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How to Use Recycled Products for DIY Projects

Living a "green" life, one that promotes environmental consciousness and is neatly aligned with Mopfrog of Loudoun‘s values, is a rewarding one. Not only is it ethically responsible, it’s liberating, refreshing, invigorating, creative, and even fun. Every day, millions of people throw away things that they don’t need to.

Truthfully, what’s one person’s trash is an eco-friendly person’s next favorite arts and crafts project.

Old or Ripped Clothing

When it comes to fashion, "green" is the new black.

Before discarding items in wardrobe, consider updating them instead—bohemian styles and "hipster" chic are all the rage right now. Patch holes with fabric made old clothes, and tidy up tears by sewing on zippers. Really crafty recyclers can even turn discarded cloth into bags or balls of yarn.

Jars

Recycled products make for great item storage. Jars (and other cylindrical objects like candle containers) make great homes for knick-knacks, makeup, hair accessories, writing utensils, and other office supplies; all they need is a cleaning and a crafty coat of paint.

Shoeboxes

For families, there is no better crafting resource than the shoebox; fortunately, they’re not hard to find. With the appropriate amount of construction paper, glue, crayons, and stickers, any shoebox can transform into a festive diorama, a funky supply box, a miniature suitcase, or a guitar strung up with elastic bands.

Office Supplies and Clothes Pins

Office supplies are not just for boring, tedious everyday tasks. They’re also great for jewelry-making. Popular sites Etsy and Pinterest are aflush with cool earrings, bracelets, and broaches made from paper clips and discarded clothes pins. All potential jewelry makers need are some beads and a sense of determination. No wonder our Mopfrog of Loudoun office supplies keep going missing.

Magazines

Not only are magazines great for your mind and education, they’re also ideal for gift wrapping, crafting, and home decor!

Want to send a stylish gift to your fashionista best friend? Consider wrapping his or her gift in old fashion magazines, or even craft a bow from them. You can also utilize magazines for daring decoupage projects.

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How to Use Recycled Products for Household Chores

At some point the following thought has probably crossed your mind while cleaning your home: “Wow, I just used almost an entire roll of paper towel, a couple of those disposable—and expensive—floor cleaning pads, and at least a quarter tub of surface wipes. But hey, my house looks great!” The good news is that you can get that same sparkle without the waste by reusing old household items for cleaning. Mopfrog of Atlantic City offers tips to help you clean your home using environmentally friendly practices.

Dusting Blinds and Blades

Ceiling fan blades, mantles, and window blinds seem to pick up quite a bit of dust, but you don’t need to waste money on tools made specifically for cleaning these surfaces.  Save the sock that is missing its mate, slip it over your hand, and quickly wipe away dust. For surfaces with residue or build up, dip the sock in a combination of coconut oil and vinegar to clean and polish.

Washing Windows

Rather than throw newspaper in the recycle bin, let it stack up and reuse it to clean glass. A little spritz of vinegar and a few swipes with yesterday’s sports page will leave you with steak free windows. This method works for cleaning bathroom mirrors, chrome fixtures, and ceiling fan globes as well.

Cleaning Floors

You can also use recycled products to clean floors. Cut old shirts into appropriate-sized rectangles and slip them onto the head of your floor cleaning pad. Cotton tees work well for dry dusting your hardwood and tile, while fleece sweatshirts or retired chenille sweaters have the bulk required for wet mopping floors.

Bathroom Duty

Cleaning your bathroom might sound like a task for heavy-duty cleaning products, but it can glisten in minutes using only repurposed items.

  • That old body pouf you were about to pitch will quickly wipe away soap scum on the shower walls. Multi-task by cleaning while you shower. Just before you are ready to rinse, give the shower walls a speedy scrub—the steam will have softened any soap build up.
  • Recycle your toothbrush to tackle grime. Stained grout will look much better after a nice baking soda bath and a bit of elbow grease with a used toothbrush.
  • Skip the countertop wipes. You can get gleaming counters in seconds with homemade, reusable, environmentally friendly cleaning wipes. Cut a worn bed sheet into squares; stack half of the cut material in a re-sealable container and cover with a solution of water mixed with a couple drops of mild detergent. Leave the remaining squares dry. Wipe the counter down with a wet cloth and then gently buff with a square from the dry stack for a residue-free surface.

Kitchen Cleansing

The sponges you use to clean dishes can be reused to wipe down counters and stovetops. Just store them in a hydrogen peroxide bath to kill harmful bacteria. And keep the aluminum foil that covered your leftover supper—it can be used to scrub the casserole dish you baked it in.

Reduce your footprint while making your home cleaner and healthier with natural cleansers and repurposed cleaning tools. If you need some help putting these practices into place, call Mopfrog of Atlantic City today.

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