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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 make your own house cleaning checklist

Whether you enjoy cleaning or not, there’s one thing that always remains true … someone has to do it. If the person cleaning in your house happens to be you, then you should definitely create a checklist that is simple to follow. More importantly, this checklist should take into consideration the different rooms in your home and how to best clean them without running back and forth across your entire house. After all, the quicker you get your cleaning finished, the sooner you can enjoy activities that actually excite you. 

Here’s a quick look at a few tips for making a house cleaning checklist, and don’t forget that when cleaning your home, you’ll want to use eco-friendly products. Here at Mopfrog of Brooklyn, we center all of your cleaning practices around green cleaning methods. 

1) Choose Which Days are Best for Cleaning

The first step in creating a realistic home cleaning checklist is choosing the days that you can clean. For instance, do you have time to clean 30 minutes a day, seven days a week? Or does a routine of cleaning one hour a day, three days a week work better for your schedule? Once you have decided on the days you can clean, you can then add cleaning tasks to each day. 

2) Clean All Bedrooms on the Same Day

You should be cleaning at least three days a week, if possible. On one of these days, you should plan on washing bed linens and cleaning each bedroom in your home. Even if no one sleeps in some of the beds, the linens need to be changed regularly to prevent a musty smell from developing. 

3) Clean All Bathrooms on the Same Day 

The next day that you tackle cleaning, make sure to clean all bathrooms. Deep cleaning your bathrooms will consist of washing out the showers, cleaning the toilets, and wiping down the vanities. Also, don’t forget the floors. 

4) Clean the Kitchen and Utility Room

Lastly, you’ll need to spend a day cleaning your kitchen and utility room. Wipe down all appliances as well as run a cleaning mode through your dishwasher and washer. And don’t forget, the more you keep these rooms clean during the week, the less you’ll have to clean on your cleaning days. 

And don’t forget, if you don’t have to clean your home, we do. Here at Mopfrog, we specialize in eco-friendly cleaning, and we’re ready to get your home sparkling like the top of the Chrysler Building. 

 

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Why going green is the hottest trend

Despite what you may have heard from Kermit, the benefits of going green are substantial, and it’s getting easier all the time — in all aspects of life. If you’re patting yourself on the back because you tote that recycling bin to the curb each week or you’ve purchased reusable cloth bags to take with you to the grocery store, know that those are important ways to demonstrate your commitment to the cause.

But you can extend your "green-ness" to many other aspects of your life. Let’s count some of the ways:

  • Give up buying water. Instead, use a filtered pitcher or your refrigerator’s filtered tap to fill reusable, personalized water bottles for the entire family. You’ll save money and be in style as you stay hydrated.
  • Return to the past. Rather than buying specialized cleaning products for specific uses, check out "Grandma’s recipes" for homemade, non-toxic cleaning solutions and pest-control products. You will soon believe that vinegar, baking soda and select garden plantings are "miracle" products.
  • Walk for the Planet. Going green can mean getting fit and staying in shape, too. On a daily walk with your dog or your children, you can pick up trash, get needed sun and exercise, take advantage of "teachable" moments, learn to love nature and the outdoors, and save money all at the same time. What a great idea. In the same vein, when you go to the mall, head for the remote parking row, then walk between stores.  It’ll make you feel better about yourself and the environment.
  • Take a vacation. Eco-vacations are the latest trend. With low-impact tourism, you can visit remote areas of beach, mountains and pristine parkland, enjoy a wealth of sights and wildlife, eat well, learn a lot, and leave knowing you haven’t affected nature. It’s a far cry from traveling along crowded highways and stopping at fast-food outlets. Check it out!

And for cleaning your home in the best way possible, let Mopfrog of Danbury help you out. We’re green at what we do!

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