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Green Cleaning Tips

January 21, 2015

Enjoy this advice from one of the greenest cleaners we know Debra Lynn Dadd dubbed “Queen of Green” by the New York Times, and the author of Home Safe Home. It’s her business to keep us from inhaling a lungful of the neurotoxins and carcinogens found in many household products–tetrachloroethylene, sodium sulfate and haptane, to name a few

Cleaning floors? 
DLD: I have hardwood floors and usually all I need to do is use a damp mop. We take a preventive approach with regular vacuuming, so dirt doesn’t get ground into the floors.

Cleaning polished natural stone?
DLD: Aqua Mix Sealer’s Choice Gold was recommended by one of my readers.

Cleaning a bathtub?
DLD: I use Bon Ami.

Cleaning windows?
DLD: I use vinegar and water, half and half, in a spray bottle.

Cleaning toilets?
DLD: I like to use borax or baking soda or vinegar or Bon Ami.

Drain cleaners?
DLD: It’s been so long since I’ve cleaned a drain. I have these little fine mesh strainers on my drains and they really work. It really has been years since I’ve had a clogged drain.

Have we missed any of your favorite green cleaning products?  Let us know

Brainy, Cocktail Chatter, MISS University

Bronze – The Miracle Metal

August 7, 2012

You’ve heard about the healing qualities of Copper right? Well, bronze is an mixture of metals including copper. For centuries copper rings, bracelets and necklaces have been worn for their medical properties to alleviate arthritis, and improve skin tone and clear up infections in the throat or eyes.

In ancient Egypt copper was used to purify the water, today hospitals (as in the door knobs) use copper  to prevent the spread of disease and homeowners are getting into the fun with copper in their bathrooms and kitchens.

We liked how this Hardware store in Kentucky summed up the benefits.

A recent study at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, has shown that when hospitals switched to copper sink fixtures, toilet seats and push plates, the copper had 95% fewer germs on their surfaces. This study led to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registering copper and its alloys as the first solid materials as antimicrobial.


In early 2008, the EPA registered five groups of copper and copper alloys as antimicrobial, stating that when cleaned regularly, copper alloy surfaces kill more than 99.9% of several bacteria known to be harmful to humans within two hours. The organisms tested included:

  • Staphylococcus aureus — also known as golden staph, this is the most common cause of staph infections.
  • Escherichia coli O157:H7 — a strain of the bacterium Escherichia coli and a cause of food-borne illnesses.
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) — a “superbug” bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans.


Cocktail Chatter, Gorgeous

We're Back!

March 19, 2012

MISS us? We missed you, but while we were ‘offline’ we’ve been busy; updating our look—do you like it— reorganizing our content, adding new post categories (and sub categories) and making lots of plans to continue offering relevant, expert-tested content.

Not to bore you with details (insert yawn) but our editorial calendar goes a little something like this: we will be starting off your week with posts that are fun and inspirational like a new uplifting study on happiness, or positive news on the economy. Midweek will be topics to ‘chew on’ (literally). We will be including more DIY recipes, and fun facts on nutrition and health. In our new sections, EZ-DiY, Gorgeous and Nourish you’ll find tidbits such as tested product reviews, and more researched studies that we promise will make your life more simple and fabulous.

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As usual we want to tie in a fun fact to MISS being back. Apparently we are not the only beautiful thing that is making a comeback… Check out this recent article from National Geographic about the oldest plant to ever to be regenerated—grown from 32,000-year-old seeds—beating the previous record holder by some 30,000 years.

Thanks for reading and please let us know what you like/ don’t like about our new website.

From the Misses,

Mimi and Somer

Brainy, MISS University, News to Use

WORD! We Give You the gift of Beauty

December 22, 2011

The science of difraction poetry in the grass by John W. Hall

We want to share this moment of time captured in this photo of a blade of grass taken on Mount Tam in Marin County, CA.  After a couple minutes of contemplation … we hope you feel joy and peace in the appreciation of this splendid demonstration of beauty. For the complete slide show click here.

OK – and one quick grammar lesson for your next ‘gifting’ occasion. After listening to yet another witty podcast by one of our fav. wordsmiths, Grammar Girl on the use of the word ‘gift’ as a verb. As in “I’m going to gift you a diamond ring” or “He is going to gift one million dollars to a charity.” Here’s the skinny. the proper word to use is give.  As in give me a break and stop using the word gift as a verb ;)

We are so grateful for all of your follows, notes, tweets, retweets and attention. We wish you a very happy holiday – and look forward to reconnecting in 2012.