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    What is the most random/strange/interesting thing you or your kids have learned lately?

    DD7 learned that chickens have earlobes, which I totally did not know, and that silkies have blue earlobes.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    He is no longer under my roof and a student, but DS learned that his AC unit can cause mold to grow in his bedroom in the house he's renting in Raleigh. Cleaners to be there soon........
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We found mold growing on the carpet under our bed the other week. Pretty gross. I put lots of baking soda and vinegar on it in various stages, and then vacuumed it really well later (and most the top of the carpet came off its backing). I then chucked a whole lot of silica gel drying packets on it (finally found a use for those little things that seem to come in everything and I save away thinking they must be useful. The floor is on a concrete slab and the house was built in the 70s, so I am thinking there may be an issue with the slab letting water through at that point. Will get the carpet replaced at some point but at the moment it is dry, the bare patch is hidden under our bed, and we have so many other things to spend $ on.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    How to de-skunk your dogs, I coulda lived without knowing that
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    DS 15, DD 13
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    How to de-skunk your dogs, I coulda lived without knowing that
    Oh no!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    How do you de-skunk a dog?
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    How do you de-skunk a dog?
    So, ideally, not outside at midnight while on your phone googling "how to de-skunk a dog" Luckly, DS was up and helped me - he asked for credit for his home ec class - yes, A+.

    What I found was - use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, but I didn't have hydrogen peroxide, it was impossible to find in the early summer (thanks, covid). So we used baking soda, vinegar and dawn dish soap - which ended in a sudsy dog volcano. It worked ok, they still smelled, but I could at least let them back in the house. The next day we went to the pet store and picked up a few bottles of Nature's Miracle Skunk Remover, which worked much better. But, I had to replace their collars (even after washing and soaking in the remover) and they still smelled vaguely of skunk for about a month. It was so gross. Also the Nature's Miracle is about half the price on Amazon, so I bought a few bottles just to have on hand.
    Rebecca
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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