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Itching to be rid of fleas?

Dear HomeEc 101: My wife and I live alone, no dogs, cats, children, or other pests. Until recently. Immediately after a painter touched up a ceiling, and protected our hardwood floors with a drop cloth, we began to find fleas in our house. 3 flea bombs and 1 pest control visit later, we still have…

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Learn from Crystal – Home Dryer Repair

Heather says: Let’s give my pal Crystal a round of applause. She saved herself $95 by tackling basic home appliance repair. Not too bad for 1.5 hours worth of work, including the trip to the part store. She IMed me asking if I knew anything about dryer repair. I suggested she check and see if…

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How to Get Rid of Clover Mites: Clover? I hardly know her.

Dear Home-Ec 101, We are currently dealing with an invasion of clover mites in our two bathtubs. The current method of eradication involves flushing them down the drain with hot water when bathtime rolls around. Any non-chemical advice for letting them know they’re not welcome around here? They’re driving me buggy. Signed, A mite irritated…

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Smelly Garbage Disposal Problem Can Be Fixed

Dear Home Ec 101: How do you de-stink a garbage disposal? ~Gagging in Glendale Heather says: If you Google the problem you’ll find 101 different remedies for your stinky situation. The problem is then deciding which ones are effective and which are a waste of time or potentially dangerous to your appliance. Tim, at Ask…

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How to Repair a Moldy Dishwasher

Dear Home-Ec 101, I keep finding mold in my house at every turn – first it was the sippie cups that for over a year had been mold-free. Next, my dishwasher. I ran it with a mug of vinegar in the top rack in an otherwise empty dishwasher but it is still dirty and is…

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