50 Cleaning Tips and Tricks

How to Clean Dog Toys

From time to time, all pet toys need to be cleaned. After weeks of being chewed and carried around the house and outside, they get dirty. Washing off germs and bacteria will keep your dog healthy, the dog toys looking better and your home cleaner.

Things You'll Need

Washing machine
Laundry basket

Scrub brush
Hot water

How to Clean Gas Stove Burners

The burners on gas stoves often become caked with grease and dirt. They needn't stay this way , as cleaning them is a relatively fast fix. A couple of household staples and some old-fashioned elbow grease will have your gas stove burners looking brand new.

Things You'll Need

Baking soda
Rubber gloves

Steel wool pad

How to Clean Rust From Grill Grates

Rust on the grill grate means it's time to give that grate a thorough scrubbing. After frequent use, food splatters, high heat and exposure to the elements outdoors, cast iron begins to rust. Little bits of rust may transfer onto grilled foods if the grill grate is not properly maintained. Cleaning the rust away from a cast-iron grate requires a gentle soap instead of harsh chemical-based cleaners. If your grill has a porcelain-coated grate that has chipped and rusted due to missing enamel, the grate should be replaced.

How to Clean a Philips Norelco Shaver

The Philips Norelco shaver is one of the most popular grooming products sold by Philips. Getting the smoothest shave possible with a Philips Norelco requires you to clean the device regularly.

Step 1

Open the head of the shaver and tap it gently against the side of a sink to allow any loose whiskers to fall free from the head and the blades.

How to Wash a Sleeping Bag

If you're a frequent camper or backpacker, the grime building up in your sleeping bag can make it almost uninhabitable. A good washing can make it feel like new again. Since sleeping bags are made with lightweight materials and carefully stitched insulation, they need to be washed carefully by hand, or in a front-loading washing machine without an agitator.

How to Clean Leather Seats in a Car

A number of car manufacturers install leather seating in their high end, luxury vehicles or offer this feature as a pricey upgrade. As a natural, porous material, leather absorbs dirt, grime and odor easily and requires care to maintain a healthy finish. Sunlight and heat can further damage your leather seats and cause them to crack or fray. Depending on how often you drive your car, and how often it sits in sunlight (versus a garage), you should clean your leather seats at least once every three months to retain their color and healthy appearance.

How to Clean Ears Without Q-Tips

Earwax is the ear's way of protecting itself against foreign invaders. Created by the cerumen glands, earwax creates a sticky barrier that helps trap things that could potentially harm the inner ear. Q-tips cotton swabs have often been the common tool for cleaning out ears. However, there is another method that has less chance of causing harm to the inner ear.

Tips for Cleaning a Nylon Carpet

Nylon carpet fibers are used in half of all manufactured carpets, according to the Healthier Cleaning Products website. Homeowners with nylon carpet must use care when determining which cleaning products to use as well as the methods to remove dirt from the rugs. Nylon carpeting can wear well and resist stains and spots as long as the proper cleaning solutions and methods are used.

How to Clean a Plugged Graco Airless Spray Tip

Graco airless sprayers make fast work of hard-to-paint surfaces and big jobs, but the spray tip is a weak link in the system -- the smallest piece of grit can plug it. Most Graco guns come with Reverse-A-Clean (RAC) spray tips, and you can clear a plugged tip in seconds with one. If you have the older style flat tip, it's a bit more of a nuisance, but having a couple of basic tools on hand enables you to clear a plugged tip within minutes and get back to work.

The Cleaning Tips for Silicone Bakeware

Silicone is a smooth malleable material that comes in handy when baking. You can make it to any shape you like, such as a cupcake pan that makes cupcakes looks like individual roses. Silicone bakeware is made to be non-stick, however, after many uses you may find that it becomes sticky and sometimes coated with pieces of stuck-in food. Following a few simple cleaning techniques will get your silicone bakeware looking as good as new.

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