I was thinking about favorite products and tools that help me in the day to day life around our home. I can boil it down to three things. An extra-good, heavy duty iron, a product that saves me from laundry disasters, and quality chicken stock. Seriously. That’s it folks… it’s the little things that keep me happy 😉
This iron makes me happy! After years of searching for an iron which produces a lot of steam and doesn’t weigh thirty pounds (like the $100 Rowenta) I found a new type of iron. The water goes into the base where it is heated, and then the steam travels down the fabric-type cord and out of the heated iron. The water/steam last for 1 1/2 to 2 hrs of steady use. The steam it produces does not compare to anything else I have used. One swipe and all the wrinkles are out! I can’t even use it on full steam and heat for fear of burning myself. It’s pricey but worth it to me since I am a self proclaimed ironing addict. I hate wrinkled cotton! There are more professional models and brands that are much more expensive than this already expensive iron, but this is working fine for me. Use your 20% off at Bed Bath and Beyond to help deal with sticker shock.
Have you ever washed new clothes (even in cold water) to find that dye from the t-shirt or pants ran onto the other clothes and now they are ruined? You know you will NEVER get that out! I have a preventive solution for you. (Trumpet sound….. ) Shout Color Catcher! These work like a charm and have prevented many laundry disasters here. They are totally worth the money. Our big box store (BJ’s) carries them in multipacks. It’s just a sheet you throw in the wash with the laundry and it collects the dye floating around in the water. I use it whenever I wash new clothing for the first time, especially when the items are multiple colors. I also use them when I want to wash a few different colored items and say, one of them is navy or red (which are notorious runners).
My final favorite thing is this chicken base which I use to make chicken stock. One teaspoon mixed with one cup boiling water equals one cup broth. You should keep it in the refrigerator once the jar is opened. It gives such great depth of flavor to recipes that call for chicken stock. You can make it as strong as you like, and it beats canned chicken stock any day.
I should be getting some financial remuneration for recommending these products, no? 🙂
What are your favorite things?