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December 13, 2013

Experts' Expert: Bounty paper towels are the best

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That's the opinion of one Sabrina Fierman, vice president of the cleaning firm New York's Little Elves.

She took New York Times reporter Tim McKeough shopping for cleaning supplies and dished about what she knows best.

Wrote McKeough in yesterday's paper, "To some, cleaning house means making a casual tour with the vacuum and taking a few jabs at the toilet with a soapy brush. Not Sabrina Fierman. As vice president of New York’s Little Elves, a cleaning firm used by many designers and contractors, she takes the job to a level that would satisfy the most obsessive germaphobe."

And: "'We come in with a crew and clean from top to bottom,' Ms. Fierman, 45, said. 'From ceilings to lights to baseboards to hardware. We pull drawers out and clean behind them. We use Q-tips and chopsticks wrapped with cotton rags to get into vents and grilles.'"

More: "Not surprisingly, she has plenty of advice on the subject. To start, she said, you don't need lots of specialized cleaners. Unless you're disinfecting, she said, 'you can almost clean the whole home with liquid Ivory soap or Dr. Bronner's Castile soap.'"

Finally: "As for paper towels, they aren't all created equal. 'We only use Bounty,' she said, 'because it doesn't disintegrate, fall apart, shed or leave fibers behind. If you're cleaning with a paper towel that falls apart, you're just creating more work.'"

Tell you what: no more Scott at chez Gray Cat: we're moving to Bounty in a furry yoctosecond.

Have some.

December 13, 2013 at 08:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (8) | TrackBack

Glass with Lid

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From the website:

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What is better than something this simple?

You can of course use it for drinks!

And it is perfect for constructing a moss terrarium too.

Glass: 3.3"H x 2.7"Ø

Lid: 0.4"H x 2.8"Ø

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$20.

December 13, 2013 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Who is this?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: the photo was taken in the mid-80s.

December 13, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack

Blank Wall Clock

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A 2010 design by Martí Guixé.

From the website:

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With this clock, you can write down your dreams, sentences, names, notes, for whenever and wherever you think they belong.

15.75"Ø x 2"D.

Includes pen.

Aluminum.

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$167.

December 13, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Deer out back — silent and incredibly close (with a guest appearance by Gray Cat) through Google Glass

YouTube caption: The deer out here have no fear.

And you can quote me.

December 13, 2013 at 04:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

bookofjoe's Favorite Thing: Ultra-fine Tweezers

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Endless uses for this excellent, specialized device outside the splinter and ingrown hair space.

Need to grasp or move something super delicate and tiny?

This is your tool.

Beautiful to look at and wonderfully comfortable and easy to use.

$11.27.

December 13, 2013 at 12:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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