Make your gray water cleaner!

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.


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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2 Responses to Make your gray water cleaner!

  1. susan542 says:

    Hi Anna, I wonder if you tried this and found that it works with out soap?

  2. annamadeit says:

    Hi Susan! I never made an actual tawashi, but I have used vinegar before, to dissolve grease.

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