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Insect-Repellent Fabric Treatment Is It Enough

Have you done any research on insect-repellent fabric treatment? I’m curious about what’s involved in production and whether it does indeed work.http://www.purpleturtle.co.uk/acatalog/Protective_Clothing_and_Fabric_Treatment.html
Answer
The active ingredient in this clothing won’t protect exposed skin from insects, although you’ll likely sustain fewer bites through your clothing. And while it may prevent ticks from crawling on your clothes and then on to you, the clothes won’t keep ticks from jumping onto exposed heads, necks, arms or feet.
Here is something else that will help at least you wont have to get it on your skin. Clips onto belt, purse.
Effective Protection Within minutes, OFF! Clip-OnTM repellent provides personal protection from mosquitoes. If you move, allow a few minutes for the unit to rebuild its protection. Protects against mosquitoes that may carry West Nile Virus
No Skin Application Unlike ordinary personal repellents, OFF! Clip-OnTM repellent provides mosquito protection without putting anything on your skin.
Fan Powered The quiet, battery-powered fan circulates repellent all around you. Batteries are included.
Odorless OFF! Clip-OnTM repellent uses an active ingredient with no scent. Johnson S.c. & Sons 70318 Here are some other safe solutions MQ7 – Personal Mosquito Repellent Lotion
Liquid Repellent for Mosquitoes, Ticks, Fleas, Flies & More
Safe for yards, parks, ball fields, golf courses, gardens and more. Mixed and applied as directed Mosquito Barrier repels mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies, and gnats. It is also a deterrent for animals such as; armadillos, deer, field mice, geese and rabbits. All Natural & Safe:
Mosquito Barrier is a very strong liquid garlic extract (over 99% garlic juice). It comes from a special variety of garlic which is many times more potent than the type found in grocery stores. Using liquid garlic as a repellent is not new, it has been used by master gardeners and farmers for many generations.
What Makes Mosquito Barrier the Best In Mosquito Control?
Mosquito Barrier Liquid Repellent is made in the USA.
All natural, biodegradable ingredients with no poisons.
Effective for mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, black flies, gnats and other insects.
Use it safely on grass, turf, gardens, trees, flowers, vegetables, vines and more.
Safe to use around children, pets, fish, birds, bees and food products.
Properly mixed, 1 quart of concentrate covers 1.25 acres of grass or turf.
Properly mixed, 1 gallon of concentrate covers 5 acres of grass or turf.
Kills adult mosquitoes on contact, kills larvae in standing water.
Made in the USA.
Download the Mosquito Barrier Product Brochure (PDF)

Mosquito Barrier – Liquid Spray Repellent – 1 Quart, For Grassy Areas; Yards, Parks, Athletic Fields And Golf Courses, Keeps Away ticks, fleas, gnats, fire ants and black flies for nearly a month

Bug Off! Kids Biting Insect Repelling Wrist Band – 1 ea

ECO GREEN BATHROOM

Bidets were designed to help people freshen up without taking a shower or a bath. They were most likely invented in the early 1700’s, before a fully plumbed bathroom became common. Ladies loved the convenience of being able to rinse off after a visit to the chamber pot. Although the bidet is most commonly used to wash the genital region, some people also use this handy gadget to wash their feet.
Today, the bidet has evolved quite a bit. You can find a bidet attachment for your toilet that eliminates the need for a separate fixture in crowded bathrooms. Japan went a step further and actually made a toilet, bidet and dryer combination that eliminated the need for toilet paper. This toilet is very popular in many homes worldwide. In fact, actor Will Smith has proudly announced more than once that he has tossed out his toilet paper in favor of this Japanese innovation.
People who are trying to go green point out that using a bidet saves thousands of trees and millions of gallons of water a year. Even though the bidet uses water to rinse you off, it is much less water than the number of gallons needed to create toilet paper. In addition, eco-friendly bidets help you avoid the harsh chemicals that are needed to make toilet paper so white.
American Standard Bidet
The American Standard bidet comes in several styles and many colors. You can find wall mounting or floor mounting models made from vitreous china, which is quite durable. There are space saving rounded models and roomy rectangular models. If you want a really sleek and flashy bidet, you can shop for quite a few different fixture upgrades, such as a chrome and brass one piece faucet.
We use 36.5 billions rolls of toilet paper in the U.S. each year, this represents at least 15 million trees pulped. This also involves 473,587,500,000 gallons of water to produce the paper and 253,000 tons of chlorine for bleaching purposes. The manufacturing process requires about 17.3 terawatts of electricity annually. Also, there is the energy and materials involved in packaging and transporting the toilet paper to households across the country.
Toilet paper also constitutes a significant load on the city sewer systems, and water treatment plants. It is also often responsible for clogged pipes. In septic systems, the elimination of toilet paper would mean the septic tank would need to be emptied much less often.
Basically, the huge industry of producing toilet paper could be eliminated through the use of bidets(at least most of it). Instead of using toilet paper, a bidet sprayer cleans your posterior using a jet of water. You can use toilet paper to dry off with, which would be a fraction of your normal use, or you can use a towel which actually works even better.
Most of us can’t imagine living without toilet paper. The average American uses over 100 single rolls—about 21,000 sheets—each year.
Finally, do the math. How much would you save each week and then month if you stopped buying toilet paper completely? And this saving will just keep going on and on.“Bidet Toilet And Hand Bidet Sprayers”

