Take a look at the back of your favorite laundry detergent. The ingredient list is probably hazy and ill-defined. First aid info and cautions abound. “KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN” is prominently displayed.
And this is something we use on a regular basis? Making a few eco-conscious alterations is not only good for the environment, it’s much better for your health as well. But how to go green when it comes to laundry?
One of the easiest ways to change to a more eco-friendly laundry system is to switch to an environmentally-friendly detergent. Some detergents are labeled clearly as such – Seventh Generation, for instance – but it’s easy to check.
Simply look for an eco-friendly laundry product that is phosphate-free and biodegradable. For an even better alternative, look for one made of natural ingredients, rather than petroleum-based.
Avoid dry cleaning completely, as it is one of the worst offenders when it comes to being exposed to dangerous chemical concoctions.
For disinfection (good for diapers or undies), try a half cup full of vinegar or a few drops of essential oil such as lavender, tea tree, or lemon. Vinegar also works as a fabric softener in loads such as towels, shirts, and jeans.
Baking soda or a lavender sachet works as a deodorizer.
Line dry your clothes whenever possible. It not only saves on electricity, the sun bleaches out stains and leaves a pleasantly fresh scent. Avoid ironing, and use two or three tennis balls in the dryer to limit static and remove wrinkles.
Using cold water instead of hot (heating the water takes most of the electricity used in a machine) reduces energy costs even further.
If you can afford to upgrade your appliances, picking out extremely energy efficient washers and dryers can make a profound difference in the environmental impact of your laundry.
If not, then making these changes, along with wearing your clothes more between washes and using eco-friendly laundry products will still greatly reduce your negative impact on the environment and your family’s health.
Hey, what is that on the Google homepage? Google, a site generally known for its austere elegance, on January 6th declared the arrival of the new Google Nexus One phone.
Google has advanced the bar in the cellular phone market by launching the Google Nexus One phone. A cool smartphone that runs Google’s Android mobile OS, it’s the modernest smart phone that allows the purchaser select which network to apply it on.
Previously phones were “locked” to a wireless service provider. With the Google Nexus One it can be bought with a two year service contract from T-Mobile for $179 plus data plan and phone services. Or, pay $529 and insert the sim card from your current phone!
But be aware, it only uses sim cards that are GSM standard and doesn’t use CDMA standards. This means that your CDMA sim card from Verizon, Sprint and AT T; won’t work!
The good news for Verizon users is that Google will release a new Nexus One phone in Spring of 2010 for Verizon in the U.S. and Vodaphone in Europe.
Follow these steps to buy a Nexus One Phone:
Go to www.google.com/phone and take the virtual ‘tour’ of the Google Nexus One phone and choose if the Nexus One is your next cell phone.
Before you start ordering, sign up for a Google check out account. Do this at www.checkout.google.com. Then, if you’re selecting to buy the more expensive option in which you are able to use your own sim card write down the type of sim card so that you are able to compare rapidly in the ordering cycle.
Return to www.google.com/phone to buy the Google cell phone and click on “get your phone”. If you’re selecting the more expensive Nexus One plan click on the link that says, ‘will this work with my sim’ and apply the information you noted about your sim card in step 2 to check if your sim will work. If you’re selecting the T-mobile cell phone wireless plan click on the link, ‘check for coverage in your area’, then answer questions related to getting a new t-Mobile wireless plan or changing an existing one.
Personalize the Nexus One Google cell phone by selecting your engraving in the following step! It will still ship within the next 72 hours even with engraving. Google Nexus One engraving lets a luxurious 23 characters on 2 lines and is placed near the bottom on the back of the phone. This will assist to personalize your cell phone.
Proceed to Google Check Out and buy your phone and if applicable, your wireless service plan.
When you’re waiting for your smart phone to ship, visit the Android App store and search the selection of applications that you are able to download to your cell phone once it arrives.