Why Should I Run the Hot Water Before Starting the Dishwasher

Dear Home Ec 101, I have always followed my Mom's advice about running hot water in the kitchen sink before (and while) turning my dishwasher on. She also says that if you run the cold water at any point while your dishwasher is running, the water in your dishwasher will be cold. My husband recently replaced our sink and garbage disposal and … [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...]

Bubbles on a Smooth Top Range

Dear Home Ec 101, My husband finally broke down and bought us a new stove and fridge last week. They deliver the stove and I'm so freaked out because he got a ceramic stove top. I told him I only wanted the coil burner type because the ceramic tops are such hard work to keep clean and easy to damage. Well, he didn't hear me I suppose*sarcasm … [Read more...]

How to Remove Melted Microfiber from a Smooth Top Stove

Razor Scraper

Dear Home Ec 101, I burned a microfiber rag on my flat top range as I thought it was cool and was wiping it off. The regular ceramic stove top cleaners are not taking it off. How can I remove the melted microfiber from my stove? Signed, Stuck in Sturbridge Heather says: Cleaning melted anything off of a smooth top range is kind of a … [Read more...]

Flat Top Stoves and Melted Plastic

Dear Home Ec 101, I was making grilled cheese sandwiches. I lifted the skillet to slide a sandwich onto the plate, and it got too close to the bread. And to the bread's plastic bag. Of course I didn't notice that until I tried to lift the skillet again and found that it was a little resistant to be removed. The skillet isn't stuck to my flat-top … [Read more...]