Mar 302011
 

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Prince William and Kate Middleton will marry on April 29, and everyone is catching the Royal Wedding fever. Although few people are royal members of the world, it’s nice to treat yourself like a king or queen. One way to do that is with products used in your bathroom. Here’s how:

Bathrobes

When you wrap yourself in a bathrobe, after a shower or bath, you just feel better. Bathrobes are cozy, and they keep you warm while covering you up. They’re so comfortable, you may keep yours on all day. To get the most out of a comfy robe, choose Egyptian, Supima or Turkish cotton bathrobes. You treat yourself like royalty when you wear a quality bathrobe.

Towels

No royal bathroom experience is complete without quality towels. Those towels that you find at the chain stores aren’t all of quality. They may lose their color, softness and even mildew over time. A royal bathroom experience includes quality towels of pure luxurious cotton. Egyptian, Supima and Turkish cotton are excellent choices. Quality towels are also made with bamboo and other organic materials. You get what you pay for when it comes to quality towels, so spend the money and treat yourself well. Find a large variety of quality towels at an online retailer.

Bath Mats

Don’t forget a quality bath mat for your royal bathroom experience. As with bathrobes and towels, the best mats are made of bamboo, Supima, Egyptian and more. When you step out of the bath or shower, you want to step onto clean, absorbent and soft bath mats. Match the color of your bath mat with your towels.

The Extras

Once you’ve taken care of the basics, don’t forget the extras. Invest in quality, natural bath products to cleanse your body and hair.

Give yourself a total royal bathroom experience. You deserve it!

Mar 232011
 

towels

On March 9, 2011, a fire at a nursing home in North Charleston, SC, forced 170 residents out of their home. The local fire department investigated the blaze to find out what went wrong at White Oak Manor nursing home. What they discovered may be surprising to you: hot towels were to blame. According to a fire department spokeswoman, commercial dryers use a heat setting that’s much higher than an ordinary, household dryer. The nursing home staff used an alcohol-based fabric softener with the towels. While the towels were still hot, they were placed inside a linen closet. The high heat of the dryer, when combined with the alcohol-based fabric softener, caused the towels to ignite, starting the fire.

Not the First Time It’s Happened

Although spontaneously combusting towels may seem like an unlikely cause of a fire, it’s not the first time it happened. In fact, a few months before the Charleston nursing home fire, the exact same thing happened at an education center in Roanoke, VA — hot towels that recently removed from a commercial dryer spontaneously combusted. No one was hurt, but the fire caused $21,000 in damages.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 2010, two Spokane house fires that started within hours of each other both began when someone microwaved bath towels.

Fire Safety Tips

Fans of the old sitcom Seinfeld might remember the episode where the character Kramer decided to use his oven to get that “dryer-fresh” feeling for his clothes, and subsequently caught his apartment on fire. Although the episode was laughable, fires at schools, nursing homes, and houses really are not funny.

When a towel comes out of a commercial dryer or a microwave, be aware that it will retain high levels of heat. Allow towels to cool before placing them on a wooden surface or putting them in an enclosed area, such as a linen closet, where heat cannot dissipate. In particular, check the ingredients to the fabric softener you use for linens, and if it’s alcohol-based, you may wish to change brands. This is especially important when using a commercial-strength dryer.

Finally, even though Kramer seemed to have something going, have the common sense not to place towels in ovens or microwaves.

 

Mar 172011
 

towels

Hand towels and kitchen towels are coming back in style, thanks to advocates for a greener planet. As one towel design company reported recently, 3,000 tons of paper towels are used each day in the United States alone.

What kind of environmental impact do those 3,000 tons of paper towels have?

Consider that for every ton of paper towels, 17 trees are required and 20,000 gallons of water are used. Try to sop up that water spill, quicker picker upper! Meanwhile, those used towels quickly wind up in the garbage, then into a dump or into a landfill. As paper towels decompose, they release methane gas. Although methane is less well-known than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, some scientists say that too much methane is actually more worrisome than too much carbon dioxide when it comes to the problem of global warming.

How many paper towels do you use?

If you’re like most Americans, you’re using about 3,000 paper towels (that’s towels this time, not tons) just at work alone. That doesn’t count the number of towels you’re using at home.

“But I use recycled towels.”

Good for you! That’s an excellent start, but even towels made out of recycled paper are still responsible for the release of chemicals into the environment, gas into the atmosphere, an extra use of energy, plus more water.

Maybe you should switch to hand towels?

Reusable towels, such as hand towels for your bathroom, kitchen towels, and worn out towels for cleaning purposes, stop the problem of paper towel waste before it starts. Plus, using real towels instead of paper towels will put money back in your pocket as you stop using roll after roll of paper towel.

As you switch over to real towels at home, maybe you can convince the people you work with to switch to real towels at work. A pack of hand towels can be found at a cheap price at most stores. Replace the paper towel dispenser with a basket of hand towels, then add a laundry basket to the office bathroom. It will look better than paper towels, be less noisy than hand dryers, and best of all, you’ll be doing something good for the environment.

