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How to get rid of that moldy smell in your home

“What’s that horrible moldy smell in my bathroom? Eek!” Yes, I confess: I am terrified of mold. Sometimes I fear that having written so much about mold, mildew and fungus, I imagine them lurking everywhere. However, this was no fantasy—that “unwashed socks” odor was very real. Now I had to track down the cause … and get rid of it.

Dear Monty: 10 facts to help you find the best mortgage loan

How can I find the best mortgage loan? Monty’s Answer: I answered this question several years ago, but it bears repeating. Comparing the cost of mortgage loans is a challenge for most mortgage shoppers. Do this before you look for your home. The most helpful lender may also have the best preapproval letter. Here are 10 facts to help you find the right loan.

Washers and dryers that will make you love laundry day

Homeowners can be passionate about their washers and dryers. After all, we depend on them to get kids’ clothes, work clothes and bedclothes clean so we can go about the rest of our lives. Which ones are the best? We talked to a designer, a tester for Consumer Reports and the owner of a gadget-testing website, as well as two appliance-repair service owners.