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How to Care for Fleece to Prevent and Reduce Pilling and Matting

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’ve read different thoughts on this, but none that I would consider authoritative.  So I’m hoping you can help.  I have a brand new fleece that I actually dropped some decent coin on (read: not Old Navy). Actually, it’s not all that new, truth be told. Show More Summary

The Family Is Growing

Our blended family is going to get a bit bigger. Remember how I mentioned that I was recovering from mono and taking some time to rest? Well, I went straight from mono to morning sickness. Consequently, productivity has not been at an all-time high around here. Show More Summary

Bad Disaster Advice

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the information being spread with regard to how to prepare for a disaster, like a hurricane.  Bad Advice I’ve Seen Circulating Hotels must take your pets in due to a law passed after Hurricane Katrina. Show More Summary

Vinegar as Laundry Detergent?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I really appreciate all the advice on your website. I was wondering if you would know whether it’s alright to use white vinegar as a laundry detergent. Thank you very much. Sincerely, Tart in Tahoma Dear Tart in Tahoma,...Show More Summary

Why Is the Ice in my Ice Machine Melting?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have a fairly new ice machine at the beach, a house we use roughly every other weekend. Lately, the ice machine does not seem to be cold enough to keep the ice it makes frozen. I have vacuumed the coils, ran a “Clean...Show More Summary

Off-Topic: Checking In

Hey there, I hope all of you are well. I know things have been pretty quiet here on the site. Initially, things were just getting quite busy at work, but one thing is never enough. Very recently my father was in the ICU with sepsis, but he’s home and doing much better. Show More Summary

Removing Body Soil and Other Grunge from Furniture Upholstered with Microsuede

Dear Home Ec 101, In 2006, we bought several pieces of microsuede furniture in a chocolate brown. Over time, the arms and headrests have become oily and dirty. The code on the label is “WS”. Can we remove the grime from our couch and...Show More Summary

A Day Late, A Dollar Short, No More: Life Skills are Frugal

Heather says: I was once asked how I could call Home-Ec 101 a frugal site when overall money isn’t mentioned. The short answer? I believe life skills are some of the most underutilized assets of the general population. Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Show More Summary

How Does Your Water Affect Your Laundry?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have well water and found out that using bleach in the wash will turn my cloths brownish. And yes they have become dingy and not as bright.  What can I use, if anything, to make them white again or keep this fromShow More Summary

Removing Peanut Butter from Nubby Upholstery/Fabric

Dear Home-Ec101, My husband dripped peanut butter on our nubby weave couch and rubbed it in when he tried to clean it off. Can you tell me and your readers how to get messes like this out without further ruining the upholstery? Signed,...Show More Summary

Help, how do I get rid of drain flies?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have three window wells in my finished basement.  I am forever finding little black dead flies.  I have sprayed, thrown gallons of bleach and ammonia down the window wells.  In the window wells I found something like...Show More Summary

Organizational Sunday Week #1

Heather says: This week you’ll need to repurpose or buy two containers, the type of containers will depend on two things, your budget and space. Personally I like Rubbermaid style totes, if you have the room they will work for most of our projects and you can find them at any big box store. Show More Summary

I Am Overwhelmed.

Dear Home Ec 101, I have a condition called skizo-affective disorder (skizofrenia and bipolar). My life and my house are a mess. I don’t even know where to start. Is there a step-by-step online course I can take or anything like that. Show More Summary

Menu Monday Week #26

Heather says Every year I delude myself thinking that the end of the school year will result in some down time. I don’t know where I get the idea, but it plants itself firmly in my mind and I hang onto it from February until school is done in late May / early June and then... Read More » The post Menu Monday Week #26 appeared first on Home Ec 101.        

Organizational Sunday Week #25 – Outdoor Toys

Heather says: In most of the country, school is out or soon will be out for the summer. Unlike January where everyone is adding layers, mittens, and coats, now we’re applying sunscreen and bug spray.  Today’s mission: Find a place for all of your: “We’re heading into the great outdoors” necessities. Show More Summary

Inside The Car | Weekly Organizational Challenge #26

Heather says: Can you believe we’re halfway through the year? Last week we organized the outdoor toys and made sure we had everything needed for outdoor fun. This week it’s time to clean out inside the car. If you don’t have a vehicle,...Show More Summary

Can We Talk?

Heather says You may find this funny; it’s been a few weeks, and I’m still somewhere between puzzled and amused. There was recently a request, from an individual, for this site to test multiple smooth stovetops and rate them by manufacturer and glass type. Show More Summary

Organizational Sunday Challenge Week #24 | Under The Bed

Heather says: This has been edited in light of the current tragedy. I don’t know the right words on days like today. I think about what keeps me going: “We are called to the light we are given.” I think about the phrase “be the light” and I think about  the mother of Mr. Show More Summary

Organizational Sunday Challenge Week #21

Heather says: This week, we’re heading right back into the bathroom. This time, instead of focusing on the vanity, we’ll be focusing on hair and body products. Are all of the open shampoos, conditioners, body washes, etc. in active use?...Show More Summary

Organize Dresser | Organizational Sunday Challenge Week #23

Heather says This week’s challenge is still in the bedroom, your goal is to clear off the dresser / organize dresser. As with most horizontal surfaces, dressers tend to become a catch-all. Put any stacks of clothing away and deal with the receipts, loose change, etc. Show More Summary

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