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Tip on removing black stains in oak, ash, buttenut and mahogany caused by ferrous metal reacting with tannin in the wood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Spring 1986 (v.2#1) pg. 21

Tip on using alcohol to remove pencil marks.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #77 Dec 1999 pg. 13

Cleaning wood splint baskets.
BASKETMAKER #27 May 1991 (v.8#1) pg. 9

Tips on how to remove stains from furniture wax.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1978 (v.56#7) pg. F10 (180+)

How to care for butcher block wood surfaces.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Dec 1980 (v.58#12) pg. G10

Tips on removing stains from wool upholstery.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Mar 1985 (v.63#3) pg. M23

Kitchen cleanup checklist. A guide to the most germ-infested places in a kitchen and how to clean them.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jun 1999 (v.77#6) pg. 132

Tip: Remove an oil spot from driveway using Portland cement.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1986 (v.9#8) pg. 12

Cleanser clean-up. Advice on which cleaners to use on wood, walls, floors, etc.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1990 (v.13#5) pg. 94

Removing stains from cloth dolls. The remedies and consequences in the removal of ink, rust, blood, wax, chewing gum, and peanut butter discussed. Includes tips on how to keep the marks from air-soluable pens from returning to fabric years later.
CLOTH DOLL Winter 1984 (v.3#2) pg. 26

How to formulate cleaning products from simple, inexpensive ingredients that don't harm the environment.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1991 (v.75#5) pg. 55

Cleaning solution formulas for wall washing, window cleaner, woodwork cleaner, and rug/upholstery cleaner.
COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1994 (v.78#2) pg. 63
Added Info COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1994 (v.78#4) pg. 6

A look at 11 common solvents that remove stains and spots from clothes, art tools, and your skin. Gives tips on how and what to use for common craft project clean-up jobs.
DECORATING & CRAFT IDEAS Jan-Feb 1977 (v.8#1) pg. 12

Tip on using kerosene instead of higher-priced cleaners on grease and oil.
DIRT RIDER #89 Apr 1990 pg. 21

How to get stains out of anything. A comprehensive guide for fabrics, upholstery, carpets, rugs, flooring, wallcoverings, and metals.
FAMILY CIRCLE Jul 1 1981 (v.94#9) pg. 53

The "best" stain removal guide ever.
FAMILY CIRCLE Mar 16 1982 (v.95#4) pg. 123

Mary Ellen's 101 best tips for no-sweat spring cleaning.
FAMILY CIRCLE May 29 1984 (v.97#8) pg. 18

How to remove stains from carpeting, wood floors, marble and tile, asphalt, vinyl and vinyl asbestos flooring. Charts of common stains and removal methods included.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #152 Mar 1974 (v.24#3) pg. 40

How to clean almost anything, from aluminum siding to wallpaper.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #227 Mar 1982 (v.32#3) pg. 90

How to clean up after household flooding. Tips on salvaging carpets, motors, walls, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #237 Mar 1983 (v.33#3) pg. 88

Tips for kitchen and bath cleaning. Cleaning wood panels & cabinets, appliances, stainless steel, tile, countertops, walls, ceilings, and floors.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #249 May-Jun 1984 (v.34#5) pg. 117

Professional tips tell you how to cut cleaning time by 75%.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #250 Jul-Aug 1984 (v.34#6) pg. 115

Tip on removing black stains from the inside of a dishwasher which have been caused by high manganese content in the water.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #252 Oct 1984 (v.34#8) pg. 139

Tips on removing or covering "graffiti".
FAMILY HANDYMAN #276 Feb 1987 (v.37#2) pg. 58

Cleaning house. The fastest, easiest ways to tackle ceilings, walls, windows, and floors.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #295 Feb 1989 (v.39#2) pg. 47

How to scrub a rust stain off concrete using an acid/water mixture.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #302 Oct 1989 (v.39#9) pg. 6

Tip on cleaning soot off of a brick fireplace.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #306 Mar 1990 (v.40#3) pg. 8

Two home mixtures for removing rust marks from porcelain and enamel fixtures.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #378 May 1997 (v.47#5) pg. 13

Tip: How to remove lily-pollen stain from clothing.
FINE GARDENING #2 Jul-Aug 1988 pg. 8

Tips on removing diesel fuel which has soaked into wood, washing the wood and preparing it to be finished.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #13 Feb-Mar 1983 pg. 6
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 14

Tip: Use oxalic acid and water to remove stains from wood caused by rusting nails, cement splotches, water leaks, etc.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #29 Oct-Nov 1985 pg. 16

Oxalic-acid solution removes stains from wood caused by rusting nails, cement splotches, water leaks, etc.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 26

Tips on removing a dog-urine stain from an oak floor.
FINE WOODWORKING #48 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 16
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #50 Jan-Feb 1985 pg. 6

