Laundry Lessons: Colors Bright and Whites White

How to keep your colors bright

Dear Home-Ec 101,It seems lately my whites or mostly whites have been coming out dingy and faded. I don't want to use bleach on them because a lot of them have colored sections as well. What can I do to keep the whites sparkling without taking effecting the rest of the color on these garments? And what can I do to prevent the dinginess before ...

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How to Use Bleach Safely

How to Use Bleach Safely

Heather says:I received a concerning email, yesterday, that made me realize it was time to send this post out again as a reminder.This is the first in our series on household chemicals.Over the past few years, I have gotten the impression that many people are using chlorine bleach¹ in an unsafe manner. Chlorine bleach aka sodium ...

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pH and Its Role in Getting Your Clothes Clean Without Damage

guide to chemical cleaners

Dear Home-Ec 101,So I found your article looking for some ideas for dealing with our hard water issues here in Florida. I'm in school for biomed engineering so I appreciated the explanations you gave. I have a question and thought with your background you might know the answer, or know which direction to point me in.My question is, what ...

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How to Iron: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

How to iron

Stephanie says:Let’s work to iron out the wrinkles.I love ironing. I do. Roll your eyes. Scoff. Mutter, “whatever, who loves ironing?” I do. There is something satisfying about taking a pile of clean clothes and one by one getting all the wrinkles out, then putting them away. I don’t iron every morning. Heavens no. I need my beauty rest, ...

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