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How To : 10 Ways to Whiten Clothes Without Using Any Bleach

Whites are the hardest color to keep looking bright and new after just a few months' time. Your sweat and oils quickly become stains, and colors from other clothes will eventually bleed into the fabric, discoloring your bright whites into something merely whitish. But before y ...more

How To : Remove Almost Any Stain Using Alcohol

There are countless methods and cleaners aimed at eliminating stubborn stains from everything to clothing, carpet, and furniture. But completely removing every last trace of a stain doesn't require an arsenal of chemical cleaners and repeated cycles in the washing machine. Mos ...more

How To : Remove A Very Tight Lid

How to... Remove A Very Tight Lid? Use Items You Have Around The House! Step 1Want to remove a very tight lid? Do you have a weak grip or arthritic pain in your hands? Have you already tried tapping the lid with a spoon? Thumping the bottom of the jar with the palm of your han ...more

How To : Clean a pair of white Nike Air Force Ones

Those genuine Nike Air Force Ones might look stylish in white, but once they get dirty, they start looking less than fresh. Fear not, there is a way to keep them looking brand new. You will need bottled water, a bleach pen, and a toothbrush. Watch this video housekeeping tutor ...more

How To : Remove wrinkles from polyester

One of the great things about polyester is that it doesn't wrinkle as easily as cotton and other natural fibers. It still can though, and you can't iron it, so watch this video to learn how to get the wrinkles out of any polyester item.

How To : Hand wash clothes

In order to hand-wash your clothes, you will need the following: a sink with a stopper, a laundry detergent designed for hand-washing (e.g. Woolite), a stain remover, fabric softener, and a drying rack. Use the stain remover to thoroughly remove any stains, before laundering. ...more

How To : Get candle wax out of your carpet

Want to remove dried wax from a carpet? You'll need four items: a white towel, a regular electric iron, a carpet cleaning solution and a hot-water extraction machine. For a complete, step-by-step demonstration of how to remove pesky paraffin wax stains from your own carpet, wa ...more

How To : Organize your closet with Kevin Sharkey

Organizing your closet can be tough work: What do you take out, what do you toss, and what do you keep and where? It's easy to just stuff all of life's little odds and ends in your closet, but you'll achieve a much more peaceful state of mind when things are in order. Simplif ...more

How To : Save money by making your own laundry detergent

Brew laundry detergent that cleans your clothes for just three cents a load -- a fraction of what it costs with store-bought detergent. You will need: Water A bar of soap A cup of washing soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate A half a cup of Borax A box of baking soda Four ...more

How To : Organize a closet to save you time

Got an irrational fear of your closet? You're grown-up enough to know there's no boogeyman living in there, so you must be spooked by how disorganized it is. Summon up some courage and let's get to work organizing your closet. You will need: a messy closet a large, clean surf ...more

How To : Unclog a toilet in 11 seconds like a pro plumber

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to unclog a toilet in 11 seconds. Users will need a plunger. It is recommended to use a pleaded plunger, instead of the regular plunger. When clogging a toilet, the rubber of the plunger is filled up with water, pushed down and squeeze ...more

How To : Turbo charge a toilet flush

Some toilets just don't have enough flushing power. As in, when you flush the toilet not all of the, er, stuff, goes down. As a result you have to flush the toilet twice, wasting water and your time. Turbo charge your toilet flushing by checking out the tip in this video, whi ...more

How To : Remove water spots from chrome

In this video, we learn how to remove water spots from chrome. This is one of the hardest surfaces to get water stains off of, but it can be done easily. First, grab an empty spray bottle, vinegar, water, a rag, and a paper towel. Now, mix two parts of vinegar to one part of w ...more

How To : Unlock A Privacy Door Handle

When owning a home one type of lever set you may have in your home is a privacy lever. In a privacy lever set, the main feature is that the door can only be locked from the inside. Sometimes a kid might get locked in or someone may accidentally lock the door behind them. It's ...more

How To : Replace a Door Knob with a Handle Set

Need to replace your old door knob? Follow Milan Rosan as he takes you through a step-by-step, do-it-yourself approach to installing your own handle set in your home. Remove old door knob. Properly remove screws. Remove latch and scratch plate. Properly remove screws, then ...more

