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...]

Bathroom Cleaning 101: What you Need, What to Use and How to Use It

Heather says: Thursdays mean clean bathrooms here on Home-Ec 101. Don't believe me? Please check out the printable weekly chore chart or look at the every popular sticky note right there ↑. (If you're reading this via the Home-Ec 101 Newsletter, well you'll just have to click through to the site to see what I'm talking about.) What if you're … [Read more...]

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PSA: Is Your Can Opener Clean?

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Synthetic or Distilled Vinegar, Is It the Same as Apple Cider Vinegar for Cleaning?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I came across your blog via Stumbleupon... I thought you would b he right person to ask this question... In a lot of homemade cleaning products people use vinegar as a component. I get only the synthetic vinegar here in India. I do get apple cider vinegar but its far too expensive (Rs 160 per 0.5L against Rs 30 per 1L of … [Read more...]

Is Vinegar an Acceptably Safe Alternative for Chlorine Bleach when Disinfecting

Dear Home Ec 101, Can one substitute vinegar -lots of it- for the bleach when cleaning and disinfecting? I can't be around bleach, it triggers SEVERE migraines. Signed, Pickled in Pickens Heather says: There are certain times where I am reluctant to give a hard answer. In our litigious climate, I'm sure you can understand my … [Read more...]