Incredible Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipes (Part II)

These homemade glass cleaners have just a few ingredients.

Recipe for Natural Glass Cleaner Spray

  • One cup rubbing alcohol
  • One cup of water
  • One tablespoon vinegar

To create this glass cleaner spray, mix the ingredients and put the mixture into a spray bottle.

When you combine the white vinegar and alcohol, you have a glass and window cleaner that swiftly evaporates and is just as good as the big-name brand cleaners. This spray also works as a homemade oven glass cleaner and you can use it on chrome, ceramic, and other hard surfaces.

Homemade Cornstarch Glass Cleaner

Glass and windows surfaces aren’t completely smooth. In reality, they have little pits across the surface that catches water, creating spots and streaks. The cornstarch in this homemade glass cleaner shatters the water bonds, producing a spot-free, shiny, and streak-free finish. It works excellently in cleaning water spots on the glass as well.

DIY Cornstarch Glass Cleaner Recipe

  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • One tablespoon cornstarch
  • Two cups of water

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Be sure you shake the spray bottle good to completely dissolve the cornstarch. Put the solution on your glass surfaces and windows, wiping until the glass is clean. 

This solution also works excellently as a homemade degreaser for the glass surfaces and windows in your kitchen. The vinegar and alcohol cut right through the grease to leave glass surfaces gleaming once more.

If you don’t wipe the cleaner completely off the surface of your windows or glass, though, the cornstarch will leave a residue. This defeats the purpose of cleaning it in the first place. So, make sure to wipe the entire surface. This formula is great for getting dirty glass surfaces and windows clean, functioning as the ideal homemade affordable cleaner for window screens.

Incredible Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipes (Part I)

These glass cleaners are effective, cheap, and easy to make.

Cleaning around your house is an unavoidable chore that very few folks like doing. From vacuuming to dusting, household chores are not only boring but time-consuming too. When it comes to cleaning the glass around your home, there is little happiness. It seems that regardless of what you do, within a few days, it is covered with fingerprints and dirt.

Another issue with cleaning the glass in your house is the harsh chemicals that are typical in commercial cleaners. To get away from cleaning your glass or windows with poisonous chemicals, you can learn to make your own excellent homemade glass cleaner recipe. 

One easy recipe is to combine one tablespoon of white vinegar, one cup of water, and one cup of rubbing alcohol. Put in a spray bottle for streak-free, natural glass cleaning.

Best Homemade Window and Glass Cleaner

There are plenty of ingredients that you currently have sitting around your home that will make a good DIY glass cleaner. These items can be anything from cornstarch to vinegar.

While using a single ingredient alone does a somewhat suitable job cleaning your windows and glass, they usually work better when mixed with other non-toxic, natural ingredients. You can have clean surfaces inside and outside your home using products you already have, saving money and time. This article contains a few of the top homemade glass cleaner recipes that will become a staple in your home. 

Basic Natural Glass Cleaner

Alcohol and white vinegar are great substitutes for the chemical-laden cleaners at your local store. Other advantages of these ingredients are they are cheap and don’t have any harsh fumes or chemicals. These ingredients are like those you can find in a store that specializes in all-natural products. The best thing about the cleaners in these recipes is they evaporate rapidly, so you don’t end up with unattractive spots.

The New Trend: Recycled Plastic Clothing

 

It seems the waters have become a new textile hunting ground for several top brands like G-Star Raw, Adidas, Patagonia, and others. These businesses have been making clothes from plastics collected from the oceans, which is then turned into fibers. 

Adidas, for instance, has combined Ocean Plastics with a zero-waste 3D-printing technique to create a trendy athletic shoe as part of their partnership with Parley for the Oceans, an initiative that inspires repurposing ocean waste and raising awareness of our progressively dire plastics issues.

Some clothing companies have decided to use recycled plastics in the making of their products.

