November 15 is more than just a mere 40 days before Christmas, it’s also America Recycles Day. It’s great timing for this as it’s the perfect opportunity to clean out clutter while saving the environment – all just in time to have room for those new Christmas presents. Get involved! The planet needs all the help we can give it. Here’s a few things you can do to support America Recycles Day.
Take the Pledge
You, your family, and your friends can all show support by pledging to recycle more. It’s easy! Swing by the website and fill out a quick form. Be sure to share on Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets so your vast network of friends and acquaintances know to sign up too.
Learn About Recycling
Everyone from kids through adults has access to age-appropriate information about recycling thanks to the internet. Take some time learning what can and cannot be recycling and why. Learn what other countries recycle and how recycled items are used to create new products. The EPA and your local government websites are great places to start. Also look at sites devoted to metal, paper, glass, plastic, battery, and steel industries as these are all products that can be recycled.
Both in your home and out of it, there are many items you can collect for recycling. Take a walk through your neighborhood and pick up cans, bottles, etc. By working with your neighbors, you can improve the cleanliness of the area and help the environment at the same time.
Make Recycling a Habit
Today is devoted to recycling and it’s a great start! But learning about recycling and spending one day a year on it isn’t enough. Instead, make it a part of your daily life – starting today. Set up separate trash cans in your home – one for things that cannot be recycled and one for things that can. As you see how much you’re still throwing away, think about what else you can do to reduce the garbage.
Other Recycling Tips and Suggestions
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Dust mites are a common allergen. They love to live in mattresses and pillows and cause sneezing, itchy eyes and generally disrupt your sleep. You wake up too early and with a stuffy nose and watery eyes. No fun! Dust mites bite the dust with freezing, boiling, microwaving, or being tossed in a hot dryer. To keep the buggers out of your bedroom, follow these simple steps.
Dust mites don’t like heat, so toss your pillow in the dryer for at least 15 minutes. To keep new dust mites from making your pillow their home, immediately cover your pillow in an allergy relief cover and then put your normal pillow case over it. Older allergen pillow covers were a bit crinkly, but the newer ones are soft and quiet. Allersoft is one brand of pillow and mattress covers that offers many options.
Your mattress is basically a giant castle for dust mites. Obviously, you can’t put your mattress in the dryer, but there are other ways to banish the allergy causing buggers. Grab your HEPA filter vacuum and suck those mites right out. Be sure to take the contents out of your house.
Then immediately cover your mattress in an allergy relief cover. The allergy cover prevents your shed skin (aka dust mite food) from reaching any remaining mites, so they’ll ultimately die.
If you’re shopping for a new mattress, consider getting a foam or latex mattress. Dust mites can’t live in either one.
Wash Your Bedding Regularly
Even with your pillow and mattress free of dust mites and preventing new ones from moving in, the little sneeze-makers may live in your sheets, blankets and other bedding. Keep them at bay by washing your bedding on a weekly basis. Use hot water and dry in the dryer, unless the fabric type can’t be dried.
In general, the less cluttered a space, the less places there are for dust mites to live.
Following these few steps will keep your bed dust mite free and give you a restful, sneeze-free night sleep. For more great tips like this, sign up for my newsletter.
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