Another Case of Musty Odors

Dear Home Ec 101, The problem in our family is confined to specific cotton undershirts and one specific dresser drawer. It does not matter how we wash the shirts. We've soaked, used vinegar, borax, triple rinsed, air dried for a week, used the gas drier and everything is fine until the shirts are put in a closet or that one drawer. Note, nothing … [Read more...]

The Hard Water Headache

Dear Home-Ec 101, I was visiting my MIL recently and she told me that they have hard water, so she had to put a lot of extra soap in the washer because otherwise she didn't get any bubbles and it wouldn't clean the laundry. This confuses me because I always thought you weren't supposed to have a lot of foam in the washer. I've read articles … [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...]

How to Remove Flammable Liquids from Clothing

Dear Home-Ec101, This evening right before bed while he was outside letting the dogs out, my husband saw a roach on our back porch. He was barefoot, so he grabbed the nearest object to him so he could try to kill it. Normally a brilliant man, he had a momentary lapse of stupid, and he smashed this roach with a plastic bottle of lighter fluid. … [Read more...]

How to Deal With Stubborn Body Odor in Laundry

Dear Home-Ec 101 I am sorry if you have had this question before, but maybe it bears repeating.  I live in hot and sticky Thailand now and I have noticed my tops are not smelling very fresh anymore when I perspire.  I usually wash them in cold or warm water with liquid detergent then I hang them to dry.  After they are dry, I usually give them a … [Read more...]