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...]

Mildew In a Coffee Maker’s Reservoir

Dear Home-Ec 101: I have a coffeemaker with a removable water reservoir. I turns out that it never totally empties and now it smells musty. I have tried cleaning it with vinegar and denture tablets as suggested. Any other ideas? I live in southern Louisiana and musty smells are a way of life, but not in my coffeemaker! Signed, Musty … [Read more...]

Smoking Electric Stove Burners and How to Deal

Electric Burner

Dear Home Ec 101, I have lived in 3 apartments in the past 5 years and every single one has had smoking stove burners. At my first apartment, I thought maybe the burners just had some cleaner left on them from the last tenants so I took them out and cleaned them thoroughly with water. That didn't help. Then I tried baking soda. That didn't help … [Read more...]

How to Care for Acrylic Flooring

Heather says: Not too long ago on Facebook, I got a question about acrylic flooring that had become cloudy. First I want to note that acrylic is a broad chemical term that simply means made of polymers or resins. So acrylic flooring can come in many forms, but in general people either mean linoleum,  laminate, or Pergo style flooring. … [Read more...]

Fixing Scratches in an Enameled Cast Iron Sink

Dear Home Ec 101, I have a fairly new (less than 1 year old) cast iron Kohler sink, it is the shiny black one, the manual recommended using the Kohler cast iron sink cleaner and I have used it regularly and I have used a plastic mat on the bottom of the sink, to try to prevent scratches. Yet I have some minor scratches. Is there any way to … [Read more...]