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You might think that everything in this list is simple and obvious.   But experience has taught us that there are a lot of people that have never done most of this stuff.   If you have done this before, all you need to do is take some pictures - no big deal.  

This badge places a heavy emphasis on cleaning without toxic commercial cleaners.

Otis doesn’t rent out his “old house” anymore because people didn’t take care of it.  Otis is thinking of offering you full run of that house but he needs to know that you will take good care of it.

“I think the hard thing about Nest is that it is largely an ONGOING thing. If one does not keep doing the same, often-annoying, repetitive tasks, one does not have a good nest.“ ~ Nicole Alderman

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do laundry by hand
wash dishes without a dishwasher
clean a bathroom
clean a kitchen
clean an oily dish without soap
grease hinges
oil kitchen woods
Get whiter whites without chlorine bleach
clean an area rug
sweep floor
make rags from old clothes
deep clean the fabric on a couch or chair using natural cleaners
clean four windows - inside and out
manually clean an oven

straw badge
35 points are required

Windows
hang natural fabric curtains - 1 point
   - includes making round wood rods and rod holders
install a really good, layered, winter curtain system - 4 points
   - at least 3 windows.  Includes valance, washable sacrificial layer and at least three layers
build a condensation collection or prevention system for one window to prevent the sill from getting moldy - 1 point
wipe down three windows with condensation (to prevent mold) - ½ point
remove, clean and reinstall window screens - ½ point


Equipment

replace or clean the air filter on a furnace - ½ point
install a dehumidifier that will drain into a greywater drain or other drain - ½ point
set up a rechargeable battery station & battery management system - ½ point

Floors/Walls
replace failing caulk or grout- 1 point
fix a baseboard trim issue (gap, ding, vinyl floor separating, etc) - 1 point

Making a house a home
implement 4 wooden boxes or cubbies for an organizational system - 1 point
organize a dysfunctional closet - 1 point
install a clothes drying system that isn’t in the way when not in use - 1 point
   - indoors or outdoors
build a pulley style clothes drying rack - 4 points
   - including making the rack
set up a rag system - ½ point
set up a cloth napkin system - ½ point
set up a system for collecting burnables - ½ point
set up a system for dealing with wood ash - ½ point
set up a charcoal collection system - ½ point
set up a recycling system - ½ point
find a wall stud and hang a picture (first try with the nail hitting the stud) - ½ point
hang a picture or mirror level with two fasteners - ½ point
hang a shelf level - ½ point
repair ding in drywall or plaster  - ½ point
install a medicine cabinet that goes in the wall between the studs - 2 points
make a moth or pest repellent sachet - ½ point
install coat hooks by a door to the outside - ½ point

Outside
clean exterior walls of house - 4 points
pressure wash a deck or hard surface to remove moss and gunk - 1 point
replace a locking door knob - ½ point
install a mailbox by the street - 1 point
install a permanent clothes line - 1 point
set up an elaborate clothes line - 1 point
shovel snow from a walk - ½ point
sand on ice - ½ point
Install large enough house numbers for Emergency Responders to see - ½ point
set up a semi-permanent outside eating/gathering/relaxing area - ½ point
set up a big semi-permanent outside eating/gathering/relaxing area - 1 point
set up a huge semi-permanent outside eating/gathering/relaxing area - 2 points
set up a big permanent outside eating/gathering/relaxing area - 4 points
set up a huge permanent outside eating/gathering/relaxing area - 8 points
set up an outside classroom area - 2 points
   - room for 10 students to face an instructor, chalk board or video screen and rain protected
set up a hygenic off-grid manual dishwashing station for parties or an event - 4 points
   - combo with Community
   - includes 4 cleaning bins (pre, wash, rinse, sterilize), compost bucket, drying racks and dish storage

Cleaners/cleaning
remove mold from a place - ½ point
make a general purpose natural cleaner - ½ point
make a broom - 1 point
make a mop - 1 point
make a feather duster - ½ point
clean a set of curtains - 1 point
deep clean a couch with water and suction - 1 point
wash vehicle exterior - 1 point
clean vehicle interior - 1 point
clean a carpet with water (or steam) and suction- 1 point
remove a tough stain from carpet - ½ point
clean the grout in a shower or on a tile floor - 2 points
clean interior walls and ceilings of a room - 2 points
deep clean the interior of a refrigerator - 1 point
deep clean the interior of a freezer - 1 point
deep clean the exterior of a refrigerator - 1 point
deep clean the exterior of the washer and dryer - 1 point
deep clean the exterior of the stove/oven - 1 point
clean out the exhaust duct on a clothes dryer - ½ point
run a self cleaning oven - ½ point
run a “self clean” cycle in a washing machine (or manual option with vinegar) - ½ point
remove knobs from shower or sink faucets to clean under - ½ point
deep clean and polish a stainless steel sink - ½ point

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Could we add to the jeves list - set up one of those clothes racks that you hoist up to the ceiling and then lower to add/remove clothes?  (it might be already there but called something else?)
 
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So I've been catching up through the pods and want to start knocking out PEP badges but I'm confused about where to start? Like, is starting here with a Nest badge as good a way to go as any or should I have some more background?

Thank you for your time! Excited......
 
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Rachel Mary wrote:So I've been catching up through the pods and want to start knocking out PEP badges but I'm confused about where to start? Like, is starting here with a Nest badge as good a way to go as any or should I have some more background?

Thank you for your time! Excited......



You can start with whatever badge you want! I liked starting with skills I wanted to learn (woodworking), but then moved to doing a badge I knew I could relatively easily complete, that way I'd feel success and have a shiny badge. For me, that was the Community badge. For you, it might be the Nest badge! The Nest badge is great because it also is great motivation to clean!
 
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You can start with whatever badge you want! I liked starting with skills I wanted to learn (woodworking), but then moved to doing a badge I knew I could relatively easily complete, that way I'd feel success and have a shiny badge. For me, that was the Community badge. For you, it might be the Nest badge! The Nest badge is great because it also is great motivation to clean!



Sounds awesome! Thank you Nichole!

I think the Nest Badge will be fun & easy (my partner and I can be competitive about cleaning for once 😂), it'll be interesting to start the others since we live in a townhouse but it'll be fun!
 
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Hi. So now in one morning I did several of the needed chores for this Badge! But there's more to do. Some things I've already done (some even several times), but I don't have photos of them. Anyway I can have my 'Air badge' now.
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:Hi. So now in one morning I did several of the needed chores for this Badge! But there's more to do. Some things I've already done (some even several times), but I don't have photos of them. Anyway I can have my 'Air badge' now.



Hi Inge! We have a hard time keeping track of who does what. We'll give an air badge to anyone who posts a link to a certified BB they did. Just post a link here, and I'll give you the air badge. You could probably also "report" a certified BB and ask for the air badge. It could be that some of our newer moderators haven't figured out how to give out the badges, or just might not feel qualified to do it.

Anyway, just post a link to your certified Badge Bit, and I'll give you the air badge!
 
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I did some more now.
But to get the Badge I need to do 8 things of the Jeeves list. I did 5 now (I did 6, but 1 of them didn't count). Of the items left on the list there are some that need snow ... I don't know if we are going to have snow coming winter (and it's August now). Some others are not applicable in this apartment with central heating.

I could easily do more than 2 things from the Alice list. Can't I do some more of the Alice list instead of the Jeeves list?
 
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Sorry, that's how the lists were set up so that's how we have to do them.  Luckily there are 15 Jeeve items that don't require snow.  You can redo the one that wasn't certified (if you want).  
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Sorry, that's how the lists were set up so that's how we have to do them.  Luckily there are 15 Jeeve items that don't require snow.  You can redo the one that wasn't certified (if you want).  


OK. No short cuts then.
But to redo the one that isn't certified ... this seems silly to me. I showed my laundry lines that are already here since many years. They don't count because it says we should install a clothes line. But to install something that's already there? Or to untie my clothes line and then re-install it? That's useless, isn't it?

I understand PEP/SKIP is a program to show our skills, or skills we are developing. But doing useless tasks ... just doesn't feel right to me
 
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Oh, yes, in that case it would be a bit silly.  I didn't know which one you hadn't gotten approved.  Maybe a friend needs a clothesline installed at their place?  I've done a number of BBs at other places for things I've done already at my place.
 
