Posts by Heather Solos

How Does Your Water Affect Your Laundry?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have well water and found out that using bleach in the wash will turn my cloths brownish. And yes they have become dingy and not as bright.  What can I use, if anything, to make them white again or keep this from happening again to newer cloths I get? And also…

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Removing Peanut Butter from Nubby Upholstery/Fabric

Dear Home-Ec101, My husband dripped peanut butter on our nubby weave couch and rubbed it in when he tried to clean it off. Can you tell me and your readers how to get messes like this out without further ruining the upholstery? Signed, Excuse the Mess, We Just Live Here I dream of the day when…

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Help, how do I get rid of drain flies?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have three window wells in my finished basement.  I am forever finding little black dead flies.  I have sprayed, thrown gallons of bleach and ammonia down the window wells.  In the window wells I found something like yellow cocoons that I think they have built.  There were several in each well. …

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How Much Vinegar Should I Use in the Laundry?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I read your information on why liquid fabric softener causes stains on dark clothing and that you use white vinegar instead. I have a front loading machine. How do I add the vinegar and how much? Sincerely, Washing in Walhalla Dear W.W., To add the vinegar to your washer, use either the…

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