The delightful Monk's Kettle in San Francisco has an adorable sign in the bathroom: "The toilet is only for toilet paper. The trash bins are only for paper towels for composting. Anything else goes in the silver mystery box next to the toilet." How do you let guests know your bathroom plumbing DOs & DON'Ts?
With rents on the rise in major cities (ahem, San Francisco), apartments are shrinking, and appliances are becoming increasingly more compact to fit them. Trying to fit a week's worth of groceries into what can start to feel like a glorified mini fridge is a constant challenge, but here's a quick tip.
A broom and dustpan may seem like a simple thing, but adding a couple of smart features will make cleaning up a whole lot quicker and more pleasant. To create our list of better brooms, we looked for clever features like: a click-lock dustpan for no-touch dumping, feather-tip broom bristles to collect small particles, and a built-in comb to pull out hair and dust bunnies from the broom.
With babies and young kids, you're going to have a lot of bottles and sippy cups in your life so a good bottle brush to clean them is important. I wrote an ode to my favorite bottle brush, but I'm always looking for other good ones. Scrub is sturdy, has angled brushes and an integrated nipple cleaner. Another plus is the open handle for hanging, is you wish.
The best tasting water I've ever tasted came straight from a natural spring, gushing forth from a tap in the middle of a small town in Portugal. Locals invited me to cup my hands to enjoy the sparkling clear water to parch my thirst during a warm afternoon, and the memory of the delicious and refreshing water lingers till this day. Here in LA the municipal water isn't nearly as palatable, requiring filtration to remove the scent/taste of chlorine, similar to many cities where water has been treated or still contains sediment...
It seems like every week of the school year brings with it a new labeling challenge: lunch containers, galoshes, backpacks, and hoodies all need to be labeled. Soon mittens and other winter accoutrements will need to be connected to their owners or face an uncertain fate in the lost and found. Here are some favorites from our labeling arsenal.
Unless you've actually read your dishwasher manual — or you're really good at playing Tetris — your idea of loading the dishwasher might involve stacking dishes wherever they'll fit, just so you don't have to hand wash the ones left over. But there's a method that could help maximize space (not to mention cleaning), as this video from CHOW shows.