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I've completed all of the relevant items for Sand badge level I do believe. Links below.

Core List
do laundry by hand
wash dishes without a dishwasher
clean a bathroom
clean a kitchen

Jeeves List (8)
 - clean an oily dish without soap
 - wipe down three windows with condensation (to prevent mold)
 - clean an area rug
 - sweep floor
 - set up a cloth napkin system
 - set up a system for collecting burnables
 - unclog a sink with a zip tool
 - oil wooden kitchen utensils

Alice List (2)
 - deep clean the interior of a refrigerator
 - deep clean the interior of a freezer
Staff note (Ash Jackson) :

Nest Badge Granted! Congratulations on your first PEP Badge D! Welcome to the party!

 
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Hi, I believe I've completed the Sand Nest Badge:

###My BB Links
- Laundry: https://permies.com/p/1132557
- Dishes: https://permies.com/p/1089999
- Bathroom Clean: https://permies.com/p/1143736
- Kitchen Clean: https://permies.com/p/1132537

###Jeeves (8)
- Clothesline: https://permies.com/p/1143774
- Oily Dish without Soap: https://permies.com/p/1132499
- Snow: https://permies.com/p/1007591
- Sweep: https://permies.com/p/1083080
- Oil Utensils: https://permies.com/p/1143217
- Setup Rag System: https://permies.com/p/1144104
- Setup Cloth Napkin: https://permies.com/p/1143864
- Burnables: https://permies.com/p/1143798

###Alice (2)
- Car exterior: https://permies.com/p/1133963
- Car interior: https://permies.com/p/1134091
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Congratulations on your Sixth badge!!!

 
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I just have to say this one thing: I randomly selected an area and an item (Nest and Install a Clothesline) and was rather saddened by what I saw those young folks doing.  They were not getting good results (high, tight, correct cord/will not stretch, durable)...I wonder what else one would find.   My point is, we have lost generations of know-how, to the extent that when "we" have done a thing we cannot even assess how well we have done it.  It is extremely important that in each of these categories Permies.com give some basic guidelines, whether as a page of parameters/do's and don'ts or at least truly good and helpful websites or youtube vids, etc.  Because this is not about doing it whatever way you think, and finding it unhelpful; but learning how to thrive.
 
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Think i've done enough for my first sand badge!

Wash a laundry load by hand
https://permies.com/p/1176702
Wash dishes by hand
https://permies.com/p/1177432
Clean bathroom
https://permies.com/p/1176270
Clean Kitchen
https://permies.com/p/1176186

Jeeves list
1.Clean an oily dish without soap
https://permies.com/p/1177495
2. Set up a rag system
https://permies.com/p/1174522
3. Oil wooden utensils
https://permies.com/p/1174533
4. Set up a charcoal collection system
https://permies.com/p/1177499
5. Clean area rug
https://permies.com/p/1177492
6. Make rags from old clothes
https://permies.com/p/1178199
7. Set up a cloth napkin system
https://permies.com/p/1182403
8. Sweep floor
https://permies.com/p/1178179

Alice list
1. Clean 4 windows inside and out
https://permies.com/p/1176676
2. Clean fridge interior
https://permies.com/p/1177112
Staff note (jordan barton) :

I hereby certify this sand badge complete!

 
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Just to let everyone know...  The Sand badge for this aspect is being modified.  It will change from a long list of electives into a shorter mandatory list.  This will happen in a few weeks to a month.  So if you are actively pursuing this badge, you may want to try to finish it up before it is changed.

Many of the soon-to-be-mandatory BBs are from the current lists but a few are new items.  Almost all the BBs that are removed will move up to Straw so you won't lose your work.
 
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I'd like to apply for my Sand badge please.  For easy reference this link should take you to my merit badge profile for an easier inspection of my nest BBs:

Do laundry by hand
Wash dishes by hand
Clean a bathroom
Clean a kitchen

Jeeves List:
Shovel snow
Wipe condensation from 3 windows
Install 30 feet of clothesline
Make rags from old clothes
Clean exterior of a fridge
Grease hinges
Sweep floor
Oil wooden utensils

Alice List:
Set up an elaborate clothesline
Clean 4 windows
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Congratulations on your new Nest Sand badge!!!

