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A Clean Sweep...Not Exactly at the Oscars
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There must be something to being a cartoon character and loving to clean.

During last Sunday night's Oscar Telethon, actress Amy Adams reprised her "Happy Working Song" from the delightful fairytale Enchanted. In the film -- with the help of some of her cartoony friends -- she seemed downright thrilled to be cleaning while singing. She is not alone: Let's not forget about Snow White, who is a veritable Cleaning Dervish, crooning "Whistle While You Work" as she and a brigade of cute chipmunks and birds put her home in order.

So, we got to pondering, What would make us sing and be so cheerful while cleaning? Especially since spring is a mere three weeks away and we'll be starting our spring cleaning soon. Snow White instructs us, courtesy of Walt Disney, "...as you sweep the room, imagine that the broom is someone that you love?" and we thought we could go one better than that: We'd like to imagine that we are just in love with the broom, period.

Well, we don?t have to imagine it; we are in love with a broom. The new ECO-FRIENDLY bamboo broom from Casabella, which just happened to win an award itself, at the 2008 Housewares Design Awards a few weeks ago. (O.K., so it?s not an Oscar.) But, we love it because its head is made from sustainable bamboo and its bristles are natural, hardy, water-resistant palmyra, from a very plentiful palm found in the Far East, not petroleum-based nylon. The handle is a lightweight aluminum that won?t rust, and it's priced at an affordable $34.99. We liked it so much, we actually bought its sister products, a floor duster (also constructed from sustainable bamboo, with a natural cotton dusting head, another plus -- no poly-anything here and two scrub brushes (more bamboo with palmyra). (You can find them all at Casabella's Web site, www.casabella.com, from $14.99.)

After you've got your EARTH-FRIENDLY cleaning tools, hit iTunes to download the right work vibe. 

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About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.

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