What To Do With Your Pumpkin After Halloween

Posted on October 29, 2015. Filed under: Miscellaneous | Tags: , , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

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After Halloween – 3 Uses for Leftover Pumpkin

Halloween is in a few days. On November 1, the jack-0’lantern would have done its job.   Now what?  Don’t just trash it.  Here are several beneficial uses for it.

Make a planter

When your jack-0’lantern is done, you can use it as a planter.  Plant a colorful fall mum in the hollowed out pumpkin and plant it in your garden.  As the pumpkin decomposes, it will fertilize your new plant.

Feed the wildlife

If you have woods nearby, feed the wildlife. Bambi and her friends will love it. Plus, if you don’t want to eat them yourself, you can dry and toast the pumpkin seeds and give your backyard birds a treat.

Make a facial rub with it

Pumpkins are rich in zinc and vitamins A, C and E—all great ingredients for a healthy complexion. Grind up some of the remaining pumpkin meat into a puree.  Mix about five teaspoons with three teaspoons of brown sugar (a natural exfoliate) and a tiny splash of milk.  Apply to your face and gently rub in a circular motion.  Allow the masque to do its magic for about 20 minutes and voila – you’ll enjoy the results!

Try one of these ideas and you’ll get a bigger return on your investment than just scaring the goblins away for one night.  Happy Halloween!

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Don’t Throw It Away! 11 Ingenious Uses for “Garbage”

Posted on July 31, 2014. Filed under: Green Cleaning | Tags: , |

by Raina Raflo, Founder, Sponge & Sparkle – Atlanta House Cleaning Experts since 1981

 

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I am always interested in ways we can reduce what we send to the landfills.  This interest extends to the cleaning company I’ve operated since 1981.  At Sponge & Sparkle, we are committed to using  non-toxic cleaners, reducing our footprint within your home, and reducing our impact on the environment at large.

 

The MNN blog  recently posted an excellent article with 50 ways to reuse your garbage. Here are my favorite 11 tips.

  1. Have you noticed the silica gel packets that come with your shoes or handbags? Use them to protect your personal papers and important documents from moisture and mildew.
  2. Spread old newspaper under your tablecloth as an added barrier to protect your table surfaces from spills.
  3. This one’s a classic – use newspaper instead of paper towels to clean your windows.
  4. An open jar of dried, used coffee grounds will neutralize refrigerator odors.
  5. Place a mound of coffee grounds in a protective ring around garden plants to repel slugs and ants.
  6. Do you hate the clammy feeling of rubber gloves on your skin? Use newspaper sleeve bags instead.
  7. Use empty pill bottles to tame the mess in your junk drawer, tool box, sewing kit, or craft box. They make excellent containers for small things like push pins, paper clips, etc. You may want to rinse the bottles first to get rid of the “medicine” smell. Need to tame your “junk drawer?” Check out this article.
  8. Those little slivers of soap can cause slip and falls and clog up your drains. Put them in a stocking leg and keep them by an outdoor faucet for a convenient hand-scrubber.
  9. This use for banana peels is truly unique. Before you throw those banana peels in the compost bin, use them to shine your shoes. Rub the inside of the peel on your shoes, then buff thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  10. Use juiced citrus halves sprinkled with salt to clean stainless steel and other metal fixtures.
  11. Paper egg cartons or toilet paper tubes are the perfect place to start seedlings. Since the paper will biodegrade, each item with its seedling can be dropped right into the soil.

To read the entire article on the MNN blog, please click here.

 

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