My latest spring bedroom update: A breath of fresh air!
Hurray, we made it! With the vernal equinox today, spring is finally here — and I’m in my element! I adore a big spring clean in every sense of the word … breathing fresh new life into everything from my bedroom to my outlook.
People have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years with cultural rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. The early Egyptians oriented the Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising sun on the day of the vernal equinox. While I can’t top that, I am quite happy to bid farewell to winter; I feel like one of the little buds on the trees aching for the sun! So I usher it in very consciously with my own spring equinox rituals …
A few days after friend’s daughter started doing some office work for me, I became bothered by the smell of dryer sheets from her clothes. I had to ask her to stop using them — at least on the clothes she wore when she came to my house. She said she was glad to comply, but didn’t know you could dry clothes without using dryer sheets. My jaw hung open, and I marveled at the power of advertising.
I don’t know about you, but I love doing the laundry when it involves line drying the load outside instead of using the dryer. It’s part pure eco-satisfaction, and I love how fresh the clothes seem as a result. It also appeals to my frugal side, since line drying can save $135 annually.
Other reasons why I love line drying clothes:
Do you hang dry-cleaned clothes in your bedroom closet? If so, guess what you are breathing all night long: a probable carcinogen. Dry cleaning chemical fumes depress your central nervous system as they waft around the room. If this isn’t exactly your idea of a healthy sanctuary, try wet-washing as one alternative to conventional dry cleaning. Here’s how.
It was slightly more than a year ago that a tech-savvy friend convinced me to add a blog function to my website. And a further three months until I could post my entries without him walking me through the process. To call me a Luddite is to be generous.
My latest conspiracy theory is that clothing companies stick the “Dry Clean Only” label on clothes because they think we’re all a little dim when it comes to doing the laundry. The label might more honestly read “Dry Clean Only Unless You Really Know How to Hand Wash.” But that label would have to be triple in size and, thus, itchiness.
The easiest, do-it-all, eco-friendly stain remover just involves cold water and a couple of towels. But, some stains call for more extreme action. Here are a few tricks.
First, it’s a good idea to keep an eco-friendly stain removal kit on hand to help you act fast. Here’s a great one:
By now we all know that hucking your old stuff into the landfill and buying shiny new “green” stuff is not the way to solve any of the planet’s perils. With clothes dryers this is especially true because the technology in new machines hasn’t improved enough for substantial energy savings. Even the EPA seems to have thrown up its hands by not including clothes dryers in its Energy Star program that certifies energy-saving products. After the refrigerator, which is on all the time, clothes dryers are the second biggest energy drain among household appliances.
You’ve chosen your eco-fashion line-up for the coming season — and that’s no small investment. Now it’s time to keep those clothes looking bright and clean for as long as possible without harming the environment. No, that doesn’t mean we should all meet at the river with our washboards. But, if we really want to reduce our impact, we do need to do things a little differently