How to remove oil stains from wooden furniture using salt and a heat gun prior to refinishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 12

Tip on removing black water stains from oak.
FINE WOODWORKING #61 Nov-Dec 1986 pg. 10

Tip on removing black stains from oak caused by rainwater.
FINE WOODWORKING #63 Mar-Apr 1987 pg. 14

Tips on removing water spots from Oriental rosewood furniture. How to determine exactly what finish is involved, remove the spot, and repair the finish.
FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 14

Tip: Vinegar removes water stains or rings on glass vases.
FLOWER & GARDEN Aug-Sep 1988 (v.32#5) pg. 20

How to keep your furniture looking brand new. How to remove stains and patch or cover scratches.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Jul 1979 (v.189#1) pg. EC5 (192+)

Guide to removing holiday stains.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Dec 1979 (v.189#6) pg. 236

How to remove stains made by ketchup, mustard, milk or cream, alcohol, egg, paint, lipstick, and ink.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Nov 1988 (v.207#5) pg. 222

One hundred easy cleaning hints for every room in the house.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Jan 1996 (v.222#1) pg. 39

Recipe for a paste that can remove rust rings from porcelain.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING Feb 1997 (v.224#2) pg. 34

Tips on cleaning needlework.
HANDMADE #8 Spring 1983 (v.3#1) pg. 22

How to clean porcelain-enamel fixtures: Bathroom and kitchen sinks, bathtubs, toilet bowls and range surfaces.
HANDY ANDY Dec 1978 (v.3#3) pg. 11

Cleaning natural wood paneling and cabinets.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1979 (v.3#10) pg. 34

How to clean curtains and draperies.
HANDY ANDY Feb 1980 (v.4#5) pg. 6

How to clean major appliances.
HANDY ANDY May 1980 (v.4#8) pg. 68

How to clean and repair leather.
HANDY ANDY Sep 1980 (v.4#10) pg. 60

Cleaning a fireplace breast. Removing smoke stains from masonry and wood.
HANDY ANDY Dec 1980 (v.5#3) pg. 4

Herbal housecleaning, alternative cleansers that really work. Chart lists cleaning properties of herbs. Recipes for a variety of cleansers included.
HERB COMPANION Apr-May 1991 (v.3#4) pg. 54

Spring cleaning with herbs. Recipes for herb soap concentrate, citrus scouring powder, fragrant wood polish, herbal rug fragrance, disinfectant air freshener, drawer spray and three sachet blends.
HERB COMPANION Feb-Mar 1997 (v.9#3) pg. 44

Keep it clean. Simple cleaning products to make using herbs. Recipes for (1) Eucalyptus-mint soap, (2) scented soft soap, (3) Eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree spray cleaner, (4) Carnauba and lavender furniture wax, (5) Lavender-ginger upholstery cleaner and rug shampoo, (6) Lemon-mint window wash, (7) Laundry concentrate, (8) Delicate garment soap with lavender, (9) Beeswax saddle soap, (10) Boot and saddle conditioner, (11) Soap for bed linens.
HERB COMPANION Aug-Sep 1999 (v.11#6) pg. 50

Tip on getting oil stains out of an oak desk by using rust-removing cleaners.
HOME MECHANIX #694 Feb 1986 (v.82) pg. 14

Tip on removing an iron scorch stain from clothing.
HOME MECHANIX #698 Jun 1986 (v.82) pg. 33

Professional cleaning services. Tips on selecting a service to clean carpets, upholstery, walls, ceilings, etc.
HOME MECHANIX #717 Jan 1988 (v.84) pg. 24

Tips on removing stains from marble.
HOME MECHANIX #740 Dec 1989 (v.85) pg. 8

Tips for hassle-free holidays. (1) Packaging gifts for mailing. (2) Quick cleaning tips from "Merry Maids" cleaning service. (3) Pet protection.
HOME MECHANIX #740 Dec 1989 (v.85) pg. 52

Safe substitutes for cleaners and disinfectants. Formulas for window cleaner, dishwasher soap, and 3 other cleaners.
HOME MECHANIX #748 Sep 1990 (v.86) pg. 22

Tip: How to clean discoloration from a molded vinyl lavatory.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1985 (v.10#1) pg. 30

Stain remover made from acetone and whiting is used on marble.
HOMEOWNER Dec 1988 (v.13#10) pg. 56

Cleaning solutions. Charts of remedies for removing the toughest stains from carpets, drapes, upholstery, vinyl flooring and walls.
HOMEOWNER May 1990 (v.15#4) pg. 52

How to remove tomato-plant stains from your hands.
KITCHEN GARDEN #1 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 10

Tip: Use lemon juice and boiling water mixture to clean stained marble.
LAPIDARY JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.40#6) pg. 56

