Ask UfYH: Floors and Floods and Funk, Oh My!

Q: I just moved into a new apartment, and the floor in the living room is painted wood (no I don’t know why, it was like that when I got here). Every time I use a normal cleanser to spot-clean, I feel like I’m taking up a layer of paint or two. Do you know of any good way to clean a painted surface that’s (apparently) unsealed?

A: When I am queen of the world, I will outlaw two types of floor coverings: carpeting in bathrooms, and unsealed painted wood floors. Seriously. Both of these things are far more trouble than they’re worth, and only ever seem to lead to problems down the line.  Read More Ask UfYH: Floors and Floods and Funk, Oh My!

Ask UfYH: Grody Kettles, Staying Ahead of the Mess, and Musty Funk

Q: How do I clean an electric water kettle? Mine was in storage for a few months and it’s got some grime on the inside, maybe from not being fully dry when it was boxed up? It’s not moldy but it doesn’t looks very enticing. Should I avoid soap? Do the water + vinegar bit a few times? Thanks!
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Ask UfYH: Moldy Cookware, Bleach, and Bathroom Basics

Q: I left a pot of rice in the fridge for a few weeks and now it’s absolutely covered in furry mold on the inside. Is the pot salvageable? How do I go about safely removing the mold and possibly rendering the pot safe for use once more?

A: Good news, everyone! Your cookware can be saved. Read More Ask UfYH: Moldy Cookware, Bleach, and Bathroom Basics