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A lot of outdoorsy types of people love the smell of a campfire. Whether it reminds you of the outside or food, you cannot deny that it is a somewhat pleasant smell; unless it’s on your clothes. Sure campfire smell might be nice but no one wants their clothes to smell like that. This burnt smell is a bit harder to get out, than you might think, but don’t worry I will show you how to get rid of campfire smell from your clothing using 4 simple but effective methods.

 

 

 

Use baking soda

Using baking soda is a great way of deodorizing anything whether it’s drains, fabric, etc. It can even remove the worst scent from any clothes. To remove the campfire smell of your clothes you need to place the clothes into the washer (only the ones that smell) and add your favorite laundry detergent and half a cup of baking soda. Now wash the clothes regularly.

 

 

 

White distilled vinegar

This is another product that’s surprisingly good at deodorizing. What makes vinegar so good is the fact that you can use it for cleaning or for food, and also because it’s very inexpensive. You can get a bottle of vinegar at almost any local supermarket or even online.

To clean your campfire clothes with vinegar you first need to place the clothes into the washer and add laundry detergent then add 1 cup of vinegar into it as well. After washing the clothes they will no longer have the scent of a campfire on them. If the clothes now smell like vinegar, all you have to do is give them a second wash (without using the vinegar).

 

 

 

Warm water

Warm or hot water will definitely remove a lot of odors from clothes since it opens up cloth fibers. To remove any bad odor from your clothes using warm water, you’ll need to place the clothes into a large bucket and fill it up with hot water. Then let them soak for an hour before placing them inside the washer.

 

 

 

Sundry

This is the simplest method in this article. To do this you’ll just need to place your clothes directly under the sunlight whether you hang them or lay them down on a flat surface. After doing that you’ll need to place them in the washer.

 

 

 

Ever had a shirt that was too big for you? Most times when people have extra-large shirts like that, they hardly wear them but that doesn’t have to be the case. There are a couple of ways in which you can make extra-large shirts fit properly. This is called shrinking. I mean we all know what shrinking is but you might be wondering how you do it to T-shirts. Well, that’s why I made this post because today in this article I will show you how to shrink a shirt so that it can fit properly.

 

 

How to shrink a shirt

There are two main ways how to shrink a shirt. The first method is the boiling method and the second one is the washer/dryer method. Both of these methods are really easy and simple to do.

 

 

Boiling water method

The boiling water method is pretty simple and easy to follow. Most people who don’t have access to a washer and dryer might find this method to be the most useful.

 

Steps for this method:

  1. Boil a large pot of water on the stove.
  2. When it is boiling remove the pot from the stove.
  3. Now wait five minutes and then place the shirt inside the boiling water.
  4. Then let the shirt soak for 5 minutes. The longer the shirt is in the water the more it will shrink.
  5. Drain the water and let the shirt cool off.
  6. Then wring the shirt out and let it air dry.

 

There is something you need to know when it comes on to the shrinking process. The longer you wait for the boiling water to cool down the less the shrinkage will be. For example, if I let the boiling water cool down for 15 minutes before placing the shirt into it then the shirt will most likely only shrink down to 1/2 size, but if I place the shirt inside the boiling water immediately then it will shrink down 1 to 2 sizes instead. The reason why I recommended waiting 5 minutes is that it’s somewhat in the middle ground where the shirt will most likely shrink down 1/2 to 1 in size.

 

 

Washer/dryer method

The washer and dryer method of shrinking a shirt is by far the easiest method. While I do believe the boiling method is still a bit more effective; the washer/dryer method allows you to place multiple shirts or even cotton sweaters inside of them.

 

Here is how you shrink a shirt using the washing machine and dryer:

  1. Place the T-shirt inside the washing machine and use the warmest water option.
  2. After washing the shirt place it inside the dryer and set it on medium heat. And let it dry 2 times for 60 minutes.
  3. Repeat the process if you want more shrinking.

 

 

Conclusion

Throughout this article/post I showed you two incredibly easy but also effective ways how to shrink a shirt. I hope you found this useful and if it helped you please share it with more people.

By the wat if you are interested in how to unshrink a shirt then you should check this out:

How to unshrink clothes

 

Stepping on chewing gum might be one of the most infuriating things when walking or running. I’ve stepped on gum countless times back when I was younger and I used to accidentally mess up the car carpets because of it. However, there are a couple of ways in which you can get gum off your shoes and I will show you them.

 

 

Spray with wd-40

Wd-40 is made up of different types of lubricants. So it’s best to use it if you want to remove something sticky from a surface and in this case we are dealing with gum. Just spray the gum with wd-40 for 30 seconds to 1 minute and then use a paper towel to remove it. It should be easy to remove because of the wd-40.

‘14 incredible wd-40 hacks’

 

 

Place the shoe in the freezer

This might seem weird but it is a really effective way to get rid of gum off of your shoe bottom. TO do this you will need to wrap a plastic bag tightly around the shoes. THen place it in the freezer for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes you’ll realize that the gum is now on the plastic bag instead of the shoes. Even if the gum is still on the bottom of the shoe, it should be way easier to remove now since it isn’t warm anymore.

 

 

Scrape it off with something flat

Get a thin flat utensil such as a spatula or a butter knife and drench it in oil. You should also pour a little oil on the gum as well. Then use the flat item to scrape off the gum.

 

 

Remove the gum using peanut butter

Place a large scoop of peanut butter onto the gum and leave it there for 15 minutes. Then use a wire brush to rub the area and remove the gum. After removing the gum rinse the shoe bottom with water.

 

 

Use ice cubes

Place the shoes in a plastic bag filled with ice cubes. Make sure that it’s only the bottom of the shoes that’s touching the ice cubes. If you expose the other parts of the shoes to ice cubes for too long this may damage the shoes. Now press the shoe down on the ice cubes. While doing this, the gum should be pressed against the ice cubes. What we are trying to do is to freeze the gum quickly so that it can be removed easily. When the gum is frozen you should use a knife or a flat utensil to remove the gum.

