How to Help Your Razor Blades Last Longer


How to Help Your Razor Blades Last Longer
Have you ever wondered why you need to keep replacing your razor blades so often even when their only job is to trim hair? Think about it, it's a piece of sharp metal against HAIR.

So why is it that you need to keep buying new razor blades so often?

Razor blades become dull more quickly when moisture is left on the metal after you're done shaving or trimming. This causes the metal to oxidize - or rust - faster, and minuscule particles will chip and fall off, resulting in a dull blade.

Maintaining the longevity of a razor blade is simple, just make sure to wipe it off completely after use and keep it in a dry place. This way, you won't have to throw out as many razor blades as before, and spend as much money replacing them.

Eco-friendly Diapers


Eco-friendly Diapers

Did you know that there are over four million babies born every year in the United States, and that the average baby who uses disposable diapers goes through about 8,000 of them? Imagine that, 8,000 diapers per every one of those four million who are born annually in the U.S. It's a wonder how we're not already all drowning in diaper waste.

That isn't the case ... yet, but it's still horrifying to think about all those plastic-covered diapers that don't break down for millions of years, just sitting in landfills, with thousands more added to that pile every day.

So why hasn't anyone invented a more eco-friendly alternative to the commonly used disposable diaper? Oh wait, plenty of people already have.


Many may find the idea of reusable diapers off-putting or unsanitary, but that may be because they have the wrong idea of what reusable diapers are. They aren't just pieces of cloth that require hours of washing and gallons of soapy water before they can reused. Plenty of companies are producing diapers that are biodegradable or have easily removable inserts that naturally break down in the environment after they've been used.

Eco-friendly doesn't mean these diapers are less absorbent or necessarily more expensive either. Below is an alphabetical list of some companies that produce eco-friendlier diapers than the traditional Pamper or Huggies, and all have gotten very positive reviews.

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Bambo Nature

Eco-friendly DiapersBambo Nature diapers are actually designed like traditional disposable diapers, but they are much thinner very absorbent with a unique layer that wicks moisture away from a baby's bottom, which means it does its job while creating less waste.







bumGenius

Eco-friendly DiapersbumGenius diapers are cloth snap-on diapers that come with inserts made of natural fibers. This design means parents don't need to carry around bulky disposables everywhere they take their child, and can simply pack the inserts, which take up a lot less room. The company also produces an all-in-one diaper that can be adjusted to accommodate a baby's size as he or she grows, which is pretty convenient.





Cushie Tushies

Cushie Tushies' diapers contain cloth absorbent boosters made of bamboo and organic cotton. According to the website, these diapers can last 3-4 hours between changes, while a lining also helps wick moisture away from the skin.

Earth's Best

Eco-friendly DiapersEarth's Best's mission is to provide natural and organic care products for babies and toddlers, including formula, soft baby foods and cereals, wipes and chlorine-free diapers. According to their website, the diapers are made of renewable resources and fewer petrochemicals than most commercial diapers.






G Diapers

Eco-friendly DiapersG Diapers consist of reusable cloth covers with disposable, biodegradable inserts. The cloth is made of washable cotton that is designed to breathe to keep a baby's bottom dry, and they come in a wide range of fun colors and patterns. The inserts are designed so that can be flushed, composted or simply thrown away. That is a heck of  a lot more convenient than figuring out how to roll up and dispose of a plastic diaper, which usually fills up the trash can pretty quickly.




Seventh Generation

Eco-friendly DiapersSeventh Generation produces a whole line of eco-friendly products, including home-cleaning solutions, laundry detergents, recycled toilet paper, body wash, lotions and of course, diapers. With a mission on making diapers using only the materials babies need and nothing they don't, their green diapers are fragrance- and latex-free, and also do not contain petroleum-based lotions or chlorine.



Thirsties

Eco-friendly DiapersThirsties diapers are cloth nappies that made of high-quality fabric that are sourced as locally as possible, which means the diapers are not being made in places like China with substandard materials, then creating unnecessary carbon emissions during transport. Their website also says their warehouse is 100% powered by wind energy, with any carbon footprints created during production offset by Renewable Energy Certificates. Almost all of Thirsties' products are created while keeping renewability, recyclability and offsetting carbon emission in mind.

How to Personalize Your Photo Albums


Generic photo albums are really boring to look at, so I decided to personalize some of mine by covering them with fabric. That doesn't mean you have to use fabric to customize your own photo album though. Use whatever materials you like to bring a personal touch to the covers.

How to Personalize Your Photo Albums

I find the cheap, generic photo albums are easiest to work with, because they have simple screws and bindings that you can remove to add or take out pages, which means they're much easier to disassemble and customize, then put back together.



How to Personalize Your Photo Albums
I personalized my albums further by stitching dates
into the fabric before gluing it onto the album cover.
For my project, I simply took the album apart, glued fabric to the bindings and covers, then put the album back together. Now all my photo albums are much lovelier to look at on my shelf.

Customizing empty photo albums also make great gifts for other people, and you can include photos, notes and other fun decorative touches to some of the pages as a nice surprise for the person receiving the album.

Don't like keeping your photos in an album? How about in a box?

White Vinegar as Natural Mouthwash


You know, if you're brushing and flossing properly, you really don't need toothpaste or mouthwash to keep your breath fresh. But if you absolutely need to use a mouthwash, and are looking for a natural alternative to commercial products, then try using white vinegar. White vinegar has great antibacterial properties that will kill the germs in your mouth.

White Vinegar as Natural Mouthwash

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You'll Need:

- white vinegar
- distilled water
- cloves, mint leaves or peppermint (optional)


Directions:

1. Add one part white vinegar to four parts distilled water. Add some cloves, mint leaves or peppermint to the mixture if you'd like a little bit of flavor.
2. Swish and gargle this solution in your mouth as you would any other mouthwash.
3. Spit and rinse thoroughly. You don't want to leave any vinegar lingering in your mouth. The acid in the vinegar is what helps whiten your teeth, but leaving it in your mouth over a long period of time won't be good for the enamel. After rinsing thoroughly, you're done!

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This is a very simple and natural way to refresh your breath and mouth without using commercial mouth rinses that are loaded with artificial flavors and other chemicals. Also helps kills the bacteria in the corners of your mouth that you missed while brushing.

Curious about other natural ways to maintain your oral hygiene? Try replacing toothpaste with baking soda and/or oil pulling!

Make Your Own Unique Mouse Pad


Make Your Own Unique Mouse Pad
I needed a new mouse pad, but no way was I going to go out and buy one. I figured if I could make my own pop filter for my microphone, I could easily make a mouse pad out of things laying around the house.

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I Used:

- a piece of cardboard
- scissors
- fabric
- glue

How I Did It:


1. I cut the cardboard into a size I was comfortable with.
2. I cut out a piece of fabric that large enough to cover at least one side of the cardboard.
3. I glued the edges of the fabric into place, and I was done! (I made sure to only glue the edges of the fabric that were wrapped onto the underside of the cardboard, as I didn't want the glue that seeped through the fabric to affect the smooth surface of the "mouse pad". This would make it difficult to use an optical mouse on the end product.)

Make Your Own Unique Mouse Pad

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This is the most basic way to make a mouse pad (as I needed one in a hurry), but get creative by trying different materials, shapes and patterns. It's a lot more fun and environmentally friendly than going out to buy a mouse pad, not to mention you can make it unique to your aesthetic. Don't go out and buy things to create your new mouse pad, challenge yourself by using whatever materials you already have.

As almost everyone has a computer these days, a mouse pad you made yourself would be a great, personalized gift for a friend as well.