How Hot Should My Hot Water Be?

Dear Home Ec 101, Yesterday you posted about running the hot water before running the dishwasher. I see a lot of save money and be green by turning down the temperature of your water heater. What temperature is the right temperature? Will having my water heater set at 110°F make finding that sweet spot in the shower less of a … [Read more...]

Dust Your Computer? Spring Cleaning I forgot

Clean heat sink

Heather says: The next time you are at the store and snicker when you see the canned air -remember The Lorax?- grab a can anyway. Why? Because it's time to clean out your computer. I never remember to do this until my computer decides to throw a tantrum, which it did yesterday, twice, in a meeting. /facepalm I'm just glad it was with … [Read more...]

Brand New Printable Chore Chart for 2014

Heather says, I may still be in Las Vegas for a conference, but that doesn't mean all things Home Ec have come to a complete stop. I asked my friend Amy Tucker to put her skills to work and she created a brand new printable chore chart for you. Just visit to find both versions of the … [Read more...]

How to Clean a Bath Mat After a Toilet Overflow

Dear Home Ec 101, I found your article on How to Clean Up After a Toilet Overflow useful, but I was wondering if you could tell me how to clean my daughter's colorful bath mat? Thanks! My Cup Overflows With Gratitude Heather says Isn't adulthood fun? The good news is that your bath mat is not a table cloth. If you have a clothes … [Read more...]

Dry Wall Dust and Other Fun Construction Clean Up

This reader question came in via email titled: A kitchen cave-in. Dear Home-Ec 101 Yep. That's right. Lost the ceiling in my kitchen - drop ceiling, light fixture, older (plaster?) ceiling above it, and about 18 inches of blown insulation. I am in the process of getting it fixed. I have shoveled and scooped more insulation than I thought … [Read more...]