Green Your Spring Cleaning

MARCH GREEN TIPS

Green Laundry Soap

” Green Tips ” are simple steps you can take today to green your clothing, your home, your transportation and more! We encourage you to choose one step to get started and return for additional tips over time. If you’re up for a green makeover choose a specific category from the list of Monthly Green Tips and get started!

Buy green cleaners at your local natural foods store or via mail order or the Internet.

Make your own cleaners. To avoid toxic chemicals, consider making your own cleaners. Household items like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, and club soda, can be combined to clean everything from carpets to toilet bowls.

Use old clothing and sheets for dusting and cleaning rags, rather than paper towels.

Install a clotheslinin your backyard or basement, and let your clothes dry naturally.

Avoid cleaners that contain phosphates as a water softener. Phosphates appear in a number of cleaners such as some dishwashing liquids and promote rapid algae growth which pollutes the water supply.

If you use mothballs, consider replacing them with a more natural alternative. Try cheesecloth-wrapped cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, or whole cloves.

Eliminate the need for chemical fabric softeners by adding ¼ cup of vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle.

Let your houseplants do the cleaning! Some houseplants—such as Boston ferns, English ivy, rubber plants, and peace lilies—can help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxic chemicals.

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Shine some light on your broken tail-light

We’ve all had those days when the last thing we need is something breaking, especially an essential part of your car! You need not worry, we’ve found some great tips and tricks to help you decide how to fix that pesky broken tail-light. If you plan on doing it yourself, we’ve got you covered.

 

DIY

Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes

  • First you are going to need a list of appropriate tools: sockets, wrenches, a screwdriver, a ratchet wrench, and potentially other elements, depending on your vehicle’s condition, make, model, etc. Also gloves can come in handy.
  • Go into the cargo/trunk space and remove the cover over the tail-light and turn signal. Once that cover is removed you can then safely and carefully remove the bulb. Be cautious of broken glass and be careful that the bulb is not too hot to touch.
  •  You can remove the cover by either twisting it off or using a wrench or screwdriver.
  • After replacing the new tail-light test it to see if it works.
  • Refer to your car’s handbook for any needed instructions

You can find used tail-lights at R.H. Willson-Used Auto Parts, where our employees will be more than willing to lend a helping hand.