Lighting votive candles can bring a beautiful ambiance to a room, but once they burn down it’s hard to get the left over wax out of the glass holder.
A quick tip to get that wax to pop out effortlessly is, once the candle and glass cool completely, place in the freezer overnight.
The next day, remove from the freezer. Use a spoon handle and push wax from one side and the remaining wax should come out in a complete mass. If it still gives some trouble break the seal of the wax to candle and try again.
Let’s say, major weather is hitting your coast. Hurricanes are making their presence known in all states east of the Mississippi, Typhoons are washing out beaches or perhaps, Cyclones are soaking the land down under. You’re getting flooded (literately) from the news stations, with tips to stay safe, but here are a few safety tips you should use when facing a major weather crisis, no matter where you are in the world.
If it’s a mandatory evacuation, do it. You can only protect your stuff to a certain point. Make sure in the car you have packed all your necessities that you will need for at least a week. You never know if you’ll need them or not, but it’s best to have more than less.
Weather Advisory Necessities
Take a roll of toilet paper and paper towels to keep in the car, you never know when you’ll need them.
2. Nonperishable Food
Bring food. It may take hours to get where you are going and stopping for a bite to eat may not be an option.
3. Something to Keep You Busy
Bring games, easy ones of course. If you have kids, make sure you have games for them and for you as well.
Remember, frustrations can get high in evacuation settings, so be sure to instruct the kids on keeping noise levels down and refrain from arguing, as well as assuring them that there is presently no danger. You don’t want them to panic silently if they see you’re chafed.
What if you don’t have to evacuate
I’m sure you’ve heard all the important things needed to keep close by and dry. Flashlights, batteries, radio, insurance papers (keep in a large freezer bag), food and bottled water are all things you want to have in the house.
Light a Fire
Here are a few more tips the news hasn’t mentioned, and you may not have thought of; keep lighters in a location where they will stay dry and are easy to find, but also get books of matches. This is good to have in case the lighters get wet or lose fluid. Dip the match head and strike strip in hot wax. (Blow out the candle before dipping the book of matches, you don’t want it to ignite the matches by accident.) This will waterproof the matches.
Why Do People Fill the Bathtub During a Storm
Next tip, fill the bathtub with water. This is good if for any reason the water in source becomes contaminated or you need power for your water supply. This water can be used to flush toilets, clean clothes, wash dishes etc. Keep a small bucket next to the tub to transport water to another area to do such things, keep the tub water clean for as long as you can.
One More Thing
And last but probably most important, while still with power, keep your cell phone on the charge. You don’t want to lose power and have less than half battery life in the middle of the storm.
Going green is everywhere, I feel like I’m outta the loop with it all. My girlfriend is all organic and gets mad at me. We have stupid arguments all the time. So, I guess I want to start doing my part. So, how do I start? Jerry, 28
Well, going “green” is pretty easy. You can start with baby steps.
Recycle your Trash
Recycling your trash is a great start. Some areas will pay you to recycle, some will charge you and some areas are now mandatory to separate your trash from recycling. In a lot of areas, you can just throw all recyclables into one can, so it’s simple. Some people like to go completely “green”, which can be difficult for others. Being completely organic can be a challenge for some people and can be a bit more expensive if you are living on a strict budget. The best part is any little lifestyle difference you make can be an improvement to you and your environment. Your best bet, if you and your girlfriend are under the same roof, is to find out what you are both capable of committing too with improving your life and home.
Thinking about eating organically? No couple or family should ever argue over the amount of “green” one participates in, but that doesn’t mean you can go organic. For example, if your girlfriend is a vegetarian and you’re not, that’s okay as long as you respect each other’s decision, and not be-little each other for your differences. Eat meals together, with regard to one another’s dietary choices.
If your partner feels the need to separate all the plastic, paper and glass, and you don’t have time to care, come up with a system like having a pile area that you put all those things in, and that allows your partner to feel you respect their decision in what they’re doing. No one likes to feel neglected in their feelings of what they feel is important. As I said, it’s easy for some and difficult for others, but if you know what to expect from each other, it can help in sticking with your environment change.
Green Cleaning Supplies Already in Your Kitchen
A lot of new sciences have discovered certain cleaning products can be harmful, but most people don’t want to give up the fact of knowing their home is sanitized. Some pro-organic lifers told me they feel some of those “green” products are expensive and don’t seem to work. If that’s one of your concerns, a helpful tip is to use vinegar to clean your counters. Vinegar kills bacteria and will leave your surfaces clean without harsh chemicals. The distinct vinegar smell will dissipate not long after it dries, so if you’re not a fan of the odor, no worries, it will be gone before you know it.
Peroxide is the best for killing mold in places like the shower. Get a spray bottle add straight peroxide or you can water it down, and just spray down your tub and shower. It will leave it clean; some scrubbing may be necessary.
Several products I recommend essential in every house whether you want to be considered “green”, organic or none of thee above, besides vinegar and peroxide, is cornstarch, rubbing alcohol, olive oil and peanut butter. It’s a start up kit to a lot of tips I’ll provide later. Those products can get a lot of jobs done with the reduction of harsh chemicals in your environment or just make life simple. Be sure to keep reading Tips from Tia; I’ll try give you the “green”est organic way to get the job done.