If you are into arts and crafts or maybe you were just writing something with a sharpie, you’ll most likely get the ink on your skin. Most times this isn’t a bad thing as you can easily wash it off but in some cases, the marker is permanent, and using water alone won’t work. So is that it? Do you have to live with the sharpie ink on your skin from now on? Well, obliviously not as most permanent marker ink usually fades off the skin in about 3 days, but if you want to remove the ink faster I’ve listed some methods that you can try.

 

 

Can ink damage your skin?

Most inks from markers and pens aren’t too toxic. They aren’t even toxic enough to cause ink poisoning. So you won’t damage your skin if it is exposed to ink.

 

 

How to remove permanent sharpie ink off of skin

Now I will show you some methods you need to know when removing permanent marker ink off of your skin.

 

Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer should be the first product you use when trying to get ink off of your skin. This is because it is simple to use and not dangerous for your skin. When removing ink with hand sanitizer make sure you use a cloth to rub away the ink.

 

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol is another great way to remove ink stains from the skin. To be honest, a lot of alcohol-based products are good to use when getting rid of ink stains, however, rubbing alcohol isn’t toxic so it can be used on the skin. To remove the ink stain from your skin, all you need to do is pour some of the rubbing alcohol onto the sharpie ink and use your fingertips or a clean cloth to rub away the ink. Keep rubbing until the ink fades away. After doing this, rinse your hands with warm water and dry them with a clean cloth or a piece of paper towel.

 

Shaving cream

Apply shaving cream onto the ink-stained area and use your fingers to rub it into the ink. Keep rubbing for around 1 minute and the ink should no longer be visible. If you still see the ink, then just keep trying this method.

You can also try sunscreen as well.

 

Coconut oil

Before you use the coconut oil to remove the ink stain you first need to wash your hands and dry it, then apply the coconut oil onto the stained area. Then rub the coconut oil into the ink-stained area of the skin until the ink starts to fade away. Make sure to rub in a circular motion.

 

Baby wipes

Baby wipes are great for removing stains off of skin. To remove permanent marker ink stain off your skin with baby wipes all you need to do is dab the stain with the wipes until the ink has faded away.

 

Baby oil

Baby oil works in the same way as coconut oil if you want to remove the sharpie ink off of your skin. All you have to do is pour a little baby oil onto the stained area and use a cloth or cotton gauze to rub the skin.

 

Nail polish remover

If you don’t have a bottle of rubbing alcohol don’t worry because you can use nail polish remover to remove permanent ink off of your skin. To do this you just simply need to get a cotton gauze and pour some nail polish remover onto it and then use it to rub away the sharpie ink.

 

Makeup remover wipes

Simply use the makeup remover wipe to rub away the ink stain off of your skin.

 

Whitening toothpaste

This may come as a surprise but toothpaste is actually great for removing certain stains, and this includes some ink stains. To remove permanent marker stains from your skin all you have to do is squeeze some toothpaste onto the stained area and wet your finger under running water and use it to rub the toothpaste all over the ink-stained area. Now wait 3 minutes and after that rub the ink stain again. Now rinse off the toothpaste and use a dry cloth to dry your skin and the ink stain should be no longer visible.

 

Conclusion

Permanent marker ink will eventually fade away from your skin in a couple of days so if you don’t want to use any of these products on your skin then you don’t have to worry.

In this article, I showed you how to remove sharpie ink off of your skin using some simple methods. I hope this was helpful.

 

 

This is an issue that a surprising amount of people seem to have and let’s be honest no one wants to drive a car that’s filled with ants. So in this article, I will show you how to get rid of ants in your car and also how to prevent them from entering.

 

 

Why are there ants in your car?

Ants usually look for food and water and they do this by finding scents. Oftentimes people usually park over ant nests and sometimes the vehicle and be filled with a lot of leftover food and garbage. So the ants will smell the food directly above them and try to look for it. So this is why they are in your vehicle.

 

 

Different types of ants

Before you do anything, the best thing to do is to find out what type of ants you are dealing with. The crazy ants or carpenter ants are usually the ones inside of cars searching for food, but it’s not uncommon if you see other species of ants doing the same thing.

 

 

Can ants damage a car?

The answer for this is a bit tricky because most times ants will bite humans but it usually isn’t fatal, you’ll only feel a sting that lasts for a couple of seconds. But there are some ants ( red ants, carpenter ants, and fire ants)  that usually bite on wood, tires, and also foam.

 

 

How to get rid of ants in your car

 

 

Clean inside the car

 

Remove trash

 This is one of the best ways to prevent ants from entering your vehicle. If you have a lot of trash in your car you are just asking for an ant infestation. What’s worse is that the ants may be less of you issue if cockroaches start to infest it as well. So you have to make sure that you remove any trash you see that’s inside or outside the vehicle. The right way to remove all trash from your car is to dispose of things such as snack bags, drink cups, any open food bags, etc. If you even have non-food-related garbage in your car you should still dispose of them.

 

Vacuum

 Vacuuming the interior of your car is a must if you don’t want an ant infestation. You might be wondering why is it important to vacuum inside your vehicle? Well, it’s important because many times when we eat inside of our cars, the crumbs from the food usually get spread all over. Some of the places where the crumbs are usually are are the seats, under the seats, on the floor, under the car mat, between the seats, and the door crevices. You may find food crumbs and other things in other areas of the car but that’s where they usually are. So make sure you use a powerful portable vacuum to get rid of all the small dirt particles and the food crumbs from inside your car. Doing this will make the inside of your car way cleaner than before.

 

 

Wash the car mats 

You might be wondering if there’s a point in washing the car mats if you’ve already picked up all the trash and vacuum everywhere inside the car; and trust me it is necessary to do so because sometimes when we have a drink inside of our vehicle, the drink can spill on our car mats and this will attract ants inside your car.

When washing your car mats you have to fill a bucket with water and dish soap and use a brush or a sponge to clean them. You can also just use a hose and wash them. After washing the mats you need to let them air dry. After letting them air dry place them back inside of the car.

 

 

Clean tires

Cleaning tires may seem like an odd way to prevent ants from entering your vehicle but most times it’s necessary to do so. The reason is that that’s where most of the ants usually climb to enter the car. So a good way to clean your car tires is to chemically treat them so that the ants will refuse to climb them. You can use insect repellant and spray the car tires, just make sure that the chemicals that you are using arent too strong and won’t damage the tires or anywhere else on the car.

