Mattress Cleaning and Other Indoor Sports

Dear Home-Ec 101, What is the best way to clean a mattress? Dec 2008 I splurged and upgraded from a queen bed to a fabulously huge king size bedset.I'm wondering what is the best way to clean the mattress? I have a small "spot" cleaner by Hoover (I think)-and I use that to get stains/spills-thank goodness there have only been a few. But I've … [Read more...]

Mattress Stains, When to Worry and When to Say to Heck with It

Dear Home Ec 101, I've got a problem that I haven't seen addressed on the blog, or anywhere else for that matter.  We have an older twin-size, leather sofa-bed; which lived happily in our library in our home for several years, did an eight-year stint as extra seating at my office, and now has been moved to its permanent home in the boys' bedroom … [Read more...]

Potential Sources for Mildew Odor in a Bedroom: A Friday Ask the Audience

Dear Home-Ec 101, There is a musty / mildew smell in my home, but I’m having issues locating the source of the smell. As far as I can tell, it’s restricted to one bedroom. I’ve examined all of my clothing, removed the air conditioner, checked all of the furniture, and even the air ducts. I’m guessing it might be in the carpet? Any ideas? The … [Read more...]

What Causes Smelly Sheets?

Dear Home Ec 101, I've been wanting to write you for while! I have smelly sheets! I wash them and I promise I don't use too much laundry detergent. Then I dry them and then store them in a built-in bookshelf that's in our closet. For some reason as soon as I get the sheets out to put on the bed they smell weird, a little musty. However they are … [Read more...]

How to Store Blankets Without Inviting Mildew

Dear Home Ec 101, I have a serious problem with the old lady, musty laundry smell. I keep my sleeping bag, electric blanket and my baby blanket in a chest at the foot of my bed. Since these are all seasonal items, they quickly get musty in my chest (which isn't cedar). I've tried potpourri, but it's really too little. I've also found that a quick … [Read more...]