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Ball Perfect Mason Jar Lamp Mason Jar Lamp mirrored Mason Jar hanging lamp Swirl Quilt and Ball Mason Jar LampMy friend Don found this Ball Perfect Mason Jar at an Antique Mall, and it was full of wooden spools of thread. Some of the spools contain silk thread, and the others contain cotton. The spools themselves are interesting, as some retain the original 10-cent price tags! I cannot remember thread selling for 10-cents!

So I took the jar, which already had a hole in the lid, and wired it for a light bulb. Then I found a vintage style bulb, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. The bulb gives off an amber glow and is not too bright to hang without any type of shade.

Interestingly, the lid is one piece molded metal – lead, aluminum or some blend by the looks of it. The jar would hold about a half-gallon. I will have to get more information to determine the age.

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I just purchased a Mr. Clean Magic Reach (registered brand name) bathroom floor and tub cleaner – it was at a great discount – only $5 and contained 4 cleaning pads.  I used it to clean the tub and the bathroom floor and did not have to bend over, my back fared MUCH better this way.  Then I decided to get my refill of pads.  I cannot find them anywhere.  I have had my grocery store try to order them, I have looked online.  Amazon does seem to have them….

But then I had a thought… why use DISPOSABLE pads?  Lets get more earth friendly and have RE-usable cleaning supplies!  My friend Susie has been using cloth napkins she makes for at least a couple of decades – I followed suit and have been using them for over ten years – imagine the reduction in landfill if everyone just used cloth napkins at home?!

Well, I got my last cleaning pad out and made a pattern.  I sewed the cleaning pads out of cotton cleaning cloth and terry cloth.  I used my own tub cleaner (I just cleaned the tub with Mr Clean’s pad yesterday) and voila!  I have picked up dirt with the cotton that the less-absorbent brand name pad missed!  In addition, I can wash my cleaning pad and use it over and over until it wears out (which will make it that much faster for the cotton to return to a biodegraded state).  I am very happy with my new invention – and I bet we could make them for other cleaning “handles” and eliminate much more waste in our landfills!

Cotton Terry Cloth Washable cleaning pad

Cotton Terry Cloth Washable cleaning pad

Go Green to clean!

Go Green to clean!