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Display Name: Camie83
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Regarding the "natural cleaners"... please keep in mind that not all products that are isolated from plants are harmless... in fact tea tree oil (the terpenes and phenols in it) can harm your cat or dog, for example if you spray the bathtub regularly with it, the cat walks over it and licks its feet clean, taking up small amounts of the oil every time. Tea tree oil is a potent contact allergen for humans. It can cause gynecomastia in adolescent boys. Essential oils are, after all, just mixtures of organic chemicals.

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3/18/10 09:12 AM

I live in germany and have never seen an exhaust fan in a bathroom with a window (only in windowless ones), have never seen a dehumidifier installed there and have never experienced problems with mold.
I leave the bathroom door closed during my shower to keep the moisture in the bathroom. After my shower i wipe the tiles and the bathtub with a microfiber cloth and open the window for about 10 minutes (maybe 5 minutes in winter). Then I open the bathroom door to allow remaining moisture to distribute in the whole apartment.
In contrast, I once had a bathroom without windows but with an exhaust fan and had constant problems with mold.

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3/18/10 04:29 AM

I would recommend bleach.
Mold can do by far more damage to your health than bleach or other chemicals for removing mold can (just use them according to instructions and protect yourself from fumes etc.). My fiance developed allergic asthma due to mold in our former apartment.

Also, when using tea tree oil please keep in mind that it can give rise to contact allergies and contains some toxic substances (otherwise it would not kill mold - it does not politely ask it to go away!) and an overdose can kill your dog or cat as they are more sensitive to it than humans are.

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3/11/10 10:36 AM

I live in germany, so I grew up with two-duvet-beds (and - more often than not - two-matresses-with-gap-beds as well). A couple of years ago we found Queen size duvets at Ikea and love them (although, you can hardly buy duvet covers with the appropriate size anywhere else, so we're bound to Ikea's stuff). It even solved our bed hog problem, as i tended to grab both of the small duvets in my sleep, but seem to be fine with half of the large one.

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1/21/10 09:42 AM

ohjodi - That's true, but our mucous membranes like it a bit moist as well. In an environment with too low humidity, these are damaged or just don't work as well as they should, making them ideal ports of entry for pathogens.

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1/21/10 09:23 AM

That's kind of funny for me - here in germany I do not know any room where the windows do *not* open in.
I would hang a rod for a nice pair of shades above the windows. It should be possible to open at least one of the windows with the shades closed for privacy. Another option wohld be roman shades mounted on the windows themselves, but in my opinion they would not harmonize with the dark, broad window frames.
A dark, rich color (dark red) would match with the dark wood, if you want a brighter look go for tans... i would not suggest bold patterns as the beautiful windows are an eyecatcher themselves.

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1/15/10 08:27 AM

I also used the Indian "pour-from-cup-to-cup"-technique for cooling boiled water down for my green tea - one step is said to lower the temperature by about 5°C, I think.

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1/7/10 06:12 AM

Even bacteria are far more complex than many people think (I am doing research on photosynthetic bacteria, the progenitors of all plants). For example, they have special "heat shock proteins" with which they try to fold back their denaturing proteins in order to survive.
I personally think it is not wrong to kill and eat animals or plants - this is nature. I think it is wrong how some animals have to live until they must die - in small cages where they cannot turn, walk or see sunlight - and that we often only eat or use only parts of the animals and throw others away instead of using as much as possible.

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1/7/10 06:02 AM

Switch to microfiber towels for cleaning in the kitchen and around the house - they can be used dry for dusting and wet for efficient cleaning with pure water only - you really don't need soap or cleansers for the same effect. Plus, if you wash them along with your towels every now and then they are as good as new.

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1/6/10 05:44 AM

Lots of people who own cats and dogs also have the problem to keep the dog away from the cat food - most of them just place the cat bowls somewhere high where the dog can't reach them - this would work for your toddler as well. Another option would be to just babyproof the cat bowls and not the entire kitchen - take a small cabinet and cut a hole into the bottom for the cat, somehow like .

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1/5/10 05:41 AM