The Deep Clean Challenge: Small Project Week

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Welcome to Week 11 of The Deep Clean Challenge. Last week’s project was a two-parter. Which, by the way, that smudge hunt was pretty satisfying, wasn’t it? Especially if you have kids of any age living at home. It’s kind of impressive how much just getting rid of that stuff we don’t typically notice can …

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All About Beef Chuck

Image of a cow showing the primal cuts including the chuck

What is beef chuck? Beef chuck is a weird phrase, right? Doing a little etymological digging, it seems that the term chuck started out as “chunk” and slowly evolved into “chuck.” There are various stories about the chuck wagon in the American cowboy tradition being a part of this, but I’m not sure how much …

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How to Get Rid of Carpet Beetles, for Good.

Dear Home Ec 101,I’ve been noticing this micro tiny bug that is gray with black spots, it looks identical to a ladybug, but it is not the Asian beetle. It does have wings, I know that. They’re also very tiny, sometimes you really have to strain your eye to see them. Then sometimes you can …

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Deep Clean Week 8: The Refrigerator, Freezer, and Beyond?

Welcome to week eight of The Deep Clean Challenge, Congratulations, we’re done with the more public areas and are going to get down to the nitty-gritty. This series is a way to refresh your home in manageable steps without any daylong cleaning marathons that ruin your day off. This week we are tackling your refrigerator(s) …

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Help, how do I get rid of drain flies?

Drain in tile floor

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have three window wells in my finished basement. I am forever finding tiny black dead flies. I have sprayed and thrown gallons of bleach and ammonia down the window wells I found something like yellow cocoons in the window wells that I think they have built.  There were several in each …

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How Do I Reduce Lint in My Laundry?

blue lint brush on wooden table

Dear Home-Ec 101,My husband wears a lot of black shirts. Lately, I’ve noticed that his shirts are covered in fuzz and lint. We’ve never really had this problem before. Is the lint coming from my washer or my dryer? Is there anything I can do to reduce the lint? Is there any way I can convince …

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