cleaners you can count on at 2 a.m.

I’m always a sucker for new trying new cleaners, especially eco-friendly ones in pretty packaging. (Hmm… That’s something else I buy too many of!) This group of Better Life goods at over at delight.com has me looking for things to scrub. Each is made without solvents, silicones, VOCs, ethoxylates, petroleum–based ingredients, or harsh surfactants. And they make everything smell subtly fresh and just perfectly… clean! I am in love with the The Kitchen Sink Gentle Scrubber — to get the tub sparkling before Isadora’s bath — and the 2am Miracle, which is specifically designed for nurseries, but provides a non-toxic wipe down on any surface. We’re keeping a bottle with an arms’ reach of the highchair for sudden slings of mush! Better life cleaners, $7.50 each at delight.com. — Angela M.

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product i love: crocheted nylon pot scrubber


Inexpensive scrubbers can make great decor, but for day-to-day use, there’s nothing I like more than hand-crocheted nylon pot scrubbers. My mother-in-law started picking them up on trips to Gatlinburg to give as stocking stuffers, and she gave me a few extra when I proclaimed my love for them. Why are they so great? For one, they work! For two, they don’t unravel in a mess like the store-bought versions do. For three, they don’t rust. And you can toss them in the laundry to clean them. Sure, they’re going to wear out over time, but I’ve had one for a year and it’s still going strong. Who made it? Honestly, I don’t know. I do know there are many sellers out there on Etsy, or you could make one yourself. (If, unlike me, you have that kind of talent!) –Mary T.

Photo via Esty seller MAJiKK

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site we’re psyched about: homemaking organized


I don’t have much in common with the daily life of stay-at-home mom and church organist K Quinn, founder of Homemaking Organized, but boy do I need her advice! With two full-time jobs, a house with more DIY projects than I wish it contained, and four very hairy animals, my husband and I are haphazard at best in keeping laundry, dishwashing, cooking and cleaning on a regular schedule. Luckily, Homemaking Organized is filled with articles and tips on keeping your home running smoothly. I especially love the daily schedules and monthly checklists that she creates — just having somewhere to begin getting our housekeeping organized is sure to have an impact on our home. And our sanity. She also offers “printables” that you can download and use for your homemaking to-do lists. We’re starting the schedule next week. I’ll let you know what works for us and what doesn’t! –Mary T.

Photo by Christian Glombitza

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site we're psyched about: homemaking organized


I don’t have much in common with the daily life of stay-at-home mom and church organist K Quinn, founder of Homemaking Organized, but boy do I need her advice! With two full-time jobs, a house with more DIY projects than I wish it contained, and four very hairy animals, my husband and I are haphazard at best in keeping laundry, dishwashing, cooking and cleaning on a regular schedule. Luckily, Homemaking Organized is filled with articles and tips on keeping your home running smoothly. I especially love the daily schedules and monthly checklists that she creates — just having somewhere to begin getting our housekeeping organized is sure to have an impact on our home. And our sanity. She also offers “printables” that you can download and use for your homemaking to-do lists. We’re starting the schedule next week. I’ll let you know what works for us and what doesn’t! –Mary T.

Photo by Christian Glombitza

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insider’s secret weapon for wine stains: oxiclean

There’s an interesting service story over at nymag.com worth checking out. It’s a series of cleaning and decorating tips from famed costume-designer William Ivey Long (Nine, The Producers, Grey Gardens) who recently opened a bar in the East Village called Shoolbred’s. In addition to dishing out his favorite sources for fabrics and wall art, he also sings the praises of Oxiclean, which is amazingly good at getting wine stains out.

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