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Ask UfYH: How the Hell Do You Clean an Oven?

I put out a call on Twitter and Tumblr asking people the one thing they wish someone had explained to them how to clean, and the answer was overwhelmingly “ovens.” Googling “how to clean an oven” will yield you a lot of advice, mostly contradictory, so I’m going to try to break it down by […]

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Ask UfYH: Cleaning While Broke

Q: I really need to do a deep clean of my house, but I have no money. Are there any budget tips you have for getting things squeaky clean without spending money I don’t have?

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Ask UfYH: It’s Laundry Day!

Q: How do you do laundry? I’m trying to find the best way for stains (I know, you’re not Google) and I also want to protect my clothes so I get the most use of them, and I don’t know what to wash with what.

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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 […]

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Ask UfYH: Sticky Dust and Fruit Flies From Hell

Q: I have an issue with sticky dust. The dust that settles in my house is gummy and gross and almost impossible to get rid of. (I live in Los Angeles – is it a regional problem? Something to do with smog?) What can I do to prevent it, and how can I clean things that […]

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Science News: 6/18/13

Welcome to this week’s installment of science news, where we’ll figure out the origin of mysterious Martian gullies, find a lost city in Cambodia, and get the latest updates on women’s health. Plus, pretty Amazonian birds!

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Potato Salad: Ain’t Nothin’ Better.

I’m not a huge Ron White fan or anything (you couldn’t escape him in 2004 and his “you can’t fix stupid” bit), but I am forever envious of the fact that he came up with the nickname “tater salad” first. If there was one food-related nickname that I have earned based on sheer metric tonnage […]

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Stuck in the Middle (of the week) With You

Up and at ’em, readers! Time to look Wednesday in the eye and kick its ass.  Or at least get through it with your sanity and sense of humor intact.   We’re full of bees and vinegar over here, and ready to wow you with our witty, witty words.

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We Try It: All Natural Cleaning

Let me start by saying I hate to clean.  There’s no particular reason, I can just always find something I’d rather do than scrub, dust or vacuum the various parts of my home.  So I’ll usually buy whatever product says it will allow me to spend less time cleaning and more time goofing around on […]