Soap News: Microbeads and the Environment

Heather says

We spend a lot of time on here talking about cleaning things. Today those things will include you. A few years ago I mentioned the Voluntary Ban on Phosphorous in Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. While I don’t think this particular bill that will ban the use of microbeads in personal care products by 2018 will have quite the same effect, I thought I should mention it.

How to Choose Absorbent Towels

Dear Home-Ec 101,

I have a question about towels. Is there any way to tell when you buy a bath towel (or any towel for that matter) if it will be absorbent? I’ve purchased many 100% cotton towels over the years.

iRobot Roomba 530 Review

Heather says:

I shouldn’t have so much affection for a robot.

There, I said it.

I am far too fond of this vacuum, heck it even has a name. Internetz meet Gertie, my newest minion¹:

Roomba 530

Do you remember the story, There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury?

Revisiting the Voluntary Ban on Phosphorus in Dishwasher Detergent

Dear Home-Ec 101:

A few months ago Heather wrote a post on the voluntary phosphorus ban in dishwashing detergent.  I don’t recall offhand if Texas is under that ban, but regardless I can’t buy phosphorus detergent anymore.  My cousin found a website that offers Cascade with phosphorus but hasn’t tried it out yet. 

The Thrifty Male

Brian says:

It’s hard, I know. Send a woman to any corner of the planet with just $50 and a dream, and she’ll come back with what seems like sacks of clothes, shoes and trinkets.

Send one of us to do the same thing and we’ll probably come back with one “really nice” pair of $49.99 jeans.