May 082013
 

matsThere’s nothing quite as nice for any bathroom as a quality bath mat. High quality mats come in bamboo, Egyptian cotton, supima, organic and more. But one thing that you’ll find with all the good bath mats is a lack of a rubber backing. It’s a sure sign of quality, because there are a number of problems associated with mats that have rubber backs. What are reasons to avoid rubber backed bathroom mats?

Mats with rubber backings can’t go in the dryer

If you like to throw your bathroom mat in the dryer, chances are you’re ignoring the fact that its rubber backing will eventually deteriorate. You’re probably telling yourself,”I didn’t pay that much for this mat. So it doesn’t matter.”

Change your attitude and invest in a quality bath mat. Purchase one that can be washed and dried with ease. If it looks flat after cleaning, give your bath mat a vigorous shake.

The rubber backing of a bath mat gets moldy over time

Even if you’ve never put your bath mat with a rubber backing in the dryer, you’ve got another problem. Rubber backings get moldy over time. You’re not going to want a mat with a moldy backing. So you’ll throw it out and get a new one. Buy a superior mat instead, and get rid of the mold problem forever.

A rubber backing can discolor your bathroom floor

Your bathroom floors are important. So why buy a bathroom mat that could stain it? A good reason to avoid rubber backed bath mats is because they can discolor your bathroom floor.

Dirt is hard to get out of the rubber of a bath mat

You’ve got small kids, a cat or a dog. Accidents happen, and when urine comes in contact with the rubber backing of a bath mat, you’re headed for trouble. You can try getting rid of the odor with vinegar and water or water and ammonia, but why not just buy a decent bath mat with no rubber backing so that you can wash urine out easily?

Apr 262013
 

towelsThe majority of today’s towels and robes, and even most bath mats, are made out of Terrycloth, a little known but very common type of fabric that pops up in the most interesting of places.

What ties the sport of cricket, squalling babies, bath time, clothing items and bed-linen together? If you answered “Terrycloth” – or Terry toweling as it is also known – you would be correct. Due to the very specific way that Terry cloth is manufactured, it has an extremely high absorbency rate, which makes it ideal to use in any situation where cloth is needed to soak up large amounts of liquid. Terry also turns up in the unlikeliest of places, and can be found making up wristbands, diapers, sheets, hats, bathrobes, and, of course, towels.

Terry cloth is so special because, while one side of the fabric is straight, the other side is woven in such a way that long loops are formed from each individual strand of cotton. The general terry rule is the longer the loop, the more absorbent the fabric will be, and this is because a longer loop means there is more open fabric area to absorb liquid. Terry cloth is usually manufactured completely out of cotton, but there are instances where lycra and polyester are also thrown into the mix. The manufacturing process, which is, furthermore, extremely complex, involves the fabric being woven on special looms sporting two longitudinal warp beams, and the weaving technique that produces terry cloth is known as “warp knitting”.

Although extremely popular, terrycloth isn’t the only fabric that towels – even monogrammed towels – are made of, and, these days, these bathroom necessities are also made of synthetic microfiber and waffle fabric. Nothing beats the warmth, comfort and absorbency of terry cloth, however, and it’s no wonder that bath robes, bath towels, hand towels and bath mats are almost exclusively made out of this versatile fabric.

Terrycloth may not be named after anyone – the name most likely comes from the French work “terir” meaning to pull through – but almost everyone knows its name.

Apr 182013
 

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These days, remodeling a bathroom can cost many thousands of dollars. With the economy still rather fragile, some people are simply unable to afford such a luxury. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Here are six tips for improving a bathroom on a budget.

Wallpaper

Remove the old wallpaper by renting a steamer. Then paint the walls with a color that matches your towels.

Bathroom

Go to one of the popular DIY centers and replace your old toilet with a new one. Check the sales papers beforehand for discounts. You’re sure to find a toilet for sale at an affordable price.

Vanity

After you’ve replaced your toilet, do the same thing with your old vanity. Again, check the sales papers and visit one of the popular DIY centers. There are always lots of vanity options to choose from.

Old towels

Invest in a good set of towels. These will cost you more than cheap alternatives. However, the cost will be worth it in the long run. So throw out those old ones and consider Egyptian, Supima, Bamboo or other quality types. The best place to find them is online for the largest selection.

Grungy bathtub

This doesn’t mean replacing the bathtub, because to do so would cost big money. Instead, give your bathtub a good cleaning. You’ll be surprised at how much you like your bathtub once you clean it out.

