Potential Sources for Mildew Odor in a Bedroom

mildew in bedroom

Dear Home-Ec 101, There is a musty / mildew smell in my home, but I’m having issues locating the source of the smell. As far as I can tell, it’s restricted to one bedroom. I’ve examined all of my clothing, removed the air conditioner, checked all of the furniture, and even the air ducts. I’m guessing it might be in the carpet? Any ideas? The ...

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Vacuums / Vacuuming: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

vacuum and vacuuming tips

Vacuums are good for many things - carpet, hard floors, cars, refrigerator coils, vents, and more! You'll want to have a good vacuum that doesn't cost all of your savings, but still does what you want it to do. It is one of those areas where the saying "You get what you pay for" definitely applies. Following are some tips, tricks, and reviews to ...

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How to Clean Air Vents / Registers That Cannot Easily Be Removed

How to easily keep your grilles, vents, and fans clean.

Hello -When our house was built, the builder sealed all the air vents leading from the HVAC systems out into the house with something resembling the sealer around the top of the baseboards.I have never lived in a house where I could not remove those vents, clean them and them put them back up.Removing the vents by breaking the seal is ...

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There’s Mildew on My Seatbelts, What Do I Do?

How to Clean a Mildewed Seat Belt

Hi Home-Ec101, I have been following your site for a while and am super excited about how well the chore chart is helping around my place; it has made a huge difference! Anyway, I have an odd question, I have an older car that was in storage for about three years, and in that time the upholstery got moldy and had to be replaced. But in the mean ...

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Synthetic or Distilled Vinegar, Is It the Same as Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning?

cleaning with vinegar

Dear Home-Ec 101, I came across your blog via Stumbleupon... I thought you would be the right person to ask this question... In a lot of homemade cleaning products people use vinegar as a component. I get only the synthetic vinegar here in India. I do get apple cider vinegar but its far too expensive (Rs 160 per 0.5L against Rs 30 per 1L of ...

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