Mar 142011
 

Kimono Robe

Americans do not include the word “kimono” in their vocabulary, but the word is beginning to appear in American companies who sell robes. Kimonos are a traditional Japanese garment worn by both women and men.

If an elderly Japanese couple is seen wearing a kimono, they likely appreciate traditional values. However, for some members of the Japanese culture, such as dancers or geishas, the kimono is worn as well.

Kimonos are made of silk and are usually very expensive. They are generally one-of-a-kind, which means that your kimono design will not be duplicated in another kimono design.

The garments are worn with an obi, otherwise known as a sash. The sash holds it in place. In addition, with the traditional dress, special shoes known as gate or sore are worn with a kimono. One of the main differences between a men’s kimono and a women’s are the sleeves. Women’s sleeves are deeper on kimonos than men’s

The American kimono is not actually a kimono, but in the spirit of a kimono. Consider it a robe. The best robes are usually the most comfortable, more so than the most elaborate. A waffle kimono bathrobe, for example, is a great item to wear after a shower or just around the house.

Mar 092011
 

Bamboo Robe

Anyone who owns a Turkish bathrobe will certainly rave about the quality. Turkey is known for these fabulous treats, made as far back as the middle ages. The region of Denizli is renowned for these items.

One of the reasons to consider a Turkish bathrobe is because these are robes valued in high class hotels and spas. Treating yourself to this product makes your own bath experience that much better.

These are robes that will keep you warm while also absorbing most of the water. You are not left with a soggy, cold bathrobe.

Pay attention to the way you wash the item. Although these are sturdy robes, you’ll want to protect them. Read the label. It is better, with most quality robes, to hang them to dry rather than throw them in the dryer.

Consider a longer Turkish bathrobe to wrap in after a bath or shower. These robes are so cozy, you won’t regret your decision or the money you spent.

If you are not considering one of these robes for yourself, how about as a gift? The robes make perfect holiday or birthday gifts. Choose a color that would best suit your recipient, but that will go well in their bathroom. Some people choose to hang their bathrobe in their bathroom in clear view.

Mar 062011
 

bamboo robe

The bamboo plant is one of the most interesting plants on our planet. Here are some facts you should know.

1. Bamboo replenishes itself faster than most plants. After a bamboo cane is cut, full growth is achieved in six months as it grows up to 12 inches a day. It needs only sun and rain to grow and will fully mature in 3 to 5 years.

2. There are over 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo can found be found in a variety of locations across the globe.

3. Bamboo trees release 35 percent more oxygen than other types of trees.

4. Bamboo products dry quickly and have a natural antibacterial element that resists odor and mildew. It’s a perfect choice for people who suffer with skin conditions.

5. Bamboo rayon is the type of fiber used in some towels and bathrobes. To achieve the result, the bamboo is manufactured chemically. The mixture of bamboo rayon and Egyptian cotton is popular for soft, high quality towels and bathrobes. Bamboo rayon is actually softer and more durable than rayon and cotton.

Mar 022011
 

cotton

Some folks have plenty reason to say “I wish I was in the land of cotton”, and it’s no coincidence that these are the folks who have not yet discovered the wonderful world of luxury Egyptian cotton bathrobes, hand towels, bath mats and bath towels.

The story of the cotton blossom began in Mexico a little over eight thousand years ago and, at that stage, there was no way that the primitive laborers could know that their efforts would – many, many hundreds of years later – result in the manufacture of such quality items as the luxurious Supima towel, made of 100% American Superior Pima Cotton, and the eco friendly organic towel, which is made of natural cotton to create the perfect bath towel.

Cotton is not, however, only used to make towels, and this versatile fabric is also the main ingredient in bath robes – including kids robes – as well as most kinds of bathroom mat and tubmat.

In the early days, cotton was also cultivated in such exotic places as India, Iran and far Arabia, but it’s a good bet that the early nomadic traders didn’t carry the organic Terry Kimono bathrobe – made of 100% Turkish cotton – the Platinum bathrobe, which is manufactured completely out of Egyptian cotton, or the Waffle bathrobe, complete with monogram, among their trading goods. The popularity of cotton garments slowly spread across Asia, Europe, Africa and both the Americas, but it took Britain’s Industrial Revolution – with its almost instantaneous infusion of mass produced cotton clothing – to make cotton goods accessible to almost every family on earth.

Today cotton is the main ingredient of several different types of material including the striped seersucker, the heavier and ridged corduroy and the highly absorbent terrycloth, which is the basis of almost all towels and bathrobes. Today’s top cotton-producing countries include the Peoples’ Republic of China, the USA and Pakistan, but not all of these countries are able to compete on the same level as those with less developed infrastructures are not able to command as high a price for their cotton as the more well developed third world countries.

None of our favorite soft Turkish bathrobes/towels, tubmats and spa mats would be the same without that magical white fluffy plant known as cotton, and this magical snowy-white plant will continue to be cultivated for decades to come.