25 September 2008

maggie's nuts and nellie's balls

Hey, keep it clean!
We're talking laundry here.

Maggie's Soap Nuts

Wait a minute. Nuts that clean laundry? Well, almost -- the nut in this case is actually the dried fruit of the Chinese soapberry tree. The fruit contains saponin, a natural cleaner that's been in use for millenia.

Soap nuts contain no additional ingredients (just nuts!). And if used in cold water, they can be re-used multiple times before discarding (you can throw 'em in your compost pile!). Your box of nuts also includes a cotton wash sack and a pair of seed earrings made by Balinese artisans. Read all the FAQs about Maggie's Soap Nuts here.

Get a 50-load box of soap nuts here.

Eco-bonus: In suffering rural economies Soapberry trees are cut down and sold as lumber and firewood to feed hungry families. Maggie’s Pure Land reserves the Soapberry harvest years in advance, providing families with guaranteed income from living Soapberry trees.

Nellie's Dryerballs

I came across Nellie's Dryerballs on a website the other day and I can't keep my mind off of them. These nubby little things actually reduce dryer time by up to 25% while acting as a chemical-free fabric softener. They also reduce lint and wrinkles as they speed up the drying process. Oh, and they have a two-year manufacturer's guarantee. I need to get some of these!

UPDATE: I'm not sure I'd recommend these, now that I know they are made of PVC. I also don't know if I'd recommend tennis balls, because of the potential for residual smell on your clothes. But I just found these wool dryer balls on Apartment Therapy, and a DIY version here.

(Surprisingly, Maggie and Nellie are not in cahoots.)

sip, sip, aaah

There's something so comforting about a warm, spicy cup of tea on an overcast day. Right now I'm sipping one of my favorites, Red Chai Masala from Organic India. It's caffeine-free and has rooibos (aka, African red bush) tea, which I've read has more antioxidants than green tea.

Organic India has a whole line of Tulsi teas -- green, peppermint, honey chamomile, lemon ginger, and more -- that all contain Tulsi or holy basil. Tulsi is considered "The Queen of Herbs" in India for its healing properties, like immune system support and stress relief.

Organic India is dedicated to organic and sustainable farming practices and promoting healthy, conscious living. Learn more about their philosphies here.

You can get Tulsi tea here.

The position of human beings will improve to the extent that they behave with humility towards others.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

(Oh, I just sipped the last drop. Gonna brew some more!)