How to Remove Flammable Liquids from Clothing

Dear Home-Ec101, This evening right before bed while he was outside letting the dogs out, my husband saw a roach on our back porch. He was barefoot, so he grabbed the nearest object to him so he could try to kill it. Normally a brilliant man, he had a momentary lapse of stupid, and he smashed this roach with a plastic bottle of lighter fluid. … [Read more...]

Ideas for Renewing a Stained T-Shirt

Bleached Tee by Johnnie

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a grey t-shirt that has significant memories and it has a grease blotch or something in it. Not sure, honestly. I've tried.everything to remove it and give up. The stain is above the belly button location. So an odd place. However, I wondered how I might make a bleach design that would cover the lower half of the … [Read more...]

How to Remove Melted Microfiber from a Smooth Top Stove

Razor Scraper

Dear Home Ec 101, I burned a microfiber rag on my flat top range as I thought it was cool and was wiping it off. The regular ceramic stove top cleaners are not taking it off. How can I remove the melted microfiber from my stove? Signed, Stuck in Sturbridge Heather says: Cleaning melted anything off of a smooth top range is kind of a … [Read more...]

How to Safely Remove Nail Polish from Piano Keys

Dear Home Ec 101, Love your site! It struck me that with your knowledge of chemistry, young kids, and housekeeping, you were my best shot at figuring out how to remove lovely nail polish from nearly every key of our piano. Any ideas? The keys are not ivory (that I can tell, I don't know what they are) but my mother did learn to play on this … [Read more...]

Mattress Stains, When to Worry and When to Say to Heck with It

Dear Home Ec 101, I've got a problem that I haven't seen addressed on the blog, or anywhere else for that matter.  We have an older twin-size, leather sofa-bed; which lived happily in our library in our home for several years, did an eight-year stint as extra seating at my office, and now has been moved to its permanent home in the boys' bedroom … [Read more...]