Mom Tip: How to Whiten Your White Sheets

Mom Tip: How to Whiten Your White Sheets

I found this great blog about how to whiten your white bed sheets without using bleach!
Here’s a quick recap of how:

Add about a half cup of baking soda to the drum of the washing machine and then add distilled white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser.
Important to note: allowing vinegar and baking soda to combine in the process will render each of them no more useful than salt. Splitting them up, allows them each to work their magic without interference as the vinegar will get released later in the cycle.

July Fourth Safety Tips from an ER Doctor

July Fourth Safety Tips from an ER Doctor

Emergency room doctors have seen it all when it comes to Independence Day related injuries and accidents! This year’s fourth of July is looking very different due to COVID-19 and more people will be doing fireworks from home than in previous years. Here are some recommendations from ER Doctors!

– Don’t use fireworks without protective eye wear
– Take every possible precaution before using fireworks
Like knowing which fireworks are legal in your area, have a water source readily available, make sure people are a safe distance away, etc.)
– Sparklers may seem safer than traditional fireworks but you shouldn’t let small children hold them, and if they do supervise them closely.
– Don’t buy or use fireworks sold in brown paper bags (often for professionals only)
– Dress appropriately for fireworks display (a light jacket or long sleeves are recommended)
– Never carry unlit fireworks in your pocket (there’s a potential of a nearby spark causing it to go off)
– Should someone get burned, apply room temperature water to your burn, NOT ice.
– Keep your shoes on
They see lots of kids and adults with burned feet that stepped on coals that were dumped out or other hot items
– Don’t use wire bristles to clean your grill
They can break off and remain on the grill and end up in your food and eventually in your stomach.
– Don’t squirt lighter fluid on your charcoal
Many people lose their eyebrows, burn their face or hair or even clothing after doing this.
– Stay hydrated
– No one swims alone
– Use sunscreen
– Remember to practice social distancing and be mindful of others

Mom Tip: Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

Mom Tip: Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

A fun way to use coffee grounds in the flower garden is to experiment with the color of hydrangea flowers. It is common knowledge that sweet (alkaline) soil produces pink hydrangea flowers, while a bit of extra acidity gives you blue flowers.

If your plants happen to have pink flowers, feed them coffee grounds and check whether they show inclination for a color change.
As we mentioned earlier, the acidity of coffee grounds is variable, so you might end up with flowers in a range of colors that fall between pink and blue on the same plant.

Remember that it is not the pH of the soil alone that controls flower color, but the ability of the plant to absorb aluminum salts from the soil which is enhanced by soil acidity. So if your soil is deficient in aluminum, you may want to add some aluminum sulfate for blue flowers.

When you use coffee grounds in your garden, whether it is from your own use or from the coffee shops, you are turning this organic waste into plant food that your garden will love!

Read more about coffee grounds in your compost/garden here!

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