry, glass stemware, oil paintings by local artists, houseplants, the list goes on... [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

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 - 22 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

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