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Cleaning can lead to a lot of questions and we’re here to help. Here are answers to some of the questions we’ve gotten. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out our stain guide, surface cleaning guide and other home cleaning resources. In addition, get the latest tips and advice from our Clean and Happy Nest blog! If you have an idea for a question we should add, visit our Contact ACI page and let us know.

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Ask ACI: Bar of Soap Care

Q: Will a bar of soap last longer if you let it air out or if you keep it closed up in a soap dish with a lid?

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Ask ACI: Bug Spray and Sunscreen on Clothes

Q: I’ve done a good job keeping my skin protected from the sun, and my kids protected from mosquitoes. But now I have bug spray and sunscreen on my clothes. What do I do?

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Ask ACI: Cigarette Smoke Smell

Q. My New Year’s resolution is to stop smoking. But how can I make my rugs, furniture and draperies stop smelling like cigarettes?

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Ask ACI: Clutter Control

Q. What can we do, as a family, to prepare for the fall season without adding to the clutter in our home?

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Ask ACI: Empty Cleaning Product Containers

Q. Is it safe to use empty containers of laundry detergent and other cleaning products for arts and crafts projects now that it’s too cold for my kids to play outside?

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Ask ACI: Food Coloring Stains

Q: My kids love the Cookie Monster, and he inspired them to help me make holiday cookies. But our cookie decorating sessions always end up with food coloring stains on their clothes.

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Ask ACI: Guest Prep

Q: This holiday season, I’ll be hosting several overnight guests from out of town. Do you have any tips for getting my home and guest room ready?

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Ask ACI: Kitchen Towel and Bath Towel Mix Up

Q. Help! I've mixed my kitchen towels with my bathroom cleaning rags. What should I do?

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Ask ACI: Kitchen Towels

Q. Help! I've mixed my kitchen towels with my bathroom cleaning rags. What should I do?

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Ask ACI: Marker and Craft Glue Stains

Q: My kids are into making Valentine's Day cards and decorations. It's fun, but it creates a mess – especially the markers and the craft glue!

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Ask ACI: Organization

Q: This year my resolution is to do a better job keeping my home clean and organized. Things always get so cluttered once the kids go back to school after the holidays.

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Ask ACI: Pie Stains

Q: Pie is always a favorite dessert in our house. So when we found out that January 23rd is National Pie Day, we thought it was a great excuse for a dessert party!

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Ask ACI: Pumpkin

Q. Our family really loves pumpkin – pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup have all been part of our Thanksgiving meal.

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Ask ACI: Sanitizing Your Sponge

Q. Can sponges be sanitized in the microwave?

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Ask ACI: Scarves

Q. The cold weather means I get to wear my favorite scarf. I noticed that it smells a little musty. What is the best way to clean it?

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Ask ACI: Spring Cleaning and Kid Safety

Q. I’m motivated this year to do a massive spring cleaning. But with little kids running around my home, how can I make sure stay safe from the cleaning products? 

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Ask ACI: Toddler Safe Home

Q. I try to keep my home clean while raising toddlers, but it’s not easy. They’re into everything! How can I keep my house clean and safe at the same time?

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Ask ACI: Treadmill

Q. American Heart Health Month has inspired me to use my treadmill (for exercise, not a clothes rack!) How do I clean it?

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