Laundry Lessons: Colors Bright and Whites White

How to keep your colors bright

Dear Home-Ec 101,It seems lately my whites or mostly whites have been coming out dingy and faded. I don't want to use bleach on them because a lot of them have colored sections as well. What can I do to keep the whites sparkling without taking effecting the rest of the color on these garments? And what can I do to prevent the dinginess before ...

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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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How to Use Bleach Safely

How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says:I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder.This is the first in our series on household chemicals.Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach¹ in an unsafe manner. Chlorine bleach aka sodium ...

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pH and Its Role in Getting Your Clothes Clean Without Damage

guide to chemical cleaners

Dear Home-Ec 101,So I found your article looking for some ideas for dealing with our hard water issues here in Florida. I'm in school for biomed engineering so I appreciated the explanations you gave. I have a question and thought with your background you might know the answer, or know which direction to point me in.My question is, what ...

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Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, and Poison Sumac, It’s All About the Urushiol

Cover Home Ec 101

From Facebook:How do you deal with poison oak, sumac, and ivy in general?Scratchy in Santa FeHeather says:If you come into contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac the most effective "treatment" is to immediately and thoroughly wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water. All three of these plants (and interestingly their ...

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