Massive Tennessee Toxic Ash Spill Aftermath

In a single year, a coal-fired electric plant deposited more than 2.2 million pounds of toxic materials in a holding pond that failed, flooding 300 acres in East Tennessee, according to a 2007 inventory filed with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hundreds of acres were flooded by sludge in a coal ash spill from a holding pond filled with heavy metals at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant 40 miles west of Knoxville.
The inventory, disclosed by the Tennessee Valley Authority on Monday at the request of The New York Times, showed that in just one year, the plant’s byproducts included 45,000 pounds of arsenic, 49,000 pounds of lead, 1.4 million pounds of barium, 91,000 pounds of chromium and 140,000 pounds of manganese. Those metals can cause cancer, liver damage and neurological complications, among other health problems.
And the holding pond, at the Kingston Fossil Plant, a T.V.A. plant 40 miles west of Knoxville, contained many decades’ worth of these deposits.
The cost of cleaning up the massive Tennessee toxic coal-ash spill is averaging $1 million a day – and after six months they’ve barely scratched the surface of the problem, let alone figured out what the cost in loss of land, housing, and general environmental wellbeing might be. Ludicrously, coal-ash … TVA Coal Ash – Before and AfterTVA coal ash disaster on December 22, 2008. A TVA coal ash containment “pond” collapsed in Harriman, TN spilling a reported 1 BILLION gallons of toxic waste into an unsuspecting residential neighborhood. This is the largest toxic coal ash spill in United States history.

My parents, my sister, friends and family, they’ve all been devasted.

I made this video for my parents, their neighbors and their attorney to show what life was like on the river before the TVA disaster and after. What was once a beautiful oasis is now a disgusting toxic ashtray.

I emailed the video to my parents on Monday night. Then, I went upstairs to watch a little tv and went to bed. By the time I woke the next morning, the video I had e-mailed to my parents had been viewed over 700 times. I had 84 e-mails in my inbox and a message from Erin Brockovich.

That’s the power of the internet, baby.

What I read and hear from TVA officials is discouraging. The aftermath of this disaster is significant and long-reaching. It’s apparent that some of the folks at TVA just don’t ‘get it.’

The water is not “okay” and the disaster wasn’t just “bad luck” and, no, the EPA is not getting readings of high arsenic levels due to the measurements they use. In fact, the EPA is getting readings of high arsenic levels because there’s arsenic. At high levels. In the water.

The people of this community need solutions, not rhetoric. They need action, not action plans with no deadline. And, obviously, TVA needs oversight, not deference.

If you share my outrage, please share this video.

News footage came from Knoxnews, Chloe White of Knoxnews, and NBC. Photos were provided by local residents. Music in the video is the beautiful “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae and “Unstoppable” by E.S. Posthumus.

If you have additional photos or documentation concerning the TVA breach, please contact me. I am working on another video and welcome inside information! If you wish to remain anonymous, I can work with that.

Visit me online at www.mysuburblife.com

Indoor Plants Good For Your Health

Indoor plants are just as popular as furniture, aside from the aesthetic value they provide your home with, there are also health benefits. Primary school science class tells us that plants cleanse the air through utilizing the carbon dioxide and producing more oxygen. Here are some information on how to care for your indoor plants to gain the best health and aesthetic benefits.
1. Most indoor plants need good lighting. You can provide this through natural lighting in the room or electric lighting. Darker leaved plants usually do not need as much light as others.
Here are some varieties of plants (usually those that only require medium to low light) that are known to be suitable for indoor gardening:
* African violets
* Boston ferns
* Creeping Fig
* Cyclamens
* Orchids
* Philodendrons
2. A basic mistake most people make in indoor gardening is they tend to over-water the plants, which may lead to rotting roots. Make sure to research the type of plant you have, because each kind of plant varies on the water it needs.
3. Pick out good quality and attractive container for your indoor plants. Make sure that the pot is clean before placing your new plant into it to prevent infection and to encourage healthy growth.
4. With indoor gardening, humidity is a big issue. The amount of moisture in the air has effect on the growth of the plants. During mornings, you could spray the plants with water for their much-needed moisture. Make sure the leaves don’t get covered in dust.
5. Just like watering, fertilizing depends on the type of plant. If you have managed to supply your indoor garden with the right amount of light, water and humidity, fertilization may not need much attention. A good indoor organic fertilizer can be bought from most home depot or garden stores.

