We are told to recycle, but do you know the facts about landfills and the use of paper products? We hear myths such as that we will run out of trees and other similar statements. Names and Numbers wants you to know the facts.
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Holiday Gift Guide Feature: Debbie Meyer
Every season I struggle with a few people on my gift list. In this situation my go-to gifts are gift baskets and kitchen items. No matter who you shop from from teen to elderly, chances are that person will be in a kitchen cooking or baking and storing foods and meals. So, you can never go too wrong with foodie gifts and kitchen items like the popular storage and solution products of Debbie Meyer®.
One of my favorite products and ones I use often are the Debbie Meyer® GreenBags®. Do they ‘really’ keep fruits and fresh flowers longer? Yes! I can tell you that because I wouldn’t store my own fruit and veggies in anything else. Whether they are foods I keep on the counter or in the fridge, I never keep them in the grocery bags they come home in because they do not last. These bags work well and keep my fruits and veggies for days-sometimes longer.
The science is in the bag itself. This science also applies a bit to the Debbie Meyer® GreenBoxes®. Exposure of the produce to the gasses that vegetables and flowers release during their natural ripening process accelerates aging and deterioration. DEBBIE MEYER® GreenBags® are made with a natural mineral that helps to create a beneficial storage environment that helps extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables. The Debbie Meyer® GreenBoxes® are made with 2 natural freshener additives.
They are BPA free and dishwasher top rack safe. They stack well for storage when in use and when not in use and are also made in the USA.
You can also find cooking solutions like the Debbie Meyer Slow Cook Liners™ and the Debbie Meyer Oven Bags™. These will surely keep clean up at bay. I am a messy cook so these save me a lot of cleanup time and I never have issues with tearing or leaks. You can use for meats, seafood, vegetables and there is no added oil or fats you ned to use when bag steaming or lining your pots.
You can find Debbie Meyer® products at retailers and online as well. Links to each of these products and the website to see all of the products are below.
- Debbbie Meyer
- Debbie Meyer® GreenBags
- Debbie Meyer® GreenBoxes®
- Debbie Meyer Oven Bags™
- Debbie Meyer Slow Cook Liners™
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When shopping for light bulbs, what is your criteria? Mine has typically been if it fits and is on sale then it is good enough. I know that there are government restrictions now on the energy efficiency of bulbs and I do look for that stamp. However, I go to the light bulb aisle and there are so many bulbs. For the most part they look the same except for socket size, brands and wattage. Finally, there is a light bulb that gives you the lighting ambiance you want with a lot longer life and uses such low energy. Finally.
We had a bulb burn out in our garage and I was out of light bulbs so I asked my husband should I just order online. He said he would like to but he wants a bright bulb but our socket is only rated for up to 60w. We searched bulbs that seemed so expensive. Then I had Finally Bulbs reach out and had to do some research so I can feature the bulbs on my site accurately for you. I learned that most bulbs with instant on that gives us the incandescent lighting we need last an average of 2,500 hours for a good bulb but they are low on the energy efficient scale.
Finally Bulbs wanted to offer consumers a bulb that mimics the light we love from incandescent bulbs that uses a lot less energy and in turn lasts longer. The bulbs are individually more in price, but the lifetime blows the incandescent bulb out of the waters as well as in energy saving. It took many years of research and the technology that Finally came up with for this bulb is called Acandescent. If you take a step back to science class you may remember learning about induction systems that require very large spaces-larger than a room in a home but more efficient. Finally found a way to compress and harness these attributes from induction and create a bulb that uses 75% less energy than an incandescent bulb.
Not only is 75% less energy a very large and good number but the lifetime is dramatically different. These Acandecent bulbs have an average lifespan of 15,000 hours compared to about 2,500 of an incandescent bulb as I found. That is based on a 3 hour/day usage. These bulbs from Finally that offer so much more will cost you about $10-$18 at Staples and other retailers. The value is fantastic.
Our garage burns bright and will continue to for years and we are saving energy and money in the long run. Visit http://finallybulbs.com/ to learn more and find a retailer near you or order online.
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Finally a safer way to clean. Actually, it just might be the safest of all. Force of Nature cleans using only salt, water and vinegar. When electrolyzed together it becomes more powerful than bleach. The reason we don’t use this safe clean in our homes is that not everyone has the ability to electrolyze ingredients in there homes. Force of Nature has found a way to bring this technology to us and now we can clean safely without the chemicals. Here is how it all works and why you need to clean this way….
