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Janet Visloski Strang's Blog – February 2011 Archive (28)

"Keyboard Cover"~GREEN Inspiraions~February 28, 2011

If you're going away on vacation, clean your computer keyboard then cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil to keep the dust off while you're gone.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 28, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Sticking Drawers?"~GREEN Inspirations~February 27, 2011

Do the drawers on your kitchen cabinets stick when you try to pull on them?...The gliders could be out of alignment, the tracks could be gunked up and need cleaned or they just need oiled (use vegetable oil to do this).

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 27, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Squeaky Hinge"~GREEN Inspirations~February 26, 2011

Do you have a squeaky hinge on your kitchen cabinets?...Simply use vegetable oil to stop that annoying noise.

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"In a Pinch"~GREEN Inspirations~February 25, 2011

If you've run out of your favorite shaving cream, in a pinch, you can use olive oil instead of lathering up with a bar of soap...The olive oil will also moisturize your skin.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 25, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Musty Files"~GREEN Inspirations~February 24, 2011

If the files in your filing cabinet smell musty, place a charcoal briquette in the drawer to help eliminate that odor...Also works with files placed into storage.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Smaller is Handier"~GREEN Inspirations~February 23, 2011

We all know that it saves money when you purchase products (olive oil, vinegar, liquid detergent etc) in the larger sizes but then those larger containers are awkward to handle...Transfer the product into clean and empty plastic water bottle with a flip-top lid (or a smaller size container of the same product)...Now you can easily pour/squeeze out the amount needed.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 23, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Windowsill Garden"~GREEN Inspirations~February 22, 2011

If you love to cook, one way to cut calories and add flavor is by adding herbs to your favorite recipes...Purchasing herbs can get expensive, so why not grow your own herbs on your kitchen windowsill in pots?...Not only will you save money but you'll have fresh herbs whenever you need them...Also, you can use fresh herbs to add flavor to Extra Virgin Olive Oil or vinegar/apple cider vinegar and use the seasoned… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 22, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Fireplace Ashes"~GREEN Inspirations~February 21, 2011

When cleaning out your fireplace, save the old ashes, dry them out and use them in your garden in the spring...The dried ashes will increase the alkalinity and act as a fertilizer...Your garden will love it!

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 21, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Old Candles"~GREEN Inspirations~February 20, 2011

Do you have old candles (pillar candles, candles in jars, taper candles) that can't be used/lit any more?...Here's a way to use them up to make a giant candle for emergencies or camping...You'll need an empty milk carton (the wax coated cardboard type not the plastic) cut to desired height and a candle warmer or an old pot to melt the used candles...Use a pillar candle or taper candles in the center of the milk… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 20, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Smelly Dog?"~GREEN Inspirations~February 19, 2011

If your dog smells like, well---a dog, this winter because it's tough to bathe them, you can help them smell clean by rubbing some baking soda onto their fur and work it in, wait a few minutes and then brush it out.

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"Clean Floors"~GREEN Inspirations~February 18, 2011

If you want to keep your floors/carpeting clean this winter, place a door mat outside the entry door that you use the most (even if it's in the garage)...Then on the inside also place a throw rug/doormat near that same entry door...And make sure that everyone takes their shoes/boots off at the door so that dirt/mud/salt/ice melt is not tracked through the house saving wear and tear on your flooring.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 18, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Make Flowers Last"~GREEN Inspirations~February 17, 2011

If you want to make those Valentine flowers last a little longer, here are several suggestions...Crush an aspirin and add to fresh vase water before adding the flowers...Add a copper penny and a cube of sugar...Combine 3 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a quart of warm water and make sure that the stems are covered at least 3-4 inches with this water mixture...Or mix 2 tablespoons of apple… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 17, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Spring Thaw?"~GREEN Inspirations~February 16, 2011

Here in Western Pennsylvania, we are having a little bit of a "spring thaw"...Temperatures will be in the low 50's for the next few days...Maybe the Groundhog was right, spring is just around the corner (at least a taste of it for now!)...If the weather is like this in your area, get out there and take a walk or at least check out your yard/home for any winter weather damage that you can repair/plan to repair… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 16, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Ski Scraper?"~GREEN Inspirations~February 15, 2011

If you love to ski, you should know that old wax builds up on your skis slowing you down...The solution is to scrape off the old wax but what tool to use to do this?...Just use the ice scraper from your vehicle...Yes, the ice scraper for your vehicle windows will do the job neatly and quickly...Now you can put a new coat of wax on those skis.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 15, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Valentine Trivia"~GREEN Inspirations~February 14, 2011

Did you know that almost 110 million roses are sold to celebrate Valentine's Day...It's the biggest day for selling red roses...About 1 billion cards are exchanged with Valentine's Day being second to Christmas and romantic cards are the best sellers...School kids (ages 6-10) top the list by exchanging over 650 million cards with teachers, classmates and family...Do you give/receive… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 14, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Chapstick(R) Part 2"~GREEN Inspirations~February 13, 2011

Part Two, more Chapstick(R) lip balm uses for the ladies...Ever have a Chapstick(R) flavor that smelled so good you could eat it but when it's applied to your lips it tastes awful?...Don't throw it out!...Simply use it as a light fragrance by applying it on your wrists, behind your ears or knees...While dressing for that special event, use a shimmery lip balm as a glittery lotion...Rub it on the areas you want…

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Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 13, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Chapstick(R) Lip Balm"~GREEN Inspirations~February 12, 2011

Yes, there are other uses for your Chapstick(R) lip balm (besides moisturizing your lips!)...You can apply Chapstick(R) to your hands and face to prevent wind burn especially when skin is exposed to cold, windy, dry winter air...When you have a cold and your runny nose gets red and raw, you can soothe and moisturize your nostrils...If you get a paper cut (or cut yourself shaving!), apply Chapstick(R) to the cut to… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 12, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Chapped Hands?"~GREEN Inspirations~February 11, 2011

No matter how many times a day you apply hand lotion to your chapped, rough, dry hands, if that smooth and soft feeling doesn't last long, don't purchase a brand name hand lotion...An inexpensive solution is to apply petroleum jelly (Vaseline) and really work it into your hands right before you go to bed every night...This hint also works any time of the year when your hands get rough and dry after… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 11, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Old Newspapers"~GREEN Inspirations~February 10, 2011

Keep a stack of old newspapers in the trunk of your vehicle this winter...If you get stuck on a stretch of ice/frozen slush, you can place a section of the newspaper (at least a dozen sheets) under your rear tires for traction to get you onto cleared pavement.

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 10, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

"Damp Gloves?"~GREEN Inspirations~February 9, 2011

We all know that you should hang up damp (or wet) mittens/gloves so that they can dry before the next wearing...Here's a way to help them dry a little faster without tossing them into the clothes dryer...If you're saving empty glass jars for reuse (and you should), pull each mitten/glove over the bottom of an empty jar and place the jar (bottom up, lid off) on top of the radiator or heating vent...The… Continue

Added by Janet Visloski Strang on February 9, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

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