quick cleanups, yes. more trash, no.


We noticed this post by Jeff Bredenberg at iVillage last week: Ten Things You Can Stop Cleaning Now. We have no quarrel with some items (People clean soccer balls?) but even though we sense the article was a bit tongue in cheek, we can’t take all the advice to heart. Throw out the shower curtain liner every six months? Sounds wasteful. (Also, you can use old ones as dropcloths.) He also says to stop washing pillows as they take hours to dry — well, unless you put them in the dryer, of course (which, granted, may not work for high-end pillows). Again, throwing out pillows and buying new every six to eight months seems wasteful (and expensive). We were also a little surprised at the “Don’t make the bed” suggestion. Right when we were resolving to make it more regularly! Luckily, Apartment Therapy stepped in with suggestions on how to make making the bed as simple as possible — that’s a cleanup we can live with.

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post off: has your cleaning gone green?

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Now that Clorox has purchased Burt’s Bees, the bleach company claims it’s going green. (There is healthy skepticism about that, as you might imagine.) If you’ve been wary of green cleaning products that may not clean so well, the latest Good Housekeeping will help: they’ve reviewed cleaning products that are both green and effective. Have you made a switch to non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products? Have any favorites? Let us know in comments.

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thinking about dyson’s new compact vac

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Last week, the New York Times House & Home “currents” section wrote about the newest Dyson vacuum cleaner (above) coming out soon. The DC24 is a third the size of the normal Dyson, weighs 5 lbs less, and best of all, costs a hundred bucks less. Do any of you have a Dyson? Do you recommend them? We made the lazy and fatal mistake of buying a cheap Dirt Devil for our country place. It’s stopped working after just three months — of weekend use! It’s sucks — but not in the way it is suppose to! I know we must invest in a quality machine and am thinking this little guy will do the trick. But, I am a Miele devotee at heart. Thoughts? — Angela M.

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thinking about dyson's new compact vac

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Last week, the New York Times House & Home “currents” section wrote about the newest Dyson vacuum cleaner (above) coming out soon. The DC24 is a third the size of the normal Dyson, weighs 5 lbs less, and best of all, costs a hundred bucks less. Do any of you have a Dyson? Do you recommend them? We made the lazy and fatal mistake of buying a cheap Dirt Devil for our country place. It’s stopped working after just three months — of weekend use! It’s sucks — but not in the way it is suppose to! I know we must invest in a quality machine and am thinking this little guy will do the trick. But, I am a Miele devotee at heart. Thoughts? — Angela M.

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help! how do i keep the air in my house fresh?

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I need advice on how to keep the air in my house fresh smelling. I do a lot of cooking and in winter when windows aren’t open as much as I”d like the air is kind of stuffy and sometimes worse! In addition, candles aren’t practical with kids around and running in and out I am always paranoid about making sure they are extinguished. With that said if there is a fabulous candle I would consider it. Does anyone use anything great that is non toxic? I liked Caldrea‘s rose pomagranate but they don’t make it anymore. Any other suggestons? — Holly D.

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