Saturday, June 25, 2011
Make a solution of 1/4 cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of vinegar, and 1 gallon of hot water. This mixture will clean of grease and grime as well as deoderize.
Vinegar can be a great cleaning ingredient, but many people dislike the vinegar smell. Adding lemon juice to vinegar when cleaning can help neutralize the vinegar smell.
Countertop stains can be removed by allowing lemon juice to sit on the stain for a few minutes. Scrub the area with baking soda and watch the stains disappear. Don't leave the lemon juice sitting for too long. It can be powerful stuff.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Recycle old windows into functional furniture and accessories for your home or garden, such as a table, shelf, wall art or room divider. Attach four decorative table legs to an old window frame to make a coffee or occasional table.
Decoupage pressed flowers onto the glass. Try using whole flowers or just petals for an interesting country garden look. Also, just take some left over paint and use your
Monday, June 13, 2011
By simply making a change from a desktop computer to a notebook computer it can save you 50% on the electrical energy used. When ever possible make use of the battery power on the laptop as opposed to plugging it in.
The right maintenance on your car is also important for fuel savings. Lots of people can walk to where they need to go but choose to drive instead, if you have the option, take a walk. You ought to ensure that your cars tires are inflated accordingly and you should change your oil and air filters fairly often, as this will make your car a lot more efficient, as a result utilizing less fuel. You won’t just have the ability to save money on fuel by following these tips but in addition, you will be helping our planet.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
When you start detailing your plans, Make ‘Green’ Your Summer Theme. The simplest of actions can add up to make a real difference and contribute to better health for your family and your planet! Here are a few ideas that are easy to follow, cost effective…and of course, earth-friendly.
Try to be the “Green Grill Master”. Choose the least polluting grill method. While you may love the smell and taste of charcoal grilled food, charcoal releases carbon monoxide, contributing to respiratory problems and air pollution. If you insist on charcoal, try a natural product like Cowboy Charcoal. Electric grills are the best option, producing 99% less carbon monoxide than charcoal. Propane grills are the next best option; propane burns much cleaner than charcoal. In addition to your grilling method, try not to burn meat, because the charred portions cause toxic chemicals to be released into your food. Toxic chemical “seasoning” is not my idea of gourmet dining from home!
Solar is obviously “in season” this time of year. Take advantage of the free, abundant solar power that works like no other. Hang laundry out to dry to conserve energy and enjoy fresh smelling sheets and clothes. If you are accustomed to coloring your hair, consider sunbathing with lemon juice, to lighten hair the natural way, avoiding harmful ingredients found in expensive commercial hair dyes. For refreshing drinks, try making sun-tea or green tea on your porch in a glass jar – both are healthy alternatives to sodas and sugary drinks (see Ehow.com for good recipes).
In your travels this summer, remember to tread lightly. While on hikes or bikes, stay on designated paths to minimize disturbance of natural areas. No matter where you visit, take all your trash (and a few extras) when you leave and save recyclables, too. Enjoy water sports, but be mindful of the importance of clean water streams. When you fill up the gas tank on your boat or Jet Ski, use a funnel to make sure no gas is spilled into the water.
A challenge to each of our households: make this summer your greenest season yet! Involve your whole family. Map out ideas for your green-themed summer and include a section called “make a difference”…take the challenge and do it In Honor of Planet Earth.