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5 Cleaning Tools You Can Make At Home

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It’s easy enough to run to the store and load up your cart with cleaning products and tools, but sometimes, it’s simpler, cheaper, or just more satisfying to come up with your own DIY approaches to getting things done, including cleaning the house. I enjoy trying out new cleaning hacks and am always pleasantly surprised when one of them works. I’ve preached the gospel of making your own cleaning products before, but what I haven’t really thought about before is how I could make my own tools for cleaning, too. So I did a bit of thinking and a little research, and I came up with a few ideas that are worth a try.

Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose

This one’s a bit of a cheat, but it’s a basic idea that can definitely help you save on cleaning supplies. Get some microfiber cloths (you can usually find them in the car-care section of any big-box store) and cut them into whatever sizes you please, then use them to do all of your household cleaning: wipe up spills, dust the shelves, polish the furniture, even scrub the dishes. Rather than going through tons of paper towels, you can just pop them into the washing machine and re-use them. And while you’re keeping things out of the trash can, next time you’re ready to replace your toothbrush, don’t toss it out: Keep it and use it as a tiny scrub brush. Toothbrushes are especially good for cleaning grout between bathroom tiles, but they also make great jewelry-cleaning brushes and can fit into just about any other dirty nook or cranny in your house.

DIY Wipes

It’s pretty tempting to buy those cans of disposable cleaning wipes, since they’re just so convenient for quick cleanup jobs. But they can be pretty pricey, so one good idea is to make your own. First, buy one can of wipes and use them up, but save the can. Then, use a roll of paper towels and your favorite cleaning solution to refill the container. Just make sure to take your time pouring in the cleaner: You can add more if the towels are too dry, but it’s harder to take it away if you’ve added too much. When you’re done, pull the cardboard tube out of the center and you’ll be able to pull the towels out the top just like store-bought wipes.

Double-Duty Vase Scrubber

I know I always have trouble cleaning out the insides of bud vases; they’re just so skinny. But here’s an ingenious idea: First, get a sponge and cut out two small pieces. Next, cut a slit in the side of each piece, insert a small rare-earth magnet, and sew the slit shut. Now, you can soak them in soapy water or cleaning solution, then put one inside the vase and the other on the outside. They’ll attract each other through the glass, so you can move the outside one up and down and clean the inside and outside at the same time!

No Swiffer, No Problem

A lot of people like those little Swiffer dusters, but who needs those when you can make a great duster yourself? Just get yourself a bit of fleece fabric and cut it into bits, then use a hot glue gun to attach them to a short wooden dowel. Not only is this a great DIY substitute, but you won’t have to keep buying refills for it. Just toss it in with the laundry when it gets too dirty to use.

Get Crafty, Get Clean

Here’s something I had no idea you could make yourself: scrubbing pads to get your pots and pans clean. If you know how to crochet, these are pretty easy to make (and if you don’t know how, this might be good motivation to learn). All you need is some nylon netting cut into strips and a crochet hook. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of making these, but once you get used to it, you’ll be able to make them quickly and easily for yourself or as gifts.

 

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Tanks for Sale

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Several large tanks for sale:

55 gallon tank tempered glass with solid wood black stand with storage and screen cover. It the base measures 48 1/2″L x 13″W x 28″ H, Tank 48 1/2″L x 13″W x 21″ H, for a TOTAL SIZE of 48 1/2″L x 13″W x 49″ H $80

70 Gallon Tank tempered glass tank with screen cover measures 48″L x 18″1’4″W x 21″H $50

SOLD: Large Reptile Tank with sliding screen cover measures 36 1/4″L x 18 1/4″W x 17″H $40

SOLD: 20 Gallon Tank with cover 30 1/4″L x 12 1/2″W x 12 3/4″H $20

SOLD: Reptile Stackable Tank with sliding door and cover with light $20

10 Gallon tank with cover $15

These tanks are perfect for land reptiles, rodents, insects, and other non-aquatic animals. Free lights, climbing accessories, and bowls may be included if wanted. These are older tanks and the seals make need to be replaced to be completely water tight. There is some damage to the tanks from where lights were placed in incorrect spots. The price for these tanks are low and firm; no low ball offers please. Tanks may be delivered locally in the Marlborough, MA area for an additional fee.