 
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For those who are curious about what the revised Nest Sand badge will look like, here's my best current guess.  It's still subject to the whims of change until it's posted officially.....

All are required, no "choose your own adventure" options:

Do laundry by hand
Do dishes by hand
Clean a kitchen
Clean a bathroom
Clean oily dish without soap
Grease hinges
Oil wooden cooking utensils
Get whiter whites without chlorine bleach
Clean an area rug
Sweep floor
Make rags from scraps
Spot clean upholstered fabric without toxic gick
Clean 4 windows
Manually clean an oven

You may notice that many of these are aimed at less toxic and less energy intensive ways to do a variety of household tasks
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:
Do laundry by hand
Do dishes by hand
Clean a kitchen
Clean a bathroom
Clean oily dish without soap
Grease hinges
Oil wooden cooking utensils
Get whiter whites without chlorine bleach
Clean an area rug
Sweep floor
Make rags from scraps
Spot clean upholstered fabric without toxic gick
Clean 4 windows
Manually clean an oven


Still a few to do for me. The windows need cleaning anyway, as well as the oven. If I look well I can probably find spots in my upholstered chairs. But why do whites need to be whiter? The things I buy white always become less and less white during their lifetime, and I don't mind.
 
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Inge, you may want to complete the badge as it currently is if you don't want to attempt the upholstery and "whites" BBs.

While many of us don't care if our whites get dingy over time, some folks do and this is a powerful way to show them how to get them whiter without using chlorine.  A good skill to have in your arsenal regardless if you don't plan to use it often.  
 
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Hi Mike. Thanks for your answer. Because in the current Nest BBs there are no more I can do, I'll wait until the new situation. I'll experiment with ways to keep white white after buying something new that's white
The upholstery isn't a problem at all (there's a chair my doggie always sleeps on ...)
 
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I just looked through your merit badge profile and it looks like you only need one more BB from the Jeeves list.  Am I doing the math correctly?

If so, can't you do the grease hinges or set up a burnable collection system?  You don't need to burn the burnables, just set up a system to collect them.
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:I just looked through your merit badge profile and it looks like you only need one more BB from the Jeeves list.  Am I doing the math correctly?

If so, can't you do the grease hinges or set up a burnable collection system?  You don't need to burn the burnables, just set up a system to collect them.


Yes, you're right. I waited for snow ... but that didn't come. I'll wait some more, February is always a cold month here.
Maybe I can grease the hinges, but then I'll have to find the right grease. I don't know where to buy it. Collecting burnables without burning (or burning them in a camp fire, just to burn them) seems useless to me ...
 
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The permissible grease for the hinge BB was opened up to allow for cooking oils that are solid at room temperature.  Maybe you have some lard, tallow or coconut oil laying around...
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:The permissible grease for the hinge BB was opened up to allow for cooking oils that are solid at room temperature.  Maybe you have some lard, tallow or coconut oil laying around...


O, I didn't know. In that case I can use coconut oil!
 
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Hi Mike. I think a miracle happened! It snowed last night and then there was plenty of snow to shovel for the BB. I did it first thing in the morning and then put my photos in the thread for the BB.
When the BB is approved I will count all my nest-BBs and then I can ask for the Badge (if I really only had one more to do)
 
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Yay for the snow!  I already approved it for you
 
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Here are all BBs I did (and are approved) for Nest:

Nest
1.1 https://permies.com/wiki/108730/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-dishes#1135695 (wash dishes without diswasher; had to wash more dishes)
1.2 https://permies.com/wiki/108730/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-dishes#1137536 (washed more dishes)
1.3 https://permies.com/wiki/108730/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-dishes#1138242 (about the soap I used )
2. https://permies.com/wiki/108429/pep-nest/Laundry-Hand-PEP-BB-nest#1137610 (wash laundry by hand)
3.1 https://permies.com/wiki/108852/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-kitchen#1135696 (clean kitchen)
3.2 https://permies.com/wiki/108852/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-kitchen#1138641 (cleaned the table too)
4. https://permies.com/wiki/108791/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-bathroom#1136452 (clean bathroom)

