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toozie - are you my son/daughter? Sounds just like me!
Teabags: but in a pot with lemon juice, lemon rind and pepper (corns as well as ground) leave to stand with a lid on: makes an OK cat deterrent if you spread the resultant bags and erm ... goo ... around the area. Plus it's biodegradeable.
Pringles lids: can be used as make-shift lids for small pots in the microwave or fridge.
They also like to reuse sites so on gravel etc where there are no plants, watering a dilute disinfectant or bleach solution over the area sometimes helps.
The children's water pistol is also quite effective if you are quick enough!
We've started using grease proof paper instead of plastic sandwich bags, much better for the environment, but I love the cereal packet idea best, def going to start doing this, and the envelopes in the bin.
We try and recycle everything in our house - had 10 of us for a week over the new year and only threw out 1/2 a black bin bag!!!
Was really annoyed then to see neighbours with only a couple and them having about half a dozen bin bags (urghh!) :mad:
Constantly trying to convert anybody I know to recycle, but find people are so apathetic - usually saying it takes too much effort (urghh!) :mad:
If there was one thing I wish the government would tax people on, would be the amount of rubbish bags they put outside their houses coz it's the only tax I know I could save on!! :j It might also make people sit up and start thinking very seriously about recycling.
Mind you, the companies also need to be taken to task about the amount of extra in their packaging - just thinking about easter and the amount of plastic for a tiny egg (urghh!) :mad:
Well done to everybody on this thread who are ardent re-cyclers - I have learnt a few more things and will be actively putting them into use asap :T :T
Plastic milk carton tops red, blue, green can go to Naomi House Hospice near WInchester for fundraising http://www.naomihouse.org.uk/
If the oil can be made to solidify you can store it in containers and put it out for the birds as fat balls. This is good for them and cheaper than calling out drain cleaners as this gunge regularly clogs our drains and sewers
We also add any fat that drips out of sausages/ burgers etc from the electic grill gadget (she says not wanting to advertise that famous one cos asda do one half that price)
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