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How to Clean Paper Cardboard and Toilet Paper Tubes

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You’re just about to build an amazing paper roll craft, and then you notice something. There’s a little patch of dirt on your toilet paper roll. Just underneath that speck of dirt, you see what looks to be an oil stain. This is the last toilet paper roll you have, and it’s seemingly unusable. This type of problem happens all of the time in the world of paper crafts, and we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to throw that toilet paper roll away! In How to Clean Paper, Cardboard, and Toilet Paper Tubes, we’ll teach you the solution for keeping all of your paper-based materials clean and usable. These techniques are easy, and all they require is just a little bit of patience.

With these techniques, you’ll be able to restore your toilet roll crafts, cardboard materials, and paper supplies! All three types of material use very similar techniques. The main variation in how to restore paper depends on how thick your crafting supplies are. Thicker paper crafting supplies are easier to clean than thinner sheets of paper. If you’re looking to clean paper, you just need to be a little more delicate with your cleaning.  

Are you looking for looking for more information on toilet paper roll crafts? Please read Are Toilet Paper Roll Crafts a Safe and Sanitary Idea?

Materials List

  • Brush
  • Sponge
  • 1/2 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda
  • Spray bottle
  • Cotton balls
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Paper towels

How to Remove Dirt and Debris

This section details how to clean surface-level dirt and debris from paper and cardboard. In most instances of dirty or damaged paper crafts, this technique should make those crafting materials look as good as new!

  1. The first step in removing dirt and debris from any paper craft material is by gently wiping the affected area with a dry cloth. This should remove any loose debris. If you're trying to clean thinner paper, start with a soft brush. Brushes can be less abrasive than cloths, especially if you need to wipe very delicate areas. 

  2. If the dry approach doesn't remove all of the dirt, add a little bit of warm water to your cloth. Make sure to rinse off any leftover debris from the first round of cleaning. If you're working with a brush, you may need to wash the brush with soap and water. Let the brush dry before using it again. 

    When adding water to your cloth, make sure that it's damp and not drenched. You don't want to oversaturate your paper craft material. Gently wipe the surface of your material to remove any leftover dirt.

    For very fine pieces of paper, water is not a recommended solution. You can, however, use a rubber sponge to carefully rub against your sheet of paper. If the sponge gets dirty, simply cut off the dirty edge and continue until the debris is all gone. 

  3. If your cardboard or paper material has a shiny, coated surface, you can add mild soap to your water. Make sure to wipe away the soap with a rinsed cloth. 

How to Remove Stains

Stains are the worst and most difficult offenders when it comes to paper restoration. Luckily, the solution to removing stains from your precious paper roll crafts is only a few extra steps! 

  1. The first step in removing stains from your paper craft materials is to see how bad the stain is. If your stain covers the entire surface area of the affected cardboard or paper, this solution might not work. For stains that have only soaked into a portion of your supplies, start by soaking up any leftover liquid with a dry paper towel. Do not rub the surface of your cardboard or paper. Pat the affected area carefully. 

  2. If you're cleaning the stain on a thinner piece of paper, straighten out the paper and place two waterproof items on opposite corners to hold down and "stretch out" the affected area. 

  3. Moisten a towel or a cloth and wipe the affected surface. Wipe gently until the color stops soaking into your towel or cloth. For paper, prepare an even solution of water and white vinegar. Use 1/2 cup of each to make the solution, and use cotton balls to carefully dab the stained surface until the stain clears. 

    For cardboard, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1/2 cup of baking soda. Once the mixture stops foaming, pour it into a spray bottle. Add warm water until your spray bottle is full. Spray the stained area, and blot the area with an asbsorbent cloth until the stain is gone. 

  4. Once you've removed the stain, pat your paper craft materials with a dry paper towel until the formerly stained area is dry. Continue to let your materials dry out in the open afterward. 

How to Sanitize Your Paper Crafts

Once you've removed any dirt or stains from your crafting supplies, you might feel the need to sanitize them for exta assurance. This feeling may be especially true when it comes to toilet paper roll crafts. 