Old shower curtain or shower door

Replace your old shower curtain with a new one that matches your towels. Or replace your old shower door with a new shower door.

Mar 152012
 

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You’ve heard of Egyptian cotton or Turkish cotton, but how about Supima. If you’re a lover of good quality cotton, Supima cotton products are products you should check out.

Supima is actually a licensed trademark owned by Supima. It is an abbreviation for Superior Pima. It is products made of 100 percent American Pima cotton.

Supima cotton has extra-long staple or ELS and it’s grown in the Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas as well as in other locations such as Australia. In the United States, if the cotton is at least an inch and 3/8 or longer, it’s ELS or American Pima.

Good quality cotton lasts longer after washing, gets softer with increased use and feels great against the skin. It also is void of harmful chemicals. So it is good for the skin. To buy Supima towels, all you have to do is look for 100% American Superior Pima Cotton. Look for it in stores, but one of the best places to find it are high quality towel sites.

Also, look for towel sets, such as 3-piece towel sets that include one bath, one hand, and one washcloth. Consider monogramming and also be sure to coordinate the color of your towels with the look of your bathroom.

 

Jan 202012
 

Quality Towel Sets

You’re the owner of a new home. You’ve worked hard and saved to buy your American dream, and now all that working and saving has paid off. Congratulations!

However, you know that owning a new house is just the beginning. Now it’s time for the fun part – furnishing and decorating.

Let’s take a look at the bathroom. One of the things you’ll need are towels. Everyone uses them: to dry off the body, to dry hair or to dry hands after washing. But what is the best way to buy towels?

Consider quality 3-piece towel sets. They are a good way to make sure you have all the towels you’ll need for your new bathroom. A 3-piece towel set includes a washcloth, a hand towel and a bath towel.

Where should I buy 3-piece towel sets?

Look online. You will find that purchasing 3-piece towel sets online will give you the widest selection at the best prices. Some sites even offer free shipping when your order totals a specified amount.

How many 3-piece towel sets do I need?

Look at your household count. Are you moving into the house alone? One 3-piece towel set is fine. However, if you’d like to have two sets, consider buying a 6-piece towel set. That way, while one washcloth, hand towel and bath towel are in the laundry, you’ll have another set handy. If it’s you and a spouse in the new home, go for one or two 6-piece towel sets. Also, some towel sets include the bath mat. This is an excellent way to get a matching bath mat to go along with your towels. When the mat matches the towels, it gives your bathroom a put-together look.

How much should I spend on a 3-piece towel set?

Although funds may be tight now that you’ve spent it on a new home, skimping on bath towels is not always a smart idea. Sure you’ll spend less money initially, but cheap towels are less absorbent, are thin, are not as soft as quality towels, and they deteriorate faster. In the end, you’ll have to buy new towels faster than if you’d bought quality towels from the start.

Look for Egyptian or Supima towels for supreme softness. Other good towels to look for are Bamboo or Organic. These towels are eco-friendly, don’t contain lots of chemicals and are good for the body.

What color 3-piece towel sets should I choose?

What is the color scheme of your bathroom? To really pull the look together, choose towels to match the dominate color. Towels and bath mats that don’t match the color of the bathroom ruin the overall appearance of the room.

Jan 062012
 

Towels

My favorite set of towels ever was the cheesy, thin, scratchy bath towels I bought when I was about thirteen years old. There was a reason for their popularity, though, as they had painted on them in cheap and gaudy colors pictures of my favorite superheroes.

I grew up a lonely child whose close friends included Wonder Woman, Spiderwoman and Super Girl. From them I learned truth, justice and, if not the American Way as I was living in Africa at the time, that it was better to align oneself with the light than the dark. The day the superhero carnival came to my tiny town, I saw through the illusion cast by the sweaty and uncomfortable actors in their ill-fitting costumes, but I was entranced by the memorabilia I could buy, and thus did the superhero-embossed the towels come into my life.

I’ve kept those towels for over thirty years now, and, each time I look at them, I’m instantly transported back to a time when everything was so much simpler because the world could be divided into solid colors and solid concepts: Black and white; good and bad. It isn’t, however, the towels themselves that are important – with their slightly out-of-proportion fantastical figures they actually seem rather ridiculous now – it’s the idea behind the towels. It’s the understanding that the towels are souvenirs of a time that no longer exists.

