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I popped into my favorite Thrift Store. It often has donations from retail stores. That day it had new furniture. A sofa, a chair, and a few mattresses and box springs were so new they were still wrapped in plastic. The quality was that of a low end discount store, but the prices were excellent. If you were buying furniture for a dorm room or first apartment, this is your place! A queen size mattress was selling for $199 and the matching box spring was $75.
Thrift store shopping is an affordable way to shop green. Husband and I needed a mattress for our guest room. We don’t want to spend thousands on a super duper uber green guest room mattress since we have overnight guests maybe once or twice a since we moved in six years ago. A more affordable option with an allergy ban cover to keep the flame retardants and such at bay will do just fine. It's working out well in our room.
My deep dark not so green secret is that I have a big ol’ spray bottle of Fabreeze fabric refresher for those times when my furniture gets wiffy. I’d prefer a more pet and planet friendly alternative. However, the homemade versions are vodka based. Vodka works great on the smells (professional costumers use vodka to clean costumes) but vodka is not pet friendly.
My automatic garage door opener works fine in the summer but never in the winter. When I push the button on the wall or the remote, the garage door opener does one of two things:
The door goes down and pops back up when it reaches the garage floor.
The door doesn’t go down at all. The light blinks and that’s it.
Turns out that these two problems are common with garage door openers in winter. The cold weather causes the metal tracks of your garage door to expand ever so slightly which can knock the sensors and force of your garage door opener out of position just enough so the opener will not work properly in winter.
Fortunately, both issues have very quick fixes and take a less time to complete than a TV commercial break.
The first time I went snorkeling in the ocean I was so caught up in watching the wildlife that I’d forget and turn my head to watch a fish swim by. My snorkel filled with water. What I didn’t swallow went up my nose. I kept swimming back to the boat to blow my nose – repeatedly.
At the time, they told me that salt water cleared a sinus that’s why I went through a roll of paper towels blowing my nose that afternoon.
I’m allergy sufferer. A stuffy nose is my co-pilot
I knew about neti pots but didn’t understand how to use one without water boarding myself. Instead, I bought a little bottle of salt water in a nose spray bottle for clearing my sinuses. It didn’t work as well as the ocean. I didn’t buy another one when it ran out.
Years later Husband’s co-worker Brian convinced me to give the neti pot a try. Brian believes that all sickness can be cured using either: