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The Lint Trap

Am I the only person who has managed to do laundry for decades without learning that occasional white spots or streaks on dark clothes are caused by too much undissolved detergent? Please don’t embarrass me by replying, “Well, duh, everyone knows that!”

Anyway, I know this now. And while I was emptying the lint trap today — today being laundry day around here — it occurred to me that we often accumulate little unwanted specks of debris in our psyches, too.

Mental “lint” accumulates when we’re exposed to too many little bits of negativity. It could come from the news. The jerk driver who cut you off. A chance remark by a nasty neighbor or co-worker. It could even be a self-deprecating thought that makes us doubt our own worth.

And, just like doing our laundry, we need to regularly empty our mind’s lint trap and start afresh. At least once a week.

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The Ick Factor

Something new to worry about — with an easy fix.

According to a microbiologist, we should be washing all our towels after three uses, max.  That’s because damp towels are breeding grounds for bacteria, which we’ll then transfer to our bodies. Yuck, right?

The solution: sniff your towel. If it stays damp too long it will develop an odor, which is your cue to wash it, pronto.

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