How to get stains, oil, paint and grease off your patio.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #542 Jul 1973 (v.69) pg. 77

How to clean unglazed or quarry tile using a 3-step procedure.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #669 Feb 1984 (v.80) pg. 106

Tip: Use hairspray to remove ink stains from clothing.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #669 Feb 1984 (v.80) pg. 106

How to clean tough surfaces like a professional. Includes instructions on preparing your own basic cleaning solutions. How to remove soot from painted brick. How to clean flat-painted walls. How to keep glossy finishes shining. How to clean nonscrubbable wallpaper. How to polish window glass. How to clean ceramic tile. How to bleach out spots on hardwood floors. How to make carpet burns disappear.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #678 Oct 1984 (v.80) pg. 64

Tip on removing candle wax from a cloth tablecloth.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #109 Jan-Feb 1988 pg. 24

Natural housecleaning. Alternatives to harsh chemical cleaning products using environmentally safe alternatives.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #124 Jul-Aug 1990 pg. 46

Tip describes how to clean out an old oil tank.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #157 Aug-Sep 1996 pg. 10

Recipes for household cleaning products. (1) Glass cleaner and chrome shiner. (2) General cleaner and disinfectant. (3) Scouring powder. (3) Toilet bowl cleaner. (4) Shower and tub mildew remover.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #162 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 11

Tip: How to remove an ink spot from a wooden table.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Spring-Summer 1979 (v.10#2) pg. 4

SPECIAL REPORT: Your healthy home. How to improve air and water quality. Includes a guide to nontoxic home maintenance, building a safe home from the ground up, and water treatments.
NEW SHELTER Sep 1984 (v.5#7) pg. 43

A summary of the options available for cleaning the exterior of a home, from soap-and-water to sandblasting.
NEW SHELTER Apr 1986 (v.7#4) pg. 28

Remedies for "dark, ugly" woodwork. How to clean and revive woodwork and paneling made of walnut, mahogany and oak with less effort than stripping and refinishing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1976 (v.4#9) pg. 5

Removing stains from masonry.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1977 (v.5#5) pg. 58

Tip: Use vinegar to remove hard water deposits from bathtubs and other places.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 11

How to remove soot and smoke stains from a fireplace.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.8#10) pg. 149

Tip: Old fashioned formula for removing soot and creosote from fireplace and hearth.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1981 (v.9#2) pg. 41

Tip: Formula for cleaning varnished wood which has turned dark.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1981 (v.9#8) pg. 188

Tip: Clean gold leaf picture frames with onion juice.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1983 (v.11#9) pg. 207

Tip: How to clean an old oil painting of grime, grease, and smoke by using half an onion.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1984 (v.12#2) pg. 43

Tips on removing salt-water stains from oak.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1984 (v.12#4) pg. 85

Don't paint it, wash it. Tips on washing and touching up the paint on walls and woodwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug-Sep 1984 (v.12#7) pg. 142

Tip: Use "Easy Off" oven cleaner to clean bathtubs and sinks.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1984 (v.12#8) pg. 179

Tip: Clean window blinds at a coin-operated car wash prior to repainting.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1984 (v.12#8) pg. 179

Tip: How to clean wax from ornate candlesticks.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug-Sep 1985 (v.13#7) pg. 159
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1985 (v.13#10) pg. 212

Two tips for removing rust stains from an old clawfoot bathtub.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug-Sep 1985 (v.13#7) pg. 159

Tip: Listerine recommended to thwart bacterial stains on the exterior of a painted house.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1986 (v.14#5) pg. 248

Tip: Gel-Gloss works to clean, polish old porcelain.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1986 (v.14#9) pg. 416

Tips for removing coffee-cup rings from marble.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1987 (v.15#4) pg. 58

Maintaining the kitchen. A guide to the least destructive cleaning method for wood floors, cabinets, trim and counters in various finishes, linoleum, tile, stone (including marble), porcelain, enameled metal, copper, brass, chrome, plastic laminates, corian and glass. Also includes tips for dealing with problem stains.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1989 (v.17#4) pg. 20

Tip on using "Fantastik" spray cleaner and steel wool to clean accumulated dirt from woodwork with clear finishes.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1991 (v.19#5) pg. 24

Survival guide. The best advice from 20 years of OHJ. (1) Where to begin a renovation. (2) Cleaning tips. (3) Saving old plaster. (4) Basic tools. (5) Do-it-yourself scaffolds. (6) Wood floor care and repair. (7) Stripping paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. Insert

Paint cleaning poultice made from detergent, flour, and wallpaper paste.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1993 (v.21#6) pg. 14

Tips on using TSP (trisodium phosphate) or MEX (sodium metasilicate) to do heavy cleaning of walls, woodwork, brick, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1995 (v.23#3) pg. 20

