The sun is out! Don't waste it.
Here are four things sunshine can do for you — free of charge:
Sunshine is great for drying clothes and linens and getting rid of dust mites — and nothing smells as fresh as sun-dried sheets! But the sun is also great at bleaching. It works best when fabrics are wet. It can even take stains out of cloth diapers — just spot treat them with lemon juice while they're still damp.
Clean pillows and comforters
Switched to wool eco-pillows? Never put them in your washing machine! Instead — air them (and your wool comforter) in direct sunlight.
On the other hand, never put natural rubber pillows in direct sunlight. Instead, follow manufacturers' instructions — usually wash in cold water and hang to dry.
To eliminate odors from natural rubber AND wool pillows, sprinkle with baking soda before airing.
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Bring out the butterflies
Sunny days are best for butterfly watching! Did you know butterflies are active from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.? Learn how to lure them to your yard or garden, then use a butterfly identification guide to find out who came to visit.
Provide Vitamin D
Canadians don't get enough Vitamin D, which can make a substantial difference in cancer prevention and survival. Good news: There are plenty of days left for our 30-minutes-outside-for-30-days challenge! Check off activities like flying a kite, smelling flowers or getting dirty with our daily tips series.
What has the sun done for you lately?
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Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green