How to Clean a Bath Mat After a Toilet Overflow

Dear Home Ec 101, I found your article on How to Clean Up After a Toilet Overflow useful, but I was wondering if you could tell me how to clean my daughter's colorful bath mat? Thanks! My Cup Overflows With Gratitude Heather says Isn't adulthood fun? The good news is that your bath mat is not a table cloth. If you have a clothes … [Read more...]

Hard Water Deposits in a Toilet Bowl


Dear Home-Ec 101, During the walk-through when we purchased our current home, we flushed our toilets, but did not raise the lids. After we moved in, to our horror, two of our toilets were gross! First problem, I am told that it is hard water deposits, so when toilet waste is flushed down, stuff catches on the way down. I have been able to … [Read more...]

How to Fix Stained Acrylic Tubs and Shower Pans

Dear Home Ec 101 How do I get rid of the dirt and grime stains on the bottom of acrylic bathtubs? Same for the acrylic floors of most stand-up showers? I have tried cleaners and bleach to no avail. Thanks! Signed, Scratched in Screven Heather says: Surfaces such as acrylic while fairly inexpensive when compared with other building … [Read more...]

How to Clean a Very Dirty Toilet

Dear Home Ec 101, How do I clean a really gross toilet? It has all that yellow and brown crud inside that just won't come off. I heard that pumice stones scratch the porcelain and only make it worse. Please HELP! Signed, Skeeved in Skaneateles Heather says Since people searching for how to clean a really dirty toilet may have a … [Read more...]

How to Clean a Grimy Bathtub and Surround

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Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a 25 year white tub surround that has accumulated a darkened tint due to left over scum even after cleaning it often enough for this very busy mom and full time art teacher.  What is fast and quick and odorless, green, effective, etc. Seems that I am also very good at damaging our home, as I tend to be impulsive when it … [Read more...]