By Allison Lind
Our landfills are growing by the second — but there’s plenty that we can do to help, while also adding some extra functionality or style in our homes! Find decorating inspiration in these five unique ways to reuse items you already have. Mother Nature will be pleased.
Instead of tossing empty glass wine, beer or soda bottles, take a look at them from a different angle. Many bottles have a beautiful shape or color, and could easily stand alone as decorative vases. For a modern look, consider painting the exterior of a bottle in a color that matches your home décor.
If your bottle has a label, soak it in hot sudsy water (use dishwashing detergent) for 5 or more minutes until the label becomes soft. Gently peel it away; use a scrub brush to remove any leftover residue. Before use, clean the insides of the bottles too — fill ¾ with warm water and a bit of dishwashing liquid. Cover the bottle with your finger or hand and give it a good shake. Rinse until the suds are gone and place upside down on a towel or dish rack to dry.
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Guest Post by Kenneth Lawrence
Technology has made certain aspects of life much easier, and very convenient. Instead of taking that long drive to buy what you need, you can simply go online and shop at your leisure. Instead of going overseas to meet with a foreign client, you can just discuss business using video conferencing equipment and not leave the country. Instead of hanging your laundry, you can stick them in the dryer and be done with a full load before the kids get back from school. For some people, though, the traditional way of drying laundry is miles ahead and much better than using a high tech dryer.
Line drying, using the iconic Hills Hoist rotary clothes lines, can prolong the life of your clothes. When you tumble dry, your clothes are likely to get ruined faster because even the gentlest of spins can be harsh on fabric. Your clothes could lose their shape or get frayed even before you get a chance to really wear them out. The zippers could snag and the seams could come loose. In comparison, line drying with rotary clothes lines is lighter for your clothes. You simply hang them up with proper clothespins and let nature do its job.
Since you’ll be using the heating power of the sun or the wind, you’re likely to save money on energy bills because you won’t be using a tumble dryer. If you’re worried about those odd weather changes, you can use a portable clothes line so you can wheel it in when it suddenly starts pouring rain. Portable clothes lines are also quite handy for families living in apartments or limited spaces. You can put your portable clothes line out on the porch or covered balcony, or anywhere in your apartment.
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