My Weirdest Laundry Tip, Straight From the Auto Repair Shop

Curbly house laundry room

When I was growing up, my mom had a laundry stain treatment that I haven't seen anyone else I know use. Searching a store's laundry aisle for it a few years ago, I came up empty-handed, so I asked her where she found it. “Sometimes it's in the automotive care aisle,” she answered, and that is indeed where I spotted one of my favorite stain-treatments.     


Goop, which has been around since 1949, and has absolutely nothing to do with Gwyneth Paltrow, is primarily sold as a hand cleaner. Continue Reading

How To Remove a Greasy Stain

created at: 05/18/2010

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Don’t you just love it when you hear about a cheap and easy solution to a common problem? Think about it, a greasy stain can ruin a favorite shirt or pair of pants faster than you can drop a piece of greasy pizza in your lap. But hold on, don’t toss it in the Goodwill pile just yet…All you need to do is rub common, white school chalk into the stain and launder as usual. Continue Reading

A-Z StainBuster Guide

created at: 2009-09-04

Who was it that gave me the go-ahead to install nearly white carpet throughout the upstairs? Oh yeah, I told myself that if I liked it, I should just do it.  You should see it eight years later.  A spilled glass of milk by a man who loves cold milk with his warm chocolate chip cookies late at night is the latest catastrophe.

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Fortunately, the A-Z StainBuster over on provides a thoroughly comprehensive  guide to stain removal tips for fabric, upholstery and carpet.  Continue Reading

15 Tips to Keep Your Car Interior Clean, Stainless and Fresh

created at: 2009-05-19

Twenty hours on the road can leave your car filled with the likes of fries, spilled drinks, wadded up napkins, pillows, blankets, maps, newspapers and sticky, gooey messes. The best way to avoid stains is to not eat, drink or do anything in the car but ride. Since that’s impossible, here are 15 tips from Road & Travel Magazine to get things straightened up after your vacation.  

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You’ve got vinyl, leather, or cloth upholstery, carpet, floor mats and the interior of the doors to keep clean and stain free.  Continue Reading

Wash Away Poison Ivy with Fels Naptha Soap

created at: 2009-05-01

With pesky weed and vine removal comes the likely possibility of rubbing up against some poison ivy, sumac or poison oak. If you’re sensitve to these weeds, the coming weeks could be miserble. A quick anecdote is to

strip down ASAP and shower using Fels Naptha Soap. It will greatly reduce and in most cases, prevent a reaction to the poison ivy oil. Since poison ivy resin can stay on you clothes for up to one year, be sure to launder your clothes in shaved or grated Fels Naptha to neutralize that resin. Continue Reading

Laundry Room Must Have: Fels-Naptha!

Say ‘Fels-Naptha’ to your mom or grandma and see what kind of reaction you get. It will probably something like, ‘Oh, yes! They used to use that in the olden days on laundry day.’ Why the bar soap isn’t still popular today is a mystery, because it is one of the best–if not THE best–pre-treater/spot removers on the planet. I know this because I picked up a bar at my local grocery store a while back to give it a try. Continue Reading

How to remove stains from ceiling tiles.


Perhaps you have ceiling tiles hanging above you, and here and there are tell-tale splotches that suggest previous or current leaks. If you thought you’d have to replace the tiles to address the problem, you might be wrong, because you can clean them! First, fix the leak if you haven’t already done so and then we’ll get to work.

There are two ways to tackle the stain; the first one comes from a friend of mine:

Mix 1 part bleach to 1 part water and put them in a clean spray bottle. Continue Reading

The Secret Life of Toothpaste

Any gal with a diamond knows that a toothbrush and a little toothpaste will make that rock twinkle. But toothpaste has other more lowly pursuits than putting the spark in your bling.

Cast Iron Sinks

Toothpaste will remove pot marks from cast iron (and vitreous glass) sinks and it’s a cheap alternative to more expensive cleaners. My Pepsodent (the lowest-priced I could find at the store) is a fraction of the cost of Kohler’s fancy Cast Iron Kitchen Sink Cleaner. Continue Reading