This blog post was inspired by my readers – over the past couple of months it has been hands down the most frequently asked laundry question: people want to know which natural laundry detergents work best and how to choose the one that will best fit their needs.
I just recently posted about Ecover dishwasher tabs and mentioned our cheap old Maytag dishwasher. Well… it had a good life, but recently started acting up and we chose to replace it with a brand new Bosch 800 Series dishwasher. I never really loved the Maytag, but with all the negative reviews you find online it was a little terrifying to pick out a replacement. Nonetheless I decided to go with the Bosch since as you might know I tend to prefer European appliances, and here are my first impressions.
My laundry blog posts have been mostly devoted to detergents recently, so I thought I’d change things up a little and put together this step by step tutorial on how to clean a condenser dryer. If you’ve read my Miele W3038 review you probably know that I also own the corresponding condenser dryer – the Miele T8023C. Unlike the more common in the US type of vented dryer condensers do not blow the air outside and do not require any kind of special connection other than a 220V electric plug. They also require a different kind of maintenance, which I’m going to illustrate in this tutorial.
Just a couple of weeks ago one of my Canadian readers sent me a note to let me know that they had gone searching for Persil only to find that it wasn’t available in Canada. For some reason I was sure that the detergent would have launched at the same time in both the US and Canada, but apparently that wasn’t the case.
Last week my husband came home from work and announced that he had a black shoe polish stain on the cuff of his white Brooks Brothers dress shirt. Apparently he had decided to clean up his shoes before an important meeting, but things didn’t quite go as planned. My reaction? Yay, a laundry challenge! Something tells me this is not the way normal people react to such things, but I’m sure you, my blog readers, will understand.
This is not my first time writing about Ecover Dishwasher tablets – they were actually listed as one of my top 10 green and natural cleaners for the kitchen in a post that I wrote a couple of years ago. In fact, they were the very first item on that list – that’s how much I like them! But since not everyone who has recently started following my blog has gone that far back and read that entry, I thought they could use their own dedicated blog post. Have I mentioned that I really, really like these little guys?
Now, let me start off by saying that the kitchen is one area of the house where I choose to only use “green” cleaners. We do a lot of cooking and eating at home, so it’s imperative for me that everything that comes into contact with food be safe: dishes, counters, the sink and pretty much every other surface in the kitchen. Whether we like it or not, cleaning supplies will leave some amount of residue behind, and if you cook your own food (or eat out of your own dishes), that residue is eventually going to come into contact with food and get ingested. So I would encourage everyone to “go green” in the kitchen, especially when there are so many great options available that aren’t much more expensive than conventional cleaning supplies and are equally effective.