Dishing out the suds (Day 310)…

January 4, 2008


OK, sorry, this might just be the crappiest image I’ve ever uploaded to Green as a Thistle, but I couldn’t find this product anywhere online and my camera battery died so I couldn’t take my own picture. Just wanted to get that apology out right off the bat because I like me some good aesthetics.

So here’s the deal — some of you readers with an elephant’s memory might look at this post and say, “WTF?! A soap dish? Didn’t that cheating wannabe environmentalist already write about a soap dish?” Well, actually, it was more like a soap holder, if you must know. That was when I was travelling a lot and had to get something to hold my bar of soap, so I bought a Radius recycled plastic carrying case.

However, two things have happened since then: 1) I lost it (sorry); and 2) I still need something to put my soap in for the bathroom, and would rather not have a container that needs opening and closing each time. So instead, I’ve got myself this cute little soap dishnot holder — that’s made from reclaimed chopsticks (actually, I got two, and gave one to my friend Jacob, who is very good about washing his hands before meals).

The coolest thing is, it’s collapsible, so if you want to take it with you on vacation, it folds up nice and neat in a snap. In fact, it could even be used as a makeshift comb, or an emergency falafel holder. Endless possibilities!

Talk to the hand, sanitizer (Day 244)…

October 30, 2007


There’s a lot of debate about whether hand sanitizers are as effective as soap and water, and if they are, whether or not they kill off too much friendly bacteria so we’re left with cruddy immune systems. Some say we should do away with them altogether, others say it depends on the brand and how much alcohol is used, and of course the folks that make it can tell you 99 reasons why it’s absolutely necessary.

Personally, I think hand sanitizers have their place in certain situations: In hospitals, or other areas where people are especially prone to catching a disease; when travelling in less-than-spic-n-span environments; or when soap and/or water aren’t available.

However, in my current state of affairs — healthy, living in a first-world country with ready access to soap and water — I really don’t need hand sanitizer. Yes, there are some natural brands like CleanWell or EO, but it’s better to go without any of that packaging.

So as of today, I’m going to have a germ party on my hands and everyone’s invited! (And, um, Dr. Bronner gets VIP access.)

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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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Nothing lingers on tea-soaked fingers (Day 224)…

October 10, 2007

tea leaves

When it comes to finding ideas for this blog, Green is Sexy is truly the gift that keeps on giving — and it’s wrapped in a reusable hemp bag, with a 100% post-consumer recycled card that has seeds embedded into it.

So yet again, I swallowed my pride, moseyed over there and snooped around in their filing cabinets until I found something good. Then, when they were busy refilling their Nalgene bottles with carbon-filtered tap water, I stole one of their ideas, submitted by Rebecca Boudin.

She says whenever she has a cup of green tea (which she buys loose and in bulk, natch), she saves the used leaves in a sealed container; then, whenever her fingers get all stinky and smelly from chopping garlic or onions, she’ll simply dip them into the tea leaves and presto — they’re clean and odour-free! No need for fancy hand soaps or sanitizers.

Because I often brew green tea at home, I’m going to make a point of doing this myself, which means I’ll be using less of my Method hand wash. Then, when the tea leaves get dry or start to smell weird themselves, I can just toss them into the compost bin. Hoorah!

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