People tend to keep things that mean a lot to them for many years, and, those who are looking to give their loved ones gifts that last should learn The Lesson of the Towels. Towels – including monogrammed towels – are not the only gifts that can be given, however, and, if we continue the bathroom trend, bathrobes and bath mats should also feature on the gift menu. Robes would, in fact, be more personal gifts than towels, and, it also stands to reason that monogrammed robes top the list of desirable bathroom-wear.

The moral of the tale is fairly simple: Memories do last but they sometimes need a little help from something solid…like superhero towels.

 

Sep 262011
 

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Most people bathe several times a week, considering it a hygienic necessity and automatic part of their day to day lives. The act of community bathing, which functioned as a social network in the age before computers, has become sadly neglected in the fast pace of the modern world. Where once friendships, business deals, and gossip were exchanged over a relaxing soak from Rome to Russia, today’s bather is more apt to multi-task alone with everything from televisions to radios being installed in shower walls. Next time you’re considering a leisurely bath, why not bring your partner in to relax with you, or pick up the phone to chat with a friend? It’s easy to devote the time and attention needed for good conversation without the distractions of folding laundry, cooking, or other chores. Take a forced time out, brew up a bubble bath, and enjoy the results of a more rewarding connection!

When taking a quick shower in the morning, don’t be afraid to indulge. Just because you only have a few minutes to spare before work or school doesn’t mean that washing up should be anything less than enjoyable. Supplement your shower with some relaxing music, light a few scented candles, or try out some special shower-specific fizzy tablets. These scented tabs are placed on the floor of the shower, slowly dissolving as water droplets fall, releasing essential oil blends intended to do anything from waking up the user to clearing their lungs if they’re under the weather. Other accessories, such as a mounted foot scrubber or textured loofah, can join your shower routine to slough off dead skin and leave you looking radiant and refreshed almost instantly.

When stepping out of your bath or shower, don’t reach for that same tired old towel with the rough surface. Treat yourself to a soft Egyptian cotton towel or a turkish bathrobe to dry off in supreme comfort. A great investment in your well-being, these luxury bath items keep you warm and dry as you continue with your grooming rituals and feel sensational as well. Pick up a cotton mat for outside the shower and you can take your time to dry off in indulgent softness after every soak or rinse.

With very little effort, you can turn your ordinary bathroom into a special spa just for you! A few unique and affordable additions can turn the simple act of bathing into an experience that will have you smiling all day long.

May 212011
 

Organic Towel

Good quality white towels are the standard at top hotels. However, white towels are not only for hotel guests. You can incorporate the look into your own life. Towels of this color brighten up a room and look fresh and clean. Here are a few tips:

By the Tub

Is your bathroom an oasis? Have you outfitted it with a sunken tub, complete with whirlpool? Chances are your tub is the perfect place for you to escape after a hard days’ work. Keep a small pile of white towels by your tub. Three is always a good number. Folded and neatly stacked, they will give you the feeling that you’re being pampered, just like at a spa. If there is no place on your tub, put them in an attractive wicker basket.

Black and White

Black and white towels look great together. Consider incorporating black and white touches to a white bathroom or black if you have one. For an extra touch, consider monogramming your white and black towels. Use black thread on the white and white thread on the black.

Health Club

Instead of bringing your worst towels to the health club to wipe the sweat off your brow, bring good quality white hand towels. They will feel good against your skin and look good next to your attractive workout suit.

Stay Looking Nicer Longer Than Colored

Often white towels stay looking fresher longer than colored towels which often lose their original color over time. You don’t have to use bleach on your white towels, which is harmful to the environment. Try adding vinegar to the wash instead.

 

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 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.

Feb 252011
 

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The word “Zen” is used in popular culture in many ways, but its real meaning is often obscured under layers of confusion. Zen is a lineage, or school, of Mahayana Buddhism. The religion is most prevalent in Japan, but Zen practitioners can be found in other countries around Southeast Asia.

The “Protestantism” of Buddhism

Zen developed as a reaction to more hierarchical, ritualistic forms of Buddhism that were developing in other parts of Asia. Zen practitioners called for a return to Buddhism’s most basic principles, leaving behind some of the ostentation that was forming within other Buddhist schools. Like early Protestant Christians, Zen practitioners wanted a return to the basics of their faith.

The Zen Style

As a result of this call for simplicity, the exterior style of Zen looks and feels very different from other types of Buddhism, such as what is commonly called Tibetan Buddhism. Zen monks and nuns favor simple, neutral-colored robes over the brighter maroons and saffrons in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Their temples, too, have a clean, open, simple look and feel that contrasts sharply from the intricate ornamentation of a Tibetan Buddhist temple.

