Archive for February, 2010

Simple, Smart Solutions

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I was reading in a home-improvement magazine about the wonders of packaging peanuts. They may seem like pollution-causing, useless pieces of foam, but in fact, there are endless uses for them.

Not only can packaging peanuts help your home in various ways, they are no longer sitting in a deteriorating cardboard box in your attic. The most interesting use (in my opinion) was to use the peanuts as spacers for a picture frame. You cut a foam peanut in half and glue them to the back corners of wall mirrors and picture frames. What that does is prevent dings in walls, and paint-chipping.

If you need to keep the points of sharp tools, (such as awls) from getting banged up, consider sliding a packaging peanut over the top to stop future finger injuries from occurring. Just think—if you were rummaging through your toolbox and came across a sharp tip—ouch! With a peanut on the top, your fingers can come out of the toolbox unscathed.

Mold and Mildew in the bathroom

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

This time of year has made me focus on bathrooms. To be more precise, mold and mildew in the bathroom. If you have mold growing inside of your shower or tub, don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of solutions. A good thing to prevent mold is to caulk all the crevices where the grout is missing. Also, be sure to turn on your fan to air out the bathroom after each bath or shower. Dampness and humidity causes mold and mildew.

If you use regular bar soap and have been finding film on the glass of your shower, try using an organic, (preferably cruelty-free for the animals’ sake) glycerin bar soap. For some reason, standard bar soap seems to contribute to filmy shower glass. I found that when I switched to glycerin soap, the film significantly reduced.