How it works
This slim machine from Force of Nature electrolyzes water. It comes with pre-measured activator capsules of salt, water and vinegar. When you combine water, the capsule and electricity you get a safe, all-purpose cleaner and natural disinfectant. The low level of electricity changes the salt and water solutions composition.
When you add vinegar, the pH is regulated and you get 2 gentle yet powerful ingredients: sodium hydroxide and hypocholorous acid. There is a mild fresh scent that you get as well. I personally love scents in my cleaners but I don’t like the chemicals. I remedy that by burning my essential oil diffuser in my home while I clean with my Force of Nature.
Using Force of Nature kills 99.99% of germs including MRSA, E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria. You also won’t get antibiotic resistant bacteria left behind. There are no dangerous chemicals and eliminates germs, odors, mold, mildew, grease and grime. It also works on any surface.
It is also very cost effective. In the long run you will save about $70 just in the first year. Average safe-labeled cleaners cost .19-.36 cents an ounce and using Force of Nature will cost you .07 cents an ounce. The starter unit will cost you about $80-$90 and you get 5 activator capsules to start. When you make a full bottle solution it is good for 2 weeks. Refill capsules are well under $1 each. PLUS I was just at their website and had a pop up that said if you join there newsletter in that pop up you can get $30 off and free shipping. I’d hurry because I am not sure how long that lasts.
How am I using my Force of Nature?
I have been using my Force of Nature cleaner and disinfectant all over my home.
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Our youngest son is 8 and he has always suffered from seasonal allergies especially in fall and spring. He gets the dark circles under his eyes and green discharge from his sinuses. Sometimes he ends up with the post-nasal coughs and even a sinus infection or 2 a year. Keeping the air around him clean and filtered is a huge relief for his little body as it struggles with all that floats around the air outside these times of year. I cannot go outdoors and remove all brush and pollens, but I can take some control over the air inside our home.
Febreze makes the perfect table-sized air purifier I can keep next to his bed. I turn it on as he sleeps and during the day I can run it with a Febreze scent pack strength turned up so his rom smells good too. You can turn off or down the scent strength which I do while he sleeps under it.
As for maintenance, it is very little and so easy. No tough clasps or screws and tools needed. There is a filter that slides easily in and out from the bottom of the unit. You should change this every 4 months and this will cost you under $30 for a filter and many times I find it a better deal to buy a 2 pack as opposed to one at a time. The filter traps home odors and large airborne particles like pet hair, dander, lint and dust.These filters trap up to 99% of the microscopic particles.
The scent packets are optional and such a great unique feature. No other air purifier than I have seen has such a great scent to insert at such a great price for refills. Typically, one scent pack will last up to 30 days when used on variable strength levels. You can only use the Febreze Air Purifier scents in this unit and they come in Spring & Renewal and Linen and Sky scents. I love the Linen and Sky. Changing them is as easy as opening a flap on the top of the unit and replacing.
The top of the unit gives you two indicator lights. One will light up when the filter needs replacing and the other will light up when the scent needs replacing. How convenient is that? The 2 dials on the unit are for purifier levels and scent strength. You control each output levels.
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- Made with 10% renewable wind power electricity
- Made at a site that sends zero manufacturing waste to landfills
- Free of dyes, chlorine, phosphates and optical brighteners
- Contains water, plant derived surfactants, coconut derived from cleaning agent, plant derived processing aid, bio-derived enzymes, mineral-based enzyme stabilizer and pH adjuster
- The first 65% USDA certified bio-based detergent with the cleaning power of Tide
- Know What to Expect from Your Washer: purclean™ is formulated to be compatible with both HE and non-HE washing machines, however, this new formula may produce more suds than our HE turbo formulas.
- Tweak the Temperature: purclean™ can be used in any water temperature, but is formulated to perform in cold water conditions to help further save energy.
- Measure to Maximize: Not all loads of laundry are created equal! For small HE-loads or medium non-HE loads, fill the dosing cap to the first line. For medium HE-loads or large non-HE loads, fill to the third line. For full HE loads or extra-large non-HE loads, fill to the fifth line.
- Put it to the Test: Tide purclean™ is formulated to best perform on dirty clothes, so don’t be afraid to really put it to the test.
- Smell the (Subtler) Scent of Clean: Tide purclean™ has a light Honey Lavender Scent. The floral mélange of lavender, jasmine and orange flower thickened with amber woods is meant to be subtle, while still providing the cleaning power of Tide (Original Liquid Laundry Detergent).
- Recycle for Reuse: purclean™ comes in a bottle that is 100% recyclable. You can help us continue to make strides towards sustainability by recycling your bottle when it becomes empty.
Find Tide purclean™ Liquid at retailers near you and on Amazon.