Tinker Around

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Recycling and Cutting Back!

Recycling and Cutting Down on Paper Goods.

Seems to be a lot of trash going out as far as paper products. My niece has been making changes in this area with her four kids for quite some time and I decided to follow suit some time back.  I read today where someone was cleaning the fridge quite often with Clorox wipes.  Clorox Disinfecting Wipes, Lemon Fresh, Tub of 75 Wipes (Google Affiliate Ad)  Can go here to see where, cost and count on getting them.  Having wipes around can be very helpful, but I am going to share an alternative to using these all the time.  I also love Bounty paper towels, they are a quick picker up, but again...there are alternatives. Bounty Select A Size Perforated Paper Towel Roll, 2-ply, White, 11 (Google Affiliate Ad) 

Oh, and if you would click the links, I do get credit for it!  lol...just working the system here.

Now, on to what I wanted to share.  I went to the store and got a couple of packs of the all white cheap wash rags.  I got some of the microfiber ones also, but to be honest...I just do not care for them as well.  They seem to feel like they snag on my skin, just got one package of them and use them on tiny faces and soft skin of the little ones.  But, I am getting ahead of myself.  I am using these instead of paper towels for clean ups around the kitchen.  Then, I started using them instead of napkins too.  They are so easy to just toss in a basket under the sink and then throw in the washer every few days.  So, then comes the comment of the microfiber ones working great on baby faces!  lol

Here, on the right, you can see the picture of all my white rags piled up.  Oh, the ones beside them?  The ones with the pretty birds??  Yep, I made those.  Let me show you a close up.

These are my "heavy duty" paper towels that I made.  I bought some flannel that I liked and a large bath towel, a nice absorbent one.  I cut them out in sizes ranging from 10x10 to 12x12.  I have enough to make more, but just have not needed them yet.  I put right sides together, stitched around (leaving a spot to turn them) them, turned, and top stitched.  After the top stitching, I did some free form sewing on the top to hold the two layers together.  These work GREAT!!!  I will say this, wash your bath towel by itself several times and be prepared to pull a ton of lint out of both the washer and dryer!

Going back to the subject of cleaning out the fridge.  I use the white rags with bleach water.  Then, toss it over the edge of the basket to dry with the other washrags.  I only need to do this bout once a month if that often.  Take care of little spills when they happen, you save so much time later.  

Here is a photo of one of my shelves in the fridge.  

Those are place mats from the Dollar Tree.  I just slide those out and wash them off in the sink, dry them off and put them back in.  No more pulling out the shelves and all that mess!!!  This was something that I had seen done on a pinterest post and it is a real winner!

While we are in the kitchen, let me show you my coffee filter holder...

IF you have been following me, a couple posts back when I did my pantry...you saw this embossed wallpaper.  I painted some more of it in the teal and wrapped it around one of our empty coffee cans.  Just put some tacky glue up the seam and slipped on a couple of rubber bands until it was dry.  Duncan 810 Aleenes Origi (Google Affiliate Ad)  There are lots of good glues out there and most any of them will work.  The filters just fit inside and it is really easy to get to them.  I plan to cover the regular coffee can too, and put some tags or labels on them.  Gotta say, I think that they look really nice!

Ok. That is it for this week.  I am working on a crochet blanket and taking lots of pictures of each step...it will be coming to this blog soon, just gotta get it finished up.  See ya back here in a few weeks, I hope...hey, do me a favor and invite your friends to come read and follow.  Thanx!

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