Indoor Plants: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Houseplants

Eco-Green Chemicals And Steam Cleaners Can Do More! by: Tom Husnik

Now, steam cleaners can do more. Not only can steam cleaners sanitize and disinfect surfaces, but they can also be used to clean tile & grout, spot clean carpets, eliminate allergens, and more. All of these capabilities are possible without the use of harmful chemicals often associated with intense cleaning.

Tile & grout steam cleaners are designed specifically with residential commercial users in mind who continue to face the grueling tasks of restoring tile and grout to looking new. However, this task can be made easy through the use of steam cleaners. The technology associated with super-high temperature steam, up to 380ºF, is designed to handle smooth surfaces. Translating this capability to tile surfaces is a no brainer.

What about the grout? By combining pressure with high temperature steam, steam cleaners can effectively remove stains from grout lines. Additionally, steam cleaners featuring vacuum extraction capabilities are even more effective for the removal of stains from grout.

Hard surfaces aren’t the only surfaces that can be cleaned quickly and efficiently with steam cleaners. While many consumers may assume that steam cleaning machines are not ideal for cleaning carpets, they are wrong. Though steam cleaners are not ideal for cleaning entire carpeted areas, they exhibit powerful carpet spot cleaning capabilities.

There is no need to worry about excessive water harming the carpets or the floorboards beneath, as carpet steam cleaners only use dry vapor steam. Though carpets can be spot cleaned through the use of this high-temperature steam alone, users can opt for the use of green chemicals in conjunction with their steam cleaning equipment.

Using green chemicals with steam cleaners greatly increases cleaning power without adding additional harm or reducing the safety of the environment. In fact, these green cleaning solutions are biodegradable and often plant-based, so they can be used in any environment without worrying about harming family members, friends, customers, or employees that walk on the cleaned carpet or tile every day.

In addition to the benefits of using green chemicals for the safety of the environment, the use of steam cleaners can actually reduce allergens in the air. Many of the best steam cleaning machines feature HEPA filtration. These HEPA filters provide an additional layer of protection against allergens to improve the indoor air quality.

Other ways steam cleaners can be used to improve the safety of the indoor environment are through certified anti-bacterial technology. Machines with this capability can actually eliminate up to 99.9% of disease causing bacteria, mold, mildew, and other microorganisms.

No matter how challenging your steam cleaning application may be, there are machines available today that can handle it with ease. If you want to improve the health and safety of your facility, consider purchasing a unit with a HEPA filter and anti-bacterial technology. Users should note that their steam cleaners may actually be able to handle both tile and grout cleaning and carpet spot cleaning, along with a wide variety of other cleaning applications. Carpet Cleaners Steam Cleaners

How To Buy Organic Produce

Gardening to Save Money

How to Save Money by Growing More of Your Own Food

Grow highly productive vegetables – lots of yield for the space allocated – that you enjoy eating and that you can harvest from spring through fall.

Since you’re limited to the surface area that you have on the ground, “go vertical” to get the most production from the space that you have.

Waste nothing. Eat it, share it with someone in the community, or compost it.

Money-saving Vegetables

Pole beans – they’re delicious, good for you, can be harvested over a long period of time, and the seeds are easy to plant. A single 20 foot row of pole beans on a homemade twine trellis will provide dozens of fresh servings and some extra beans to freeze for later.

Growing beans on a trellis also makes them easier to pick than bush beans … there’s little bending or stooping required.

Greens packed with Nutrients – spinach, Swiss chard, and mesclun mixes are more interesting and more nutritious than lettuce. Bright lights Swiss chard is also extremely attractive in the garden.

Tomatoes – are America’s #1 home garden vegetable … and for good reasons. Entire books have been dedicated to the tomato! There are many gardening benefits to growing tomatoes – they’re good for you, they’re tasty, they add delightful color to the garden, and the dollar value of the yield can be very significant.

Peas are another high-yield crop. They’re not as easy, and not quite as productive as pole beans, but, if you have the space, Sugar Snap or Sugar Ann peas are wonderful because you can eat the entire pod.

Leaf lettuce is extremely easy to grow from seed and will yield plenty of produce over a long period of time. Multiple plantings will extend your harvest. You can save a lot of money by growing your own.

Less Obvious Money-Saving Gardening Ideas

Composting – making your own compost is, by far, the best long-term investment you can make for your garden. There’s just nothing better than natural compost for your garden’s soil. It will help your plants defend themselves from diseases, too!

Grow Your Own Tomato Plants from Seeds – it’s fun and it’s easier than you might think. All you need is a container (egg carton, yogurt cups, etc), a little soil, and a sunny windowsill.

An Apple a Day – well, not immediately. How about planting an apple tree? Apple trees are great dual purpose trees – obviously they provide good fruit; but, they’re also an attractive shade tree.

Garden Grown Gifts – home grown vegetables and flowers make wonderful hostess gifts. All you need is a little basket or vase, and you can create a gift that is inexpensive and attractive at the same time.

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