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How To: Remove permanent marker stains with toothpaste

This shows viewers how to remove permanent marker stains using toothpaste. First, you will want to do this in a bathroom or kitchen. Fill up a cup just barely with water. This should only be about 1 cm deep or full in the cup. Next, you will need to different kinds of toothpaste, preferably one a gel and another the average paste. Now, put the toothpaste into the cup, about quarter size, and use your finger or any tool to mix this with the water. Next, you'll want to put this mixture onto the...

How To: Use car wax on your refrigerator

One of the most prominent appliances in any kitchen is the refrigerator. Unfortunately, over time, any refrigerator will begin to build up dirt and grime on the exterior. Watch this informative video to learn the best ways to clean the exterior of your refrigerator.

How To: Tie a slip knot in a plastic grocery bag

Have you ever wondered how to tie a slip knot on your grocery bags? When we go to the grocery store, the clerks always tie the bags in a carrying knot. With this easy to follow video, tying these knots is made easy. Knots always seem perplexing, but now they are easy to do. This is a must watch video for anyone who goes shopping.

How To: Kill bed bugs by using boric acid

Boric Acid is often used to treat or eradicate bedbugs. However, it doesn't work particularly well. It has to be ingested to kill them, but they don't necessarily consume it. There would need to be a bait that they can ingest that contains boric acid. Unfortunately, people are the bait that they respond to. Cockroaches, on the other hand, ingest it, because they clean themselves. Therefore, it gets ingested in that way.

How To: Remove Oil Stains from Fabric

Remove oil stains from fabric. Oil and grease stains in fabric can cause ugly marks. Fortunately, they don't need to be very difficult to get out of your clothes. Oils respond well to most soaps and can often be easily lifted if you catch them in time. First, try dabbing at the stain with some liquid laundry or dish detergent.

How To: Do your laundry while at college

In this video, you will learn how to properly do laundry at college using a washer machine, dryer, laundry detergent, and laundry card in an hour and a half. Learn how to choose the correct wash/dry cycles that coordinate with your type of laundry. (colors/whites/delicates)

How To: Clean a stain in your washing machine

This video shows how to clean a stained washing machine. Stains are typically caused by brown dirty water in the washing machine. Water is usually brown because it contains high levels of iron. The narrator demonstrates a product called CLR, which can be purchased at Home Depot. It is a product designed to remove iron and lime. He shows how to apply a small amount of the product with a sponge to the inside tub of the machine. He advises to let it soak for about 5 minutes. He then wipes the in...

How To: Remove permanent marker from Legos

Lego owners sometimes decide to personalize their Lego pieces by drawing on them with permanent marker. If you've ever needed to remove permanent marker from your Lego pieces, here's a surprisingly easy way: You'll need a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a small bowl of water (only about an inch of water will be needed), and of course your marker-covered Lego piece. First apply toothpaste to the toothbrush. Next dunk the Lego piece in the water. Then place the Lego piece in your hand and lightly s...

How To: Clean a pan of hardened caramel

Love cooking desserts with caramel but dread cleaning up the hardened caramel left on the pot? Then watch this Cooking Light magazine how-to to learn the quick and easy way to clean your pan. All you'll need to do is add water to the pan and bring it to a boil. For step-by-step instructions, take a look.

How To: Remove cooking oil stains from clothes

A friendly woman guides us through ways to remove cooking oil stains from clothes. Equipment needed includes washing liquid, a bowl, a toothbrush and laundry detergent. Quick and easy video will help to get rid of those annoying cooking stains. Remove cooking oil stains from clothes.

How To: Clean your bong with simple supplies

You don't have to spend a lot of money on supplies to clean your bong. And by cleaning it, you will save the expense of having to buy a brand new device. Bongs require maintenence to function properly. In this tutorial, learn how to clean your bong with common household products for a cheap and efficient solution.

