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Cleanup With a Green Mind

April 21, 2011

This week, KOMU 8’s Cynthia Yang and Alex Holley shows us how household items can be used in unconventional, but useful ways. These items have a list of purposes, including cleaning, beauty tips and ways to make life a bit easier.

Cynthia:
The moment anyone steps into my room, it’s not difficult to figure out that I am a clean freak. I make my bed the second I get out and keep my clothes in the closet and off the floor. Though some may dread cleaning, it is surprisingly a relaxing daily activity of mine. From the moment I found this article from “Woman’s Day”, I have been using the suggested tips. I also found another article from “Real Simple.”

Here are the tips that stood out to me:

  • Rubber Bands: Wrap a bottle around a shampoo bottle to easily distinguish it from the conditioner.
  • Nail Polish: Smooth out rough edges of a hanger with a coat of clear nail polish.
  • Dryer Sheets: Rub shower doors and walls with a wet sheet to remove water buildup; run a sheet over frizzy hair to calm and freshen your hairdo.
  • Hair dryer: Blow hot air on an eyelash curler for 10 seconds before curling lashes to hold the curl. I have done this for years and have seen great results!
  • Cornstarch: Put some on a cloth to get cooking oil off of a wall.
  • Salt: Clean a greasy pan by putting some salt into a pan before washing.
  • Ziploc Bag: Pour some white vinegar into a bag and rubberband to a showerhead for 3o minutes to renew its condition.
  • Chalk: Ants do not cross a chalk line because chalk contains calcium carbonate, which ants don’t like.
  • Lemon: Cut one in half and scrub a cutting board to sanitize it.
  • Coffee Filters: Use as a substitute to paper towels to clean windows and glass.

Here is a recipe for the well-known cleaning product, Oxyclean, I found from a blog called Creatively Domestic.

Photo Credit: Creativelydomestic.com

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup peroxide
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • * Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 minutes to overnight and then wash as usual. Or you can just skip the water and pour the peroxide and baking soda directly into the wash with your laundry soap and wash as usual. *


Alex:
Although I am not the neatest person you well ever meet, I do love finding new uses for old things. So if you’re looking to do some creative things with household items, take a look at this link:
Here are some of the things listed that I found really useful and creative!
  • Carpet remnants: Line the drawers where you put your pots and pans, so it keeps things quiet.
  • Glass Jars: Decorate them and give them as gifts.
  • Old Greeting Cards: Use as a bookmark.
  • Sheets and Tablecloths: Cut to make placemats and aprons.
  • Newspaper: Place under car to soak up an oil leak.
  • Altoids or similar tin boxes: Keep small items for sewing.
  • Toothbrushes: Use as a bathroom scrubber.
  • Styrofoam egg cartons: Use to sprout seedlings before putting them in a garden.
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