Came across this great tip from the editors at MAKE magazine – an all-acrylic little doily you can easily make yourself, that will make your dishes, bathtubs, and cars clean without the use of synthetic soaps. The super-fine filaments making up the yarn is scratch-free, so you can use it practically anywhere. But the most beautiful thing about it is that it eliminates the need for soap. We’ve all heard about how the stuff we’re flushing down our drains ends up polluting our waterways. Trace elements from pharmaceuticals, heavy metals, chemical compounds, caffeine and other yummies are showing up in our drinking water, even after municipal filtration. Not to mention the ubiquitous and harmful triclosan, that enters our waters with every use of anti-bacterial soap. Well, no more, I say… at least with this nifty little sponge we can eliminate at least some of our water soluble junk. Baking soda or a little vinegar will do the trick if your dealing with grease. Read all about it here:
And – while I’m on the subject of water pollution – if you happen to have expired medications and pharmaceuticals that you don’t use, PLEASE DO NOT flush them down the toilet! Instead, bring them into your neighborhood drug store, and ask the people behind the counter to dispose of it for you. They should be able to do it properly, by incineration.