Two cats on a bed

I can’t think of a better day than today to reach into the mailbag and pull out a few great tips submitted by—you guessed it—my great (loyal, faithful, awesome) readers!

Two cats on a bed


As the owner of two cats, I finally found a wonderful solution to the problem of finding a bedspread fabric durable enough to withstand the constant removal of fur and chafing of paws. Outdoor Living Tablecloths makes custom outdoor tablecloths using Sunbrella® material. Following their directions for taking measurements, I ordered a custom “tablecloth” bedspread for my queen size bed and have been using it now for seven months. It has held up beautifully, cleans like a dream and for sheer hardwearing, long-lasting quality, I think the price is a great deal. ~ Robin

Previously: Best Inexpensive Stick Vacuum—Finally!



I never used a rinse aid in my dishwasher, because we live in an area that doesn’t have particularly hard water that results in water spots left on glassware. I learned the hard way that rinse aids (like Finish Jet-Dry) have another more important use—they help to keep the dishwasher’s drain line running clean. Found this out from the repairman when our dishwasher wasn’t draining. The line was completely clogged—Yuck! ~ Elizabeth

Must read: Know Thy Dishwasher


Wipe down a smelly microwave oven with a weak solution of water and Head and Shoulders shampoo. Just fill a spray bottle with water and add a couple of drops of the shampoo. Head and Shoulders shampoo will get the stink out of anything. Try it! ~ Carol

Related: Can This Microwave Be Saved?



I just read your cleaning procedure for stained pillows. Why not avoid the dirt and stains in the first place? I am aware of how disgusting pillows can become, so I buy waterproof fabric zippered pillow protectors from Wal-Mart (also online here for about $4 each in a 4-pack). They’re inexpensive and also protect your pillows from equally disgusting dust mites. With a pillowcase on top, my pillows look brand new. ~ Rita

Here it is: How to Get Yellow-Stained Bed Pillows White Again



The easiest way remove the odors from silicone (ice cube trays, the gasket on your Instant Pot) is to … bake it! Preheat your oven to 250 F., then set the clean-but-still-stinky silicone items on a sheet tray then into the oven. After about 20 minutes, give them the smell test. If there is still any trace of a lingering odor, return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Provided these items area 100% silicone (that IP gasket is, for sure), this will take care of that lingering stench of garlic and onions. ~ Cate

Useful: Instant Pot Quick Start Guide

Yesterday’s post: Worst and Best Ways to Grill Chicken

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