Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

created at: 03/13/2012

It’s an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes… they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I’m allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes. Continue Reading

The Zipper Cup.

Zipper Cup

The modern interlocking zipper was perfected in 1914 by Swedish-born Gideon Sundback. “Sundbäck developed a version based on interlocking teeth, the “Hookless No. 2″, which was the modern metal zipper in all its essentials. In this fastener each tooth is punched to have a dimple on its bottom and a nib or conical projection on its top. The nib atop one tooth engages in the matching dimple in the bottom of the tooth that follows it on the other side as the two strips of teeth are brought together through the two Y channels of the slider.”

The modern Zipper Cup was perfected sometime in the late aughts by MEGAWING. Continue Reading

How to Get Your Dishwasher to Actually Clean Your Dishes.

I know, I know. It seems entirely counterintuitive. It seems a bit lazy. Perhaps even unsanitary.

But the reason your dishwasher isn’t getting all your flat- and serveware entirely clean?

Pre-rinsing it. Huh.

” ‘Pre-rinsing dishes is a big mistake,” said John Dries, a mechanical engineer and the owner of Dries Engineering, an appliance design consulting company in Louisville, Ky. “People assume that the dishwasher will perform better if you put in cleaner dishes, and that’s not true. Continue Reading

How To Set A Table

I've never been much for following the “rules” of domesticity, but it's always good to know some of the old tricks. I picked this one up working at a fancy-schmancy restaurant in college.

1. Begin by placing the dinner plate directly in front of the seat. If using a placemat, position it squarely and place the plate on top, directly in the center.

2. Fold the napkin and lay it, with the folded edge to the left, on the left side of the dinner plate.
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