 

 

Places to check-in car

Now before we get rid of the ants we have to know where their hiding spots are. The thing is about ants is that they are so small, that anywhere in your car could be their hiding spot. But some places you should search are under the seats, under the mats, the door frame, wheels, the trunk, etc. Ants usually hide in a bunch of different places so I will now show you how to get rid of them.

 

 

Getting rid of the ants

The best way to get rid of ants in your car or home is to use bait or pesticides. These are a  great way not only to draw out ants but also to kill them. There are two types of baits and pesticides you can use. You can either use natural ones or non-natural ones. I will show you how to use both of them.

 

 

Synthetic

 

Using regular ant killer bait

 You can find these baits and traps in your local supermarket or online. After finding the one that you are going to use place it in your car and wait for the ants to get caught. Keep doing this every day until all the ants that are in your car are gone.

 

Use ant spray

 Ant sprays are a good way to get rid of ants but the only problem with them is that you have to wear a mask and the only effective method of killing the ants is to spray when you see them. You don’t always have to spray the ants as you see them, you can also spray places like under the seats, trunk, etc. Don’t spray directly onto the seats as the fabric will absorb the spray and this can be toxic to children, pets, and even adults as well. So to avoid any issues make sure to open your car for a couple of hours after spraying inside. You should also clean the seats and other areas as well.

 

Natural

 

Dawn dish soap

 Natural products are usually safer to use so you don’t have to worry about wearing gloves and a face mask. One of the best natural ant killer/repellants you can use is dawn dish soap. Now if you have seen my other articles you’ll know that I talk about dawn dish soap a lot and this is because it has so many uses. You can use it to clean your dishes, toilet, bathtub and now you can use it as an ant killer.

The reason why dawn dish soap works well as an ant killer is because it breaks down the ant’s exoskeleton by removing the lipids that will eventually make them dehydrated. This will also make most ants drown instead of floating on water.

The best dawn dish soap to use is the blue one. I don’t know if the other ones are all made the same but the blue dawn is the one that I see most people using when they are getting rid of ants.

To make your own ant killer with dawn dish soap your need to mix 2 cups of warm water, 4tbsp of dawn dish soap, 1tsp of salt into a spray bottle. Now spray the mixture directly onto the ants when you see them in your car.

After spraying the ants and getting rid of them. It is now time to clean the car. All you have to do is wipe away the soap that was sprayed inside the car, then use a dry cloth to dry the area. It’s best to do this because if you let the moisture sit in the car for too long it will later cause mold/mildew to form from it.

  

Essential oils

 To some people, this may come as a surprise but you can actually use essential oils as a way to repel ants and other insects. Essential oils have many uses some are more believable than others but this one can actually be trusted.

Most essential oils have an aroma that causes most insects to keep away.

 

Borax

 Borax is not only good for laundry, because it has so many other uses. The crazy thing about borax is that most people don’t really know about the other uses it has. You can use it to clean a lot of areas around your home and in this case, you can also use it as an ant killer.

To use borax as an ant killer you need to get a small bowl or container and add 2 cups of borax and mix it with a lot of sugar, preferably brown sugar. After mixing them together place the container inside the car. You can place multiple containers of the mixture in different areas of the vehicle if you want to. Now wait as the smell of the sugar will attract the ants and the borax will kill them when they start eating. It might take some time for the borax to kill them.

If you are interested in some other ways you can use borax then click here.

 

Vinegar

 Did you know that you could use vinegar to kill and repel ants? Well, now you know. Vinegar is a cheap yet effective ant killer and repellant. To kill ants with vinegar you first need to mix vinegar with equal parts warm water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. You can even add a little dish soap as well. Then spray the ants as soon as you see them. If the ants won’t come out you can use a piece of a candy bar to bait them out.

To repel the ants with vinegar you need to spray the tires with vinegar and also place vinegar-soaked cotton balls around inside of your car.

 

Boric acid

 Before you use boric acid make sure to wear a face mask and gloves. To kill ants with boric acid you need to mix together 1-2 cups of boric acid, 5tbsp of salt, and 2 cups of brown sugar and place the mixture into an open container. Now place the container inside of your car and then all you have to do is wait until the boric acid kills the ants. Now you won’t have to worry about the ants inside your vehicle.

 

 

How to prevent ants from entering your car

While getting rid of the ants is a good thing, you still have to think about where they’re coming from and why are they inside your vehicle. I will now show you some ways how you can prevent ants from entering your car.

 

 

Clean car regularly

 This is probably the main reason why you have ants in your vehicle. Ants like places where there is a lot of food and junk and when your car is filled with this, they will be attracted to the smell and want to enter your vehicle. Remember that ants are really small so they can fit through in almost any tight holes and crevices. What’s even worse is that ants aren’t the only thing you should be worried about if the inside of your car is very filthy. Cockroaches and other pests such as small mice will try to sneak into your vehicle if they smell a lot of food in it.

When cleaning your car it’s best to start by getting rid of the food crumbs you see. Most of the food crumbs are usually from chips, bread, sandwiches, cakes, and pastries. Food crumbs are usually under your seats, on the dashboard, in between the seats, on the floor, and under the car mat. Make sure to use a vacuum to remove all of them.

After getting rid of all the food crumbs be sure to wipe down the dashboard as well. Sometimes sweet substances usually stick to the dashboard so you have to make sure to always clean it. When cleaning your dashboard you have to use a disinfectant, such as a Lysol disinfectant spray/wipes, or a liquid disinfectant such as fabuloso.

Also, be sure to clean your car mats. This is because car mats are one of the dirtiest things in the car apart from the seats. Not only that but cleaning your car mats will get rid of the dead ants and eggs that have been on it. When cleaning the car mats be sure to use a citrus soap. This will repel any remaining ants in the vehicle. After washing the car seats let them air dry.

Now it’s time to wipe down the car doors and seats with a citrus spray. Not only will this repel ants away from your car it‘s also a great way to clean it and make it smell way better than before.

