Sunday, September 24, 2017

Here are 13 uses for those little silica beads
Because these little bags absorb moisture, they have many worthy uses:
1. Throw a few on your car dash board to fight window fog.
2. Keep some in your linen closets to keep your linens dry.
3. Throw a few in your photo boxes and albums to prevent photos from aging and warping.
4. Keep some near your razor, the beads will prevent rust and extend the life of your razor.
5. The little bags can dry out a wet cell phone.
6. Keeps some in your camera bag to keep your equipment dry.
7. Eliminates that old book smell. Just place them in the pages of a book or on your book shelves.
8. Store some in your luggage when traveling to keep moisture out of your bags.
9. Store some in your pills and vitamins to keep them fresh.
10. Keep some with your garden seeds so that they will stay dry.
11. Toss one in your gym bag to help combat that ol’ smell.
12. Toss a few in your large pet food bag to prevent it from getting soggy.
13. Place a few bags in your fall pumpkin to keep it from molding. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nix mold
Mix borax with a bit of water to create a thick paste. Apply this paste to moldy areas and let it set over night. The next morning, brush away the powder and rinse. No scrubbing necessary! 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Drive smartly
Aggressive driving, such as speeding up and braking sharply, can burn more gas. 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Look for the Energy Star logo
Many different organizations purport to verify green status, but one certification stands above them all. Appliances that bear the Energy Star logo have been certified through the Department of Energy to be significantly and measurably more efficient than their non-certified counterparts. All told, the DoE estimates the use of Energy Star appliances has saved $362 billion in energy costs since 1992. That's a third of a trillion dollars. No small feat for such a small label. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Keep watering and mowing
Continue to water if you’re not receiving rain. Plants need water to survive even as temperatures moderate. Continue to mow with the bag attached, gathering chopped leaves for compost and mulch.