Soakin’ it up (Day 228)…

October 14, 2007

dishes, sink

Now that I’m hand-washing my dishes rather than using the dishwasher, I have to be fairly diligent about cleaning them — otherwise, fruit flies start visiting unannounced, the kitchen starts to smell funky and, well, no one likes looking at the crusty remnants of last night’s dinner.

But sometimes certain foods can get really stuck to things (brown rice and scrambled eggs, I’m looking at you), especially if I’ve been distracted while cooking by a phone call or my cat whining or whatever and let the stuff sit on the stove for too long. In this case, if I try to clean it right away, it requires not only a lot of elbow grease but a lot more soap and water.

So despite my desire to keep things spic and span, and do the dishes right after dinner, I’m going to make sure that if anything has hardened onto a pot, pan or other surface, I soak it overnight. That way, it’ll come off much easier the next morning and I’ll need less soap and water to get it clean.

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A new lease on grease (Day 226)…

October 12, 2007

stopperAfter cutting back on my meat and dairy consumption — not because I’m going vegan but because I’m limited to organic, grass-fed, hormone-free, shiny-happy-pretty-rainbow meat and dairy — there’s not a lot of oil and grease produced when I cook.

However, if for whatever reason I do end up with a frying pan full of such yummy, fatty goo, I’ll of course make sure that, instead of pouring it down the drain, I save it in a separate bowl, either to use later for subsequent cooking or just dispose of properly in the garbage (or, if I was like my dad when he was young, I could maybe spread it on a piece of bread and eat it straight up).

The reason for this, of course, is because grease can build up in the drains underneath the sink and clog it up, which requires a lot of water and chemical cleaning solutions to unclog.

Meanwhile, I’m also going to try and make better use of my kitchen sink stops. Honestly, these things drive me crazy — they always seem to close up completely whenever I need them to stay open, and when they fill up with gunky food bits, the last thing I want to do is twist up the stopper and scoop it all out into the trash (or compost) with my fingers. Barf!

But, in the name of Mother Earth, I will try to be more conscientious about doing this, in order to prevent all these victual remnants from blocking up my precious pipes.

Save fish a drink, shave in the sink (Day 208)…

September 24, 2007

razors by the sink

Whenever I go on vacation with my sister, she always lets me shower first because I take about five minutes — she takes at least 20. Now, I honestly don’t think I could spend 20 minutes in the shower if I tried, so I often ask her what on earth she’s doing in there for so long. She usually offers a vague response (typical of most people who take long showers), but I’m pretty sure that at least half the time is spent shaving.

Because I’m not a hairy person, I usually only need to shave every couple weeks — and I do so, of course, with my Preserve recycled razor and natural shaving cream (actually, as it turns out, this product has some not-so-cool ingredients like Methylparaben and Propylparaben in it, so when it’s finished I’ll be switching to something else).

Often, I’ll shave after a bath and use the water left in the tub, but now that I’m done with baths that’s not an option. Rather than go about this beauty regimen in the shower, however, I’m going to shave in the sink. I’m guessing that filling it up once — with cold water, naturally — will use less than letting the tap trickle the whole time, but perhaps I’ll experiment a bit and see.

Photo courtesy of stay classy internets on Flickr