  1. The tried and true method for sanitizing toilet roll crafts or any other thicker paper crafts is Lysol spray. Clorox wipes are also a quick and easy way to sanitize your crafting supplies, but if your crafting supplies are going to be used by small children, neither of these methods are recommended. 

  2. If you set your toilet paper roll crafts outside on a sunny day, the heat from direct sunlight should kill off bacteria. 

Ready to Use Your Newly Cleaned Supplies?

If you're ready to put those newly cleaned paper craft supplies to good use, try these amazing projects! 

Sheet Music Wreath

This is a delightful wreath for the music lover, one that is banded with sheet music rather than foliage!

Cardboard Vase

Try this kids cardboard craft to make your own cardboard vase. Sponge painting and glitter make the vase stylish enough to decorate your home, even though it's made of cardboard.

Toilet Paper Roll Boxes

These toilet paper roll crafts are super simple and can be enjoyed by both children and adults. 

Paper Scrap Art

This cheap artwork design is unique and modern and can be customized to look however you'd like. 

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  • 09-24-2015, 12:24 PM#1

    Senior Member

    Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    Both my Cruze and Grand Caravan have plastic honeycomb grilles. It's very tedious to clean in each hole. Both vehicles sit outside 24-7 so rain water will collect inside each hole and eventually leave water spots.

    Since I only do rinseless washing it requires much effort to get my wash media into all the nooks and crannies.

    I've used flagged wash brushes and an assortment of small soft tube/pipe nylon brushes to get in each hole but they just don't get them as clean as I'd like. Using a MF towel wrapped around my finger works best but takes forever!

    How do you tackle these kind of grilles and what are the tools you use to make the job fast and easy?

    I think a plastic coating should be next on my list to help them repel water spots and stay cleaner longer. I just haven't seen an aerosol product that gives a matte finish instead of a shiny one.


  • 09-24-2015, 12:48 PM#2

    Junior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    I have the same problem. I have a JGC and I have tried everything. The best solution is the old microfiber around a finger. And yes, it does take forever and I don't get the "perfect" look that I want.

  • 09-24-2015, 12:57 PM#3

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

  • 09-24-2015, 01:03 PM#4

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    You get a brush and spray a foaming all purpose cleaner on the brush , and on the grille and you work the brush to loosen the dirt, then hose off

  • 09-24-2015, 01:12 PM#5

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    Here is one option that will work well for plastic honeycomb grills. You can use a wheel cleaner (such as Griot's or Meg's Wheel Brightener), spray liberally, let it dwell, then agitate using a detailers brush and rinse.

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    An air blower will help get all the water out and dry the surface. Then you can go through the meticulous process of a coating.

  • 09-24-2015, 01:19 PM#6

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    APC and a boar hair brush, or maybe the 1" wheel woolie. the wheel woolie will quite a bit of time to get in all of the openings. dry with either a blower or compressed air and dress it.

  • 09-24-2015, 01:29 PM#7

  • 09-24-2015, 02:07 PM#8

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    I only do rinseless washes. No water hose.

    I have the smallest wheel woolie and it's too big for the openings.

  • 09-24-2015, 02:29 PM#9

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    What was linked was the wheel woolie brush, not a wheel woolie.

  • 09-24-2015, 02:41 PM#10

    Senior Member

    Re: Cleaning honeycomb plastic grilles?

    Lake country detail stix. Bigger than a normal swab and made out of foam.

    "Dirt likes detergent so much better than the surface that it's attached to, it'll leave that surface to go hang out with the soap"...aim4squirrels

  • May be used on the decks of surf, skimboards, marine crafts, bathtubs and any Be sure the surface is completely dry and clean of any dirt, wax, water, etc.

    This Honey Comb Wax Mat kit contains (11) full 6" x 6" panels and (2) half 3" x 6" panels.

    NOTE: This kit is comparable to the 6'0" kit or 2 mid panels.

