How to Clean Up Paint in Carpet
The absolute no-no in painting is spilling paint on the carpet. If it ever happens, scrub it out with this household item.
Spilled paint on your carpet? Don’t panic, do this:
I used to think dropping a loaded paintbrush on the carpet meant replacing the carpet, until a former foreman told me this little tip. Pour some denatured alcohol onto a rag and scrub away the paint. Use a rag that is as close in color to the carpet, as the alcohol can transfer some of the rag’s color to the carpet. – Tom Gerdowsky
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Yes, Stainless Steel StainsAmazon users love to use this plant-based formula to clean and polish their stainless steel. One happy customer gave us her grimiest trash compactor before Therapy Premium Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish and after. She wrote: "I included a before and after. I think the photos tell it all." Here are the secrets of people who always have a clean house. Buy it now on Amazon.
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Rugs RebornFor one Amazon customer, the Rug Doctor Mighty Pro X3 did more than clean her carpets — it helped reacquaint her with her decor: "I thought my carpets were brown... THEY ARE PINK!! Sweet baby jesus get you one of these!" Here's a collection of our best tips to help make your carpet last longer. Buy it now on Amazon.
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Grill Without GuiltGrilling is fun. Cleaning the grill? Not so much. The BBQ Aid Barbecue Grill Brush and Scraper makes life a lot easier for hundreds of backyard chefs. Here's what one had to say: "Based on past reviews, I ordered the brush expecting a small brush head. As you can tell by the photos, the 3" x 3" is plenty big for a large grill. I ordered replacement brushes, but they were a smaller 2" x 2.5" size that are not compatible with this handle. If the replacements were for an older version of this tool, then I understand why so many people mentioned the small size. I have used the grill brush only once at this point and will update my review if there are any issues. The tool has a heavy duty feel and works perfectly." Here's more on how to successfully clean your grill. Buy it now on Amazon.
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Like-New LeatherLeather Honey Leather Conditioner will restore your leather to its near-original condition. Just ask one stunned Amazon reviewer who reported back on a pair of boots that had seen better days: "I found a pair of boots in the basement with an 1/8" or more of mold on them... on my way to the trash I remembered Leather Honey... That gooey leather product saved my boots... I paid around $200 for them, wore them a couple of times and forgot about them in the basement." Here's what you need to know to clean leather furniture with natural products. Buy it now on Amazon.
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There Will (Not) Be BloodWhen we found a product on Amazon that had removed seven-year-old blood stains, we were impressed. Then we came upon Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover, which removed blood that was two decades old from one customer's mattress: "A tenant left some blood stains on this mattress and a heating pad about 20 years ago. They were totally dry when we found them. Not knowing what to do, we put the mattress aside for 20 years until we found this product... Never imagined it could remove 20 years old blood stains. Will recommend to anyone." Worried about bedbugs? Here's a DIY guide for how to get rid of them. Buy it now on Amazon.
Getting the Shower CleanReviewers are wild about the U.S. Pumice 1001 Scouring Stick, and all you really need to see is this astonishing oven-door transformation to know the cleaning ability is real. The happy customer said: "I originally bought these for the ring around a guest toilet that doesn't get much use. The ring came off after about a minute of rubbing! But I am most impressed at how it cleaned my oven door. I'm embarrassed at how gross my 4 year old oven door looks so I decided to try it out. Wow!!!!! I had the entire inside of the door cleaned in about 5 minutes. I had tried every cleaner, baking soda/vinegar, sponge...I even made a homemade cleaner with essential oils that did nothing." These are the 31 things you never clean but should. Buy it now on Amazon.
A Coup for CooksCooktops are literally made to get dirty, and Weiman Glass Cooktop Cleaner & Polish was literally made to make short work of the mess. Says one delighted customer: "This stuff is the bee's knees! Worked great on this old stove in the house we just bought. Check out the pictures. It's like a headlight polish. Has a little grit in it." Check out these 11 tips for a clean kitchen. Buy it now on Amazon.
Cure for CookwareOne Amazon user bought Rust Remover for Metal before giving up on copper cookware with 20 years of caked-on grease. The results are extraordinary to say the least: "Bought this to clean the bottom of my Revere cooking pans that I literally had not cleaned in over 20 years. With a little bit of work, they now look brand new. Very delighted with this purchase and highly recommend!" You actually don't need to clean these 10 things as often as you probably do. Buy it now on Amazon.
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Dishing It OutIf you thought Amazon users were above posting pictures of their dirty dishes to demonstrate how much they love their dishwashers, think again. One consumer said this about the hOmeLabs Compact Countertop Dishwasher: "This thing works fantastic! For my first run I put it to the test with a casserole dish and some other things that had baked food on it. Baked on spaghetti sauce was gone without a trace." If you haven't cleaned this appliance in a month, you'd better do so now. Buy it now on Amazon.
Cleaning TechnologyLet's face it: phones get gross. And we're pressing them into our own faces on the daily. Tablets and laptops meet the same grimy fate. That's why the iCloth Small-Screen and Lens Cleaner is so beloved, and one iPad-owning fan has the before-and-after photos to prove it. They presented these photos without comment — because, frankly, they speak for themselves. Here are 10 ways to take advantage of new technology in your not-so-new home. Buy it now on Amazon.
Auto RepairAutomotive parts are no match for Quick Glo Chrome Cleaner. Just ask this satisfied customer: "The results speak for themselves! This product is nothing short of amazing on old rusty looking chrome parts. To reviewers who say they are disappointed, you're doing something wrong. Either you're using a dirty cloth and it's scratching your chrome or your chrome was already scratched. This stuff destroys rust and leaves a scratch free polish that has to be seen to be believed. Yes, the pieces you're seeing in the pictures below are the exact same parts, before and after." Add resale value to your car by keeping the engine clean. Here's how. Buy it now on Amazon. Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
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