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@cricket In a perfect world, it would be that simple.  I don't understand why all washing machines and dishwashers don't come with an easily removable and cleanable filter.  Could it be because they want you to call in and pay an "expert"?

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Neill @Neill Thank you. You have no idea how much your second to last sentence means to me today. :-)

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Jennifer It's so great to be able to do things ourselves.  :-)

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Jennifer Jennifer, did you get it off?  Sorry I didn't see this post until now.  I don't remember now how I got it off... it was so long ago.

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Dr G Thank you. I am totally forwarding this comment to Michael.

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@ajb353 It's now March 2015, and the machine is still alive and well!

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@kkc masterpiece How did it go?  :-)

1 week ago on How to Take Apart and Clean a Stinky Kenmore (Whirlpool) Top Loading Washer

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@Mel I believe it's made from a corn-based plastic.  Still plastic.  And as far as I know, it doesn't have any compostable certifications, so I'm not sure it's actually compostable in normal circumstances.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@MelissaGraves Which liquors specifically?  Most hard liquor is available in glass.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@Sarah Hi Sarah.  What's to stop you from reusing their containers/bags and putting food in glass when you get home? Just do it without asking.  I'm guessing, if you're subtle about it, they won't even know.  

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@mariana1 Hi.  First, I would attempt to find the product or something similar without plastic.  Barring that, I do think it's worthwhile to switch the packaging when you get home, just because it's so much more pleasant to live in a plastic-free environment.  Buy you're right that much of the damage has probably already been done.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@Ruby HI.  I don't have specific information about Invisalign, and I did use that product years ago before I became aware of the problems with plastic.  Today, I would not opt for Invisalign.  In addition to concerns about possible chemicals leaching into my mouth, Invisalign produces a tremendous amount of waste, as each set is discarded every week or two.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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I've been drinking coffee with grassfed butter and coconut oil in the morning for that post month, and I don't need to eat again until 1pm. I make a spicy coffee "chai mocha" by also adding 1tsp each cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cayenne, 2 tsp cocoa, 1/8 tsp black pepper, pinch of stevia, and 1/4 tsp vanilla. I keep it from exploding by putting the solid/dry ingredients in the blender with a little coffee, starting the blender, and adding the rest of the coffee gradually through the hole in the lid.

Okay, now I'm going to look for your kimchi recipe.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Health Benefits of Buttered Drinks (Recipes)

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@mhburchard Hi.  This is an old post about an event that happened in July.  Hopefully, we'll do it again this year.  I don't know if there will be a fee.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Join Me in Berkeley and Around the World For Plastic-Free July

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@collinsRyan This is one I have not solved.  I bought a bamboo case, and it broke immediately.  Then, I was living without a case, and I dropped my phone and broke the screen so bad it would not work.  I had to replace the phone.  So now I have a heavy duty plastic Otter case because I figure protecting the phone will save more resources in the long run than breaking it and having to replace it.  But if anyone else has a better answer, I'd love to hear it!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@cocoricoucou I haven't found any natural rubber boots that were also natural on the inside... they all seem to be lined with or contain some synthetic material.  So I chose the ones that can be recycled at the end of their lives.  But I don't think there is a perfect answer.

3 months ago on Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

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@bluespinningplanet Thanks for the tips and the book recommendations!

3 months ago on Gardening Without Plastic, Part 2: Planting and Replanting

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Interesting. Do sassafras twigs taste like root beer?

3 months, 1 week ago on Verdict on Neem Chew Stick Toothbrushes

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Betsy, you should ask for a tour. You're not far from the processing hub!

3 months, 1 week ago on GreenCitizen does more than recycle your e-waste

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@jaytoolman92 That's correct.  It's not a good idea to reuse plastic bottles.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@jeannie2 Cool boots!  Jeannie, I've had wet feet in the winter for 25 years!!!  This latest rain storm was the last straw.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Kamik Recycled and Recyclable Rain Boots

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@Sunstreaker Hi.  I'm not a vet, so I can't really answer your question about diarrhea.  There's not really gravy. 

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Less Impact Cats eat homemade food

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@Anonynmous242 Actually, you are incorrect.  The people in this world who are the most affected by toxic chemicals are those in poor communities.  

3 months, 2 weeks ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@Plants rule The owner of the plastic bag factory told me his were made with chicken fat.  I assume he knows what ingredients he is using.  Plastic "recycling" is very energy intensive compared to not using the stuff in the first place.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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@foologins  I spoke to Robert Bateman, owner of Roplast Industries, Inc. in Oroville, CA, on August 27,2010.  

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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@BonnieHildebrand Hi.  I never found time to write it.  I spoke with Robert Bateman, owner of Roplast Industries, Inc. in Oroville, CA, on August 27,2010.

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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@Larue I'm not sure what point you are making.  None of us is perfect, yet we are doing the best we can and sharing knowledge.  How is that hypocritical?

3 months, 4 weeks ago on Is There Animal Fat in Your Plastic Bag?

