Advice on Your Home

Getting the house ready for visitors? Here are a couple of tips.

Keith Bienvenu advises that you avoid Drano for a clogged drain (Thanksgiving toilet clogs, anyone?). Instead, he suggests you pour in straight clorox and allow it to sit for 4 hours, then run the water. This worked great for my blocked dishwasher drain.

We have Wusthof knives, and they are great. But it’s important to keep them sharp. Mike Garaghty tells us just how to do that. Run the knife along the honing steel at 14 degrees a few times before each use, sharpen it twice a year, hand wash, and use a wooden cutting board.