Plastic Clothing

Go to Everlane’s flagship store in San Francisco, go past the cocoon coats, and you’ll see the brand’s new initiative: clothing created from recycled plastic. It comes in the shape of a new outwear collection named ReNew which has saved some three million plastic water bottles from beaches and landfills, reusing them as synthetic fabrics.

The line of puffer jackets and plastic parkas follows a crazed fad from companies small (Rothy’s), big (Adidas), niche (Girlfriend Collective), and mainstream (H&M), all of which have of late incorporated recycled plastic into their clothing items. Some, such as Kelly Slater’s Outerknown line, reuse all types of shoreline waste as clothing. Others, like Timberland, repurpose only water bottles.

Plastics Live Forever

Water bottles, regardless if chipped, collected, or melted, can have a 2nd life as sneakers, yoga pants, or a puffy jacket. Brands like Patagonia have been using plastic for years. Though recently, more businesses are using recycled materials as a way to diminish their environmental impact, or maybe just to earn admiration from their customers. 

Sustainability marketing clearly earns brand street cred. What’s difficult to realize is exactly what effect these measures will have on the earth. But reusing plastics for shoes and clothing is a step in the right direction.  

 

The Truth About Plastic Shoes

 

One of the latest fashion fads may get you the gold star from the fashion police. However, the health police are very concerned.

The latest fashion craze is plastic heels.

Celebrities are even rocking them. If you want to wear them, you should know the plastic shoes comes with a catch.

The catch is not a pleasant one.

Plastic shoes are bad for your feet.

The Hazard of Plastic Shoes

Plastic shoes are not only very bad for the earth, but also very bad for your health.

Health experts have warned folks about the hazards of wearing plastic shoes and what it does to your feet. When the plastic comes in contact with your warm feet, they begin fogging up. The bad part is, when heat and moisture come in contact, things grow. The absence of breathability becomes the largest detrimental factor.

Truthfully, the foot alone without a sock in a shoe offers the ideal environment for fungal and bacterial growth. When you’re wearing plastic shoes, the odds are even greater. There is a bigger rate of heat and moisture. 

Another reason medical professionals advise against wearing plastic shoes is due to their rigidness.

Shoes made from other materials have the capability of stretching, giving your feet room for flexing. With plastic, you don’t have that freedom. It stiffens your feet and becomes a real problem to walk around.

Even if just the soles of your shoes are plastic, you could still have problems like joint and bone pain. The reason for this is that it doesn’t have shock absorption. So, if you’re feeling like you want to look like a celebrity just once and want to wear plastic shoes, do yourself a favor and don’t.

For the sake of your health, it is better to pick comfort over fashion for once and say bye to the plastic shoes.

 

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part III)

A good alternative to plastic bags is reusable bags.

What Can You Do About It?

When it comes to plastic bags, use the four environmental “r’s”: reuse, reduce, repair and recycle your plastic waste. But with inadequate recycling measures, the action is badly needed on a personal level. 

Think of the humans, the animals, and the planet that are being destroyed by our plastic bag addiction. We must trash the plastic. Here’s how you can help: 

Reduce and reuse – Get a reusable bag

Buy a fabric bag like a jute or cotton bag. Onya bags are created from recycled parachutes and come with key fobs so you can carry them wherever you go. If you forget yours at home, ask the store whether they can supply a crate or box to carry your goods. You should keep some reusable bags in your car. 

Reuse and recycle – Keep plastic bags out of the bin

If you have a horde of plastic bags, some stores have containers where you can donate them back to be reused. You can also put them in your compost bin and put them back in whenever you dig out the compost to use in your garden. Even though they most likely won’t decompose in your lifetime, at least they won’t be in a sea animal’s stomach. 

Repair – The waterways and coasts need you

The quagmire is not getting any tinier and it is practically impossible to get rid of now. Though, you can still do your part by volunteering to clean up plastic debris on beaches. You will save numerous pointless deaths by diminishing the environmental and animal impacts of plastic bag garbage.

