Posts by Heather Solos

What Causes Spots on Clothing?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I saw your email reply to someone who was asking about why they were getting grease like stains on their clothing after washing them.  Your reply said it was from liquid fabric softener.  The problem is I don’t use fabric softener and I get these grease like spots on my clothing quite…

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Pillowcases and Oily Skin

Dear Home-Ec 101, We’ve been married for nearly 25 years and for about 7 or 8 years now his pillowcase and [upper] part of the sheet reeks! I DON’T SEE how he can stand it. I’m not sure if its oil or sweat; he does have very oily skin. I read your advice to someone…

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Overwhelmed by Mess

2019 Update: I’m in the process of digging through the months of insanity that is an inbox with a published email address. For every legitimate email, there are 500 fake, but not quite spam pitches. While I work finding the actual questions, I’m going to update a few Home-Ec 101 classics. This one was originally…

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Menu Monday Week 44 – Another Week In the Books

I hope you guys are all doing well. So, my boss repeats an old saying about no plan survives first contact with the enemy. (A quick Google shows that this is from a Prussian military leader, Helmuth van Moltke). This pretty much sums up last week.  The sausage skillet was fine, the tuna cakes never happened…

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Menu Monday Week 43 – Starting Again

I hope you are all doing well or as well as you can. Last week was one of those eye-opening reminders of how I should stop, take a breath and focus on the basics before trying to do everything (that will never happen, but to be honest, I don’t learn). Routines make a busy household…

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How to Dry a Damp Mattress

Dear Home-Ec101, We have had our pillow top mattress for two years. I tried a new spot cleaning vacuum on the surface, however, the mattress only absorbed the mixture of water and chemical cleaner. Consequently, the vacuum was unable to suck up any moisture. Now I am concerned the moisture and chemical is stuck in…

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Why Is My Chicken Stock Greasy?

This question comes from the comments on Why does my chicken stock taste like water? Q: Why is my chicken stock always greasy and watery? When making chicken stock, it is perfectly normal for there to be fat and grease in the stock. To remove this, cool the stock completely in your refrigerator. Because chicken…

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How to Clean Hardwood After a Toilet Overflow

Q: How do I clean up my hardwood floors after a toilet overflows. This question appeared as a comment on How to Clean Up After a Toilet Overflows The difference between cleaning up toilet water on your typical bathroom flooring e.g. vinyl or tile and cleaning up hardwood is the hardwood is porous.   The advice…

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Digging In to Dig Out

Dear Home-Ec 101, Well, I am probably the worst person when it comes to checking out-I did that literally for 2 years when my husband left me 3 years ago for almost a year. The result has been devastating I am constantly consumed by guilt and serious insomnia. I wasted two years of life and…

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It’s May Day, and We’re Doing Fine

Life goes on, as it always does and things are settling back into a routine, an exhaustive set of tasks, but a routine nonetheless. Of course, school will soon be out for the summer and we’ll have to find our next new normal. I started back to work full-time this week. I’ve been working toward…

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Touching Base

It’s been a while and I hope you are well. Amelia Katelyn was born on March 2 at 10:35 am. There was some serious concern that the gestational diabetes I developed was inhibiting her growth, so I was induced three weeks early. She’s tiny, currently at 5.5 lbs, but healthy and absolutely the center of…

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