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    December 19, 2019 @ 12:56 pm

    To the mentions of rubber gloves I would like to add: Ansell Alphatec Solvex 37-185 Nitrile elbow length gloves. I have used them for years in my bronze casting studio for patina work, but one day I brought a pair home for dishwashing and other household cleaning jobs, and they have been fantastic. Getting dishwater down inside rubber gloves is unpleasant, but it never happens with these, as they are so long. They are not flocked, but I do not find that to be a disadvantage. I have had one pair in service at home for five years with no sign of wear. They are 22 ml thick, but I find them flexible enough for most all tasks. Because they are sold for industrial–not domestic–use, most vendors sell only in case lots, but I buy single pairs from my industrial supplier, R.S. Hughes, and their price is low, less than $6 a pair. You may never go back to the junky gloves sold at the supermarket.


  2. p
    December 30, 2019 @ 8:18 pm

    I second, or third, the endorsement of Bar-Keepers Friend. Two other cleaning products have changed my life: The O-Cedar rag mop (from Home Depot and probably other sources) comes with a foot-operated salad-spinner in its bucket—no stooping to wring nasty water by hand, no sponge to get torn up after a few uses. The joint between mop and handle is very flexible so it flattens out to go beneath low-lying furniture and swivels to clean vertical surfaces like the sides of bathtubs. Oxyclean is the other miracle and it has a gazillion uses beyond laundry. I used to scrub our rough stone kitchen floor on my hands and knees and still never felt it was clean. The first time I used Oxyclean on it, to my amazement the original color, several shades lighter, was revealed. Also, I wouldn’t recommend this except in an emergency, but on Chistmas Eve I turned my hands charcoal grey while polishing silver gloveless (what was I thinking?) and Oxyclean was the only thing that got them clean before guests arrived.


  3. Casey
    January 3, 2020 @ 5:05 am

    This OXO cold brew coffee maker is my favorite, though you might have to build a special shelf to keep it off of your counter:
    (It doesn’t need paper filters, not sure why they are sold with it.)
    You only need 100-200 ml per day, so it lasts a long time, has a trendy beaker, and tastes AMAZING. Replace two coffee makers with one!
    Getting castor oil now for my ezcema-prone son. I make him moisturizer (coconut oil, shea butter, some essential oils, beeswax (which FYI is not a substitute for lentils in soup)), which protects but doesn’t heal if eczema comes in.


  4. Tal
    January 25, 2020 @ 12:33 am

    Hi Victoria,

    Are you willing to share where you shop for those amazing clothes?



  5. Bekah
    May 16, 2020 @ 9:17 am

    Oh my gosh, the castor oil! Thank you SO much for sharing that! I’d never heard of using castor oil as a face moisturizer, but lately my skin has been very dry and also very picky about what I use to moisturize it (breaking out easily). This is a game changer. So grateful! Thank you!


  6. Lee
    September 3, 2020 @ 4:13 pm

    Do you dilute the castor oil with anything? Other oils? Use it straight?


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