Zen Ideas for the Home and Bathroom

If you like the look and feel of the open spaces, clean lines, and soft earth tones of the Zen style, consider simplifying your own home into a Zen-like sanctuary. Here are some tips for your making your home more Zen-like:

  • Get away from bright, loud colors and go with tans, chocolates, blacks, and creams instead
  • Use light-colored woods, especially bamboo
  • Decorate the walls sparely, with prints that convey a spiritual meaning
  • Reduce heavy drapes and fill the house with natural light

For your bathroom, try these tips:

  • Use bamboo towels for eco-friendliness and comfort
  • Bamboo bath rugs and bamboo bath mats are also available
  • Trade in the hot pink bathrobe for a tan or cream-colored bathrobe
  • Keep decoration minimal, and use a shade-loving house plant to add a splash of color

Ultimately, Zen is a spiritual tradition and a way of life, not a decorating style. However, you can encourage your inner peace by letting your inner sanctum copy Zen’s design principles.

 

Jan 182011
 

bathmats

There’s nothing worse than coming out of your shower and stepping on a cold bathroom floor. That’s why bath mats are wonderful. They are a necessary piece for your bathroom. We use bath mats as devices to place on the floor of our bathrooms to provide comfort for our wet feet, to give us a secure place to put our feet and also to add some color and warmth to our bathrooms.

However, not all bath mats are made equal. Cheap mats get dirty easier and retain mold. A good mat will be not only soft and absorbent, but they will be less likely to get moldy.

Some of the best bath mats include organic bath mats that are eco-friendly. Also good for the bathroom are Egyptian cotton bath mats, made from the best materials. Good mats come in pleasing colors that match well with the colors found in nature and are resistant to mildew and stains.

Dec 252010
 

Bamboo Towels

You’ll never guess what the latest craze is to make your bathroom eco-friendly. Want to try to guess?

“Is it saving water with a low-flow toilet?” No, that’s so 2008.

“What about saving water with a better shower head?” No, you’re still off the mark. Think of something other than water.

“I give up. Just tell me already!”

Ok, here it is: bamboo fiber towels. Now, I know what you must be thinking: “A towel made out of bamboo? No thank you, I’d rather use my welcome mat to dry myself.” If this is what comes to mind, however – a scratchy, uncomfortable towel destined to be the latest failed effort of the green movement – you’d be completely wrong.

Bamboo can be used for a whole array of applications. From durable scaffolding on high-rise construction, to resilient, beautiful flooring, it seems that the uses for this Asian plant will never end. The latest among these uses is bamboo towels and bamboo bathroom rugs.

Bamboo fiber is five times more absorbent than cotton, yet it dries even faster. While most types of textiles need chemical treatments or synthetic ingredients to achieve such bragging rights, the structure of bamboo fiber is perfect for drying. Bamboo fibers are oblong and hollow, which explains why they have such amazing absorbent and quick-drying capabilities.

Furthermore, bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, resisting infiltration by staph bacteria, E. coli, and other bacteria types. Not only can a bamboo fiber towel improve your family’s health, its bacteria resistance also means that the towels don’t tend to start smelling.

Finally, bamboo is a renewable resource that can be grown organically. An organic bamboo fiber towel or bathroom rug gives you all the best that eco-friendly products have to offer.

Dec 212010
 

Platinum Robes

After a long summer that didn’t seem to want to end, people all across the United States are suddenly finding themselves in the midst of one of the coldest, snowiest Decembers on record.

In Minneapolis, there’s been so much snow that the inflatable roof of the Metrodome actually collapsed – a first. For the Twin Cities, the recent snowfall is the fifth biggest on record.

The rest of the Midwest isn’t faring much better; blizzards have been swirling around now for a couple of weeks. Colorado, too, is reporting record snow, and the white stuff has been spotted as far south as North Carolina and Alabama.

Get Thee a Bathrobe!

Given the record cold, anyone without a terry cotton bathrobe is simply tempting fate – or else has never experienced the joy of staying home from work or school wrapped up in a terry cotton bathrobe, sipping on coffee, watching bright red cardinals flit about in a whitened winter wonderland.

A terry cotton bathrobe is both man and woman’s best friend this time of year, and it doesn’t have to remain in use just to make it to and from the bathroom. On those snowed-in days when all you really want to do is sit around the house in warm slippers in front of a peaceful fire, a soft terry cotton bathrobe is the perfect accessory to drape on over your flannel pajamas.