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.
I am going into more detail than might be necessary to head off questions... Last night I stayed in a nice upper-quality chain hotel that no business person or middle class leisure traveler would ever think twice about booking (think luxury lobby, lots of services, in a downtown urban area, not a highway discount chain.) I dropped into bed exhausted and didn't check the sheets first. When I woke up, I discovered large amounts of dried but still fairly recent looking blood in the sheets. (Definitely not old stained/washed, rather flaking, newish rust color, etc.) [more inside]
Recently my jeans have started lasting only one wear before beginning to smell musty. About halfway through the day, I notice that I've been sweating enough to make the waistband slightly damp and there is a distinct odor coming from my jeans. It comes back quickly after washing, and I've never experienced this before in my life - I'm used to jeans lasting a week or so before switching them out. How do I keep from making my jeans smell, or how do I eliminate the odor permanently in washing? [more inside]
Hi. My hair always has felt icky and grimy when showering at home. It's almost like there is a buildup of residue in my hair. I have tried many different shampoos. I showered at my friend's house the other day, and my hair felt clean for the first time in a while. I could literally feel the difference as I shampooed. My hair stayed clean for days, whereas at home I would have to wash it every day. I tried my friend's shampoo at home with the same icky residue feeling, so I know that it is not the shampoo; the only other reason I can think of would be the water. I don't know much about this. Could shower water be an issue, and is there anything I could try to fix the problem?
I'm starting a book club among my friends where we just read the dirty bits from popular books to each other. They don't even have to be popular books - just books that I can actually find easily. And it's not exactly a book club. More like a reading-to-each-other club. Anyway, can you remember and recommend any notably hot sex scenes from books you might have read? [more inside]
Im looking for a neighborhood to move to with no lots of pigeons around the subway stations. All borough including Jersey City are considered, but I'm really trying to stay in affordable ones. I find all lower Brooklyn are ridden by the rats with wings, especially D train Ft.Hamilton pkwy and all stops follows, all lower part of N trains especially Bay Pkwy. I also found lots of pigeons at grove st stop of PATH in Jersey city. Queens seems hae more rodent problems. Please help give some advice about really clean and affordable neighborhood in NYC. I caught Lyme disease in one dirty residence. I am sick with rats and rats with wings in NYC.
I'm generally a very, very messy girl. It's really cramping on my style and how I feel about myself. I feel pretty close to the people on Hoarders when I really let myself go (which happens when my mother doesn't get on my case every week)... I just simply have no energy or motivation to cleaning my room. My poor mother has no idea why I am the way I am. I also do NOTHING over the weekend. If I'm at home for a break, I have an insanely hard time getting anything done, doing ANYTHING productive. I do EVERYTHING last minute. It's insane, stressful, horrid. I have a hard time following through on anything important, any big projects on a long-term basis. While I have some successes (doing decently at school, have cultivated some cool hobbies, have had some great experiences, have learned a lot, etc) I think I'm reaching about 30% of my potential. I have some sneaking suspicions why I'm this way, but how do I change this? [more inside]
Ok probably sounds disgusting, but I just have a theoretical interest in this ever since I moved to my new apt with a balcony frequent by the flying rat kind. I don't have time in the morning but I frequently spray some bleach water solution on the pigeon feces to scrape off later, and then I was wondering what chemically happens to the feces (or well, anything organic that contains pathogens and bacteria) when soaked in bleach. Are the soaked feces on the railing theoretically "clean" and sanitized? What happens??? What is left over? I don't intend to leave them there, just curious. BTW: any tips to keep pigeons away while at it? We covered all the balcony railings in reflective tape. It looks like a camp, silver palace now, but they still like it.
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]
Weird question about my skin. Is this a thing, or is it only me? [more inside]
I live in Manhattan. Now that it's Fall, I want to have my window open without having a black layer of dirt coating all the surfaces near the window. Do they make air filters that I can just fit into my open window to let the fresh air in and keep the dirt out? Should I have find an adjustable HVAC filter and jam it in there? How do you keep your windows open while not having your apartment look like a tail pipe?