    Number of kits needed to cover a board:
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    Funshape: (2) kits
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    Wax Mats have an excellent wet grip and is non-abrasive to the skin. May be used on the decks of surf, skimboards, marine crafts, bathtubs and any where an excellent slip resistant, non-abrasive, see-through surface is needed.


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    • Grips like wax
    • Non-abrasive to the skin
    • Will not melt, no mess
    • Works well in all water temperatures
    • Will not yellow
    • Thin see through die-cut panels
    • Easy-to-apply peel and stick adhesive
    • Cleans up with soap and water
    • Can be used with see-through Hot Grip tail pads

    1. Use fresh water to wash off any sand, salt, or dirt on the board. Dry board with a towel or rag.
    2. Use a wax scraper or liquid wax remover to remove wax off the deck that will be covered by the wax mats.
    3. Be sure the surface is completely dry and clean of any dirt, wax, water, etc. Wipe with isopropyl alcohol if necessary.

    New and Clean Board Application
    Note: Proper installation of the mats takes about the same amount of time as it takes to rub on a good coat of wax. Best not to be in a hurry.
    1. Select desired locations and positions of the mats on the deck. A space of up to 1" between mats is fine. If the board does not have a stringer or center line, lay a strip of masking tape down the center of the deck as a guide.
    2. Board temperature must be above 65 degrees Fahrenheit for adhesive to bond to the deck.
    3. Peel off 3"-4" of the liner at the end of the mat and press onto the deck. Peel off the rest of the liner and press the mat onto the deck. The mat can be lifted up and repositioned if necessary.
    4. Press the entire mat firmly onto the board.
    Note: Use the end of a ruler, putty knife, wax scraper, or roller, and firmly press the mat onto the board as the liner is peeled off the adhesive. This prevents bubbles from forming under the panel.
    5. Repeat process to the rest of the mats.

    Care and Maintenance
    The Wax Mats can be cleaned with dishwashing detergent and scrub brush. Rinse with fresh water. Avoid applying or using solvents such as paint thinner, acetone or zylene, on the Wax Mats.

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    Organ meats can be intimidating at first, especially if you’re not used to the sight or texture of certain delicacies. In our opinion, one of the most overlooked offal cuts is tripe, which is typically made from the first three chambers of a cow’s stomach (though tripe can also be made from other animals). What a piece of tripe is named depends on the chamber it comes from.

    Types of Tripe

    “Honeycomb tripe [which comes from the second chamber] is named for its honeycomb appearance and bible tripe [which comes from the third chamber] looks like the many folded-over pages of a book,” says Mike Simmons, the chef and partner of Cafe Marie-Jeanne in Chicago. The third cut is called blanket tripe, which is smooth in appearance and comes from the first chamber of the cow’s stomach.

    Most quality butcher shops and counters will carry tripe. And if you have a good relationship with your butcher, you can likely call ahead and ask if they’ll order some and set it aside for you. “Usually it’s already cleaned but if it’s not, no worries — it’s easy,” Simmons says. All it takes is four simple steps to thoroughly clean tripe, which Simmons laid out for us here.

    How to Clean Tripe

    • Place the tripe in a large pot of salted water — make sure it’s completely immersed.
    • Slowly bring to a boil and allow it to boil for 10-15 minutes. Remove the tripe from the water and place it on a cutting board.
    • With a sharp knife, scrape gently and remove any bits that aren’t white and don’t look appealing.
    • Give the tripe one final rinse and double check to make sure there’s nothing unsavory clinging to the many pockets, folds, nooks, and crannies, and you’re good to go.

    If you’ve gotten this far, the hard part is over! Now, all that’s left to do is cook the tripe and then enjoy the delicious fruit of your labor. “I like to braise the tripe in a very flavorful and robust liquid, like veal stock, which complements the flavor of the tripe,” Simmons says. Here, he shares a simple recipe for Braised Tripe that makes for a hearty and delicious meal any time of the year.

