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Jul 29, 2016

How To: A Guaranteed Way to Deep Clean Your Water Bottle

created at: 07/14/2014

Anyone who regularly uses the same water bottles several times a week - runners, cyclists, hikers, athletes, or any general person-on-the-go that likes to stay hydrated - can attest: they can get nasty. Even if nothing but water and ice ever go in, the crud can still build up, and non-H2O fluids like sports drink or add-ins make the taste, odor, and junk even worse. 

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Feb 08, 2016

The Morning After: How to Clean Spills and Stains from Your Recent Bash

 created at: 02/05/2016

This post is sponsored by Tide. Thanks for supporting the brands that support ManMade.

So you had your big party, and everything went great (hopefully you prepped using our guide from last week). But, despite your best efforts, that brand new jersey had a run in with a chicken wing, your couch pillows got nacho-cheesed, and you have a pile of stained hand towels giving you the evil eye from across the room.

What's the next step? We tried our hand at erasing three typical party-day stains, and are happy to say the results were impressive. Read on to find out how we did it:

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Nov 09, 2015

Groomed For Fall: How To Upgrade That Morning Prep Routine

Grooming ProductsAs we move into the cooler weather, it's time to take a hard look at your daily groom and throw out those empties for something a bit better.  There are places in life to save a few dimes but when it comes to your morning prep, go a

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May 06, 2015

Shop Upgrade: Protect Your Workspace and Your Lungs with a DIY Dust Filter

Looking for a good way to upgrade the shop? Start with the nuisance dust that ends up coating everything (including your lungs). Here's a rundown on the ideas I'm looking at for taming that woodworking haze in my workshop.  

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Mar 25, 2015

Freshen Up: 3 Steps For a Better Date Night

Badger Hair BrushLooking like a scrub on the first date certainly won't win you a second one. Take the time for a great first impression and you're (almost) guaranteed a call-back.  And, even if you're relationship is more "we're already married" than first date, everyone benefits from a night out. Here's how to do it, and some of our favorite products to get you there. 

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Mar 23, 2015

How to: Clean and Look After Your Denim Jeans

created at: 03/20/2015 You've probably heard about raw denim and some of the contradictory advice about how to maintain it. In fact, you may even be wondering how best to care for your regular jeans. Check out this video of Michael Williams, the denim aficionado at men's style blog A Continuous Lean as he gives a nice breakdown on denim maintenance for both your regular and raw denim needs. Myths will be busted and knowledge will be gained.   

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Jan 27, 2015

10 Common Laundry Mistakes Men Should Never Make

created at: 01/27/2015It's important to invest in high-quality style staples that will last a long time, and be easy to wear in variety of settings. And! It's just as important to take care of those staples properly, keeping them clean and stain-free, and storing each piece well, so its ready to go and wrinkle-free when the time is right.    

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Feb 03, 2014

How to Clean Old Paintbrushes

We've all got 'em...in the garage, in the basement, on a piece of newspaper on your work table behind you even though you finished that project two weeks ago and already promised yourself you'd clean it up three times. (Ahem, Chris.)    

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Nov 06, 2013

DIY Idea: Make a Minimal Wooden Lamp

ModelWorks Lamp

Striking simplicity! This ModelWorks Lamp is perfect for your desk, as a gift, and even as a DIY challenge.

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Sep 02, 2011

The Art of Clean Up: Meticulously Arranging Everyday Objects

created at: 09/02/2011

One last bit of Friday inspiration for those who thrive on symmetry. We are with you. (I am you.)

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Oct 20, 2010

Quick Tip: Lessen Your Dusty Drill Spill with a Post-It

created at: 10/20/2010

As a how-to maker and writer, I regularly drill holes in walls to set up photos to try to make things look their best. And it regularly creates lots of dust and a huge mess. So, when I saw this photo make the blog rounds yesterday, I thought I'd give it a try.

The idea is obvious: the post-it note captures the dust at the source (more or less), before it goes everywhichway. The walls along the perimeter of my house are concrete, and the internal walls are gypsum (drywall), so I gave it a full run-through.

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