green tip: wash your shower curtain liner!

shower liner

I made a deal with myself for January 2011 that I would be more eco-conscious this year –always take my own shopping bags to the store, re-gift magazines that I’ve already read, keep winter composting, etc. I’m attempting to make one eco-effort every day for as long as I can! This weekend I discovered a green tip that made me happy – you can wash a plastic shower curtain liner! It was time to change mine, and was feeling really guilty about throwing it out because it can’t be recycled. After a little reseplace, I decided to try and wash it instead. I tossed it in the washer with some bathmats and cleaning rags, and set the temperature on warm. I added a little laundry soap and about a cup of white vinegar and set the wash to regular. PRESTO – a soap scum-free shower curtain liner that was ready to be re-hung. I would imagine after a few washes the curtain might be a little worse for wear, in which case I could use it as a project drop-cloth before disposing. NOTE: don’t put liners in the dryer, and be sure to wash in warm, not hot, water. – Rebecca F.

photo credit: Apartment Therapy

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zapi: oral health care made really super cute


It’s not that I’m worried about catching a dread disease from my toothbrush — I’m really not, even though the video on this page from the Rachael Ray show talks about the “germy droplets” that can fly onto your toothbrush if it’s stored near the toilet. (This is part of the reason mine lives inside the medicine cabinet.) But hey, I haven’t done all the reseplace, and I have to admit these Zapi toothbrush sanitizers — they do their work with UV light — are just cute as heck to look at, and only $30. Check out ZapiPOP — like a happy Humpty Dumpty! And who wouldn’t want the help of a ninja in fighting germs? You can find them all at Violight. — Mary T.

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new obsession: pirouette soaps


I usually fall on to the liquid side of the great soap debate, but the other night, I smelled a soap so heavenly that I had to take it home with me. And I’ve been in sudsy shower heaven ever since. The soap, made by Pirouette Essentials, is made with only natural and sustainable plant oils (such as RSPO certified sustainable palm oil) and is cruelty free — and beautifully packaged to boot. These bars, handmade in Seattle, come in a wide range of intoxicating aromas like the milk and honey shown above, black pepper citrus, Indian spiced chai tea, and lavender earl grey. I bought my bar of Blue Hawaii (coconut & lime) at the West Seattle olfactory wonderland that is knows perfume, but you can find all of the scents (along with some great sampler packs) at the online shop or if you’re in the Pacific Northwest, at these stores (like the CakeSpy Shop). –Megan B.

photo courtesy of Twilight Artist Collective.

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post off: do you judge others on the cleanliness of their homes?

We’ve posted before about dirty bathrooms, those nasty enough, in fact, to win prizes for their impressive grimy levels, but now, let’s bring the conversation back to everyday dirt. Life is hectic and time is short, so a little clutter and dirt here and there aren’t game-enders, right? According to a recent survey featured on iVillage, many women feel they outrank their peers when it comes to the cleanliness of their homes and both judge and feel judged themselves on the topic. The survey also found that more than half of all women included have avoided using the bathroom in someone else’s home based on these cleanliness conclusions. So tell me, do you compare your cleaning habits to those of others or notice when their homes are messy? Have you avoided a bathroom on the basis of its perceived cleanliness? – Sarah C.

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want it now: punchy teatowels from double merrick


After years in a dishwasher-less apartment, I’ve come to terms with the fact that getting ahead on doing the dishes is an unachievable goal. There will always be more to do, and they will forever be competing for the affections of a small and inefficient drying rack. Having accepted this, my sentiments on the status quo might best be expressed by this snarky teatowel, or perhaps the runner-up, “Get Rich or Die Drying”, €10 each at Double Merrick. View the whole collection, including the new Teacup and “Spotty Dotty” versions, on the site. – Sarah C.

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