Questions from the audience
Q: What is the best inexpensive double stroller that you recommended in a recent column?
A: My pick for the best inexpensive double stroller is the Graco RoomFor2 Click Connect stand and ride stroller (about $140). It accommodates an older child, who can either sit or stand at the back, plus a baby/ toddler in the front. For two babies, I recommend the Delta Children City Street sideby-side stroller (about $60).
Q: Sure do love my Shark Sonic Duo floor scrubber machine. But refills for the cleaning liquid are crazy expensive. Do you have a recipe to make our own cleaner that will clean my hardwood floors as beautifully and not harm the machine?
A: 1 part 91 percent rubbing alcohol, 4 parts distilled water plus a few drops of blue Dawn. Mix together. I use this straight in the Shark Sonic Duo scrubber; no further dilution required. Isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol is a fabulous cleaner, plus it helps this cleaner to dry quickly with no rinsing required. Remember to never use vinegar on hardwood, laminate or granite. It is an acid and, over time, would damage the finish (or sealer, in the case of granite).
Q: I read about how to fumigate a space that reeks of tobacco, but now I can’t find it.
A: Do a Google search for my article titled “Best Room Humidifier for DIY Fumigation.” You are going to need a Honeywell HCM-350 germfree cool mist humidifier (the best inexpensive humidifier that meets the need for this operation), as well as a supply of Nok-Out odor eliminator (which can be purchased for 10 percent off with the coupon code DPL).