 

 

Change parking spots

If you did everything I told you to do but ants are still infesting your vehicle then it might be time to change parking spots. After doing this be sure to spray the car wheels with ant repellant so that the smell can discourage them from wanting to enter your vehicle. If you don’t have ant repellant you can spray the wheels with vinegar or essential oils instead.

 

 

Destroy nearby nests 

While ants are usually attracted to food and the filth that was probably in your car was one of the reasons why they were infesting it. The problem is still not over, even if you did every method I listed in this article. Most times when the car is directly parked over an ant nest, it can be a big issue because now they are so close to the car, that they can even smell almost any food from inside.

 

So the first thing you need to do is move your vehicle and now it’s time to take out the ant nest. When dealing with an ant nest you have to be careful because they will try to attack you in self-defense so it’s best to wear shoes and pants. You should also wear a face mask and gloves because you’ll be handling ant killer products which can be somewhat harmful to humans if you arent using them carefully. If you are using a spray then be sure to spray the ant nest directly and also every ant as well. The good thing is they will be evading in a large group so it will be easy to eliminate them. If you cant see them then it’s best to place baits near the nest. Doing this will definitely poison them.

 

 

Contact pest control services

While all the methods I listed throughout this article should work for a lot of people, it still might not work for some maybe because the issue is overwhelming.

If this is the case then you don’t have to worry because all you have to do is go on google and search for pest control services near you and you’ll find tons of them willing to help for a fee.

 

Conclusion

In this article, I told you some effective ways how to get rid of ants in your car. The reason why I made this was that I know a lot of people go through this same issue. So be sure to clean the inside of your car regularly and dispose of any trash you see in it.

 

 

 

 

 

In this article, I will show you how to get rid of ground moles with dawn dish soap.

 

Why are moles in your yard?

The main reason why moles are in your yard is because of food. Moles feed on earthworms, insects, and grubs. So if there aren’t any of these things in your yard you most likely don’t have to worry about moles. The bad thing is most yards have a lot of these things.

 

 

How does dawn dish soap get rid of moles?

In order to make the dawn dish soap repels moles, you have to mix it with castor oil as well. Moles hate the smell of castor oil and the dawn dish soap and castor oil mixture will cause their skin to itch when they make contact with it.

 

 

Getting rid of ground moles with dawn dish soap

Moles usually like to mess up lawns and gardens. This is because they usually destroy the grassroots in your lawn and this will cause it to have a dried-up, old look.

While moles might be somewhat annoying to deal with, they aren’t all that bad. They still have a purpose and it is to get rid of the insects in your yard. Most of the insects they are getting rid of would’ve eventually damage your garden. They also help to create the soil.

When getting rid of moles I like to use the nonlethal method. This method involves using dawn dish soap and castor oil. These two products create the best mole repellant.

 

 

What is castor oil?

Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is made from beans. It is usually yellow or colorless and it is mostly used to relieve temporary constipation and to stimulate digestion. It has more uses but those are its main ones. You can find it at your local drug store.

Mole repellant ingredients:

  • Castor oil
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Heat the water in a kettle or pot
  2. Pour around 5 oz of castor oil and the warm water in a jar
  3. Then add 3 tbsp of dawn dish soap into the jar as well.
  4. Shake the mixture and pour it into a garden sprayer.

Directions

Use the garden sprayer to spray the lawn with the mixture. Make sure to spray the molehills as well. Doing this will discourage the moles from wanting to be in your yard because they hate the smell of castor oil and dish soap. If you see any moles pour or spray the mixture directly onto them. Make sure not to pour too much because they might drown.

 

This was a simple yet effective way of getting rid of moles without harming them. I will now be answering some frequently asked questions related to moles in yards.

 

 

Can cats get rid of ground moles?

Most cats can get rid of ground moles with ease, but I do not recommend getting a cat for the sole purpose of this only. This is because, maybe your cat won’t catch the moles, and not only that, they are pets and they require a lot of care. Another reason why you shouldn’t get cats to catch ground moles is that they will kill them. This is bad because cats usually hide the things they kill so you’ll have a hard time finding where the foul smell is coming from.

 

 

Can mothballs get rid of moles in your yard?

It is said that mothballs are supposed to repel moles away, and all you have to do is place the mothballs in the holes/tunnels where the mole is. I personally don’t use mothballs as they are very toxic not only to animals such as dogs and cats but to humans as well.

 

 

Can you keep moles away with coffee grounds?

While most rodents hate the smell of ground coffee, it still might not be enough to repel moles. This does not mean it isn’t worth a try. When doing this all you have to do is sprinkle the coffee ground all over your lawn or at the mole tunnel entrance.

 

 

Will Borax get rid of moles?

The answer to this is yes. While it is more effective to try the dawn dish soap and castor oil method this one still works if the infestation is mild. To get rid of moles with borax, the first thing you need to do I mix warm water and borax together and pour the mixture into the tunnels and holes in your yard. The smell of the borax will keep away the moles.

 

 

How much does yard mole removal cost?

The prices may vary depending on where you live, the amount of moles you have in your yard, etc, but the average price to exterminate moles is around $250.

 

 

 

Conclusion

I hope this article showed you how to get rid of moles with dawn soap. If you are interested in other ways you can use dawn dish soap then click here.

In this article, I will show you some ways how to get rid of water bugs. I will show you how to prevent them from showing up and also how to exterminate them.

 

 

What are water bugs?

Several cockroach species are known as waterbugs, but the true water bug is an aquatic insect classified under the order Hemiptera. Bugs that live in water include water boatmen and water scorpions. Water bugs are also members of the Gerridae family, which includes pond skaters, water striders, and water spiders. To remain afloat, they use surface tension instead of paddles.

 

 

Step 1- Study their movements

By this I mean before you try to eliminate them, you should try to observe them first. Study their behavior and where they usually hide. Since most waterbugs usually come from outside you will probably need to look for their nest and any entry point that they might use. These entry points are usually located at your windows, cracks, pipes, and doors. After studying their behavior you can know move on to the next step.

 

If you cannot find a nest during the day, go into a dark newly-lit room at night. This will allow the bugs time to become active. You should turn on the lights in all the rooms you suspect they are living in. They will probably shatter if they’re present. Pay attention to where they go, and focus your eradication efforts there.

