Day #152: Shower Curtain

I love taking showers. I do my best thinking there. But I always felt disgusted by a plastic shower curtain liner: the smell, the clinging, the inevitable mold, the frequent need to purchase another one. We’ve been using a cotton duck shower liner for more than 10 years. They used to be hard to find but not anymore. Purchase one that’s a hefty fabric (sometimes called industrial grade). Unbleached cotton is preferable. We wash it every couple of weeks. It’s a liner. It gets wet but it dries quickly and it keeps water from spraying beyond the fabric. There’s a decorative fabric shower curtain facing the bathroom. One more way to keep plastic out of our waste stream.

cotton duck shower curtain

Day #140: A Long Reach

I am my mother’s daughter. She loved gadgets and I follow in her wake. You may have surmised by now that I will search relentlessly for just the right tool to make cleaning and maintenance easier. We have a vaulted ceiling and several nooks and crannies that are impossible to reach, even with a ladder and a dust mop. My checklist: 1) it should use our washable flannel-fingered dust cloths (an earlier post), 2) it should reach at least six feet, 3) it should have no plastic parts. Finally, I found the closest thing I could. I am grateful that we will at long last have dust-free (and arachnid-free) corners and ceilings that can be cleaned easily and regularly. This Swiffer duster has a six-foot reach. It easily accommodates those reusable flannel dusters. The expanding pole is aluminum, but It does have a plastic handle and a plastic swivel mechanism. How to justify buying plastic? Well, if we refrain from using the duster for sword play practice, it should last for the rest of our lives. We won’t put this plastic back into the waste stream. Not a perfect solution, but very close.