Not sure how to clean that chiffon blouse? Can you tumble dry merino wool at home? What exactly is that square-ish "a" on my button-up's tag? We know you've heard recently that one full is a great tip for saving water and energy, but how do you mix and match these burgeoning loads of laundry?
We know you've wondered, and we're here to deliver:
The definitive decoding of laundry-care tag symbols.
By now, it's no new news that California is experiencing a substantial drought. Individual efforts feel insignificant to the size of the task at hand. To quote Mother Teresa, "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." We all have our part to play, and that part starts at home.
Here are 4 tips for conserving more water that you can put into practice today.
1. Turn off the water while you’re brushing your teeth, lathering your hands, or scrubbing your dishes.
2. Drop an ice cube? Don’t send it down the drain, toss it in a planter instead.
3. Cut back on the water suggested in recipes.
Do you need to fill a whole pot to cook spaghetti?
4. Drink your 8 glasses of water a day ... but do it in the same glass.
Stay hydrated. Your body is one place you should not skimp out on water-intake. But, by dedicating one glass per day as your water cup can mean some significant water benefits. Eliminating excess glasses will keep your home looking neater, and cut down on the water necessary to clean extra cups.
And while we're talking about water intake, dedicating one glass (or reusable bottle) is a great way to save some money too. One year's worth of eight glasses a day on tap works out to about the same price as one bottle of water. And while we give two thumbs up to recycling, that's still an involved process that uses a lot of water. So do your wallet, our environment, and your home a favor: slim down on the employment of one-time-use plastics, and drink that 8 cups of water in one glass per day.
Read these great tips and more at WaterUseItWisely.com!
PS, Passionate about conserving water? Share this post, and then go to DoSomething.org's Shower Songs campaign, where you can set up a 5-minute Playlist to send to your friends to help them keep their showers shorter. And that way, you pick their soundtrack, and control what they'll be singing (this works great for roommates).
P.P.S: we're not going to advocate you follow the conservation advice of S.O.S. Mata Atlântica (a Brazilian environmental charity) suggested in a nation-wide television campaign. But we're also not not advocating that you follow their advice...
...Just be sure to clean regularly after you do. Or better yet, hire a professional cleaning service to get the job done for you! (ツ)
It’s bound to happen. You get that “We’re in town!” phone call from your auntie, in-laws, or childhood best friend and you’ve got a half an hour to make your lived-in home look like it’s straight out of Better Homes & Gardens. And of course, there’s no time to do that thorough cleaning of the house you were putting off until next weekend. How do you get your home looking cleaner than it actually is? Here’s 6 last minute cleaning hacks to help.
1. Pick up your piles
Look at your entryway with fresh eyes: is there anything in their immediate line of sight that could easily go?
Maybe that laundry that needs folding can rest behind closed doors, rather than on your couch.
Mail, documents, or toys (that includes your electronics!) stacking sky-high? Make sure you have a premeditated resting place for that troublesome clutter. It might be time to invest in that hand-made Valet Tray you’ve been eyeing on Etsy.
(Pro tip: Fill half the sink with soapy water so that it looks like they “caught you in the act” of cleaning, and that’s not really in your control. Plus, nothing’s cleaner than bubbles.)
3. Actually clean the Points of Contact
Will you be serving lunch? Clean off your table (or wherever you’ll be eating), and if necessary, spot vacuum underneath.
Fluff couch pillows, and run a damp rag over coffee tables, mantles, or ledges that might have attracted some dust.
4. Make your bed.
Sure, they might not see your bed, but just knowing you’ve thrown the duvet over your sheets and propped up your pillows may set your mind a little bit more at ease. And if they do ask for that tour, you’re good to go.
5. Take out the trash.
Last-minute, pre-visit cleans are about managing perceptions, and last night’s dinner never leaves a good first impression. Taking out the trash will do a lot to keep your home’s dirtiest corner a bit more family friendly. Bonus points if you remember to take out the bathroom trash.
6. Convince the nose to trick the eyes.
A little fragrance goes a long way. Having an air freshener on hand helps. You can snag one off the shelf (think: Febreeze), or plan ahead of time with a homemade potpourri simmer. Boiling hot water filled with a combination of fruits and spices, then set to simmer, can provide a fresh and GREEN scent for hours. Plus, these can be prepped and poured into jars, and kept in the fridge til needed. (We love Cinnamon sticks + apple, or Lemon and fresh Rosemary.)
Improvise with essential oils or neutralize odors with a light vinegar spray.
Even spending a few minutes each day can help keep your home from spinning into disarray. Knowing where to place problem piles will help you feel on top of your chores, even before you get any done.
If all else fails, call in for backup. Hiring a professional cleaner will help wipe away the worry and let you focus on the things that matter: like eating those cookies in the oven.