 

 

Step 2- Know your pesticides

Now since you know where they hide it is now time to eliminate them. But before I can get into that, I need to let you know that there are two types of pesticides you can use, these are natural and synthetic.

 

 

Natural pesticides

These usually include vinegar, sugar (brown), borax, baking soda, and some essential oils. While these pesticides are great because they can be made from simple household items and they aren’t as toxic as other pesticides, most people say that they aren’t as effective as synthetic pesticides.

 

 

Synthetic Pesticides

These pesticides are usually the ones you buy. Most of these pesticides don’t require any form of mixing to be effective which makes them somewhat simpler to use. However, while they might not require any additional work they are still way more toxic than natural pesticides. This may sound like a good thing which in a way it kinda is because they might be more effective than natural pesticides, however, they are toxic to humans as well, and not only that but they cost a good amount of money too. So if you are going to use synthetic pesticides make sure you wear a face mask and other protective covering depending on what type of pesticide you are using.

Most synthetic pesticides can be found in the following forms:

  • Traps- Most of these act as bait. This one doesn’t have any harsh chemicals in it.
  • Gels- Using gel pesticides is great because they usually come in syringes which makes them easier to apply onto hard-to-reach areas.
  • Sprays- Pesticide sprays are probably the most common form of pesticide for the average household. This is because all you have to do is spray and not do anything else.

 

 

Step 3- Its time to eliminate the waterbugs

Now that you know the different types of pesticides it is now time to take action. I will show you how to get rid of waterbugs using the different types of pesticides starting with natural pesticides.  Making your own natural pesticide is very easy just mix baking soda, brown sugar, borax together and sprinkle the mixture where the nest is or near the entrances that the waterbugs use such as windows, cracks, pipes, etc.

 

Synthetic pesticides it is way easier to use because you don’t have to mix anything. However, you do need to wear a face mask and protective coverings (if you are using a spray). Personally, I would use all the synthetic pesticides such as gel, sprays, and traps but not a lot of people can afford to use all of them so if I had to choose the best one, I would probably say the spray. This is because I’ve used it so many times a long time ago and it worked the best for me. To use the pesticide spray to prevent waterbugs all you have to do is spray the bugs individually, spray the nest, and the entrances as well (cracks in walls, pipes, windows, doors, etc.)

 

If you are using a trap then place it near the nest or entrances where the waterbugs usually hide and place food onto it. Doing this will draw the bugs to the trap and they will get stuck and can’t move. If you are using the gel then do the same thing minus the food.

 

 

Step 4- GET PROFESSIONAL HELP

If the previous step didn’t work then you should probably get professionals to help. While pest control services may be expensive, they are usually very effective. This means you won’t have to call them again after they get rid of the water bugs in your home.

 

 

How to prevent water bugs

After exterminating the waterbugs, you should follow these steps so that you won’t have to deal with them again.

  • Seal every food item in your cupboards, and cracks/wholes in your home.
  • Make sure to empty your bins at least once a week and remove garbage daily (from bins).
  • Fix any leaks you have. Most leaks usually occur at pipes under the cabinets.
  • Remove crumbs and other food particles by vacuuming your kitchen and the rest of your house very often.

 

Faqs

 

How to lure water bugs out of hiding?

There are a couple of ways in which you can lure water bugs out of hiding. Most waterbugs are drawn to food and dark unpopulated areas. So if you place food (something sweet) on the ground and turn off the lights after some time the water bugs will come out of hiding to eat the food.

 

What are water bugs attracted to?

Water bugs are attracted to food, dark areas, and wet places as well. So they will most likely be in your kitchen under the sink or in your cabinets/cupboards.

 

What is the best water bug killer?

I personally would just recommend any bug spray or traps to use. Traps (bait) work the best.

 

Will bleach keep waterbugs away?

While I’m not sure how effective bleach is when it comes on to scaring away waterbugs, I do know that bugs such as cockroaches, bed bugs, and other insects usually hate the smell of bleach. So you can test it out to see if it works against water bugs.

 

If you want to know how to get rid of cockroaches as well then click here.

In this article, I showed you how to get rid of waterbugs using some simple and effective methods. I hope you found this post useful.

 

Getting rid of sand fleas isn’t really easy. This is because you have to understand their breeding grounds, buy pesticides, seal areas, etc. But don’t worry I’ll make it look easy. In this article, I will show you how to get rid of sand fleas.

 

 

Observe and understand them

If you want to get rid of sand fleas, you will first need to find out where they come from and where they usually hide. Most pests like sand fleas usually come from outside in bushes and gardens but they make their way inside when one of your pets is bitten by one. Once they make their way inside they usually hide in dark areas such as under your carpets and furniture.

 

 

Getting rid of sand fleas

While it may not be easy to get rid of sand fleas, it is still not impossible. The reason why it may seem hard to get rid of sand fleas is that you’ll have to do a lot of cleaning to get rid of them. I will know to show you what to do:

 

 

Sprinkle salt or baking soda on the carpets

 This might seem weird but salt is a great thing to use when dealing with sand fleas. The reason is that salt will dehydrate and kill them. So sprinkle salt all over your carpets and leave it there for a day.

If you don’t have any salt or you just don’t want to use it all over your carpets, then you can just use baking soda instead. Just sprinkle the baking soda all over the carpets and leave it for 1 day. This will not only kill the sand fleas but will also clean and deodorize your carpets as well.

 

 

Wash all your clothes and linen

 Wash all your used clothes and disinfect all linen covers. When disinfecting linens you have to soak them first. The best way to soak your white linens is to fill your tub (make sure it is clean) with warm water and add 2-3 cups of bleach in it, you can use vinegar instead of bleach but never mix them together;  detergent and 2 cups of fabric softener. Let them soak for 1-2 hours then place them in the washer.

 

 

Vacuum the floor

 After you sprinkled the salt or baking powder all over the carpets make sure to vacuum them. When vacuuming makes sure you get in the crevices and cracks as well. If you find any larvae make sure to get rid of them so that more sand fleas won’t attack again. Make sure to vacuum the floors properly because if you don’t, ants may become your next issue.

Here are some vacuuming hacks if you are interested.

