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About Glade Candle Wicks

The choices of scents, colors, shapes and sizes of candles have evolved over the years. Glade has not only produced regular candles with cotton wicks, they have also formulated an oil-based wax with a specifically designed wick that helps to disperse a variety of scents throughout the room. There ar

How to Remove Cigarette Burns From Hardwood Floors

If you are a regular smoker who smokes inside the house, there is a good chance that hot ash or a whole lit cigarette has fallen at some point onto your hardwood floor, resulting in a burn. Luckily, hardwood floors tend to be the most forgiving when it comes to this type of damage. If carpet is burn

A Checklist for Cleaning House Floors

Cleaning your home is an important part of maintaining a relaxing and healthy environment for your family. Every room in your home has a floor, making cleaning household floors one of the biggest cleaning jobs you have to deal with. Depending on the type of flooring in your home, there are different

How Can I Get White Streaks Out of Black Jeans?

White streaks on black jeans can result from the use of too much laundry detergent, undissolved detergent or hard water mineral deposits. Additionally, the fade-resistance of the dye used to color the jeans can affect whether the jeans eventually start to streak, as some dyes fade more than others.

How to Clean a Sour Drain

There is nothing more annoying than to be greeted in the morning by a sour drain. Even without a clog, a drain can sometimes smell sour. Though there are products on the market to clean a sour drain, you can also use items you probably already have to rid the drain of the odor.

How to Clean a Cheap Rug

Many cheap rugs look like more expensive rugs and do the job of jazzing up your floors just as well. When it comes time to clean cheaper rugs, you may think a rough-and-tumble approach is fine, not like the care taken when cleaning more expensive rugs. However, cheap rugs are often less robust in th

How to Clean & Repair Stains on Granite

Granite is a popular choice for tiles and countertops. Granite is generally an expensive material, but with the proper care and maintenance, it will provide you with a lifetime of use. Unfortunately, granite is a porous stone, which makes it susceptible to stains. The pores of the granite hold the s

How to Paint With Acrylic Paint While Pregnant

Although acrylic paints are considered the safest paints for pregnant painters to use, some women might be concerned that any exposure to paint could harm the fetus. If your own research on this question makes you comfortable using acrylic paint, you can further reduce or eliminate risks by followin

How to Clean Antifreeze Out of Carpet

The key to cleaning antifreeze out of carpet is to act quickly. The relatively high viscosity of antifreeze means that it will sit on top of the carpet for a few moments. But, if left there, it will soon soak underneath the carpet. Once there, its high viscosity means it will be difficult to remove.

Comparison of Vacuums for Pet Hair

As much as people love their pets, one thing that no one enjoys is pet hair in the carpets and on furniture and clothing. Pet hair carries allergens from the animal's saliva, causing nasal congestion, itchy eyes and sneezing in people with allergies. Plus, pet hair looks messy and unruly on fabric i

How to Get Burnt Butter Off of a Pan

Burnt butter, or food of any kind, can make for a tough cleaning job. When scrubbing with soap and water doesn't do the trick, there are other options available to help the cause. There are even some solutions that are probably already in your house that to help loosen the burnt residue right off yo

How to Get Mold & Mildew Off Clothes & Shoes

If your clothing or shoes ended up wet or moist and you were not able to tend to them right away, you may have discovered that you have mold and mildew stains on them. As long as the mold or mildew hasn't been left on long enough to have eaten through the material on your clothing or shoes, there's

How to Keep Black and Yellow Caterpillars Away From Plants

If you've got black and yellow caterpillars hiding on your plants, you'll know it soon: They eat holes in plant leaves. Black and yellow caterpillars include the black swallowtail and the cabbage white caterpillar. Butterflies lay eggs in spring and late summer, meaning there's two chances each year

How to Clean Slate Mildew

Slate is one of the most durable and popular materials used in construction. For this reason it works as well on a tiled roof as it does on a bathroom floor. Like all tile however, slate can be prone to mildew and mold particularly if it is installed in a high moisture area like a bathroom, a base

Venetian Blind Tilt Cord Adjustments

Venetian blinds have horizontal slats with strings running through them. The slats can be tilted up or down for light control by using a tilt wand. Occasionally, the wand may be difficult to tilt because an internal part gets moved out of place. It will take just a few tools and about 30 minutes to

What Kind of Sink Do You Use With a Brushed-Nickel Faucet?

A brushed nickel faucet has solid, dark silver finish brushed with an abrasive that adds texture to the surface. This style is sometimes difficult to match, but if you want to find a sink to go with it, several options make sense. No set standard exists for matching sinks, so leave the decision up t

What Causes Yellow Mold?

Molds are fungi, an organic part of the environment and are found in just about every environment on the planet. They come in a number of colors, including black, green and yellow, each of which is harmful if left unattended in the home. Colonies will frequently change color through their life span,

How to Remove One Way Screws on a Dead Bolt Lock

Dead bolt locks are made with safety in mind, so they are difficult to disassemble and remove from a door. One of the major obstacles one would come across when trying to take off a dead bolt lock is the one-way screws that hold the two halves together. The screws are made so they can be screwed in

Troubleshooting Jetted Tubs

The practice of relaxing in tubs of hot water goes back at least as far as the ancient Egyptians. These early hot tubs were simple calderas heated by hot stones. Today's more-advanced, more-sophisticated hot tub, jacuzzi or spa typically features massage jets. Jetted tubs provide a relaxing and ther

How to Remove Scratches From Putters

Putters are an essential piece of golfing equipment. It is one club every golfer must have. Putters are often expensive, especially those made by well-known brands. You can clean minor scratches from your putter using basic household products. Make sure to fully dry the club after you clean it, howe