Posts Tagged ‘Smart Living’

How to Reduce Lint

Dear Home Ec 101, My husband just started a new job that has him wearing dress slacks -like Dockers- and dress shirts instead of the jeans and t-shirts he’s always worn.  Even though I wash and dry them separetely (to avoid any ironing!) they still come out with quite a bit of lint on them. I…

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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 bleach in an unsafe manner. Chlorine…

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It’s Time Again for Hurricane 101

Heather says: June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season. For those of us on the East and Gulf Coasts, we know this means anxious meteorologists glorifying every thunderstorm that appears in the oceans. Although the public tends to become jaded with media saturation, there is no reason to get caught with your pants down.…

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Water Storage Solution for Hurricane Preparedness

Heather says: This year, after doing my annual Hurricane Preparedness Reminder, I was contacted by David Dodgen of AquaStorage, creators of the Aquapod Kit. The Aquapod Kit is a water storage solution to the whole, “But I don’t have enough space to store a two week supply of water for my family of six.” (Quick…

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Home-Ec 101 Reader’s 71 Quick Q-tip Tips

Heather says: Last week I posted a quick video suggesting that Q-tips could be used to clean a computer keyboard. I then asked for your Q-tip Tips. I thought it would be fun to share the tips that came from the Home-Ec 101 Audience -(Do you remember when we did this with uses for leftover…

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What is Modified Food Starch?

Heather says: Yesterday on Twitter, during the What is Vegetable Extract kerfuffle, my good friend @notoriouslynice asked: @HeatherSolos I’d like to know, too, if you find out. Also, what is modified food starch? First what is starch? Starch is a  white, odorless complex carbohydrates that serves as primary means of energy storage for plants. When…

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Is Rust on the Microwave Door a Safety Issue?

Dear Home-Ec 101, There has always been a bit of rust spots along the bottom of the micro door, but just now I noticed it’s suddenly become quite extensive. I wiped it, shut the door & reopened it, and rust dust was spreading around. Barring the question of microwave safety in general, is it still…

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Meal Plan Primer: Shopping the Refrigerator

Heather says: Last week, my friend Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam wrote about food waste. Her post was a good reminder that we all need to put the brakes on food waste. Shop the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry before creating this week’s meal plan. For experienced experienced cooks, this process only takes a few minutes,…

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How to Choose Absorbent Towels

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 and others repel water as badly as those hideous 100% polyester…

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How to Use Rubbing Alcohol Safely

Heather says: This is another post in the series on household chemicals. Rubbing alcohol is frequently recommended by frugal and green bloggers for use as household cleaner, and needs to be used with care. Rubbing alcohol is a general term that most often refers to isopropanol, but can also refer to ethanol. It is very…

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Rising Fuel Prices, Are You Adjusting Your Budget?

Heather says: Instability in the Middle East, oil futures speculation, fears of peak oil whatever the actual cause, once again it’s getting a little more costly each time we have to put fuel in the car. Some of the pain associated with rising fuel prices is immediately felt, right there at the pump. Ouch. Other effects…

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Share Your Emergency Budget Ideas

Heather says: I talked about this yesterday on the Facebook Fanpage, but I thought it would be a good idea to continue the discussion over here. Home-Ec101.com is an apolitical site; this means that neither party will get an endorsement, political bashing is not allowed, and for the most part I really hope that political…

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