How To: Fix stretched sweater cuffs with REAL SIMPLE

Learn how to fix stretched sweater cuffs with the folks from Martha Stewart's REAL SIMPLE. Don't give up on that sweater with the loose, stretched-out cuffs?just follow these simple tricks to tighten the material, and you'll be ready to put that pullover back into rotation in a snap. These tips will help you fix those old, stretched out sweater cuffs.

How To: Get Rid of Spiders Naturally

Spiders are common pests that typically prefer to live outdoors. However, insects and warmth will eventually attract them into our houses. They like to spin their webs in corners, crevices and unused areas of your house. Most species are harmless and even act as a natural repellent for getting rid of other insects. However, in some cases, spiders can be very dangerous. Whichever the case may be, they are scary and people are always looking for natural ways to get rid of them.

How To: Remove microwave odor

Many foods that you cook in the microwave create a very strong odor. That odor can last for a period of several hours or days. To remove the odor take a bowl and wet a paper towel and fold it in half and then in half again and put the towel in the bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave and heat the bowl and paper towel for one minute. Heating it will create steam and the paper towel will absorb the odor.

How To: Unclog vent pipes

Tim Carter explains why vent pipes are important and how a vent pipe works. These are excellent videos to watch if you need to learn how to prevent clogging in vent piping. If you notice a gurgle when flushing the toilet, it might be an indication that the vent pipe is clogged. Get up on the roof and put a garden hose down the pipe and turn on the water. Be sure to have someone inside checking for any leaks. The water from the hose hopefully will flush out the blockage and your gurgle will di...

How To: Clean artificial flowers

Artificial flowers are a wonderful way to add joy and color to your home without the cost or mess of freshly cut flowers. They don’t need to be watered but they can get dusty. Keep your artificial flowers shining brightly with this simple trick.

How To: Freshen up any room with dryer sheets

Tires of buying those air fresheners that don't work? Then try something you already have at home. In this home and garden how to video our host shows you how to use dryer sheets and a fat to give any room a fresh clean sent. If you don't have a fan its ok, use any vent and two dryer sheets to get rid of stale smells.

How To: Fold a bra for compact storage

In this how to video, the Beverly Hills Organizer, Linda Koopersmith demonstrates how to fold a bra for compact storage. The storage of your clothes and underwear makes a huge difference in the appearance and longevity of your garments. Watch this organizing tutorial and you will be properly folding and storing your bras in no time.

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: Wash bras and panties

The most used and most washed articles of clothing are undergarments. Underwear, specifically bras and panties, are in desperate need of attention after each and every use. They're not like a pair of jeans, wearing them twice in a row is not a good idea, nor clean. Shabby’s not chic when it comes to lingerie. Use a little extra care to keep your lace and silk bras and panties looking good.

How To: Polish wood furniture

Wood furniture can really add warmth to the home. However, over time the finish on these pieces of furniture may start to look dull or show light scratches allowing the finish to lose its luster. This video shows you how to polish up those wood pieces in your home so that the richness and fullness of the finish shines again. For this task, you will need: 2 soft polishing clothes and a bottle of wood furniture polishing spray. You may also choose to make your own polish by combining: 1-cup of ...

How To: Clean & sterilize your weed pipe

This video shows you how to clean and sterilize your weed pipe with just a few simple steps. You will need acetone, salt and a baggy. Put the piece in the baggy. Next measure out and pour 2 cups of acetone into the baggy then pour in a good amount of salt. Let sit and shake it up periodically and then let it sit overnight. Then rinse it clean. Finally wipe it clean and you have a "like new" weed pipe.

How To: Make an safe edible household cleaner with Jenny Jones

In this tutorial, talk show host Jenny Jones shows you how to make a totally edible cleaning solution that is great around the house. The best part is that this is totally safe for kids and pets and can be used for so many different things. Jenny will also show you how to make a dispenser so that it is easier to keep this cleaner around the house and use it. Check it out!