Living Room Or Family Room: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

The living room, or family room, often becomes a catch all place. At my house it’s where we love to crash, watch a movie, have a snack, play with toys/games, and more. I’ll confess that we let the dog on the couch in there too. A lot of use of the room means a lot of wear and tear, dirt and dog hair, crumbs and chaos. Following are some articles about taking care of your living room. Click the title of the one you want to read more about!

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Do You Dust or Vacuum First?

Settle this for me, please. My mother says you dust after you vacuum, my mother-in-law says you dust then vacuum. I’d rather knit sweaters for my cat from the dust bunnies, but could you settle the debate?

How to Clean Baby Toys

When cleaning toys that are going to go into a baby’s mouth (which is everything baby gets her hands on), you want to go with cleaning products that are both natural and safe.  I have two recommendations.

How to Clean Ceiling Fans

How do you clean ceiling fans? I’m especially wanting to know how you manage to clean them without dust bunnies falling down onto the furniture.

How To Clean Throw Pillows

Can you tell me how to clean throw pillows? A friend made me a pillow cover for a throw pillow on my couch, but she sewed it shut over the pillow, so there is no way to remove the pillow to wash it.   Are there any options as far as cleaning the cover?

How To Dust and Clean Books

I have to really rub along the top of the book with a washcloth to get the sticky film off, and some of them even get spots on them (that I’m afraid might be the beginning of mold)

iRobot Roomba 530 Review

It is the first appliance I’ve had that has reduced the net amount of work in my life. For the record, I’m counting appliances invented in my lifetime, washing machines and dishwashers have been around a lot longer than me.

Spring Cleaning the Living Room / Great Room / Family Room

My living room or family room or great room or whatever you want to call it is also my office, sewing room, dining room, etc, etc, etc. So the way I spring clean my living room wouldn’t necessarily be the same as yours. Anyway, I hope this suits most people’s needs for living room spring cleaning.

Couch Cleaning Questions

The couch slips and slides all over the tile and drives me crazy. How do I stop the couch from sliding? And the cushions, don’t get me started on the cushions, why won’t they stay on my couch? While we’re talking about couches, is there a specific way I should be cleaning mine?

There is another guide on How to Take Care of Your Furniture!

Send your domestic questions to helpme@home-ec101.com.

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