I sat down to do some blogging yesterday, took a look at my keyboard, and was shocked at how gross and grimy it looked. My keys, once white, were covered with a layer of grey residue, probably a combination of dust and oil from my hands. I knew I wouldn't be able to be productive until I rectified the situation.
Given my recent success with cleaning my Invisalign retainers with a vinegar-water solution, I decided to try the same thing on my keyboard, this time adding a bit of tea tree oil, which is naturally antibacterial. And guess what? It worked like a charm! Now my keys are sparkling white again, and I can blog in peace.
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO:
- Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a small glass or bowl
- Add a couple drops of tea tree oil
- Turn off or unplug your keyboard, or shut down your computer completely
- Dip a clean rag in the solution and wring it out so that it doesn't drip into the spaces between your keys
- Wipe your keyboard in broad strokes to coat the keys with the solution
- Wipe each key individually in a circular motion to remove the grime
- Switch to a new section of rag and a fresh dip of solution as you need to
That's it! Enjoy your chemical-free squeaky clean keyboard!
Anyone who suffers dry skin like mine will understand - when your skin is dry, cracked, and red in the cold winter months, you’re willing to use anything that works.
Whenever we speak, my brother John talks excitedly about the solar energy industry, so I asked him to write a guest post for me about some of the change he's seeing on the horizon through his new job in the field. Renewable energy is happening, y'all!
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Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that there are zillions of plant-based milk products on the market, to take the place of your standard cow's milk in your morning coffee or on your granola. And while at first glance they may seem like the healthiest option, a closer look at the carton may reveal hidden sugars, stabilisers, emulsifiers, and other mystery ingredients. The solution? Make your own!
I propose that this year, instead of giving gifts that the recipient may or may not keep for more than six months, let's give gifts that provide true fulfillment. I've broken down my six favorite zero waste gift categories with some specific ideas, and enough variety to suit everyone on your shopping list this year.
When I saw a Facebook post about a zero waste pop-up shop opening in London, I got really excited, as London is only two hours away from Manchester by train. I happened to have reason to go to London this past week, so I decided to pay a visit to this Bulk Market I’d read so much about.
I now have half a decade of bike commuting under my belt, but there are a few things I've figured out over the years that I wish someone had explained to me when I first began. There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cycling, and a lot of options when it comes to gear and clothing, but for today I’ll just talk about the most essential element of bike commuting: the bicycle itself.
Before my therapist even put any needles into my skin, I felt a huge weight lifted, just having talked to someone whose job it was to listen. Answering her questions helped me to connect the dots between my physical and mental well-being.