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How can I get ballpoint ink off leather furniture?

How to remove ink from leather

Try a little 70 percent rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab and gently dab at the stain. If you see it come up, continue. When done, wipe with a damp cloth and let dry. Then use a little leather conditioner on the spot.

How do I remove the foul odor from my washing machine?

Getting Rid of Odor From Washer

To remove the foul odor from your washing machine let the machine fill with water and when it starts to agitate add about three cups of white vinegar, with a half cup of baking soda. Let the machine run through it's cycles and it will not only get rid of the odor, but will also clean the machine.

How do I keep my comforter from losing its shape when I wash and dry it?

Tips for Washing Your Bed Comforter

To keep your comforter and other bedding from losing its shape when it is washed and dried, use tennis balls. Simply place your comforter in the dryer with about four tennis balls and turn it on. The balls will keep your comforter from losing its shape.

How do I clean combs and brushes?

Cleaning Combs And Brushes

Combs and brushes can collect grime and deposits from daily use, so it's important to clean them thoroughly on a regular basis. To clean your combs and brushes, soak them in the bathroom sink, half filled with warm water and 1/8 cup of bleach and a sprinkle of baking soda. Then rinse thoroughly and let dry before use.

How do you remove the smell of cigarette smoke from clothes?

Remove Cigarette Smoke Smell From Your Clothes

To remove smoke smell from clothing, spray your clothes with a fabric freshner.

You can make your own fabric freshner by placing two and one half cap fulls of fabric softner in a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water.

How do I remove gum from my car's seats?

Gum and Car Seats -- A Sticky Situation

The easiest way to get chewing gum off of your car's seats is to use WD-40. Apply a liberal amount to a soft rag and rub it into the gum. The gum should scrape off. Next, go over the area where the gum was stuck with a warm, soapy cloth. This will remove any residue that the WD-40 left behind.

What is the best way to remove formula stains from baby clothes? What about baby food stains?

Cleaning Common Baby-Related Stains

Formula stains are very common to find on baby clothes. If the clothing is white, use lemon juice on the stain (undiluted) and then allow it to dry in direct sunlight. Launder as normal.

If the formula stain is on a piece of clothing that is colored, make a thick paste from meat tenderizer and water. Apply it to the stain and then launder.

One important thing to remember is that you should try to remove these stains as soon as possible after they happen. Do not put the baby clothing in the dryer or use an iron on them until you have tried all the stain removal techniques that you plan to use.

Soaking a baby food stain with vinegar (only white vinegar, though!) before laundering often removes the stains that are made from baby food.

How do I remove Garlic/Onion odor from my hands?

Removing Garlic/Onion From Fingers

After chopping up onion and garlic, the smell tends to linger on your fingers and hands. To remove the odor try rubbing salt or lemon juice on wet hands, concentrating on the finger tip and nail area where odor tends to linger.

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