These brushes have been waiting for a proper soap-soak-&-rinse-treatment for a long time.
Clean brushes deserve clean pouches.
Whenever I tell people that I am cleaning the shower curtain that has developed a yellow and stiff seam at the bottom over time, I hear the same answers and questions:
Either "What? You clean it? Why not throw it away and simply buy a new one at IKEA for 3,99?"
"What? You can clean it? How do you clean it? How do you do it? I always thought you have to throw it away when it gets these stains at the seam)
I start with a soaking bath with Bleach Alternative (by The Laundress. you could as well use real bleach, the curtain does not mind), followed by a gentle wash cycle, using a mild detergent in the washing machine. No tumbling. Hang to dry, iron "cool" if desired et voila, it looks perfect, just as new.
The first step: soaking in Bleach Alterantive
I can not beat 3,99 EUR. But those 3,99 EUR are never the actual cost of a shower curtain. Or, to put it in other words: some one else has to pay the price for this curtain, if not me.
The main reason why I like to take care of my stuff is not so much about saving CO2, but about accomplishing good things with very little effort.
While I was standing in the bathroon, rubbing the stained cosmetic pouches with cheap hair shampoo (nothing removes greasy make up stains as easily as silicone-free hair shampoo) I wondered: How many people in Vienna wash their cosmetic pouches? How many just toss them and buy a new one at H&M? I assume the majority goes and buys a new one.
Brushes, laid out, resting, slowly drying
My special task force, developed over time with a lot of experience.
From left to right: MAC brush cleanser for the soak after shampooing, Bleach Alternative and Stain Solution for the textiles.
This Mister was been a big help so far, getting all these things done. :-)
Looking out the window, I noticed that this day has changed dramaticallywhile I was busy.
Gear wheels with cobwebs at the Speicherstadt, Hamburg, September 2013
The people in Hamburg will have a rough night tonight. Nothing like the mild evening as pictured here.
The city will be ready when the storm flood caused by Xaver, the storm, will hit Germany's second largest city tonight. For the inhabitants of Hamburg this event is nothing extraordinary at all. Storm floods happen from time to time, mostly during the winter months. This time the storm flood will be very severe, with water levels way above the normal level of the river Elbe.
The whole development project "Harbour City" right at the river Elbe has been built on safe grounds, well, rather heights than grounds. After the storm flood in 1962 developers had to calculate with flood events. Water as high as 5 meters above normal level should be no problem. At least that's what the experts kept saying today.
These containers have been accompanying the Elbphilharmonie-lot longer than projected. I wonder if they already shut down the construction site until further notice? Would those containers be a safe place for a lunch break? Probably NOT. Schools have been closed in Hamburg today. Gruner+Jahr, one of the biggest publishers in Germany, probably Europe, asked all employees to leave work and go home in the early afternoon, it was getting risky.
The building below belongs to the harbour authority (police? I think so!)
and is going to be flooded if not flooded already. The flood protection
structure starts behind this building, which is part of the
The flood protection facilities have been partly under construction this summer. It is a major project in the city of Hamburg and consists of walls and doors that close in case of an emergency and dikes that will hopefully resist the water.
In Vienna nasty cold gusts slapped me in my face on my ride home from work while in Glasgow, Scotland, the Central Railwaystation, where I arrived last
summer, had to be evacuated, due to debris falling from the broken glass
roof. The fact that I could still ride the bike and move forward shows how mild the storm is down here, compared to Northern Europe. No doubt, this year's autumn season finally resigned.
Stay warm and dry!
PS: Click twice on the photos to find some magnificent details within the photos.
Stairs leading down to the water (picture #2), fine mesh of the metal hoses in picture (picture #4) Enjoy!
Looking outside the window, it is obvious: autumn does not want to hand over to winter yet.
When have bushes been wearing bright yellow coats like this on a first Advent sunday?
And the lawn is so green! Bwt, blue compliments yellow really well:
Over weeks I have been circling around these spoons. I grew up with these spoons. These grapefruit-spoons speak "USA 1970's".
Later I complemented the spoons with a Lefty's-grapefruit-knife. My
problem is: I quit eating grapefruits about a decade ago, but I could
not toss the spoons away. Probably because they are so ugly special.
As of today, these spoons are history. Besides this one photo as a memorabilia, to remember the bitter taste of the waxed grapefruit peel, that somehow always mixed in, even though I never touched the peel with the spoon.
Taking photos of formerly beloved stuff facilitates de-cluttering processes and of course writing is therapeutical in any case. :-)