 

 

Seal cracks and crevices

 Most times cracks and crevices are usually in walls, cabinets, etc. Doing this will make sure that the sand fleas won’t have any potential breeding grounds in your house.

 

 

Check and treat pets

Make sure to check your pets for any sand fleas. It doesn’t make sense if you went through all the previous steps just for your pets to bring back the sand fleas inside your home.

When inspecting your pets especially dogs, you have to look through their hair. Sometimes the sand fleas will be on their ears. If you see any make sure to pick them off and get rid of them (place them in a plastic bag and throw them in the trash). You can also wash your dogs with anti-flea dog shampoos. But before you do any of that it’s best to contact a vet or do more research on what you can use on your dogs.

 

 

Steam cleaning

 This is more of an optional additional step. If there are a ton of sand fleas in your home and you tried every method I listed above then it might be time to steam clean your entire house. High temperatures will kill the sand fleas and destroy their breeding grounds. The reason why this method is optional is that a steam cleaner is usually pricey.

 

 

Spray your home with pesticide 

When spraying your home with pesticides you have to make sure you are wearing a face mask. It is also best to spray the breeding grounds of the sand fleas. If you cant find the breeding grounds then you can either look for them or spray everywhere in your house with the pesticide. If you chose the latter then it’s best to open up every window and some of the doors so that the pesticide can go smell and fumes can go away.

 

 

Sprinkle boric acid in your garage

 If your garage has sand fleas inside of it, then it’s best to sprinkle some boric acid on the garage floor. This will kill the sand fleas.

 

 

How to prevent sand fleas from entering your home

 

Inspect shoes

 Most times it’s usual pets especially dogs that bring in fleas inside your home but sometimes it can be us as well. If you walk in grass or other areas where fleas usually are they will sometimes latch on to your shoes. So if you live in an area where there is a lot of grass and bushes then it’s best to inspect your shoes after wearing them.

In this article, I will show you how to get rid of the mothball smell from inside your house with some simple yet effective methods.

 

 

What are mothballs?

Mothballs are small balls that are usually stored with clothing. They usually repel insects.

 

How to get rid of mothball smell

There are a lot more things that smell way worse than mothballs, but that doesn’t mean no one including myself likes it and I heard of people saying that the smell of mothballs makes their nose burn. So while it may not be the most disgusting smell, I will show you a couple of ways how to remove the smell completely from your home.

 

Removing mothball smell from clothing

While the smell of mothballs might not be the worst it is definitely noticeable especially when it’s on your clothes. No one wants to go out in public smelling like mothballs. So I am going to show you some different ways in which you can remove the mothball smell from your clothing.

 

Vinegar

This is one of the best and most successful ways you can use to remove the mothball smell from your clothes. All you have to do is to get a large bucket of water and add 3 cups of vinegar into it. THen place the affected clothes into the water and let them soak for 1-2 hours. After letting them soak take them out place them into the washing machine and add 2 cups of vinegar into it. Then wash them. After the first cycle wash them again and rinse them. After doing this the mothball smell will no longer be inside the garments.

 

Bleach

A lot of people don’t like to use bleach because it is very harsh and it can irritate not only your skin but also your eyes and nose as well. But don’t worry because I am going to show you the right way to remove the mothball smell from your clothing with bleach.

When using bleach or other products that contain bleach be sure to wear a facemask and gloves. Also, remember to only use bleach on white clothing.

 The first thing you should do is to get a bucket of water add 1 cup of bleach into it and place the garments inside of it. Let the clothes soak for 30 minutes to an hour. After that, you should take them out and rinse them.

You can also wash them in the washing machine instead. Just place them into the washer and add bleach into it. Then set the clothes to wash on a regular run cycle. After that just place them into the dryer and you’ll realize that the mothball scent is no longer on the clothes.

Even though bleach may be too harsh, it is still one of the best products to use when cleaning a lot of things.

 

Wash it with detergent

 For this, you can either do the soaking method or the washing method. For the washing method, all you have to do is place the clothes inside the washer and add a little of your favorite and best smelling detergent into it as well. Then wash the clothes. After washing them if you still smell the mothball scent on the clothes then you may have to do it again.

For the next method, you have to place all the garments that smell like mothballs into a large bucket filled with water. Then add the detergent into it and mix the water around so that it can become soapy. After that place the clothes inside the bucket and let them soak for an hour. THen place them in the washer to rinse them (only rinse).

Doing this will definitely get rid of the mothball smell from your garments.

 

Rinse them

This is a really simple method because all you have to do is place the garments inside the washer and rinse them (don’t wash, just rinse). Doing this one time may not get rid of the mothball smell so you probably have to repeat the step again until the clothes aren’t smelling like mothballs.

 

Soak them

 This is another simple yet effective method. I know that I told you different ways you can soak your clothes to remove the bad smell that they had. But this method is similar yet different. For this method you need to fill a large bucket with warm water, then add 2 cups of vinegar,1/2 cup of dish soap, detergent, and fabric softener into it, then mix everything together into the water so that it can become soapy. After doing that you should place the clothes inside of the water and allow them to soak for 3 hours. If they are all white then allow them to soak up to 5 hours. After letting them soak place them into the washer and set it to rinse. After rinsing them place them into the dryer and allow them to dry.

 

Doing this will not only get rid of the mothball smell from your clothes but it will make their way cleaner as well.

 

Fabric softener

 For this method, all you have to do is place the clothes into the washer and add a lot of fabric softener onto them. Then wash and dry them.

 

 

Removing  mothball smell from rooms and closets

If your whole room and closet have a mothball smell then maybe it’s time to fix that. The scent of mothballs isn’t a good thing to have in your closet and especially in your room because for some people the smell can be way too strong. But don’t worry I will show you how to get rid of the mothball smell from both your closet and room.

 

Remove any clothing that smells like mothballs

 Let’s say you found and removed the mothballs from both your closet and bedroom but for some reason, you still smell the scent in them. Now you might think that you need to wait a couple of days so that the smell can be completely gone but even after 2-3 days you still smell the mothballs. Well, this may be because your clothes might have absorbed the smell, especially the ones in your drawers. This shouldn’t be a big issue especially if you follow one of the methods I used earlier in this article. A quick way to remove the mothball scent out of clothing is to soak it with your favorite detergent. If that doesn’t work then you can use any other method I mentioned previously.

