post off: do you iron your sheets?

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I was digging into the new issue of Domino the other day — which by the way is chock-a-block with save-for-ever info — and stopped in my tracks on one factoid that popped out. It is in their cover story The Big Black Book, in which they asked 14 prominent interior designers to spill their secret tips, tricks and sources on everything from must-have books to new paint colors. On the page about linens in the Decorators Debate Box, it says that 85% of their experts iron their sheets. What?! Do people really do this — I mean with real jobs, families and busy lifestyles? I wish the follow up question had been “Do you iron your sheets yourself?” Granted, nothing is lovelier than sinking into a big bed of freshly laundered, perfectly pressed sheets. But isn’t that what vacations are for? Tell me: Do you iron your sheets? — Angela M.

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new household must-have: a tubtrug

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I spotted this ingenious invention yesterday at Not Martha and keep thinking of all the uses I could put it to. Tub Trugs are flexible, rubber tubs that hold everything from sand to water with ease. They come in five different sizes and colors that are bright and way more fun that ol’ galvanized metal. I think they’d perfect to help tote the recyclables to the trash, or for those of you with kids, great for toy storage (like in the bathroom). Tub Trugs are also perfect for cooling a six pack and lugging it down to the beach. They’re also inexpensive (about $16 for a nine gallon one). Click here to them at Stacks and Stacks — Angela M.

P.S. I just noticed Tub Trugs are for sale over at Apartment Therapy’s store!

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post off: how do you organize your recycling?

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We spotted this spiffy new Ecopod Recycling System in the latest Williams-Sonoma catalog and it has us looking at the bags full of plastic bottles in our kitchens with disgust. This thing doesn’t just hold your recyclables, it also crushes them… making room for up to 50 plastic bottles or aluminum cans. There’s also a place for for holding newspapers (and magazines, which in our homes always pile up faster than anything else), glass bottles, plastic bags and more. The hitch of course is the price, $328 which seems like a lot to spend on any kind of trash can. For now, our assorted bins and bags will have to do… unless one of you have some clever suggestions? Let us know how you organize your recycing!

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swiffer debate continues: somewhat green?

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A few months ago, we sparked a lively discussion by asking Do You Still Use a Broom? Yes, said most of you, though the topic soon turned towards Swiffers. Many loved them while others thought they were wasteful. Well, it seems this topic has legs, because over at inhabitat.com yesterday, we spotted this fascinating post that is an interview with the Swiffer designer, Gianfranco Zaccai, on their sustainability. He points out that Swiffers save energy by pre-cleaning the floor before mopping, after studies showed that housekeepers used more hot water cleaning the mops themselves than the floors. Still, they are disposable, it seems like the company could have a created something more long-lasting if they wished. But then they wouldn’t sell as many products, right? Click here to see the full story at inhabitat.com.

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product test: kaboom toilet bowl cleaners

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I had a colleague at Budget Living who swore by Kaboom Bowl Blaster toilet cleaner. It’s inexpensive and supposedly does the trick without scrubbing. And, it comes in this cheery purple and green packaging! So I was excited to test out these cleaners for myself. Kaboom has two different types of TB cleaners. One’s the bowl blaster. You pour it in, and leave it for like ten, fifteen minutes. It suds up, you flush, and then it’s supposedly clean. The other one is called Never Scrub, which you put in your tank and it is supposed to prevent rust stains. After trying them a couple of times, I have to say I am not a fan. The Bowl Blaster is a superfine powder, and each time I used it, a plume of it would fill the air, and my nose. I don’t see how you could use this product and not enhale it. Yuck! As far as how well it cleaned, well, you still have to scrub with a brush a bit. However, the smell, a sort of lemony citrus, is nice — especially if you don’t like bleach. The other bathroom products were pretty standard — a scrub and a spray — and for those I’d rather stick with my natural, yummy smelling organic stuff (like Method and Seventh Generation.) What about you? What do you use to clean your toilet? Found anything you love? — Angela M.

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