green cleaning

Washed Up

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A few weeks ago, I posted about a homemade dishwasher detergent that seemed to work great. Seemed. After several weeks, though, we’ve noticed a cloudy…

Money Down the Drain

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My Papa was a kind, soft-spoken man with an impish smile that belied the poverty he witnessed during the Great Depression. He never complained…

Ragtime

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The dish cloth. A no-nonsense rag with only one simple job. It doesn’t need to be fancy, it just needs to work. So how…

Plastic Rap

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One of this year’s goals was to minimize disposable plastic — or as Brad calls it, my War of Plastic Aggression. Knowing plastic is…

Dirty Laundry

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Never underestimate the restorative power of freshly cleaned sheets at the end of a long day. Especially when those sheets have been dried in…

No Scrubs

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Am I the only person who didn’t know loofahs are cucumbers? It’s true. Not only are the young fruits edible, but these fibrous sponges are versatile,…

The Great Purge

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It started with a trip to The Netherlands, gained momentum after reading Root Simple’s “Everything Must Go” posts, and reached a crescendo with Brad’s…

Iron Man

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The conversation went something like this: Brad: [Dagnabbit!] How am I supposed to use this [goshdarned] starch bottle when the [goshdarned] nozzle keeps breaking?*…

Clean Slate

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A few weeks ago, my favorite urban farm porn, Root Simple, posted a link to Apartment Therapy’s guide to sane housekeeping. The theory is…