What’s making me so itchy?

What’s making me so itchy?

Q. My skin feels itchy all over, not just in one or two places. What could that mean?

A. The likeliest culprit is either dry skin (especially if the weather is cold or very dry) or allergies. In those cases, steps that can help include using mild soap, bathing or showering in warm (not hot) water, and using plenty of over-the-counter moisturizing lotion. Avoiding harsh chemicals and scratchy fabric can also help, as can using a (read more)

Q&A: Do I need to remove dryer lint beyond what’s caught on the screen?

Q&A: Do I need to remove dryer lint beyond what’s caught on the screen?

Q: My new dryer recommends that lint be removed from inside the dryer cabinet every two years by a qualified servicer. I never had to do this with my 20-year-old dryer. Is it really necessary? —Mary Ann Mack, Phoenixville, PA

A: Your old clothes dryer manual probably recommended removing lint from the cabinet. That’s to reduce buildup that the filter doesn’t trap, which can catch fire. But getting to the lint isn’t easy. If … (read more)

What’s the most dependable mower? Depends who you ask

What’s the most dependable mower? Depends who you ask

Price is the most important consideration for consumers when they choose a walk-behind lawn mower, according to a new report from the marketing firm J.D. Power and Associates. Brand was next on the list of selection criteria but the brands cited as most satisfying by J.D. Power respondents didn’t fare especially well in Consumer Reports reliability surveys.

John Deere walk-behind mowers ranked highest in J.D. Power’s so-called “power circle” ratings of walk-behind mowers followed by Toro and Troy-Bilt. … (read more)