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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: Clean silver with baking soda and aluminum foil

If you've been wondering how to clean your silver, this video will show you a simple way to do it using products you have laying around. To do this, you will need baking soda, aluminum foil, hot water, and your dirty silver of course. First heat up water so it's close to boiling, not just hot water from the sink. Pour this into a large bowl to fit your silver, then grab sheets of heavy duty foil. Place the foil into the large bowl along with a few cups of baking soda. After this, place your s...

How To: Wash your windows with a mop and squeegee like a pro

This video shows how to wash your windows with a mop and squeegee like a pro.This process includes the following steps,Step 1Take a bucket and a mop.Step 2Fill water in the bucket and put the mop in the bucket to wet it.Step 3Take some liquid soap and apply it on the mop and then clean the windows with this mop.Step 4Now rinse the mop in the bucket and squeeze it well so that the soap is drained out of it.Step 5Now clean the windows with this mop, rinse the mop in water again and squeeze it.S...

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: Fold panties

In this how to video, the Beverly Hills Organizer, Linda Koopersmith demonstrates how to fold panities 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 panties in no time.

How To: Clean a diamond ring with Martha Stewart's REAL SIMPLE

A diamond ring is probably one of your most prized possessions. Like most possessions, it requires care to keep it as good as new. Learn how to clean a diamond ring with the folks from Martha Stewart's REAL SIMPLE. Diamonds are made to shine! But daily wearing can result in a less-than-sparkling stone. There's no need for a professional cleaning: Polish your gem at home using common household products.

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 squeezes out the pressurized water. The force from the pressured water will remove the clogging of the toilet. Slowly place the plunger into the water and let it be filled with water. Align it with the toilet hole and then push...

How To: Use d-CON Bait Wedges to kill mice

d-CON is here to help identify and remedy rodent problems in your bathroom. Watch this video tutorial on how to use d-CON Bait Wedges to kill mice in the bathroom. Signs of a mouse in the bathroom include droppings, footprints, gnawing, rubmarks, unusual pet activities, strange sounds, and burrows or nests.

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: Sharpen kitchen shears

It’s frustrating trying to cut with a pair of dull scissors. Make sure you have a good time in the kitchen by sharpening your shears. Just stack several pieces of aluminum foil and cut through them with your scissors to get those blades sharp.

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: Iron sheets

In this series of home laundry videos, you will find out the best way to iron your sheets from an ironing expert. Joyce Danielson shares her insider tips on when to leave out the starch and how to tame fitted sheets as well as those heavily creased new sheets fresh out of the package. She also discusses folding tips, how to iron and fold pillowcases, and shares her insights on how to pass the time while ironing.

How To: Use d-CON No View No Touch Traps to kill mice

d-CON is here to help identify and remedy rodent problems in your living room. Watch this video tutorial on how to use d-CON No View No Touch Traps to kill mice in the living room. Signs of a mouse in the living room include droppings, footprints, gnawing, rubmarks, unusual pet activities, strange sounds, and burrows or nests.

How To: Restore a stainless steel refrigerator with olive oil

Learn how to remove marks from your stainless steel appliances using olive oil. 1 Apply a little bit of olive oil to a clean rag and rub the olive oil all over your stainless steel appliance. 2 Fold the rag in half. Make sure that there is no olive oil on the exposed part of the rag. 3 Pour white vinegar onto the rag. 4 Rub the white vinegar soaked rag onto the appliance to remove the olive oil. 5 Using a clean rag, remove all residue from the appliance and let dry.

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: Remove ink stains

Ink stains are a very common stain that people get from an accidental pen mark on the clothing or when an ink pen bursts in a pocket or a purse. Start by putting a little cloth in between the ink stain and another part of the clothing. Get some glycerin and dab some of it on the stain using a cotton swab. Gently rub the glycerin on the stain. Rub it around a little bit and then let it set. Next take some gentle laundry detergent and pour a little bit into a bowl with some water in it. Stir th...

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: Clean and flush gutters

Cleaning gutters is really not that hard. Get out your ladder and position it so that you can reach the gutters. Start by removing all the big stuff such as twigs and bigger sticks that have gotten into the gutter. These bigger items can be removed with your hands. What is left can be pretty yucky? There is a mud like substance that is made up of water, decomposing leaves, newer leaves, and smaller sticks that you won't want to touch. So use a scoop made out of a mild container that is cut 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: 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: Hold a knife with a prosthetic hook for amputees

A below elbow arm amputee demonstrates how to hold and use a knife with his prosthetic hook. This is an adaptive living video that helps handicapped, disabled or individuals that have lost a limb due to amputation. Using a prosthetic hand or hook can be challenging in the kitchen. Using a hook to hold and use a knife is an important skill to learn when using prosthetic limb adaptive equipment.