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Not Remotely Amusing: The Broken Car Remote

Bobbie says: I love my car-unlocker button thingy. Car Remote. Keyless entry. Key fob. That plastic bit with buttons on, that hangs off your key ring and unlocks the car for you miraculously while you’re still walking to it with your arms so full of shopping and children that you can’t possibly manage keys, but…

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How to Safely Remove Nail Polish from Piano Keys

Dear Home Ec 101, Love your site! It struck me that with your knowledge of chemistry, young kids, and housekeeping, you were my best shot at figuring out how to remove lovely nail polish from nearly every key of our piano. Any ideas? The keys are not ivory (that I can tell, I don’t know…

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October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month #PinkYourSink

“Do not go gentle into that good night,” Dylan Thomas It’s been a tough year. Home-Ec 101 recently lost a friend to head and neck cancer. My stepbrother began, and as far as we know, is winning his fight with testicular cancer. Every October, it seems, I add another reason, another person, another story, to…

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Water Storage Solutions for Hurricane Preparedness

***Post Harvey/Pre-Irma 2017 Update: This post has been getting a lot of traffic as people get ready for the upcoming storm. You are thinking ahead and that is smart. The Aquapodkit is still my best recommendation for hurricane prep that doesn’t take up your entire storage area. The WaterBob is rising in price as the…

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How to Get Rid of Mealy Moths

Dear Home Ec 101, My fiance and I recently moved into our first home together, but it soon became apparent that we weren’t the only occupants. The previous owner apparently had a mealy-moth infestation, and she oh-so-thoghtfully left it for us. They’re everywhere. I kill at least 5-10 daily and each day it seems like…

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Home Energy Conservation

Dear Home Ec 101, Help! I just read your article on removing a broken lightbulb from the socket and thought perhaps you could answer this question. Our home was built in 2006, from a reputable builder and we are the 2nd owners. We have noticed that our electric bill is considerably higher than it should…

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Q-Tips for Touch Up Painting

Heather says: As many of you know I’ve been working with Q-Tips for the past few months to remind readers that Q-Tips are good for ever so much more than just your health and beauty needs. (For what it’s worth, I’ve found they are great for when my daughter destroys the tube of topcoat to the…

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Are Appliance Bulbs Safe for Ovens?

Dear Home-Ec 101, Does “appliance bulb” mean any appliance? My oven light bulb went out. The previous home owners did not leave the manual, and I’ve had no luck finding one on the internet. My Lowe’s sales clerk was “almost positive” that the bulbs that include “appliances” in the list of recommended uses would be…

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Light Bulb Socket Lubricant?

Dear Home-Ec 101, Why does Tim say “Do not attempt to lubricate either the socket or the bulb with any household products like WD-40, petroleum jelly, or mineral oil?” in the post How to Remove a Broken Light Bulb? I have done that before with no problems. Thanks, I like my sockets slick Heather says:…

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Cleaning Up After Replacing the Toilet’s Wax Ring

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have an odd problem, but you seem to be pretty good at those. I recently had my bathroom flooring replaced (it’s vinyl)and in the process, the toilet’s wax ring was also replaced. There is waxy residue where the ring squished out the sides.. I’ve cleaned up the bulk of the wax,…

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Fixing a Stained White Dresser

Dear Home-Ec 101, We have a lovely bedroom set of furniture from a big box baby store. In white. One sick child + one classic orange popsicle + one apparently cracked emesis basin + one day = one bright orange stain on the white dresser. I tried a diaper wipe thinking the mess was still…

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What Can You Do to Fix Stained Grout?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I just read your post about scrubbing tile floors. I need to do this! I’ve swept and mopped for three years on my tile floors, and I’ve been knowing I need to do something to make the grout white again. I did the test to see if my grout had been sealed.…

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Wax and Silicone Build Up on Furniture

Dear Home-Ec 101, My mother has wax build up on an antique secretary. It is a dark wood with a shiny surface. Over many years of waxing the wax has built up and in places the shine has dulled. Can you help? Signed, Smudged in Smyrna Heather says: Are you sure that it’s wax build…

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