DIY Drain opener

You can make your own drain opener by pouring half a cup each of baking soda and vinegar into the drain. Let stand for 30 minutes and then flush with boiling water.

Back to school: Green supplies

If your kids are on their way back to school, help make the endeavor as green as possible. Buy notebooks and paper supplies made from recycled paper, refillable pens and water-based paints. Go to www.ecomall.com for recommendations on what to buy and what to avoid.

Secure the gas cap after refueling

Gasoline vapors are harmful to both you and the environment. They are toxic to breathe in and contribute to ozone formation in the atmosphere. According to the EPA, you should secure the gas cap after refueling and avoid refueling on “ozone action days”, and if that isn’t possible, do so in the early morning or late evening.