Re-educate folks

Folks must understand the reality of plastic bags. Purchase reusable bags for loved ones for Christmas or their birthdays. Any little difference you do to stop plastic bag usage will make a big difference to the lives of numerous species of animals across the globe.

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part II)

The albatross is one of many animals that are harmed by plastic bags. 

The Animal Impact

Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean is home to the biggest albatross colony around the globe. These birds come to nest on the isolated Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, and they search for hundreds of miles out to sea looking for food. 

Swaths of these birds have been discovered dead by rescue workers on Midway because of ingesting huge amounts of plastic bag remnants. All the plastic found in the birds on Midway Atoll is carried to the island by albatross parents who fed them to their young. Over four tons of plastic amasses on the island daily. 

Other issues animals face due to plastic bag waste is choking from eating plastic shards and asphyxiation from becoming caught in plastic bags. Seals, dolphins, sharks, pelicans, flamingos, seagulls, and other birds and animals have been discovered dead in huge numbers due to plastic. 

Besides this, as the plastic decays into little pieces, it is also consumed by small fish, aquatic organisms, and jellyfish. Plastic waste gets into the food chain in rising concentrations as bigger fish feed on little ones and other animals feed on the fish, including humans.

The Environmental Impact

The litter created by plastic bag usage isn’t limited to land. Plastic bags contribute deeply to the formation of a quagmire of plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean. It is projected to be two times the size of Hawaii or probably even two times the size of the United States. According to research studies done by a number of U.S. wildlife institutes, since all drains lead to the ocean, over 75% of all the debris discovered in the water begins from a land-based source.

For instance, Kamilo Beach in Hawaii is usually covered in two feet of plastic that washes up from the sea.  

Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part III)

 

Murano glass – Also known as “millefiori,” or “Venetian glass,” this sort of glasswork was created years ago on an island off Venice, Italy. The method of using the ends of glass rods to make several little flowers inside the glass makes this sort of glass easy to spot and distinct.

Every piece has to be made by hand, using a meticulous procedure and real Murano glass pieces can be pricey. Since the glassmakers on the island of Murano have been working for years, you can find antique jewelry pieces of Murano glass. Though, you have to school yourself, so you are not fooled by fakes.

Sea glass is glass polished by the sea. 

Sea glass – Sea-glass jewelry, also known as beach glass, has a faithful following of people who have an affinity with the sea. True sea glass is created when a broken piece of glass is tossed into the sea where it is tumbled and crushed by the waves and sand until it emerges opaque and smooth on the beach. Artisans comb beaches all over the globe to discover these sea gems and make them into all sorts of jewelry.

Certain colors, like blue or red, are harder to discover and can, therefore, be pricier. One popular jewelry-making technique is to take different pieces of sea glass and cover them with silver or gold wire to create earrings, a pendant, or bracelets. 

Another technique is to use the piece of sea glass as the gemstone and affix it with a bevel in a pendant or ring. Several jewelry retailers produce replica sea glass that is tumbled in a method like polishing rocks. While these pieces can be beautiful and it is simpler to find rare colors, you should inquire if the piece is manufactured or genuine sea glass. Numerous collectors believe that real pieces of sea-glass jewelry have to be made organically.

 

The Problem with Those Plastic Bags (Part I)

Plastic bags are rapidly damaging the environment. 

There’s no refuting it. Single-use disposable plastic bags are destroying the planet, with over 60,000 plastic bags being consumed in the U.S. every four seconds. They are made with non-renewable resources, either natural gas or petroleum. They take large amounts of energy to assemble, transport across the nation and recycle. 

They don’t decompose in landfill sites. However, over time, they release hazardous chemicals. They’re very hard to recycle, creating issues like blocking the sorting machine used by many recycling facilities, contributing to a huge, global litter issue. And that’s not the end.

The Human Impact

On land, plastic bags are one of the most usual types of litter around the globe. Build-ups of plastic bags are infamous for creating blockages of local drainage systems in developing countries. The floods in Bangladesh and common flooding in Manila can be credited to blockages created by this litter. Also, plastic bags create real health hazards to the population. Over time, they leak toxic chemicals into drinking water supplies.

Plastic bags are very hard to recycle. The usual three-arrow recyclable symbol is found on plastic packaging across the nation. However, in numerous cases, it’s a marketing trick. There’s no regulation of the symbol or legal requirements for the way it is used. 

Each municipality in the U.S. has different rules on what it can’t and can recycle. Many of the plastic bags accumulated by recycling companies can’t be recycled or reused. The industries that make them don’t want to buy them back. 

Therefore, most recycled bags end up in landfill sites or are transported to Asia where workers in sweatshop conditions cherry-pick our garbage looking for plastics that can be reused or melted down. Not only are these enterprises quagmires for labor issues and human rights issues, but the toxic open-melting techniques they use are also a big concern for human health.

Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part II)

Glass jewelry is one of a kind. 

Dichroic-glass jewelry – This sort of glass jewelry is made in practically the same way as fused-glass jewelry, though it has its own unique look. It is made of pieces of shimmering, gleaming material that is then affixed onto black or clear glass. Dichroic glass is about 50 micro-thin layers of various metals that were created by NASA for astronauts’ facemasks to shield them from radiation. 

The colors of dichroic glass shift and merge together when they are fired, so these patterns tend to be flowing in nature. After the pieces are raised from the kiln and cool off, it is treated like fused glass and made into jewelry of practically any type.

Glass beads – These are little works of art that are looped together as necklaces or bracelets, or made into earrings and glass-jewelry rings. They are made with a procedure called lampwork that uses a really hot torch to melt glass rods into numerous colorful patterns. Colored glass rods are heated using a table-mounted torch.

As the molten glass makes a liquid drop on the end of the rod, it is draped around a stainless-steel mandrel to create a bead of any size. Littler colored rods are then melted onto the beads to create multicolored designs. After the beads are completed, they are typically placed into a kiln to be annealed so they won’t break as they cool.

Buying Glass Jewelry
A lot of the glass jewelry today is created by artists in their studios. Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of every piece, these artists usually sell their own work at art fairs or craft shows all over the U.S. You can also discover quality pieces of glass jewelry at specialty stores or independently owned jewelry stores. 

 

Glass Jewelry: What are the Types and How to Make It (Part I)

Glass jewelry is often bright and beautiful. 

Opposite to what many might think, most glass jewelry isn’t fragile or delicate. It can be vibrant, bold, and colorful, making a huge impact on your wardrobe.

Like several other components that jewelry makers use in their creations, glass for the jewelry comes in numerous forms and shapes: from the wonderful flowers embedded in millefiori jewelry to the shiny, chunky shapes of dichroic glass. 

The method of making glass jewelry is captivating, with colors dissolving into one another as extraordinary patterns and shapes. Since every piece of glass jewelry is really one of a kind, it is one of the most distinctive fashion statements you can make.

There are many basic types of glass jewelry on the market. Most of it is made by applying heat to glass rods or pieces so they fuse together. From there, artists can make glass beads, pendants, glass earrings, and glass rings. 

Many glass-jewelry makers take their glass pieces and mount them with silver or gold bezels to make these glass gems the focus of their jewelry. Other times, they can shape the glass into a pendant or ring without using any metal. 

Types of Glass Jewelry
Glass jewelry is only constrained by the imagination of the jewelry maker. There are many standard types you will discover glass artisans making:

Fused-glass jewelry – This sort of jewelry is typically used in earrings and pendants. It is thought of as a one-of-a-kind work of art. Also referred to as art glass, these pieces are made by layering tiny cut pieces of colored glass together until the desired pattern is accomplished. 

This layered piece of glass is then put into a kiln and after the glass has fused together, it is taken from the kiln and cooled. Then, it can be shaped and mounted into practically any setting.