How To : Build a fire with a Duraflame firestarter

Build a fire with a Duraflame firestarter. This video is going to show you how to do this. Crystal Whole from Duraflame is demonstrating the process in this video. First get your chimney cleaned and inspected. Keep all inflammable material at least 3 feet away from the hearth. ...more

How To : Keep your clothes looking brand new

Are your duds looking a little worse for wear? Here are some extra-effective ways to keep your clothes looking as good as the day you bought them. You won't want to buy new clothes as much if you can keep your old clothes looking brand spanking new. You Will Need * A washing ...more

How To : Remove a red wine stain from a dry clean only item

Did you spill red wine on a dry clean only item? Spilling red wine on a dry-clean-only item of clothing doesn't have to mean the end of your favorite dress or jacket. Here's how to get a head start on dissolving the stain, before dropping the item at the dry cleaner. Learn how ...more

How To : Fold sweatpants

In this how to video, the Beverly Hills Organizer, Linda Koopersmith demonstrates how to fold a pair of sweatpants for neat and compact storage. The way you store your clothes makes a huge difference in the appearance and longevity of your garments. Watch this organizing tutor ...more

How To : Install a Roman shade bead chain clutch system

Watch this how to video as Jennifer Thoden takes you through every step of installing a bead chain system for your Roman shades or balloon shades. Gather your supplies and learn how to assemble the clutch and thread the unit. Keep your windows from looking bare with a Roman sh ...more

How To : Set a rat trap safely

This video will demonstrate how to properly set our top 4 Rat Snap Traps. The models reviewed include the two most common traps, the original Victor Metal Trigger Trap as well as their newer Expanded Trigger Trap. Also reviewed are two new designs which are both easier and saf ...more

How To : Remove chewing gum off your clothing

Removing chewing gum from clothes can be quick and easy. Watch this HomeServe video tutorial for simple ways of getting chewing gum off clothing using a freezer, washing machine or kitchen knife.

How To : Keep your granite countertops clean and shiny

Granite countertops are a beautiful addition to any kitchen or bathroom. Unfortunately it can stain, but you can prevent stains easily by following the instructions in this video. They will teach you everything you need to know about cleaning granite countertops.

How To : Clean a sink drain

A clogged drain is not only an unpleasant but seems to happen at the most inconvenient time. Good thing there is a simple way to unclog most minor stoppages with a few household products. Be your own plumber and keep those drains free and flowing. Keep your sink drain flowing ...more

How To : Stop bed bugs from entering your suitcase

To prevent bed bugs from entering your suitcase, you will need to pre-treat it, with diatomaceous earth. Bed bugs often hitch hike home with you, when you stay over night in hotels or on long trips. They will normally stow away in your suitcase. To prevent that from happening, ...more

How To : Remove grease from your drain

Greasy foods can often clog up your drain, and leave a disgusting smell. This how to video will show you how to get rid of that smell in 60 seconds. You can use this method for every sink in your house, and it will take care of your grease and odor.

How To : Fold a clean fitted sheet like a pro

Take the sheet and fold one corner into the other corner. Now spread the sheet flatly on the floor with its corner in the other corner. Take one side and put it inside the other side. It should give the direction like a square. Then fold it in to two and then into two again. T ...more

How To : Stop odors when a refrigerator is switched off

Fortunately, you do not have to face this horrible smell problem when you turn off the fridge. To easily stop it, simply put some crumbled-up newspaper inside before you have to turn off the fridge, or at least shortly afterward. Watch this video to learn more.

How To : Remove gum from the bottom of your shoe

After you finish cursing out the bleepity-bleep who tossed his gum on the ground, try this. Learn how to remove gum from the bottom of your shoe. You will need: a street curb a freezer or ice cubes a cotton swab rubbing alcohol a plastic bag (optional) WD-40 (optional) Goo G ...more

How To : Remove blueberry stains from fabric

Many people love those delicious, low-calorie and nutrient-packed blueberries... until they get them on their clothes. Blueberry stains are a pain to remove but with these tips, your clothes will be as good as new.

How To : Fold your clothes like a pro

Want to make perfect folds every time? Watch this video to find out how to fold your clothes like a pro. This video will teach you the simple, Japanese, and the automatic fold. Fold your clothes like a pro. Click through to watch this video on tricklife.com

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