We've been living in a house in Oregon that has been converted from a four bedroom to a two bedroom plus pottery studio. We've recently had some major issues with the landlords regarding a plumbing issue (see previous question). Well, the landlords wanted us to pay half of the plumbing bill. I said "Hell No" then they asked us to move. They have found new tenants and I don't want the owners to get away with the shit they pulled on us. [more inside]
Dishwasher residue buildup. It isn't mineral buildup. What now? [more inside]
I have $500 in brand new, fresh-from-the-mint, sequential $1 bills. What is the fastest way to "break them in" so they don't stick together? [more inside]
Bad smells filter through the heating system in my building, meaning that my apartment - and by extension, me - smell like these bad smells (cigarette smoke + other). Help us both to smell like something more pleasant? [more inside]
How does my dish drying rack get so dirty so quickly? It seems that within 2-3 days, it's covered with some kind of slime or other debris. The only things I put in it are (clean) dishes so I'm not sure how it happens. [more inside]
Say you wank a lot in a single session, so much so that you end up feeling kind dirty and icky. Do you know that feeling? I hope so, otherwise I'm a weirdo. Well I've been getting that feeling randomly throughout the day without a trigger that makes sense to me. What is it and how can I stop it? [more inside]
What's the best system to store and transport laundry? [more inside]
Currently renting a room in a couple's house-- they are my housemates and landlords. I am not liking the situation-- it's extremely dirty. How can I make the situation better, or broach the subject of leaving after I just moved in? [more inside]
How do you complain about something in a way that's not a put down? [more inside]
Is it true about dirty tricks being played in the US elections? [more inside]
Help! I have five-ish hours to locate, download, and burn some source of psychedelic imagery/video for a friends' show in Seattle. Think Electric Sheep, only less screensaver, more burnable to dvd. [more inside]
My HP1200 Laserjet has begun producing very unsatisfactory output - the text is repeated (faded) down the page and there are black marks at regular intervals at the side of the page and at the top. [more inside]
How can I clean the plastic of a cellphone that has become matte again without ruining it? [more inside]
Our orange tabby's fur looks a little dark and dirty in a few spots around his paws and claws, but he keeps himself clean and no the dirt doesn't show or come off when we wipe him with a wet paper towel. What gives? [more inside]
how do you keep fingernails clean? [more inside]
I don't normally wash my clothes after each wearing. I'm lazy/cheap and I hate wastefulness. But I also don't like to fold them up and put them back in the drawer, because even a little smell or dust will negatively effect the surrounding clean clothes. Both my boyfriend and I do this, and we do not have a good place to put these limbo clothes in our apartment. Where/how do we store our not clean, not dirty clothes?
Why aren't public restrooms cleaned better? [more inside]
How do I clean a filthy pile of everyday American coins? [more inside]
Do you have any advice on how to handle filthy, filthy in-laws? [more inside]
What are some good, somewhat dirty jokes suitable for telling to my Grandma? [more inside]
How can I stop myself getting skin / ear / eye / anything infections after swimming in a dirty pool? [more inside]
Dirty, gross refrigerator in garage. A bit of mold inside and lots of black stuff filling every crevice. Mechanically sound, but is it possible to get it clean enough to use again? [more inside]
Joe Jackson's The Band Wore Blue Shirts - The drummer's shoes are dirty... [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a a good non-agency house cleaner in Toronto? (Also bonus points: out of curiousity, does anyone know the maid service that Globe and Mail reporter Jan Wong worked for in her series, "Maid for a Month"? [more inside]
On the topic of songs with robots and warped vocals, I seem to remember a video of Bender from Futurama to the tune of "Dirty Robot" by Arling & Cameron (from their "We Are A&C" album). Did I just dream this or did it really exist? If so, where? Bonus points for providing a link to media.
What is the best way to go about cleaning a very dirty pasta maker? [more inside]
LostLink: Looking for links to the story/photos of the incredibly messy, disgusting house. I believe it was a metafilter link, but I've had zero luck finding it here or googling it... [more inside]
I have to use a disgusting bathtub. I refuse to use it without cleaning it first. But the task looks daunting. What's the best heavy-duty bathtub cleaner? I'd also be grateful for any cleaning tips.
I'm after tips for processing audio to "dirty it up" - techniques and software [more inside]. [more inside]