The Hard Water Headache

Dear Home-Ec 101, I was visiting my MIL recently and she told me that they have hard water, so she had to put a lot of extra soap in the washer because otherwise she didn't get any bubbles and it wouldn't clean the laundry. This confuses me because I always thought you weren't supposed to have a lot of foam in the washer. I've read articles … [Read more...]

How to Clean a Bath Mat After a Toilet Overflow

Dear Home Ec 101, I found your article on How to Clean Up After a Toilet Overflow useful, but I was wondering if you could tell me how to clean my daughter's colorful bath mat? Thanks! My Cup Overflows With Gratitude Heather says Isn't adulthood fun? The good news is that your bath mat is not a table cloth. If you have a clothes … [Read more...]

Don’t Just Cover Up Musty Odors

Dear Home-Ec 101, My problem is that I keep towels that we have used in a closet until I do laundry at the end of the week, and I wanted to know if there is anything I could put inside the closet to keep down the musky smell until laundry day? Signed, Musky in Muskogee Heather says: There are countless things you  could put in your … [Read more...]

How to Clean Kitchen Laundry in a Public Laundromat

Dear Home-Ec 101, I love your website, your tips have been extremely helpful to me. I have a question, though, whose answer I couldn't find in your archives.Maybe you can help me out? I don't have a washer at home so I take most of my laundry to a laundromat. I've been washing my dishcloths in a bucket with regular laundry detergent and dish … [Read more...]

How to Quickly Fold a T-Shirt

Heather says: Folding laundry is a giant pain in the rear, but it's something that everyone (except those that pay for laundry service) has to do. I've taught all three of my children (currently 9, 7, and 5) how to quickly fold a t-shirt. If they can manage this simple shirt folding technique, you can, too. One of the awesome (or heinous) … [Read more...]