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May 31, 2008

Pet Hair and Vacuuming

Filed under: Electricity — Jan @ 10:34 am

As I dragged out the vacuum cleaner again, I cringed as I thought about the effect on my electric bill. I had gotten busy/lazy with grooming the dogs and cats. My dog is responsible for nearly all the pet hair I vacuum nearly daily, she is a Husky and Malamute mix, not exactly cut out for the AZ heat!

Pet hair can be such a huge hassle. Whenever you look around your home and see that your furry friend has left behind a trail of their shedding hair, you see nothing but a mess. This can be completely aggravating. Thankfully there are some great ways that you can use to get rid of this pet hair today.

Here are 7 ways to clean up pet hair without using electricity:

  1. Wisk broom
  2. Yellow rubber gloves
  3. Lint brush
  4. Magnet broom
  5. Fur remover broom
  6. Pet hair magnet
  7. Packing tape

First start with grooming your dog, then try these ways to deal with pet hair in your home without using electricity:

Whisk BroomsIf you are looking for a way to get pet hair off of your carpeted stairs, then a whisk broom may be just what you are after. Essentially this is a broom that is made out of straw, so it is easy to understand why this would work so well on pet hair. Of course, it will work anywhere around the house that you would like to use it at but many people simply rave over how well it works to remove cat hair from their stairs. The reason why it works so well is because straw is rough and when you brush something with straw it picks up static electricity, thus making it easier to capture runaway pet hair.

Yellow Rubber Gloves

These gloves work well for cleaning around the home. Simply wet the glove and watch how magically it works for cleaning pet hair off of such things as upholstered furniture. It really is as easy as rolling up the pet hair into a ball and then simply picking it up. Now, Martha Stewart says that a damp cloth or sponge will also work well for this.

Lint Brush

A lint brush or an adhesive roller is simply a looped metal brush that can be used to remove any pet hair from your carpet that cannot otherwise be picked up. This works really well by using electrostatic to pick up hair really well, even off of clothes or the pets themselves.

Magnet Broom

This is a great broom that has a 11 x 4 special sponge head that somehow magically attracts pet hair and can be used on hardwood floors, carpeting and upholstery. The best part is that the broom is easy to clean with only a dry cloth, which makes this a very convenient way to rid your home of allergy producing pet hair.

FURemover Broom

With this broom you can use the power of its unique, soft rubber bristles to sweep away pet hair. These bristles grab pet hair like a magnet, making this broom ideal for removing more than just pet hair. It also removes hair, lint, dust and dirt from clothing, upholstery, carpets and rugs. Plus it can be used wet or dry depending upon your needs.

Pet Hair Magnet

Whenever you find yourself dealing with some rather stubborn pet hair, this miniature squeegee is just what you need. It is only about 7” wide and thus it is able to easily remove pet hair from corners, furniture, blankets, curtains, clothing and more.

Packing Tape

You can do wonders picking up pet hair with packing tape. By rolling it around your hand with the sticky side out you can grab up small areas where pet hair has accumulated. Another option is to wrap the packing tape around an old rolling pin and roll this over any stubborn hairy areas in your home.

Of course, the easiest way to control pet hair is to stop it before it happens. Daily pet grooming takes less time than cleaning up the hair when it piles up!

May 19, 2008

Homemade Air Conditioner-part 1

Filed under: Electricity, Instructional — Jan @ 5:27 am

I started getting what I need to make my own air conditioner like in the video. The initial cost will be less than a window air conditioner. It will have the following advantages:

  • Portable to any room
  • Electricity use will be a fraction running an air conditioner
  • No mold, allergens, or anything else will be blown throughout the room

I don’t have the cooler yet, but got the other parts. So far here is my investment:

  • Aquarium submersible pump $19.35
  • Zip ties $1.97
  • Repair tape $4.64 (I’ll use this to connect the copper tubing to the rubber tubing on the pump)
  • Tube cutter $3.5
  • Copper tubing $13.67
  • 9 inch fan $12.97

I shopped at Wal-Mart. I chose new because we have long hot summers here and I want to make sure it can withstand the stress of running long. Getting any of the items used of course would cut down the cost. I got a fan without a solid bottom so that I could attach it more easily to the cooler. I also choose a fan with a metal cage so that it will hold up with the copper tubing attached. If I want I can always spray paint the cage and tubing to match!

I’m going to check out yard sales for a used cooler. Since I will be cutting into it, I don’t want to cut into a new one. Once I get everything ready, if I haven’t gotten a cooler yet, I will test in using a bucket. It won’t keep the ice and water cold for long, but it will give me an idea on the effectiveness.

May 16, 2008

Cooling That Won’t Raise Utility Bills

Filed under: Electricity, Instructional, Video — Jan @ 12:00 am

Solar powered evaporative coolers and air conditioners are the way to stay cool without high bills. If you don’t have the money now, save for one or look into building one yourself.

Here are videos of ways to cool the house using abundant and free solar power.

This uses some electricity, but could probably be hooked up to a solar power source. This is compact and portable for outdoor use.

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