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How to Prevent Pet Stains

When your pet pees on your carpet, prevent it from smelling and staining with this easy tip.
You will need:
*paper towels, absorbent rag

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The Very Best Trick to Clean Stubborn Carpet Stains!

File this one under "coolest trick ever"! If you have carpet in your home, then I'm sure you've had more than one "mystery stain" appear from time to time, especially if you have lighter-colored carpeting. If it's proving to be a little difficult to get that stain out, try my new favorite trick!

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Cleaning Yellowing Pillows (and More)

I have cleaned my pillows in the past but my latest challenge was to not only clean them but also whiten them. Our pillows, pillow covers, and mattress pads turn yellow over time due to our body oils, sweat, etc. I tried a few different techniques and wanted to share my results. You can see more of my crazy cleaning and organizing hacks here

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How to remove wrinkles from linen (the easy way)

Here's an easy method to remove stubborn wrinkles from (real) linen!
All you need is your iron and damp t-shirt or cotton towel.
Works better than the "linen" and steam settings on your iron alone and will leave your linens completely wrinkle-free, softer than starching or sizing, and you don't run the risk of scorching!

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Dolly's Homemade Fabric Softener

What can you make with a little bit of hot water, white vinegar and hair conditioner? Join me today as I show you.

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Natural Deodorizing Homemade Lavender Linen Spray Recipe

Make your own natural homemade lavender and eucalyptus scented linen spray that neutralizes and eliminates stinky odors in your home and on fabrics without chemicals!

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Testing & Washing Bed Pillows

Do you test and wash your bed pillows?

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Stain Remover Made From Household Items

STAINS! We all get them and I can venture to guess that we all hate them. Between having a toddler, a husband, a dog, and myself being an artsy person who doesn’t take the time to change clothes every time I want to work on a project, stains are a regular guest in my house. I’ve tried just about every mainstream, name brand stain remover, and while some of them worked (some of the time!), others were just a waste of money. Last year I came across a miracle stain remover that actually works, not just on fresh stains but also on stains that have been washed and dried.We want to help you DIY, so some of the materials in this post are linked to sellers. Just so you know, Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

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How to Clean Your Patio Cushions Easily

This time of the year we're all trying to decorate our homes cute for fall, but it's also important to start winterizing your outdoor patio furniture so that it's in prime condition for the spring. Today I want to show you how to clean your patio cushions easily with a simple soapy mixture and some steam! *steam is optional, but really helpful!

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Spring Cleaning a Slipcovered Ikea Sofa: Try This at Home!

Now that Spring has sprung, it's time for a little spring cleaning! Upholstered couches are great, but washable slipcovers are even better! Each spring we like to get a fresh start by starting with our sofa and switching up our decor. Our Ikea Karlstad couch is white, so it shows every speck of dirt, and was in dire need of cleaning. However the washing instructions say not to put the slipcover the dryer, so we'd be without it for the full day it takes to dry. What happens when the cover is in the wash and you don't have a spare in the interim?The solution? A full-sized (double) fitted bed sheet, the kind with the elasticized corners like the retro one shown below. We just happened to have it in our linen closet and it fits perfectly in a pinch while the slipcover dries!

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How to Clean an Area Rug With Steam

After a long winter, the area rug in my mud room needed a good cleaning. With the help of oxi clean and the HomeRight SteamMachine it was clean in no time.

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How to Keep Soft and Fuzzy Things Soft and Fuzzy

Christmas time is coming where so many soft blankets and fuzzy slippers get brought out to help us stay warm. Check out this tip to make sure your items stay soft and fuzzy all year long!

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DIY Wool Dryer Balls-Eco Friendly Chemical Free

You will need:
6 Skeins of 100% Wool Yarn (Patons Classic 100 % Wool Yarnworks well. If you have the Michaels orJoAnn's Fabric 50% off coupons it's about $3.00 a skein)
1 Pair of old or new Panty Hose Stockings

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How to Remove Dried Paint From Clothing

If you are a DIYer, you probably have some clothing with dried paint on them. Here's how to remove it - for real!

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Homemade Laundry Scent Booster

I like to make cleaning mixtures. Do you? My youngest daughter especially likes those scented laundry boosters that you add to the wash. I kept one of the empty Downy un stopables bottles washed, dried and decided to make my own laundry scent booster.

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Homemade Lavender Laundry Soap

A quick way to make your own laundry soap that smells heavenly! This is the best laundry soap I have ever tried - it really cleans and whitens clothes. At $.25 per load, you can't go wrong!

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Stained Fabric to Perfection!

As a volunteer at a thrift store, I have a first look at many of the donations that are brought to the store. One was this large, bed cover in great condition, but was covered in ball point ink stains.
What to do? It wouldn’t sell in it’s current condition. I volunteered to take it home to see what I could do with it.

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Pillow Talk: How to Keep It Clean

You spend 1/3 of your life with your head on your pillow, but have you ever cleaned it? You probably toss your sheets in the washing machine every week or so, but it’s just as important to de-funk your pillows! You don’t have to wash them as frequently as your sheets – just twice a year – but doing so will help keep your fluffy pillows germ-free. This way, you won’t be sharing your bed with bacteria and other undesirable bedfellows.

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How to Vacuum Carpet

Have you ever thought about if there is truly a "right" way to vacuum carpet?
Here are the steps:

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The Best Homemade Stain Remover Ever!

I've been spending tons of money on all of our laundry supplies for years, and decided that this year, I was going to start making my own! I found this recipe for homemade stain remover in a vintage cleaning tips book and decided to tweak it a bit and give it a try for myself...the result was amazing!

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Laundry Tips to Make Doing Laundry Easier

This is a collection of six different tips with detailed instructions that will help doing laundry and all the extra things that goes along with it, just a little bit easier! (if it's possible;)

6 things you didn t know you could clean with dish soap

6 Things You Didn't Know You Could Clean With Dish Soap

Everyone has a bottle of blue dawn in their kitchen cabinet. Here's 6 things you can clean with it you may not have thought of!

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The Best Way to Wash Your Bedding Ever

You spend a third of your life wrapped up in your sheets like a burrito. That makes it really important to clean them! Why? Because while you’re feeling snugly and catching some Zs, your body releases things like sweat, drool and dead skin cells. This can quickly lead to funky smells and allergy-inducing dust mites, so clean your sheets and pillowcases using this awesome (and easy) process.

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Ombre Tassel Cocktail Napkins

Everything is better with a little embellishment, and I love tassels! These DIY Ombre Tassel Cocktail Napkins are a fun alternative to coasters!

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How To Get Rid Of Mildew Smell On Towels and Clothes

I've been noticing a weird mildew smell coming from our laundry room, so I went on a hunt to find out what was causing it. I found a crumpled up towel that wreaked of mildew behind our washer that must have gotten left there when our hot water tank leaked. I washed it as I normally do my laundry, but the mildew smell persisted. So, I decided to try a trick that I read about in a magazine years worked like a charm, and is super inexpensive!