Monthly Archives: June 2015

How to Go Dryer-Free & Love It


There are many environmentally friendly benefits to living in an urban apartment, condo or townhouse, but the use of a traditional backyard clothesline is usually not one of them. Instead, urban dwellers often feel forced to rely on an energy-slurping automatic clothes dryer, even though they dislike the impact that using it has on both the environment and their budget. It is possible to cut that cord, however, and these quick and easy tips from Mopfrog of North Buckhead will show you how.  

Why Opting Out of Dryer Use Matters

The home clothes dryer holds the dubious title of using more energy than most other home appliances. In fact, according to the Consumer Energy Center your dryer could be using as much as 6 percent of the total electricity consumed in your home. In homes where laundry is done several times per week, this number could be even higher.

To find out how much your dryer is costing you – and the environment – use this handy calculator. Simply enter the number of hours you normally use the dryer each time you do laundry, along with the wattage of the appliance and the cost per kilowatt hour your power company charges, then hit calculate. Be warned, because the answer may shock you. 

Drying Clothes Without a Dryer

If your apartment has a laundry room, installing an indoor clothesline is an ideal way to refrain from using the dryer. Because indoor clotheslines are retractable, they will not take up space when not in use. If your unit has no laundry room, get permission from your landlord to install a small retractable, clothesline in the bathroom, for example. 

A clothes drying rack is another way to dry laundry effectively when space is too limited for an indoor clothesline. Choose a sturdy, well made rack that can be easily folded up when not in use. Because they are portable, a clothes drying rack can be moved from room to room as needed, and can even be set up near heat vents in winter to speed drying and help add much needed humidity to the air of your home. 

An Unexpected Benefit

Lower power bills and a reduced carbon footprint are great reasons for opting out of using your clothes dryer, but you doing so will also help your clothing last longer and retain its good looks. The tumbling action of the dryer, along with the application of intense heat, damages clothing fibers and causes them to age quickly. With a smaller electricity bill, you will soon be enjoying more green in your wallet while helping to keep the environment healthy for everyone.

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Dishing the Dirt on Sponges

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Most of us take pride in keeping our homes, and particularly our kitchens, clean and fresh. Sadly, however, the sponges that we use in our daily cleaning routines may actually be responsible for spreading germs and bacteria that can endanger our health.

Soaking Up the Good and the Bad

The problem with sponges is also the reason we love them so much – they are the best invention ever for soaking up all types of liquid. Some of these liquids, like the juices from raw chicken, fish and meat can contain foodborne pathogens, like e-coli and salmonella. These pathogens then flourish within the sponge where they can contaminate other surfaces and cause serious illnesses or even death.

Booting Bacteria without Giving Up the Sponge

While choosing not to use sponges in the kitchen is one way to reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens, most of us are not ready to take that step. If you want to continue to use sponges, these tips from Mopfrog of Atlantic City will show you how to do so safely.

  • Keep them clean – make cleaning your sponge part of your daily kitchen cleanup routine by microwaving damp sponges for a full minute (add lemon for a fresh scent) or running the sponge through the dishwasher cycle along with the dishes (always choosing the heated drying cycle).
  • Keep them dry – when not in use sponges should be rinsed well, wrung dry and then placed in a mesh basket or other location where air can circulate freely around all sides to help prevent bacterial growth.
  • Keep them fresh and new – sponges are one item that should not be used for long periods of time, instead make it a point to toss sponges as soon as you detect any odor from them, and in any case, replace them every couple of weeks to be safe.

Limit Sponge Usage to Certain Areas

Even with regular cleaning and disinfecting, your sponges will likely still harbor some bacteria. To minimize risk of cross-contamination, make it a rule to never use sponges to wipe up raw meat juices, clean cutting boards or any food preparation areas or tools.

For these surfaces, choose to use organic cotton dishcloths that can be dedicated for this use only. These can be kept bacteria free more easily than sponges, by laundering them frequently with hot water, and then drying them completely in full sun or in a hot dryer to kill any remaining bacteria.

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Feeling Good About Shopping for “Green” Cleaners? You May Not Have All the Information


Manufacturer’s understand the power of green. In fact, according to a recent marketing research report, an estimated $600 million dollars of green cleaning products were sold last year, including both household cleaning products and laundry aids. Continued consumer interest combined with numbers like this leave no doubt that going green is an excellent marketing strategy. But this is not all good news.

The Underlying Problem with Green Marketing

While this focus by manufacturers on green marketing can be helpful in increasing awareness of environmental issues, it leaves out an important fact. Although many people do not realize it, there is very little actual regulation in place to make sure that cleaning products marketed as green are as environmentally safe as consumers are led to believe.

Confusing Terminology

The green marketing craze has resulted in several terms that are often used loosely in advertising, with no uniform definition of what the term means and to what degree. In other words, manufactures can use terms like “non-toxic”, “natural” and “organic” pretty much as they wish, usually without having to prove the authenticity of their claims.

Learning the Language of the Labels

Consumers who want to ensure that the “green” products they choose are really safer for human health and the environment should take some time to learn to decode the labels and look for seemingly harmless wording that manufacturers use, such as:

  • Optical brighteners – a laundry brightening aid, optical brighteners are actually chemicals, like triazine-stilbenes, that coat your clothing during the wash and can cause skin irritation.
  • Active ingredients – this term usually indicates that antimicrobial pesticides are added to kill viruses, mold, and bacteria during the cleaning process.
  • Biodegradable – although this is an indication that the cleaning product’s formula does biodegrade, the resulting chemicals and substances that result from the biodegrading process can damage the environment for years before being rendered harmless.

There are many more examples of terminology commonly used in marketing that is evasive, if not downright deceptive. To avoid harming your health and the planet, look for products that are certified by reputable third party organizations, such as EcoLogo, Green Seal™ and the EPA’s Safer Choice Label.

All Mopfrog franchises, like Mopfrog of Lunenburg, are committed to providing the highest standard of service. In order to maximize cleanliness and safeguard human health and the planet, we utilize certified eco-friendly cleaning products versus traditional, chemically intensive methods.

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