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GREEN TIP: Baby Greek goddess and trikeFind alternate uses for everyday products and you will save money and the environment at the same time.

Here are some tips you can use today:

1. Line a Vegetable Drawer

Keep vegetables fresh by lining refrigerator drawer.

Use the newspaper to line vegetable drawers in your refrigerator. The newspapers will absorb moisture and reduce smells.

2. Ease Snoring

Ease snoring with a little olive oil before bed.

A little olive oil before bed will moisturize and lubricate your throat muscles and help eliminate snoring. Sip olive oil before bed.

3. Bicycle Chain Lubricant

Lubricate your bike chain with olive oil.

4. Fertilizer

Use coffee grounds to fertilize plants.

To fertilize plants, especially carrots and radishes. Before you plant, mix your carrot and radish seeds with used coffee grounds. You’ll increase your carrot and radish size and amount, and the grounds will also ward away any underground pests attracted to your veggies.

5. Acne or Aging Skin

Give yourself an aspirin facial to eliminate acne.

The salicylic acid in aspirin makes for a great facial for acne or aging skin. Crush 5-10 non-coated aspirin tablets; add small dab of water and plain yogurt and spread on your face avoiding the eye area.

6. Breath Freshener

Use lemon wedges to eliminate bad breath.

Take a lemon wedge and rub over teeth and tongue to get rid of bad breath.

7. Stain Remover

Remove stubborn stains from carpet and fabrics with hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide will remove stains from fruit juice, coffee, wine and even blood from fabrics and carpet. It is recommended, as with all cleaning solutions, to test it on a small area first.

8. Remove Excess Salt from Soups

Use apples or potatoes to remove the salt content from soups.

Accidentally get a little heavy handed with the salt shaker? Simply drop a few apple (or potato) wedges in your pot. After cooking for another 10 minutes or so, remove the wedges and out comes the excess salt.

9. Rust Remover

Use Coca Cola to remove rust.

Coca Cola and a mildly abrasive cloth will remove most rust stains. Use Coca Cola and a little elbow grease to clean up a rusty bumper.

10. Clean Eye Glasses

Clean eye glasses with vodka or rubbing alcohol and a cloth.

Wipe the lenses with a soft, clean cloth dampened with vodka or rubbing alcohol. The alcohol cleans the glass and kills germs.

Source: AltUse.com

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Glue and Glitter

Glue and Glitter contains great tips, green crafts and amazing recipes. It is full of ways to repurpose everyday items that would end up in a landfill into something wonderful.

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by Wendy Gabriel

Leslie Quigley
is the founder and senior writer at Recycle Your Day. She began her eco-Leslie Quigleyfriendly site when she decided she needed to create a place to write about her eco-journey. She is a wife and mother who is extremely passionate about natural living.

What put you on your current path towards living a more sustainable life?

I’ve always been drawn to nature and helping save the Earth. It’s something that’s been inside of me and I’ve felt compelled to do; my passion. Having children really put things into perspective. With all the decision-making to keep my kids safe from toxic exposure, it made me realize if we are saving the planet from these pesky polluters, we also have to do something to save our children. Both go hand-in-hand. As a mom I began to make more eco-choices for the sake of my children, the earth AND for our children’s children.

What do you do to make your day-to-day life a little greener?

I consider myself a crunchy eco-mom. Therefore I recycle, compost, conserve energy and water whenever possible. I take my trusty cloth bags with me to the grocery store. I’m anal about turning off the dryer before it’s actually finished because the laundry is always dry before it beeps. The same goes for the dishwasher – I stop it before it has the chance dry. I clean my house using homemade non-toxic cleaners and freshen it by boiling orange peels or lemon in boiling water. I also use cloth diapers and cloth wipes. I feed my family local and organic foods and keep them away from high fructose corn syrup. We even have two chickens. I make a lot of foods from scratch and purchase foods in bulk. I unplug my appliances, too! I also only try to use products that are all natural and non-toxic. I look at every area of my life and if it hasn’t been “eco-fied” I work on it. Baby steps.

I am always looking for great green cleaning tips. Could you share one of your favorite ways to clean green?

I like to use Apple Cider Vinegar to brighten and whiten dingy socks and shirts!

You always have great advice on natural living, natural mothering and environmental awareness at Recycle Your Day. Is there any advice you could give someone who wants to start making greener choices?

Start small. There are many, many ways to make greener choices: it can be overwhelming. Make the ones that best suit your needs. Most importantly, share your experience with others and encourage them to make greener choices too.

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