    Braised Tripe Recipe


    • 1 large onion, cut in chunks
    • 1 large carrot, cut in chunks
    • 1.5 stalks celery, cut in chunks
    • .5 stalk green garlic, cut in chunks
    • 1 bay leaf
    • .5 tsp black peppercorns
    • .5 cup dijon mustard
    • .25 cup dried morel mushrooms
    • 8 oz can stewed peeled tomatoes
    • 3 smashed cloves of garlic
    • 8 cups chicken or veal stock
    • 1 cup red wine
    • .5 cup brandy
    • 1 pound tripe
    • 1 pig foot
    • 1 cup fresh cleaned chickpeas
    • 1 cup cleaned morel mushrooms
    • Salt
    • Black Pepper
    • Sherry vinegar
    • Tabasco sauce
    • Butter
    • Crusty bread, to serve


    1. Start with a pot large enough to hold the entire operation, at least 4 quarts.
    2. Heat a bit of butter or oil in the pot until hot and add onion, celery, green garlic, and carrot, and caramelize.
    3. When the veggies are nice and dark, add tomatoes, bay leaf, and peppercorns and cook for a few minutes longer.
    4. Deglaze the pot with red wine, and reduce until half the liquid is gone, roughly 10-15 minutes.
    5. Add stock and slowly bring to a boil. Once boiling, add pig foot, tripe, Dijon mustard, and dried mushrooms.
    6. Cover and reduce heat to a slow simmer for 2.5 – 3 hours (tripe should yield to the teeth and be soft and rich in flavor).
    7. Strain and reserve the liquid.
    8. Cut the tripe into 2-by-2-inch pieces and remove tender meat and skin from pig foot.
    9. Put liquid back into the pot and add fresh chickpeas and cook until soft, roughly 10-20 minutes. Add tripe and pig foot meat back into the broth, add morel mushrooms, and cook for one more minute.
    10. Ladle into large bowls and douse with good sherry vinegar, Tabasco, more butter, and serve with crusty bread.

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    Honeycomb Wax Mat Kit

    While honeycomb shades usually manage to stay clear of stains, every once in a while a set of them can get dirty. No matter how careful you are, there is still a chance that an accident of some kind will result in stained honeycomb shades. Even if there are no accidents, dirt and dust can build up over time on honeycomb shades and slowly discolor them. However, even though honeycomb shades cannot be disassembled or washed normally, it is still possible to remove stains from them and keep them looking as good as new. The instructions that follow will help you keep your honeycomb shades in the best condition possible.

    Step 1 - Setting Up

    First, mix a small amount of dish soap with a lot of water. You will want a very weak mixture to avoid causing any damage to your honeycomb shades.

    Next, remove as much dirt and dust as possible from your honeycomb shades—in particular, the affected areas, as this is where you want to avoid rubbing dirt and dust into the problem and making it worse. The best way to do this is by using a vacuum cleaner attachment. Go over your honeycomb shades, making sure to hit the problem areas.

    Step 2 - Testing

    Next, it is time to remove any stains. It is always best to catch stains early, before they can get deep inside your honeycomb shades and dry there.

    Before attempting to clean your honeycomb shades with the mixture you made in the previous step, test a small amount of it in an inconspicuous spot. Remove it as quickly as possible using your towel (as you are going to do when you actually clean) and see if it leaves a mark. If it does, you are going to have to make a decision between the stain you are removing, and the mark left by dish soap and water. If you decide that the stain is worse, or if the dish soap and water do not leave a mark, continue.

    Step 3 - Cleaning

    Use a sponge to apply a small amount of soap and water to your honeycomb shades. Immediately remove it with the towel. Repeat the process if it is necessary. Eventually, you will remove all of the dirt that is going to come out. Figure out when this happens and stop immediately, as using more soap than you have to is asking for trouble.

    Step 4 - Maintaining

    You can help keep your honeycomb shades looking like new with regular maintenance. Again, using your vacuum cleaner attachment is a great idea and will do an excellent job of removing loose dirt and dust particles. Using your vacuum cleaner attachment on your honeycomb shades every time you use your vacuum cleaner at all is a great way to remind yourself to keep your honeycomb shades maintained.

    Alternatively, if you do not want to do this, a microfiber cloth will also do a great job of removing loose particles.

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