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Cans are actually lined with BPA or other plastic coating to keep them from corroding.  I avoid metal food and beverage cans (even beer cans) for that reason.  

4 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 2

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Hi Raven.  The way I store bread is in a cloth bag inside a Life Without Plastic airtight container in the refrigerator.  It lasts several weeks that way.  This is the container:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2013/12/my-favorite-useful-airtight-stainless-steel-kitchen-container/

4 months ago on Plastic Challenge: Raven, Week 1

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@AzraelBCollin I try to obtain those things secondhand, borrow and share, fix things when they break instead of replacing, etc.  All ways to reduce our carbon footprint in general.  Cheers!

4 months, 1 week ago on Home

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@Redbird46 Hi.  It's interesting that you feel most of the ideas here seem to be geared towards homeowners, because I am not a homeowner and all of the ideas here are things that I do myself.  In fact, reducing my plastic consumption was one thing I felt I could do since I don't own my home and am not in a position to make changes to the actual structure of the building.  I agree with you about voting.  I agree that personal changes are not enough.  However they are important.  Here's why:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/01/8-reasons-why-personal-changes-matter/



4 months, 1 week ago on Home

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@mojackson10 I don't use the plastic Klean Kanteen cap because I don't know what chemicals are in it.  Better safe than sorry.

4 months, 1 week ago on BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals.

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@fritzlinda What are the crates made out of?

4 months, 1 week ago on About Me

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@itissunny I'm so glad you used it as an opportunity to engage someone in a conversation about plastic!

4 months, 1 week ago on When a Plastic-Free Book is Covered in Plastic

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Right now, I'm using baking soda with added essential oils: peppermint, tea tree, cinnamon, and clove. After brushing, I mix some with water to rinse and gargle. It's great.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Plastic-Free Dental Floss? Not Quite.

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@Redbird46 Hi. See if any of these options work for you:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2010/02/collecting-garbage-without-plastic-trash-bags/

6 months ago on Home

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Hi. Will any of these options (at the bottom) work for you? http://thesoftlanding.com/safer-food-dehydrator-shopping-guide/

6 months ago on Home

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@jeanniepham There was a conflict with one of my plugins, which I disabled.  Unfortunately, the blog loads slower after disabling that plugin, but at least it loads.  When I get back from Burning Man, I will fix it.  :-)


7 months ago on Ask eBay to Stop Recommending Plastic Bubble Wrap to Sellers

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@zambooka It's actually an old ice bucket I found at a yard sale.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@AneCristi Absolutely.  In fact, I have a post coming up on this very topic.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@Shayna Keil You guys are doing a great job.  But regarding the olive oil soap toothpaste -- I actually did try it a while back, and I personally couldn't hack it.  Everyone's different.  Some people swear by it, but I couldn't do it without gagging.  I just couldn't handle the taste -- even in tooth chips that have flavoring in them.  Here's the post I wrote about it:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/08/searching-for-the-perfect-all-natural-plastic-free-toothpaste-or-powder-or-soap-or/

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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@Maddiey Yes!  Toothy Tabs are great.  I didn't realize I hadn't updated that portion of this list.  I'll do it right away.  Cheers!  (Here's my review of them, by the way.   http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/08/searching-for-the-perfect-all-natural-plastic-free-toothpaste-or-powder-or-soap-or/)

7 months, 2 weeks ago on 100 Steps to a Plastic-Free Life

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Hi Robyn.  Welcome to the challenge!


The thing about "tins" is that they are coated inside with a plastic lining that usually contains BPA.  I personally avoid them.  


There are lots of personal care suggestions on this website.  


Check out the Plastic-Free Guide:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/  


And relevant categories:  


http://myplasticfreelife.com/category/plastic-free-products/cosmetics/


http://myplasticfreelife.com/category/plastic-free-products/deodorant/


http://myplasticfreelife.com/category/plastic-free-products/hair-care/


As for cheese, I'm wondering if you can find unwrapped wheels of cheese?  That is what I buy and either grate and freeze portions or share with friends.


http://myplasticfreelife.com/2011/03/how-to-buy-and-keep-cheese-fresh-without-plastic/
 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Robyn Minogue, Week 1

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I think I'm going to have to try this:  http://bottleworld.net/?p=637

7 months, 2 weeks ago on A Tale of Two Plastic-Free Salad Spinners

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Hi, welcome to the challenge!  Yes, I definitely have suggestions for you.  Natracare makes compostable pads and tampons.  But also, have you considered reusable pads?  Or menstrual cups?  Here's my post about feminine hygiene:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/12/plastic-free-feminine-hygiene-it-had-to/


I use a metal safety razor.  Here's my post about that:  http://myplasticfreelife.com/2007/08/plastic-free-shaving-part-1/


My friend Mark makes his own catsup.  I included the recipe in my book.  :-)  But there are also brands you can find in glass bottles -- usually in natural food stores and coops.


Cheers!  Let us know your progress!


Beth

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Plastic Challenge: Gray, Week 1

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@Stevi Thank you!

8 months ago on About Me

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