Tips: DIY hair, cheap cupboard hook, and green sports gear

I have a stockpile of goodies piling up in my “tips” folder, and today is a great day to share them with you.

Hold those gloves

It’s not like rubber gloves are some fancy thing, right? Or that under the sink is, exactly, an elegant space in most of our homes. If you combine the two attributes, an under-the-sink glove-holder is the perfect item to be pure utility. That’s why my old high school classmate Julie came up with this — hot-glue a clothespin to the cabinet and voila! Her gloves dry sight unseen.

If you’re not much of a glove-user, this could be a lovely way for your slight-damp dish cloth to finish drying before you throw it in the hamper — without the mildew smell.

We use a (store-bought — I’ll have to adapt Julie’s tip next time) clip on our cabinet to hold plastic bags for dog-duty. A tip from our experience: Glue the clothespin closer to the hinge side than you might think so the items don’t stick out from the edge of the door.

DIY hair conditioner

The TipNut.com site is full of nuggets of wisdom, and their latest is Homemade Herbal Conditioning Hair Rinse, made with cider vinegar and herbs. I’m constitutionally opposed to the smell of vinegar, so this one makes me a little nervous. I’m not sure it would be tough enough to stand up to Little Cheap’s tangle needs, either, but it would be a good companion to the bar shampoo I’m testing at the moment. Has anyone tried such a concoction?

Green sports & outdoors

A colleague forwarded me this article, which interviews a local sports magazine publisher about the best green gear for workouts and outdoor recreation. It all sounds great, but it’s a shame that everything is so expensive. Don’t know about you, but I balk at spending $90 on a garment or $180 on a sleeping bag (I guess that’s why each of our $25 sleeping bags takes up half the cargo area of our car…).

An interesting side note, though, regarding the “plantable” sweaters: All wool is biodegradable eventually, so technically, you should be able to plant any wool sweater, should you so desire, and it will break down. Same goes for cotton, linen and hemp, I’d think. You just have to be prepared for it to take a good long while. But if you have a garment that’s so trashed it’s utterly unusable, planting just might be better than throwing it in a landfill.

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