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Fighting Back Against That Lived-In Look

Hi Home-Ec 101, I admit, I am a terrible housekeeper, but I am trying to improve, and I long for a house I can be proud of. We have lived in our 1957 Cape Cod home for 8 years. It probably came with a certain amount of wear and tear, but our 3 kids, 2…

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Help, My Cleaning Solution Dulled My Hardwood

Hi, I have hardwood parquet flooring. When we moved into the house the previous owners told us to use Johnson’s One Step No Buff Wax liquid on it. I have used it every few months (especially on the kitchen floor) since 2000. The kitchen floor now looks terrible — darker with grime and dirt kind…

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How to Clean a Standard Oven

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’ve scoured your site and haven’t found a post about cleaning an oven. Can you give me some pointers. I am 30 years old and NEVER cleaned an oven a day in my life…. I am nervous. Signed, It’s Gotten Smoky in Here Heather says Cleaning an oven takes energy, the food…

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How to Remove Hard Water Stains in a Kettle

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a Corningware tea pot that has hard water stains from too many times boiling dry. A friend suggested straight bleach and bringing it to a boil, removing it from the burner and letting it set overnight. No luck. Suggestions? Does sodium hypochlorite break down at a certain temperature? Can’t find…

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