How to Choose Absorbent Towels

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Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a question about towels. Is there any way to tell when you buy a bath towel (or any towel for that matter) if it will be absorbent? I've purchased many 100% cotton towels over the years. Some are absorbent others and others repel water as badly as those hideous 100% polyester napkins you get at certain restaurants. The ...

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Revisiting the Voluntary Ban on Phosphorus in Dishwasher Detergent

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Dear Home-Ec 101:A few months ago Heather wrote a post on the voluntary phosphorus ban in dishwashing detergent.  I don’t recall offhand if Texas is under that ban, but regardless I can’t buy phosphorus detergent anymore.  My cousin found a website that offers Cascade with phosphorus but hasn’t tried it out yet.  My only concern is that it says ...

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The Thrifty Male

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Brian says:It's hard, I know. Send a woman to any corner of the planet with just $50 and a dream, and she'll come back with what seems like sacks of clothes, shoes and trinkets.Send one of us to do the same thing and we'll probably come back with one "really nice" pair of $49.99 jeans. That's just the way of the world, but it doesn't ...

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