Friday wrap-up:

I’ve written before about the many joys of baking soda, but there’s an entire book out there dedicated to “Resourceful and Ingenious Uses of Baking Soda.” It’s free online, so feel free to check it out. (via The Simple Dollar)

Verda Vivo posted “50 ways to help the planet” today. I noted that I have switched to cotton swabs with a paper core (one of the items) — which, I believe, are compostable. A few other comments on the list:

  • It suggests “skip the coffee stirrer” — if you put your cream and sugar in the cup, then pour the coffee in, the swirling/pouring motion will do the stirring for you – no stirrer needed.
  • It says “use one less paper napkin” — a great reminder in public restaurants to not automatically grab a huge stack of napkins. With today’s large-purse trend, I’ve found it’s easy to carry an old cloth napkin in my purse — good for napkin use or for drying hands in public restrooms (Little Cheap usually looks at me first to see if I have my personal towel before reaching for a paper one). At home, I’ve only used cloth napkins ever since my first apartment. It feels nicer — and sure, eventually they get stained from tomato sauce or something, but then they just join the rag bag.

This person compared prices at a farmer’s market and her local supermarket. Her commenters point out that this isn’t the best time of year to do such a comparison. Have you noticed any pricing trends?

Yale University’s cafeteria is turning to composting. This report says they’re composting vegetable waste and napkins, with a local hog farmer picking up meat and dairy waste for his pigs. Now will the pigs be smarter … or talk like Rory from Gilmore Girls?


4 thoughts on “Friday wrap-up:

  1. Jenny says:

    I think baking soda is my favorite pantry staple (and I’ve really put a lot of thought into it, it keeps me up some nights). I actually talked myself out of vacuuming my house for about 2 weeks because I was out of baking soda to sprinkle on the carpets first.

    Hmmm, perhaps some things I really should just keep to myself….

  2. Condo Blues says:

    My favorite baking soda cleaning trick is to sprinkle baking soda over baked on crud under my oven burners. Then I pour a capful of vinegar on the baking soda. The bubbling baking soda cleans the baked on greasy crud better than any commercial cleaner around.

  3. erin says:

    I was trying to save some money and used a coupon to buy some cotton swabs recently. It was not the brand I use. And, ack! It turns out I bought the ones with the plastic core. Not only do I not think they work as well (too flexible) but I cringe every time I throw one away. I hadn’t thought of composting them (which I can’t do anyway since they have a plastic core). But now I feel like I am stuck with all 472 of them!!! I can’t exactly bring them back (I have already used some).

    Drat. That will teach me…

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