After hearing how hospitals in Sweden were using a unique cloth to clean with water rather than traditional chemical cleaners, UK designer Steve Pearson was inspired to create a version of his own. In 1995 he partnered with engineer John Park and a group of Korean scientists to create a line of microfiber cleaning cloths called e–cloth.
Today's assignment makes me smile. For me, this is part of the January Cure that makes it more than just a challenge to organize your home in a month. This is the therapy part. There's plenty of time to scrub (like the floor clean we're doing this weekend), so treat yourself — go grab a bouquet and some cleaners that smell good and are good for the planet!
We asked, and you answered. Inspired by the eco-friendly finds you hope to unwrap this holiday season, we pulled together a list of no-fail gifts that are good for the planet. Here's what the sustainably-minded among us want most:
Are you planning to bring home a fresh cut Christmas tree or use evergreen cuttings to make a wreath this holiday season? Try using olive oil to clean your sticky fingers. Pour a tablespoon onto a cloth and rub until clean. Not only will it remove the sap, it will leave your winter hands soft.
This is more of a new-to-me cleaning tip, since apparently I'm very late to the black tea party. However, I just tried a homemade black tea window cleaner yesterday and I'm very excited with the results!
If you are moving into a new space, hopefully it has been professionally cleaned, and now the trick is to keep it up. Starting off the move with a kit of new cleaning supplies is the best way to kick things off — here are our top 10 essentials.
What do I love about cleaning? When it's done! Usually the dirtiest things in my home are the ones I forget about completely and, thus, never clean. Luckily, that's easy to fix; if you have ten minutes, you can get these ten chores done today.
I recently overcooked some quinoa, severely burning the bottom of the pot. Hoping to salvage it, I tried this baking soda and vinegar cleaning trick. It worked well enough (I may have to do it a couple more times to get it completely stain-free), but since I had the baking soda in my hands, I sprinkled some on my stainless steel sink. Holy Moses, it worked wonders.
I came across an article by Real Simple on surprising cleaning tips that contained quite a few I had never heard of, like cleaning the sink with Turtle Wax or using denture cleaner to clear residue in vases...