JEEVES LIST:
1. https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-sweepfloor#1136282 (sweeping a floor )
2. https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-rag-clothes#1135698 (make rags)
3. https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-rag#1136291 (rag system)
4. https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-oilydish#1137539 (clean fat dish)
5. https://permies.com/wiki/111580/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-utensils#1136463 (oil wooden utensils)
6. https://permies.com/wiki/111302/pep-bb-nest-sand-rug#1136458 (clean carpet)
7. https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-napkin#1147617 (cloth napkins)
8. https://permies.com/wiki/111200/pep-nest/Shovel-Snow-Walk-PEP-BB#1219352 (shovel snow)

ALICE LIST:
1.1 https://permies.com/wiki/112742/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-alice#1135700 (recycling system, not yet certified)
1.2. https://permies.com/wiki/112742/pep-nest/PEP-BB-nest-sand-alice#1160736 (now certified)
2. https://permies.com/wiki/112676/PEP-BB-nest-sand-alice#1135702 (clean interior fridge)
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Congratulations on your new Nest Sand badge!!!

 
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Mike Haasl wrote:For those who are curious about what the revised Nest Sand badge will look like, here's my best current guess.  It's still subject to the whims of change until it's posted officially.....

All are required, no "choose your own adventure" options:

Do laundry by hand
Do dishes by hand
Clean a kitchen
Clean a bathroom
Clean oily dish without soap
Grease hinges
Oil wooden cooking utensils
Get whiter whites without chlorine bleach
Clean an area rug
Sweep floor
Make rags from scraps
Spot clean upholstered fabric without toxic gick
Clean 4 windows
Manually clean an oven

You may notice that many of these are aimed at less toxic and less energy intensive ways to do a variety of household tasks


Glad I got my Nest badge already. My whites don't get any brighter because they're dingy from our water. Oxygen bleach and sunlight and hydrogen peroxide don't do anything against that! I've also never need to clean my oven....
 
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I'm ready to apply for my Nest PEP Sand Badge!

do laundry by hand - https://permies.com/wiki/20/108429/pep-nest/Laundry-Hand-PEP-BB-nest#1219058
wash dishes by hand - https://permies.com/wiki/45/108730/pep-nest/Wash-Dishes-Hand-PEP-BB#1217538
clean a bathroom - https://permies.com/wiki/30/108791/pep-nest/Clean-Bathroom-PEP-BB-nest#1211074
clean a kitchen - https://permies.com/wiki/20/108852/pep-nest/Clean-Kitchen-PEP-BB-nest#1218722
Jeeves list:
  1. make rags from old clothes - https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-rag-clothes#1185690
  2. wood ash system - https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-ash#1187246
  3. sweep floor - https://permies.com/wiki/30/110451/pep-nest/Sweep-Floor-PEP-BB-nest#1186862
  4. rag system - https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-rag#1187946
  5. rechargeable battery station - https://permies.com/wiki/155316/pep-nest/Set-station-system-rechargeable-batteries#1216774
  6. clean an area rug - https://permies.com/wiki/111302/pep-bb-nest-sand-rug#1217262
  7. clean an oily dish without soap - https://permies.com/wiki/15/117347/pep-nest/Clean-Oily-Dish-Soap-PEP#1217690
  8. oil wooden kitchen utensils - https://permies.com/wiki/20/111580/pep-nest/Oil-Wooden-Kitchen-Utensils-PEP#1217719
Alice list:
 1. clean interior of fridge - https://permies.com/wiki/15/112676/clean-interior-fridge#1196970
 2. manually clean an oven - https://permies.com/wiki/112675/pep-nest/Manually-Clean-Oven-PEP-BB#1214513
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Congratulations on your new Sand Nest badge!

 
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About the white whites again: I think in the white underwear I use(d) to buy there's 'optical whitener', which is something that washes out and that's the reason why it doesn't remain white.
I found this info on it:"Optical brightening agents (OBAs) are chemicals that are added to everything from linen slacks and silk blouses to socks and underwear. They use the process of fluorescence to trick your eyes into believing your clothes are whiter and brighter than they actually are."
 
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