All posts filed under: For The Home


Keeping Fresh Flowers Fresh

Dear Annie – I have a houseful of people coming for Thanksgiving and I always like to have fresh cut flowers. Any ideas for helping them stay in bloom for a week? – Sally, KY Dear Sally I enjoy fresh flowers in the house, as well, and I’ve included fresh flowers on my dining room table […]

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Natural Dust Mite Control 101

Dear Annie, My allergies have been acting up lately and I’m pretty sure it’s because of dust mites. How can I get rid of dust mites in my apartment? – Jonathan H., Michigan Dear Jonathan, Dust mites thrive on sloughed-off human and animal skin. Given that 70 percent of dust is human skin (now that […]

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Easy BPA Substitutes?

Dear Annie, I am worried about what I read regarding BPA and how if might be a cause of breast and prostate cancer, not to speak of harming fetuses. You are good at alternative solutions, what can you highlight easy BPA substitutes? Thank you, Sam P Dear Sam, Many plastic items—#7 polycarbonate bottles (including baby […]

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Soap Versus Detergent?

Dear Annie, I am really confused about the difference between a soap and a detergent. Can you help? Thanks, Sue P. Dear Sue, Soaps and detergents are not the same thing, although both are surfactants, or surface active agents, which basically means a washing compound that mixes with grease and water. Soaps are made of […]