Time for Lunch? Monday, May 2 2016 

In a perfect world, there’d be no laundry. And believe it or not, it may be the way of our, albeit, distant future.

As reported in the journal, Advanced Materials Inerfaces, researchers in Australia have discovered a way to embed minute flecks of silver and copper within cotton fabric. When exposed to light, the metal particles, called nanostructures, release bursts of energy that degrade organic matter on the fabric in about six minutes. The particles are invisible to the naked eye and don’t change the feel of the fabric. Nor do they rinse off in water.

This process is in the early stages of research. Studies have yet to determine how long it will take stains, such as ketchup and wine, to degrade in natural sunlight and if odors can be eliminated.

I don’t know about you, but I do laundry nearly every day. I’m already planning what will replace all that time I spend sorting, washing, drying, folding, hanging, and storing laundry. Maybe we can finally meet for lunch.


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©2016, Mary K Doyle

Libman Mop Review Tuesday, Jan 28 2014 


Odd as it may seem, one of the things that I’m excited about lately is my new mop. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. My floors are sparkling clean right now because I’ve been in a mopping frenzy.

Most of the main floor of my house is hardwood, and I want those floors clean, especially for my grandsons who sweep across them on hands and knees. I prefer not to clean them on my hands and knees but most mops leave them too wet, which is not good for hardwood.

The new Libman mop is the perfect solution. It has an attached bottle that I fill with vinegar and water and allows me to spray when and where I desire. The flat swivel mop is small enough to get into narrow spots but large enough to cover enough floor space. Best of all, the pad is washable. No need to spend money on disposable ones. Just remove the pad that adheres on the mop head like velcro, toss it in the laundry, and replace it.

If this mop is something you’d like, shop around for the best price. I paid $20 for mine at Meyers but see that it is more than twice that much on Amazon.

©2014, Mary K. Doyle

Totally Awesome Grout Cleaner Thursday, Sep 20 2012 

You get what you pay for is not always true. Sometimes you get less. Sometimes more.

LA’s Totally Awesome Grout cleaner gives you a whole lot more for your money. I’ve tried several products on our bathroom floors but haven’t found one that makes much difference – until now. Totally Awesome grout cleaner brightened the light colored grout better than anything I’ve tried.

Domestic Diva/Comic/Magician Ken Mate recommended the product to me. He found it in the dollar store! The cleaner really did work on white grout and for only a dollar.

Spray some on the grout and wait for about five minutes. Brush and wipe clean. You don’t even need much elbow grease. You can see the difference in this photo between the uncleaned grout to the left and the cleaned grout on the right.

Use the product with caution in rooms with little ventilation. The fragrance is light but it did trigger some asthma when I used it in one bathroom without a window.

©2012, Mary K. Doyle

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