 

 

 Use vinegar

 Vinegar is not only great for cooking but it is also good for cleaning as well. Vinegar can be used to clean, remove stains, disinfect and deodorize things. Now for getting rid of the mothball smell I am mostly going to rely on the deodorizing use of vinegar. There are actually two different ways you can use vinegar to get rid of the mothball smell from your room or closet.

The first method is to get 2 bowls to fill them up (not all the way up) and place them in different parts of the closet or bedroom. Make sure to place them where the smell is really strong. After placing them in their spots, wait for a day or 2 to pass (without moving them) and the smell will be gone.

 

The other method you can use is to wipe down the areas in your room with vinegar. For this, you’ll need a soft damp cleaning cloth and dip it in a bowl of vinegar. Before you wipe make sure to squeeze or wring out the excess vinegar from the cloth. Then wipe down the surfaces in your closet and in your bedroom. The places your should wipe down are the areas where the mothball was and other surfaces such as the top of any table.

 

 

Activated charcoal

 This might seem a bit weird but activated charcoal works almost the same way as vinegar when it comes on to removing bad odors. To use activated charcoal to remove the smell of mothballs you need to pour a lot of it into multiple bowls and place them all over your room and closet. Let the bowls of charcoal sit in your room for a couple of days up to a week. This should definitely get rid of the smell out of your room and closet.

 

 

Ground coffee

 If you don’t have activated charcoal then you can use ground coffee instead. Just fill 2 bowls halfway up with ground coffee and place them in your room and closet. After a couple of days, the smell should be gone.

 

 

Baking soda

 If you don’t have ground coffee or activated charcoal then you can use baking soda. Baking soda is very good at cleaning areas but did you know that it can be used to get rid of bad odors as well?. These bad odors include a lot of things and mothballs are one of them. To get rid of the smell of mothballs using baking soda, you need 2 bowls filled with baking soda. Then place them in your closet and room. You can also add vinegar to the baking soda and create a mixture. This mixture will get rid of the bad odor in your room and closet.

 

 

Air freshener

 This last method is probably the simplest one. All you have to do is find and remove the mothballs from your room and closet, then spray everywhere with the air freshener. You can even use automatic air fresheners as well.

 

 

Removing mothball smell from furniture

The smell of mothball usually lasts longer in furniture, especially ones that are made of fabric. Here are some ways to get rid of the mothball smell from your furniture.

 

 

Use vinegar and water

 When you mix vinegar and water together this will create one of the best all-purpose cleaners. This mixture can clean almost any surface, get rid of any stain, and deodorize any area.

To get rid of the mothball smell from wood furniture all you have to do is spray it and use a clean cloth to wipe down the furniture. After doing this the smell should be gone.

For fabric furniture such as sofas, chairs, etc, you should spray the mixture all over them and let them air dry. You can also use a mini vacuum cleaner to help absorb the smell out of the furniture.

 

 

Baking soda

 This method works best for fabric-covered furniture. All you have to do is sprinkle the baking soda all over the furniture and let it sit there overnight. The baking soda will definitely get rid of the mothball smell. After that just vacuum the baking soda residue.

 

 

Murphy’s oil soap

 Murphy’s oil soap is really good at cleaning and polishing wooden surfaces so it’s most likely going to help remove the mothball smell from your wooden furniture. All you have to do is spray the murphy’s oil soap onto the furniture and use a clean microfiber cloth to clean it. Make sure that you wipe everywhere on the wooden furniture. After wiping it not only will the mothball smell will be gone from the furniture but it will also look very clean and polished as well.

 

If you are interested in more ways you can use murphy’s oil soap then you should click here.

 

Fabric softener spray

fabric softeners are great at removing odors from things because it smells really good. I am going to show you how you can use fabric softener to get rid of the mothballs smell from your fabric furniture.

 

The first thing you need to do is to get a spray bottle and add 1-2 cups of fabric softener and equal parts water into it ( or more). The reason why it’s best to add water is that the fabric softener liquid will probably stain the fabric if you use it too much. Spray all over the furniture with the fabric softener spray. Make sure not to spray too much, because doing that will make the furniture damp. After that let the furniture dry by air drying it or warping a thick large towel over it and using an iron to heat dry it.

 

 

Disinfectant

 Disinfectant is great at cleaning while also making the area that is being cleaned smell great. One of the best disinfectants to use clean is Fabuloso or Lysol disinfectant sprays. Both of these products are really good at cleaning things.

 

To get rid of the mothball odor from your wood furniture with disinfectant, just spray it with the Lysol spray or wipe it down with the fabuloso.  This will make your furniture smell great again.

 

If you want to deodorize your fabric furniture then it’s best to only use the Lysol disinfectant spray. All you have to do is spray the furniture (don’t spray too much), and the odor will be gone in no time.

 

 

Removing mothball smell from clothing drawers

There are a few things to follow if you want to get rid of the mothball smell out of your clothing drawers. The first thing you need to do is to remove the mothballs from the drawers. I know it might seem weird to have mothballs inside of clothing drawers but I know a few people who used to do this. So just locate and get rid of them. The next thing you should do is remove the clothes from the drawers and spray the inside with an air freshener. After spraying takes out the drawers or opens them for 2-3 hours so that the mothball and air freshener scent can go away.

 

I hope these methods were useful to you.

 

Alternatives for mothballs

While mothballs are great for keeping insects away from your clothes, they come with a couple of issues. First of all, they have a very strong odor, which for some people can cause dizziness and nausea and they also make your clothes smell bad.

 

But did you know that there is a different alternative for mothballs? These alternatives are essential oils. If you are planning to use any essential oil as a mothball alternative, then it’s best to use lavender, clover, and mint. All you have to do is place a drop of any of the essential oil that I’ve mentioned in your drawers and closet areas. One of the best things about using essential oils is that you won’t have to worry about the scent since most of them usually have a great aroma.

