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Tip #21 – Dog Spots

Sunday, January 25th, 2009
Use beer on dog urine

Use beer on dog urine

If you have a dog, you know that dog urine produces brown spots in your nice, green grass. Instead of cracking a cold one to enjoy yourself, pour it on your dog spots. Beer will help nutrelize the high nitrogen in the dog urine.

If possible, catch the dog spot immediately and spray it down with water. This helps dilute the urine.

Tip #20 – Water Stains

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Water stains in your shower? Soak cotton balls in bleach, place the balls on top of the stains and let set for about 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.

Tip #17 – Recycle Ink Cartridges

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Recycle your ink cartridges with your local school.

Recycle your ink cartridges with your local school.

All of us have at least one…a printer. And we all have ink cartridges that we are needing to discard. More than likely, our first thought is to just toss the cartridges in the trash. Some folks take them to their local office supply store for a small credit toward their new cartridge.

Did you know that you can help your local school? Many schools take part in a program called “Cartridges for Kids.” This program allows schools to collect items such as ink cartridges, cell phones, iPods, and other items. The school then sends these items in and receives cash. Visit the web site or call your local school to learn whether or not they participate in this program. Help the students of today and the leaders of tomorrow.

Tip #16 – Plastic in the Garage

Saturday, January 17th, 2009
Use plasitc storage containers.

Use plasitc storage containers.

During this time of year, the mice are on the prowl for a warm, dry place to nest for the winter. A great way to keep the mice out and your belongings in, is to store items in strong, plastic containers

In your garage, basement, or crawl space, you can store items including: clothing, holiday decorations, bird seed, etc, in a durable plastic container. Personally, I use the Rubbermaid brand. I have two containers in my garage that keep my sunflower seeds, corn, and other bird seeds away from the mice. The covered, plastic trashcans also work great for storage.

Depending on where you live, it may be beneficial to keep your items in this type of container year round.

Tip #15 – Fresh Breath at Work

Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Keep travel-sized items in your desk drawer.

Keep travel-sized items in your desk drawer.

Go ahead…enjoy that garlic or onion in your lunch at work. All you need to do is keep a travel-size toothpaste & toothbrush or mouthwash in your desk drawer. This makes it quick and easy for you to freshen your breath before interacting with coworkers or clients.

Don’t limit yourself to just your drawer at work. You can keep travel-size items in a variety of places: backpack, glove box, diaper bag, etc. And you may want to check out all of the other great travel-sized items that could fit your needs at work or home.

Tip #13-Reusing Plastic

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
You can reuse your plastic bags in a variety of ways.

You can reuse your plastic bags in a variety of ways.

We all get plastic bags from a variety of places: produce at the grocery store, items we purchase at various stores, our newspaper, Ziplocs from food, and more.

Don’t just throw them in the trash – REUSE them! Here are several ideas that will help you reuse your plastic bags:

  • Use a Ziploc more than ONE time – especially with sandwiches, chips, and some fruits.
  • Carry your lunch to work or school in a plastic grocery sack.
  • When you’re out playing sports, camping, or just enjoying the outdoors, take along a few grocery sacks for wet and/or dirty clothing and shoes.
  • Keep misc. items organized in your family vehicle using a plastic bag.
  • Use any of the sacks to clean up after your pooch while on a walk.
  • And for those of you who are really pinching pennies, you can even wash out your Ziplocs with soap and water and reuse them. (If you’re bag contained raw meat, it’s best to not reuse the bag.)
  • Take the grocery bags that are in good shape back to the store for a second time.
  • Use your produce bag for all or part of your lunch. They also work great for some leftovers.
  • Place your grocery sack in a small wastebasket as a liner.  Fill it, pull it out, tie it off, and throw it away.  (Or you may even be able to reuse it again!)

Tip #12-Painting Clean Up

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Are you doing some painting around your house? If you’re like me, you never finish the project in just one day…and you HATE cleaning the brushes. (There’s times when I’d rather just toss the roller in the trash then clean it for a second use.)

So, for those times that you do need to save your rollers and/or brush for the next day, pull out your Ziploc baggies! Remove some of the excess paint from your roller. Take a gallon-sized baggie and with the paint roller still on the handle, place the roller in the bag. Grab the roller and pull on the handle, leaving the wet roller in the bag. You can also place your other brushes in this bag, or in separate bag. Be sure to seal your bags tightly, keeping out the air, and your brushes will be ready for the next day.

Tip #10- Office Supplies

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Don’t want your cubicle or desk to look like an “office space?” Do you want to personalize it and make it your own space? Look for creative ways to store office supplies like paperclips, binder clips, pushpins, pencils, pens, and rubber bands. Small vases, candle holders, flower/plant pots, and even candy dishes. These containers add a little pizazz

Use different types of containers to store office supplies.

Use different types of containers to store office supplies.

to the typical “office by providing a variety of colors, materials and textures.

The stores today carry a variety of baskets and organizers to help you with the larger items like papers, folders, and documents. Even then, think outside the box when looking for storage solutions.

If you are a person who likes to keep theses items out but don’t want to see them, opt for decorative boxes. They come in all shapes and sizes and if you’re feeling a little creative, stop by your local craft or scrapbook store to purchase unfinished boxes, coverings and embellishments.

Another great place to look for items is at your local thrift store. Here you can find a number of those small mismatched items that would work perfectly for this type of project. And don’t forget about your home office as well. It’s another great place to add a few unique touches.

Tip #8 – Dryer Sheets

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

Dryer sheets can do more than eliminate static and help your laundry smell good.  Here are a few more ways to use them around the home:

  • Freshen the air in your car by placing a sheet under the seat – for bigger vehicles use a couple of sheets.
  • To freshen the air in your house, place a sheet under the bed or behind/in an item on a shelf in any room.
  • Use sheets to help clean up.  A used dryer sheet can be used in the garage to help pick up sawdust and rubbing an unused sheet on items will trap unwanted animal hair.
  • After returning home from a trip, place a sheet in your luggage to help eliminate odors and keep it fresh for your next adventure.
  • Help eliminate sneaker odor.  Place a dryer sheet in any shoe overnight or while in your closet.
  • I haven’t tried this on, but I’ve heard that if you hang a sheet on your patio during mosquito season, it will actually repel the pesky critters.