The Home-Ec101.com Family Is Growing

Our blended family is going to get a bit bigger. Remember how I mentioned that I was recovering from mono and taking some time to rest? Well, I went straight from mono to morning sickness. Consequently, productivity has not been at an all-time high around here. Throw in a couple of hurricanes to monitor, a…

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Bad Disaster Advice

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the information being spread with regard to how to prepare for a disaster, like a hurricane.  Bad Advice I’ve Seen Circulating Hotels must take your pets in due to a law passed after Hurricane Katrina. No. This is patently false. Hotels and motels are private businesses and not…

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Vinegar as Laundry Detergent?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I really appreciate all the advice on your website. I was wondering if you would know whether it’s alright to use white vinegar as a laundry detergent. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Tart in Tahoma Dear Tart in Tahoma, The short answer is not if you want to have clean, fresh smelling…

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Why Is the Ice in my Ice Machine Melting?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a fairly new ice machine at the beach, a house we use roughly every other weekend. Lately, the ice machine does not seem to be cold enough to keep the ice it makes frozen. I have vacuumed the coils, ran a “Clean cycle” with the cleanser, turned it off and…

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Off-Topic: Checking In

Hey there, I hope all of you are well. I know things have been pretty quiet here on the site. Initially, things were just getting quite busy at work, but one thing is never enough. Very recently my father was in the ICU with sepsis, but he’s home and doing much better. That unexpected trip…

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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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Wilted Spinach Salad with Peppered, Candied Bacon

Spinach salad: 6oz fresh baby spinach 1/2 sweet or red onion sliced thinly 1 granny smith apple cored and cut into bite size pieces (if you are making this ahead of time, store in cold water with lemon juice to prevent browning) 4 hard boiled eggs cut into wedges 7 slices candied peppered bacon Toss…

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Home-Ec101.com Is turning 10

Home-Ec101 is turning 10 and it’s about to get personal. If you don’t want to know the back story, we’ll see you next week. We could just talk about the numbers, more than 16 million people have visited and read more than 30 million pages of this site. I can no longer wrap my head…

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Can I Mix [cleaning product] with Bleach

Dear Home Ec 101, I love your site! Love the 50’s look! I want to mop with bleach once a month to help keep our grout white, but mopping with bleach and water does not seem to clean the floor well. Your site came up when I googled which cleaners/soaps can safely be mixed with…

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