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Enclosure for Sale

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55 Gallon Tempered Glass Tank with Solid Wood Black Stand and Screen Cover for sale for in Worcester County, Massachusetts for $90. Must pick up, cannot be delivered or shipped. I have some lights available for free with purchase of the tank and stand if wanted. I also have smaller tanks available for sale. Please reply to this post if interested.

 

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DragonRancher.com is for SALE!

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The domain name DragonRancher.com is available for sale. Please contact me if interested at HelpForYourPet@gmail.com

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Signs of a Healthy Bearded Dragon

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  1. Look for a larger, plump, alert Bearded Dragon. Don’t buy a Bearded Dragon unless it is at least 6 weeks old and at least 6 inches in length. Younger Bearded Dragon babies are very cute, but they have a greater chance of becoming ill or dying. They can also suddenly stop eating and may have to be force fed.
  2. Look closely at the Bearded Dragon’s limbs, tail, and toes to make sure they are not swollen or broken. Broken bones may be a sign of metabolic bone disease. Also, limbs and toes that twitch or tremble are a sign of metabolic bone disease.
  3. Make sure the Bearded Dragon is active and alert and is eating regularly on a proper diet.
  4. Make sure it has clear and bright eyes that are NOT sunken in. Sunken eyes are a sign of dehydration, and the animal may be near death.
  5. Look for fullness in the limbs and tail especially in the base. Make sure you cannot see the tail or hip bones. Lizards store fat in their tails.
  6. They should have healthy clean skin with no lesions.
  7. Watch the bearded dragon run around and make sure he/she is using all of the limbs and not limping or stumbling. Look for any deformities. A missing toes and tips of the tails is not a big deal if it has healed properly. These injuries usually happen from nips from cage mates or improper shedding.
  8. Look at the enclosure the bearded dragon has been kept in to make sure it is clean and the food is fresh. Make sure the bearded dragon has gotten proper expose to UVB light and has been given calcium supplements. Ask questions about how the bearded dragon and the cared it received. 
  9. DO NOT purchase a Bearded Dragon if it is skinny, listless, or the eyes are sunken in.
  10. When you bring a new bearded dragon home it is normal for him/her to be nervous and timid for the first few days. He/she may not eat well for the 2-3 days. They usually warm up to you quickly though and get used to getting handled. Do not purchase an aggressive bearded dragon who bites or puffs up or always has a black beard.
    10 Signs of a Healthy Bearded Dragon

    10 Signs of a Healthy Bearded Dragon

     

    Example of healthy beardies:
    http://dragonrancher.com/available/

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Prospects

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I’m considering breeding bearded dragons again in a few months and would like to get people’s opinions. Should I breed Female 1 or Female 2? If I do breed them, I would likely have babies available in the fall. Pick up would be available in the Marlboro, MA area. Who might be interested?

Thanks in advance!

 

Female 1: Red Hypo Tiger

Female 2: Rainbow Tiger Small breed

She is only about 16 inches long, 300 grams, has beautiful coloring, has a great temperament, doesn’t eat or defecate as much as a normal size beardie, and makes a great pet!

Both females

Male: Rainbow Tiger {Red Hypo x Citrus Tiger}

Male as a juvenile:

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*Female Bearded Dragon FOUND a New Home*

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This healthy female bearded dragon is in need of a new home. She hatched in the summer of 2008 and is missing 2 toes from a bite from a sibling as a baby. She is a great eater, gets along with other females (although she should be fed separately to ensure every beardie gets enough to eat), and is easy to handle. She has been around children and would make a great pet for a someone knowledgeable about bearded dragons. She is located in Massachusetts. Please contact me if you’re interested. Thank you.

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My Female Beardies

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