Thursday, April 26, 2012

Make your fridge PUR

For several years I had a Brita pitcher.  I got it on sale at Walgreens and at first I liked it, but as time went on, the thing became more and more annoying. It was round, had no cover over the spout and the filters tended to regurgitate pieces of coal into the top reservoir.  Looking at Amazon, Brita got their act together and are now making slender pitchers with covered spouts.  However, the filters still look the same.

A month ago, I finally got rid of my Brita pitcher and started looking for something better.  What I ended up buying was a PUR 18 Cup Dispenser.  Ergonomically, this thing is great. It holds 1.125 gallons and is only 5.5" wide (9.75" high and 15" deep).  Brita's offering, on the other hand, holds 1.13 gallons and is a whole 9" wide (7.25" high and 14" deep)!  I don't know about others, but I don't have room in my fridge for this misshapen monstrosity.

PUR filters, while I'm not qualified to compare effectiveness, are, externally, better designed and better looking than Brita's.  While Brita's pale filters dispensed coal, PUR's sexy, blue filters are open only at the very top, keeping the coal from floating out.  This more enclosed design, however, in no way hampers the flow of water and no water is left in the top reservoir.

My PUR dispenser stands in the corner of the top shelf of my fridge.  It doesn't take up a lot of space and is easy for kids to use.  And being in the fridge, keeps the filtered water nice and cold.  The only minus is that you can't really put it on the table.  Then again, same goes for Brita.

Does PUR filtered water taste better than Brita's? Don't remember.  And, living in NYC and supposedly having very high quality tap water, I don't know how well it gets rid of sliminess and whatever other weird qualities of water all you people to the west seem to have.

If you're looking for a filter which won't take up a lot of space in your fridge, and which can hold over a gallon of water, PUR 18 Cup Dispenser is for you.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Pesach Cleaning 2012

Unless you're a crazy chareidi or an even more crazy BT, your main concern before Pesach is the stove, with secondary being the fridge.  To add insult to injury, my stove has small pipes all over and is hard to clean.

Today, Nicole Levine from Home Clean Home, sent over two guys who are outright homicidal when it comes to chometz and dirt.  While I only asked them to clean the stove and fridge, within only two hours they managed to not only make the fridge and stove look brand new, they cleaned the window, window sill and cabinet doors until they shined.  They didn't just do a good job, they did a damn good job.  And then they also put all the food back in the fridge.

The job was done fast and well and no micro-management was required.  If you want a clean home for Pesach, get Home Clean Home.