Emilie Sennebogen

Emilie Sennebogen has written over 350 articles for HowStuffWorks on topics ranging from safe ways to disinfect your home to New Year's Eve toasts. She also freelanced in the film industry and currently owns her own business selling handmade soaps and body products.

Recent Contributions

Mold is a creepy fungus that can pop up anywhere there's moisture, and that includes on your clothes. But you can kill the mold and save your favorite fabrics from the trash. We'll show you how.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Madison Palmer

A fire can destroy a home -- and a life -- in seconds. It's imperative to be ready if that day ever comes. Find out what you need to do to prepare for a fire in your home.

By Emilie Sennebogen

If you're a movie buff that can't bear to part with an old-school videotape collection, then you've probably got a VCR somewhere in your house. But to keep those tapes in good condition, you'll need to clean your player -- the right way.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Pasta is a great base to use for a main dinner dish or for a light lunchtime salad. But you may be tired of the same old boring pasta recipes. Don't worry; there's lots you can do to spice it up.

By Emilie Sennebogen

It seems like granite countertops are all the rage these days, but there are so many other, less expensive options to choose from. Formica is one of those, and the best part? It's oh, so easy to clean.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Depending on how you look at it, the practice of genetically engineering crops is either a boon for civilization and the greatest hope to feed a hungry world, or a dangerous interference with nature that threatens both our health and our ecosystem.

By Emilie Sennebogen & Gallagher Flinn

You would think that a simple solution for vegetarians would be to use a meat substitute in their diet that provides the same amount of protein without the use of animals. But is it appetizing -- or even safe to eat?

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Auctions are standard fare for fundraising events, but if you want to spice it up a bit, hold a Chinese auction. It's a unique and exciting way to bring in the cash.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The words "health" and "cake" aren't often uttered in the same sentence. Ingredients like butter and heavy cream make the cake taste great but can end up forever on the hips. A few substitutions can change that.

By Emilie Sennebogen

What do a man named Stingy Jack, the devil and a cross have to do with carving Halloween pumpkins? Everything, it turns out. This long-standing tradition is steeped in folklore and superstition.

By Emilie Sennebogen

You want to disinfect your home, but don't want to use harsh chemicals. The good news is you don't need them to keep your house clean and germ-free.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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A well-stocked kitchen pantry is important so you can be prepared to cook at home and save money. So what food items should you always have on hand?

By Emilie Sennebogen

It's not just the stuff of Hollywood movies. Tornadoes strike hundreds of times in the United States each year -- often with deadly force. These tips will greatly improve your odds of surviving a twister.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Getting your first tattoo is a rite of passage. But before you get your guitar gently inked on your bicep, it's important to do your research and know what you're getting into. Here are 10 tips for the tattoo virgin.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Engineers and scientists at NASA have improved tons of things for use here on Earth, including of all things baby food. So how did these space-savvy men and women change the formula for formula?

By Emilie Sennebogen

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No matter your body type, you can find a pair of pants that fit you perfectly. The key is knowing – and accepting – that every pair of pants doesn't fit every body.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Is matching your bag to your shoes stylish or stale? What are the pros and cons?

By Emilie Sennebogen

Whether you live to shop or hate to set foot in the mall, you've got to do it at some point! We've got some great tips for you, whether you're doing a quick solo trip or an all-day fiesta with the girls.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Remember when painting all 10 fingers and toes in black nail polish was the hot thing? Trends in nail fashions have come a long way, baby, and it's easier than ever to decorate your digits.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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The preppy look can be both casual and dressy, so you can fly your prep flag in many different ways, including at the office.

By Emilie Sennebogen

If you're even just kind of into makeup, then you have an arsenal in your makeup bag. But you don't have to carry it all with you all the time.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Treating yourself to a steaming hot bath or shower can help to ease aches and pains for both the body and mind. Or maybe some cold therapy will rejuvenate your tired muscles.

By Emilie Sennebogen

When it comes to women's body products, scent is probably the overriding factor in whether or not a purchase is made. So it better be good!

By Emilie Sennebogen

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Back in the old days, a cold menthol aftershave and some richly scented, woodsy cologne might be the only thing found in the old man's medicine cabinet. Not so anymore.

By Emilie Sennebogen

You care not only about your generation but generations to come, so you want to make environmentally-conscious decisions. We’re here to help. Follow these tips and you’ll soon have the most sustainable home possible.

By Emilie Sennebogen