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Soap nuts

I’ve been doing our laundry with soap nuts. They grow on trees. They’re dried shells of a fruit. They look funny and smell funny, but they work pretty well. The laundry comes out smelling clean and feeling soft. Even my line-dried bath towels are less crunchy. They’re almost soft. And they smell like clean, line-dried, […]

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I’m amazed. I read about using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning on some of the housekeeping blogs, and I wrote it off as being like coupon clipping — something that probably wouldn’t work all that well (for me, at least) and that would be a hassle and would end with weariness, frustration, disappointment, and […]

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Books on tape

When I’m cooking and cleaning up around the house I like to listen to books on tape from the library.

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Folding laundry by moonlight

I went outside as it was getting dark to unpin the laundry from the clothesline. While I was folding it and setting it in the basket, I looked up and saw the moon through the branches of the big tree in our back yard.

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Folding laundry

Folding laundry and watching The French Chef

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Back yard clothesline

One of our friends spent about five minutes at a holiday party trying to convince me that I should start drying my clothes on a clothes line. We have a back yard and plenty of space, and it would save energy and be good for the planet, and just think about how good all that […]

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