Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reducing Hazardous Waste in Your Home

When you think of the ways your life could be improved, the reduction of hazardous waste in our homes is usually pretty far down on the list. However, we feel it should be moved up a notch or two. It’s not just about your home being clean - a clean home can still be a hazardous landmine – it’s about making sure the place you sleep, eat and drink is as safe as possible, and we’ve got a few ways to help you do that.

1.) Know your labels. Know what you’re buying before you buy it. Having a harmful product in the house is almost as hazardous as using it. Plus, if you have children or pets in your home they are surely bound to run across it someday. You also don’t want to be moving a product from one labeled container to an unlabeled one. You want to make sure that you or anyone else that might use something like a specific cleaning supply knows exactly what they are getting into. Keeping it in a labeled container also allows you to do step #2:

2.) Follow directions. In this day and age, directions are really treated as more of an afterthought. For the most part, we should be able to figure out how to use something. However, accidently using too much could be incredibly unsafe. That’s why there are directions in the first place; to make sure we aren’t exposed to a dangerous amount of a certain chemical.

3.) Store your products properly. Many chemicals can change if stored at certain temperatures, so make sure your products are kept at the right one; often between 50 and 80 degrees in a dry environment, but some products have more rigid storage requirements. Exposure to humidity or sunlight can also change the composition of what’s inside, leaving you with a surprise product made out of already hazardous materials in your home.

4.) Give away extras. If you don’t need it, don’t keep it! There’s no point in simply letting git sit in your home. Unused cleaning supplies can be given to a friend that hasn’t started their spring cleaning yet, unused pesticides can be donated to plant nurseries and paint can be donated to theater groups.

5.) Dispose of products properly. As convenient as it may be, simply tossing the empty container (or even a container with remaining product) into the garbage can is not the best choice. Potentially hazardous materials need to be handled at a proper waste disposal site to ensure they don’t end up in a landfill, seeping into the groundwater or contaminating our lakes and streams.

And don’t forget; for dorm safety items (like pepper spraysafes and personal alarms), check out our store at www.secureoncampus.com, and for dorm decorations (like dorm lightingfun drinking games, and wall decals) check out our store at www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

letthefunbeginwiththis:

Friday nights for normal college people.

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Friday nights for me..

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Because it’s funny. We’ll leave it up to you to determine the accuracy ;). 

www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Wednesday, March 6, 2013
lyndsgray:

What happens when you don’t have a strainer for your pasta? You use this thing. #poor #college #student

Well, here’s to abstract thinking and problem solving :)

lyndsgray:

What happens when you don’t have a strainer for your pasta? You use this thing. #poor #college #student

Well, here’s to abstract thinking and problem solving :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 Saturday, February 23, 2013 Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Should Guns be Allowed On Campus?

Hey Tumblr world, we’d like to know your opinion on this! 

This is a great article talking about gun rights on campus. Meanwhile though, we’d love to get your guys’ opinions on the matter: should people be allowed to carry guns on campus? We’ve got a few pros:

Pros:

- In a situation like Virginia Tech or the movie theater shooting in Aurora, people innocent, sane people would also have a weapon to turn to in order to protect themselves and take down the crazy person with a gun.

- As the article mentions, there’s a difference between feeling safe and being safe. Many feel that if people were allowed to carry guns the environment would be safer overall.

Cons:

- College freshmen are the same age as high school seniors. Would you feel comfortable giving someone with the maturity level of a high school senior access to their own gun?

- There is a lot of drinking and drug use that typically happens on college campuses. We’re not saying everyone does it, but we’re definitely saying it happens more than it should. We don’t know about you but we don’t quite feel comfortable with a dorm party going on across the hall where alcohol and guns are both in the same room.

- Suicides are rampant during college years. Many students feel completely lost during this time in their life. Combine that with the feeling of failing a class and breaking up with your high school sweetheart, then throw a gun in the mix; would the suicide rate increase with better access to more lethal tools?

Of course these are just a few things we thought of off the top of our heads, so we’re looking for input! What do you guys think? Reply with your opinion, or if it’s too long for the answer box shoot us a message.

So go for it: do you think concealed guns should be allowed on campus?

Saturday, February 16, 2013 Sunday, February 10, 2013

Essential Rules for Getting Along with Roommates

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At some point in our lives, we will probably be living with roommates. Whether it’s during college, the first time we move to a new city, with people we’ve never met before or with family members, roommates have a way of being a staple in many of our lives. However, sharing your living space with someone is a bit of a risky business if you aren’t aware of a few ground rules. So before you begin critiquing any of your roommates’ characteristics, let’s make sure you’re following each of the rules listed below first.

1.) Respect Personal Space. For many of us, our bedroom is our safe haven. Completely isolated from the rest of the world, it’s the one place where we get to do literally anything we want. And just like your car feels a bit strange after someone else has been driving it, your roo can get the same feeling after someone else has been in it. So it doesn’t matter if the door doesn’t lock, don’t go into someone else’s room. And just because they give you permission to go in there once doesn’t mean they’ve given you permission to go in thereevery time from then on. If you so much need to get a pencil from their room, ask.

2.) Do your share. The housework absolutely cannot fall to one or two people, it needs to be split up between all the roommates. So what if you work long hours and are hardly home, that’s not an excuse. Even you can spend 20 minutes a week power cleaning. Do the dishes once in a while, even if you aren’t the one making them dirty. Pick up, wipe down and vacuum/Swiffer the main living space. It won’t take long, but it’ll make a huge difference in your roomie dynamic.

3.) Be open. Before anyone enters into any living arrangement, all parties involved need to know exactly what they’re getting into. Are pets allowed? What about smoking? How long is the lease? Is everyone happy with what they are going to pay and what they get in return? What about boyfriends/girlfriends/children, etc.; have you discussed who is allowed to come over? How many nights someone can stay in a row without technically contributing to the living situation?

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4.) Communicate. If there’s a problem, speak up! Holding things in has very rarely ever worked for anybody, so why start now? Just be courteous and try to see things from their point of view. Chances are, they don’t even know there’s a problem. And once you do mention something to them, give them a little bit of time to work on it. Habits are really tough to break, so they’re probably not going to get it right all the time. Be honest, be patient, and things will gradually change for the better.

5.) Relax. Living with roommates can be a stressful experience, but it really doesn’t need to be. Some of my worst living experiences have been with horrible roommates, but some of my best living experiences have also been with roommates. So go with the flow and by all means, don’t let one bad roomie experience sour you to the idea altogether.

www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com

Do you have any roomie advice?

Friday, February 8, 2013 Thursday, February 7, 2013 Wednesday, February 6, 2013 Wednesday, January 30, 2013 Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Realizing you don’t have forks after making food in your dorm

dani-goes-healthy:

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Sorry if this has ever happened to you. And if it hasn’t? Go out and get some damn silverware, because you’re probably due. 

www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bubble Bath Sunday?

The answer is always, “yes.” Plus, most dorms have bathtubs and you don’t have to worry about paying for utilities. And if your dorm doesn’t have a bathtub, borrow someone else’s. It’s time to relax, goddamnit. 

www.thegoodlifeoncampus.com