Originally Posted by ErikaLeigh
What is the purpose of using the air humidifiers?
To add moisture to overly dry air, which in turn eases breathing, helps with some skin problems, promotes better/faster healing with colds and flus, helps with some allergies, reduces static electricity (which can be dangerous to computer equipment), etc.
We live in Las Vegas where typical daily humidity is less than 10%. We feel like it's "muggy" when it hits 30%. I get nosebleeds like crazy if I don't keep the bedroom humidified, plus because of my frequent colds/allergies I do a lot of mouth-breathing at night so if the air is dry I end up with a hacking cough and apneas that keep me up all night. We also like the side effect of the white noise to drown out our insane neighbours who drive loud vehicles screaming down the road all hours of the night.
Originally Posted by pixiewytch
I hate to say it but magazines like Mother Earth News need to have more articles with these type of simple ideas for regular folks instead of more articles on expensive hybrids and outfitting fancy homes with solar.
That's the problem I've found with enviro mags too. They're either hopelessly basic (have you heard of compact fluorescent light bulbs? Duh.) or so over the top that nobody short of Ed Begly Jr. is going to be able to pull it off. And oh the guilt they pile on! While also peddling pseudo-environmental feel-goody overpriced crap. Gahh.
I keep telling my husband that if I wasn't so work-averse, I'd start a magazine for environmentally conscious parents who also have to function in the real world.
Originally Posted by pixiewytch
I don't know, we do what we can, you know? I have a bad habit of reading threads like this and getting overwhelmed and giving up but I know I have to take one step at a time....okay, off to the green living challenge with that thought.
I get overwhelmed too, but if everyone did just a little bit the effect would be enormous. Those of us who can do more are helping extra.
I do lots and lots so in the rare cases when I meet someone holier-than-thou about it, I ignore them. Another local activist I know tried to convince me a few weeks ago that it was good that I was housebound without a car because someone else she knows functions without a car entirely (note that this person herself drives, so, total hypocrite!). I bluntly asked, "Does he have a toddler?" She admitted that no, and that he's had to learn that he can only accomplish one task per day because of the amount of walking and waiting for Vegas' craptastic bus system. So I told her that that was not an acceptable lifestyle for me and I ignored her beyond that point. And then we bought the Prius so I can have the Civic, so neener neener to her.
There's always someone who does more, but it doesn't take long until you're pushing the envelope into practical hermitism, so I say do what you can as much as you can and that'll be better than most.
Now, for the real reason I came reading today...another tip that I hope helps someone: instead of using plastic wrap over dishes for leftovers, check and see if your dishes have washable plastic lids available. We found that many Pyrex and Corelle dishes have lids that we can buy here at the Corning-Revere outlet store, including the basic Corelle cereal bowl. The lids for those are a buck something, dishwasherable, and super-easy to use and clean. It's really good for when your toddler demands food and you heat something up and then they eat two bites and reject the rest...just snap a lid over the uneaten portion and toss it in the fridge.
Obviously re-used food tubs like margarine tubs can also be used for storage but despite being labelled as safe for microwaving, it's generally not a good idea to reheat foods in plastic like that. With the Corelle bowls you can go from microwave to toddler to fridge and back through that path again and the lids mean not having to use plastic wrap.
I couldn't find the lids on Corelle's web site, but I googled them and found this link: http://www.loudfrog.com/itemdetail.aspx?detailID=196720
I have no idea if that's a decent store or not, the price is definitely higher than what we pay at the outlet store, but that at least gives you a picture to see what I mean. http://www.corningwarestores.com/
will tell you if there's a factory store near you that might carry the lids.