Cleaning

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  • Rust Stain Removal

    Remove rust stains from toilets, sinks and bathtubs quickly and easily with the resin bed cleaner used for water softeners.

  • Deodorize Smelly Shoes

    Simply slip a new dryer fabric softener sheet into each smelly shoe and leave it in overnight to cancel out odors.

  • Do it right. Do it yourself.

    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • How to Spiff-Up Thin Tile Grout

    Some gentle scraping with a folded fine-grit piece of sandpaper will rub out dirt and stains on tile grout.

  • Tips for Organizing Open Kitchen Shelves

    Open kitchen shelves are an effective way to open up your kitchen while gaining more accessible storage space, making them an increasingly…

  • Bad Smell in the House

    Win the battle against stinkiness. If you’ve got a bad smell in the house, these tips will help you stamp out the stink.

  • How to Remove Sticker Residue

    Dab any type of kitchen cooking oil—olive, canola or sunflower—onto a paper towel. Then lay the paper towel over the residue that refuses to…

  • How to Remove Permanent Marker on Laminate

    Dab some cooking oil onto a paper towel and then lay the paper towel over the stain that refuses to budge. Wait a few minutes while the oil…

  • How to Use Natural Cleaners When Cleaning Furniture

    As you plop down on the couch to unwind after a long day, you notice a stain on the cushion. Come to think of it, the couch has a little bit of…

  • Cleaning Tips to Reduce Household Dust

    Studies show that the average six-room home in the United States collects 40 lbs. of dust each year. Sounds impressively awful, right? But…

  • How to Remove Wax From a Carpet

    Candle wax accidentally dripped on a plush carpet may look like a hopeless mess, but with a cool head, a hot iron, and a few tricks of the…

  • Replace a Vacuum Belt

    If it's taking more work to vacuum your house, it's probably time to replace the vacuum agitator belt. The good news is you can do it…

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