 

When dealing with fish whether its fish related products such as fish oil or maybe cutting or cooking actually fish, it can leave behind an unpleasant odor, especially on your hands. No one wants their hands to smell fishy. So I came up with some ways how to get fish smell off hands. A quick tip to getting the fish smell off your hands is to use vinegar, lemons, or hand soap to wash your hands. I will give you a deeper explanation of how to use these products and also show you some additional methods you can use.

 

How to get the fish smell off hands

Want to get rid of the fishy odor on your hands, don’t worry below I will show you 9 effective methods on how to do so.

 

 

1. Baking soda and vinegar paste

baking soda and vinegar mixed togetherBaking soda and vinegar are two of the best products for cleaning, but they can also be used to get rid of bad odors as well.
To get rid of the fishy smell on your hands with baking soda and vinegar, the first thing you need to do is to get a dish and pour baking soda into it, then pour a small amount of vinegar into it as well(make sure that the vinegar is way less than the baking soda). Mix around the baking soda and vinegar until a paste-like substance is formed. Now rub the paste all over your hands. Make sure to scrub in between your fingers and the back of your hands. Then let the paste sit for 2 minutes.

Now rinse your hands under cold running water. This will remove any baking soda residue and it will also get rid of the fish smell.

If your hand feel sticky after doing this, just wash them with hand soap.

 

 

2. Rinse hands with Lemon juice

Lemon juice is great for neutralizing bad odors such as fish because of the citric acid in it. Lemons can also be used to clean as well. There are two ways you can use lemon juice to get the fish smell off your hands.

The first method is to buy lemon juice (the ones that aren’t for drinking) or squeeze fresh lemons into a small dish. Scrub your hands with the lemon juice. Rub the lemon juice all over the places where the fish touched. After that you need to wash your hands with soap and water, then rinse them under running water.

Now for the second method, all you have to do is cut a lemon in half and rub them all over your hands for 3-5 minutes. After rubbing them all over your hands, you should wait another 2 minutes before rinsing the lemon juice off your hands. After 2 minutes rinse your hands under running water.

 

 

3. Rub hands against stainless steel

rubbing hands on silver steelThis may seem a bit weird at first but it is very effective. Stainless steel can absorb any fishy smell/including the one that is on your hands. Start by rinsing off your hands under running water, to get rid of all the solid fish pieces that might have been on your hands. Then rub your hands all over the faucet for one minute. After that wash your hands with hand soap and then rinse them off.

After your hands are clean you should know to wipe down your faucet with disinfectant to get rid of the fish smell.

 

 

4. use Toothpaste

This is another weird but surprisingly effective method. You might think that toothpaste is only used for cleaning teeth but it can be used to do a lot more things around your home (mostly cleaning related). In this case it can be used to get fish smell off your hands. You might be wondering how can toothpaste be used for neutralizing fish smell. Well this is because toothpaste is designed to neutralize bacteria and germs out of your mouth, which helps to prevent bad breath. So if you think about it, you can also use it on your hands to get rid of any bad odor.

Before you use the toothpaste on your hands you need to rinse them first,. The reason why you want to rinse them is to make the toothpaste spread better on your skin. Now squeeze a dab of toothpaste onto your hands and rub ir around. Keep rubbing the toothpaste all over your hands for around 1-2 minutes. Then rinse the toothpaste off with warm water. By doing this your hands will no longer smell like fish.

If you are interested in more amazing ways you can use toothpaste then click here.

 

 

5. Wash hands with vinegar

Vinegar is great for cleaning and also neutralizing bad odors. If you want to get the fish smell off your hands with vinegar all you have to do is pour it all over your hands. Then rub your hands together. While rubbing, make sure to get in between your fingers and the back of your hands.

After doing that it is now time to wash and rinse your hands.

 

 

6. Use regular hand soap

using hand soap to wash handUsing regular hand soap will also get rid of the fish smell off your hands but washing your hands regularly with hand soap won’t work. What you need to do is to rinse your hands under running water then squeeze a few drops of hand soap onto them. Then rub the hand soap all over your hands. After doing that let the soap sit on your hands for 2-5 minutes then rinse them off with warm water.

Using this method will make your hands smell way better than before.

 

 

7. Wash hands with dish soap

using dish soap to wash handDish soap is very good at cleaning and degreasing things. Not only that but it is also good at neutralizing bad odors as well. So using dish soap to remove the fishy smell from your hands isn’t a bad idea.

To neutralize bad odors from your hands with dawn dish soap, the first thing you need to do is make sure that your hands are wet, after squeezing a dab of the best smelling dish soap you have on your hands rub it all over them. Make sure to rub everywhere on your hands such as in between your fingers and the back of your hands. Keep rubbing them for 2-3 minutes. Then rinse your hands off with water.

If your hands still smell bad, then repeat this.

 

 

8. Salt

For this method to work, you need to get a dish and add some salt to it. Then rinse your hands under warm water. After rinsing your hands, rub some hand soap all over them. Now use the salt that was in the dish and rub it all over your hands for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, rinse your hands under warm water.

 

 

9. Baby wipes

Baby wipes can be used to mask the fish smell which is a good thing but it won’t completely get rid of it. To get rid of the fish smell using baby wipes you first need to wash your hands with regular hand soap. Then use a baby wipe to clean your hands then rinse them. Doing this will neutralize the fish odor that was on your hands.

 

 

10. Ketchup

One hidden trick about ketchup is that it is good for neutralizing very bad odors. You probably heard that if you get sprayed by a skunk, you need to rub ketchup or tomato paste all over the area where you got sprayed. This also works for getting rid of bad fish odors.

If you want to use ketchup to get rid of the fish odor on your hands then you need to squeeze a generous amount on your hands, then rub it in for 4 minutes. After that just wash your hands with soap and water.

If you are interested in other ways to use ketchup then click here.

 

 

11. Hand sanitizer

This is the simplest method/option in this article/post. Just rinse your hands then wipe them off. Then add a few drops of hand sanitizer and rub your hands.

 

 

How to prevent hands from smelling like fish

The answer to this is quite simple, all you need to do is to wear gloves while handling fish or fish-related products.

 

Conclusion

Throughout this article/post I showed you how to get the fish smell off hands with some unusual but effective methods. At least one of these methods should work for you. I hope this post was helpful to you.