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Buy This Not That: Cloth Napkins vs Paper Napkins

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Buy This Not That: Cloth Napkins vs Paper Napkins

Switching from paper to cloth napkins is one of those quick and simple changes you can make to immediately start saving trees and decreasing waste. As an added bonus, switching makes every meal a little fancier whether it’s a delicious homemade favorite or takeout. Cloth napkins can be used more than once before needing to be washed, so you don’t need one per person for each meal like you do with paper napkins. The number of cloth napkins you need depends on the size of your family, how often you eat at home and how often you do laundry. I usually use a napkin for three meals before putting it in the laundry. Also remember, if the napkin is wet (perhaps you used it to mop up a spilled drink) let it dry before throwing it in the laundry basket. If everyone in your family usually sits in the same seat for meals you may be able to leave the napkins on the table between meals, just fold napkin with a clean side is up. If you need to clear the table between meals, or your family members switch seats, consider using napkin rings to identify the napkins or buy a set with several different colored napkins so each person can use their favorite color. Feel like getting crafty? Make you own napkins out of beads, fabric flowers or ribbons or embroider, cross stitch or screen print designs or initials on your napkins. When you are shopping for napkins I recommend checking the labels to ensure you buy cotton napkins. Cotton is more absorbent than a poly blend so it will leave you feeling cleaner and since, napkins get washed frequently, buying natural fiber napkins will help you decrease microplastic pollution. Of course, it’s a bonus if you can find some organic cotton napkins you like and pick up a few extras to green your work routine! Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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Insulate Your Outlets And Switches For The Winter

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in For Your Home | 0 comments

Insulate Your Outlets And Switches For The Winter

Two years ago I was in my kitchen and felt a draft coming from the light switch. When I searched the Internet to figure out how to insulate outlets and switches I found a number of dangerous recommendations. In the end I discovered an incredibly easy and inexpensive way to complete the task. Several companies, including Duck and Frost King, make pre-cut foam insulators for outlets. Since it’s only necessary to insulate outlets and switches on outside walls, save yourself some time on this project by keeping it small. In addition to insulators, all you need is a screwdriver. To keep yourself safe, always shut off the power to the sockets you are insulating first. Then, unscrew and remove the faceplate and place the appropriate insulator in the socket. Finish by screwing the faceplate back into place and turning the power on. Could making your house a little more energy efficient and comfortable be any easier? Like this post? Subscribe to our email list, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Pinterest for more green living...

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