Today’s modern homes—and modern homeowners—are getting smarter about cleaning, recycling, painting, reusing and generally taking a less-toxic approach to all kinds of daily chores and duties.
Why toss a zipper-lock freezer bag in the trash when it can easily be washed and reused? Every time you throw away a plastic bag that could be reused, you are literally throwing money (and resources) away.
Why use a paint that contains a high VOC content? VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries. VOCs can cause acute symptoms, including headaches and dizziness. The long-term effects are less certain, but according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, some VOCs are suspected carcinogens.
Why use a chemical-based cleaning product when more eco-friendly (and human friendly) choices are available? Instead, use these smart choices:
New kitchen product makes reusing freezer bags easy
The BagDri was designed for the busy family that likes to save money and recycle. This simple new invention gives you a convenient way to easily dry out plastic freezer and sandwich bags so you can reuse them over and over again. Just unfold the BagDri, set it on a countertop, and place the bags upside down over the BagDri’s posts. The Air Dri Wings™ help to keep bags open for faster drying.
The BagDri is also great for drying rubber gloves, sports bottles, winter gloves and mittens. The BagDri is only 3.6 inches thick when completely folded down, so it fits easily in almost any drawer or cabinet. Take it out and put it away quickly and conveniently. The BagDri is made in America, at it will quickly pay for itself in the cost of a few boxes of zipper freezer bags alone. The BagDri sells for $17.99 at www.bagdri.com.
A cold glass of milk paint anyone?
Paint has been used by mankind since before recorded history. In fact, the oldest painted surfaces on earth were colored with a form of milk paint. Milk painting can give unfinished furniture a distinctive antique look—a finishing method that was popular a century ago.
Since its establishment in 1974, The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co. has been safely producing the old look of this unique milk-based paint that is completely biodegradable, with no VOCS, HAPs or EPA-exempt solvents added. It is as safe to drink (not that you’d want to, of course) as whole milk! Environmentally safe and non-toxic, it is ideal for children’s furniture and toys, or in the homes of those who are allergic to modern paints. Milk Paint (for use on wood and masonry) and Safe Paint (formulated for walls) are available in 20 colors and one gallon sells for $45.95. Purchase or find a dealer near you at http://www.milkpaint.com/.
Help for high-traffic wood floors
It’s difficult to keep wood floors looking their best year after year, especially in areas of high traffic and use. This routine wear will eventually become visible on your most-used wood floors—and even on other wood surfaces such as tabletops and benches. Besides the unsightly timeworn appearance, high traffic and high use areas on wood surfaces makes those surfaces more susceptible to spotting or staining. Liquids like red wine, coffee or mustard can penetrate the wood and leave behind stains that are difficult, if not impossible, to remove.
Renewing wood surfaces with AURO Care Oil No. 106 or Care Wax No. 107 will ward off these signs of wear and provide a brilliant finish that is dirt and water repellent, breathable and anti-static. Use these easy care protections on all oiled and waxed wooden furniture and floors. A one liter bottle of Care Oil or Care Wax sells for $30.40. See the full line of AURO products at www.aurousa.com.