Tip recommends using vegetable oil to remove tar.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1997 (v.25#6) pg. 18

Twenty-five cleaning tips for surfaces in old houses.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1998 (v.26#1) pg. 60

Stain-cleaning poultice made from cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1999 (v.27#6) pg. 72

How to clean with natural chemicals.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1979 (v.26#3) pg. 100

Clean clay flower pots with vinegar.
ORGANIC GARDENING Jan 1985 (v.32#1) pg. 22

Tip on using baking soda and vinegar to clean drains and scrub bathtub, toilet and floors.
ORGANIC GARDENING Sep-Oct 1990 (v.37#7) pg. 95

Tips suggest using lemon juice to remove stains on hands caused by gardening.
ORGANIC GARDENING Mar 1997 (v.44#3) pg. 11

Tip: Use mayonnaise to wipe ink and other stains off the wooden parts of furniture.
PARENTS HOME Sep 1981 (v.5#10) pg. 54

Tip: How to remove iron stains from a bathtub.
PARENTS HOME Sep 1981 (v.5#10) pg. 55

How to remove stains from almost anything. Includes many charts of common household stains and how to remove them from fabrics and various surfaces.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1973 (v.140#4) pg. 96

The right way to choose and use solvents.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1982 (v.158#5) pg. 116

Tip: Use paint remover to remove build-up from pots and pans, stoves, machinery, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1983 (v.160#3) pg. 32

Tip on cleaning the ceramic top of an electric range.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1987 (v.164#9) pg. 124

Tip on removing oil stains from concrete.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1987 (v.164#11) pg. 56

Tip on softening food splatters inside a microwave oven.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1988 (v.165#2) pg. 128

Tip on removing greasy animal footprints from a clear oil-finished natural redwood deck.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1988 (v.165#3) pg. 125

Tip on removing creosote from a brick wall.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1990 (v.167#1) pg. 70

Tip on using a 50/50 water and chlorine bleach solution to remove water stains from a ceiling.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1995 (v.172#7) pg. 86

Wash mini-blinds in a section of PVC tube which is capped on both ends and set on a simple wooden rocker.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1987 (v.231#3) pg. 128

A guide to common household cleaners that are toxic. Chart shows alternative cleaning methods.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1986 (v.1#2) pg. 14

Tip on cleaning dirty tile grout.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1987 (v.2#6) pg. 76
Correction PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jan 1988 (v.3#1) pg. 18

Tip on removing soot stains from wood paneling.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1987 (v.2#6) pg. 77

Cleaning the low-tox way. Tips on using less toxic chemicals to do your spring cleaning.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Mar 1988 (v.3#3) pg. 20

Tips on removing soot and wax from bricks.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep 1988 (v.3#7) pg. 18

Tip: How to remove both fresh and dried bloodstains without laundering.
THREADS #10 Apr-May 1987 pg. 10

How to clean doilies and other crocheted items with cornstarch.
THREADS #15 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 12

Recipes for homemade cleaning solutions. (1) To remove gray and mildew on exterior wood. (2) To remove brass tarnish. (3) Ceramic tile cleaner. (4) To remove mildew or soap buildup on interior caulk. (5) To eliminate efflorescence on masonry. (6) To freshen painted wood siding. (7) To clean concrete. (8) To eliminate water rings and stains on plastic laminate.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #819 Oct 1997 (v.93) pg. 16

Tip on how to remove ink stains from your hands.
TOLE WORLD #123 Jul-Aug 1993 (v.17#4) pg. 29

Four nontoxic workshop mixtures. (1) Milk paint. (2) Paint remover. (3) Brush softener. (3) Stain remover.
WOOD MAGAZINE #44 Aug 1991 (v.8#5) pg. 68
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #51 Apr 1992 (v.9#3) pg. 8

Rubbing (or cleaning) compound is made from lemon oil and "Bon Ami" cleansing powder.
WOODWORK #33 Jun 1995 pg. 14

Tips on removing discoloration from oak plywood.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 590

Tips on easier ways to clean glass, mirrors, a freezer, and wood furniture. Includes recipe for a non-abrasive kitchen cleaner made from baking soda.
WORKBASKET May 1987 (v.52#7) pg. 42

How to remove iodine and photographic developer stains from clothing.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1963 (v.19#2) pg. 49

How to remove grease stains from wood before refinishing.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1966 (v.22#6) pg. 58

Tip: Use waterless hand cleaner to clean plastic laminates.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1979 (v.35#3) pg. 9

Tip: Use muratic acid to remove the stains caused by metal staples coming in contact with oak wood and glue.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1980 (v.36#2) pg. 10

Tip on using rubbing alcohol to clean surfaces before gluing or painting.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1990 (v.46#5) pg. 56