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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

Your assumption seems to be correct -- consuming paper towels demands about eight times more energy than machine-washing and hang-drying reusable rags made from discarded textiles. In order to ...
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How to clean a reusable plastic coffee cup, such as KeepCup?

Wash it in a dishwasher once every month or two. I own a Contigo mug, and once had similar problems with the plastic/rubber lid. I found some tips on their website, but ultimately found that if I ...
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How do I keep my solar panels clean?

I work and attend classes at a University in Florida. Our 100kW system has been installed for more than five years without a single cleaning. I have walked the solar field several times and can ...
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What is the environmental impact of detergent pods?

A study published in 2021, conducted by Arizona State University and Plastic Oceans International, claims that the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) used in both dishwasher and washing machine pods is not ...
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Is it environmentally sensible to clean a paint roller?

Not an answer directly, but can make the resource gap wider: I'm similarly concerned about the amount of water used and found that the amount of water used considerably reduced, by making (or probably ...
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Is it environmentally sensible to clean a paint roller?

As you're in the UK, the environmental cost of tap water is pretty low. And given that the alternative is to replace the roller, then although I haven't looked at a full lifecycle analysis, I'd be ...
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Is washing solar panels useful/needed/mandatory?

It really all depends on the local climate. In dry regions, dust will build up over time on the panels and that will slowly have an effect on output. In wet regions, like Ireland, the panels get ...
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Looking for eco friendly biodegradable toilet cleaners for removing toilet rust, either home-made or commercial

How are you applying the cleaning solutions? The technique is just as important as the ingredients - they need time to work, which may be difficult with a porcelain toilet bowl, as the dimensions and ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

What's unsatisfactory about the first answer is that it didn't include the same components for both terms being compared, especially the production impact and replacement rate for fabric towels. When ...
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Does adding essential oil to a wash waste detergent?

Adding the essential oils during the rinsing stage of the wash cycle (when the detergents have already done their job) makes much more sense as even though the essential oils might not use up much ...
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Does adding essential oil to a wash waste detergent?

If you don't add additional detergent to your wash (nor do additional wash loads because you believe your cloths come out without being cleaned as well) to compensate for any effects (real, imagined, ...
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Is isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol considered Eco-friendly?

Saying that isopropyl alchohol is like acetone is kind of like saying that water is like carbonic acid. Water reacts with calcium carbonate (calcite), which makes up about 40% of our Earth's crust, ...
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Is isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol considered Eco-friendly?

I found this site that seems to have good credentials that lists Isopropyl Alcohol and Ethanol as being fairly low on the scale for toxicity. I also read both are biodegradable.
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Do horizontal top-loaded washing machines shed more fibers from clothes than front-loaded ones?

Top-loading impeller and agitator style washing machines (predominant in Asia and the US) generally put more mechanical wear on the laundry than front loading machines (predominant in Europe). The ...
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Looking for eco friendly biodegradable toilet cleaners for removing toilet rust, either home-made or commercial

It sounds like you just need to add a pumice stone to scrub the rust stains off. I use the one with a handle attached it is about $8 and will last for years. Search the Internet for “pumice stone ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

In the long run, YES. The rag and the paper towel are roughly equivalent in cost for very light uses. However, when the task becomes heavy duty, the rag wins. I can use a rag for scrubbing dishes, ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

It depends on what the soil is. For wiping grease from a pan or an oil spill , I use paper because of the amount of detergent and water necessary to clean a towel for these soils. For cleaning mucus ...
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Will small quantities of soap in my compost cause problems?

The worse problem with dish soap water in composting medium is the salt which can prevent good composting and arm sensible vegetables once used. Maybe desalinate compost is possible? If your product ...
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Biodegradable cleaners to remove mold?

I notice that vinegar has been recommended in two other answers. While it is true that acids and the low pH of vinegar are helpful agains mold it should not be applied to all surfaces. Used on various ...
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What is the most sustainable way to professionally clean my carpets?

Although this has an accepted answer there is a better way. There is an electrolysis method where water is charged (think hydrogen peroxide) and that is the cleaning solution. The enhanced water ...
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What non-toxic products can I use to keep my kitchen counters clean and safe?

If you want commercial products check out Good Guide, they rank products based on ingredient hazards and larger environmental impact. They have an extremely large database and rank things from ...
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