New recycling ideas for old or unwanted items

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Regarding the June 22 Sun Spots, I have found that 20 Mule Team Borax is the answer to getting rid of fleas. Just sprinkle on carpets and floors, let set for several hours then vacuum. Repeat the next day. After that, once a week will take care of the flea problem.

—Maggie, no town

ANSWER: That’s amazing! I wonder if it works for ants, earwigs, etc. Has anyone else tried Borax to get rid of unwanted bugs?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for printing my letter asking about textile recycling. I had “re-used,” “re-homed” and “re-purposed” and was looking for a “rag-and-bone-man.” Goodwill Industries takes textiles that have reached the end of their usefulness and the Blue Jeans Go Green Recycling Program recycles old denim into insulation. A portion is then donated to Habitat for Humanity. Collecting and shipping old denim to Blue Jeans Go Green would be a great service project.

I hope you or your readers can help again. Our town doesn’t recycle the plastic bags that hold water softener salts, birdseed or dog food. We have to buy special town trash bags so we can’t re-use them for trash. Right now I have lots of bags that I hate to throw away when folks who have to buy generic trash bags can put them to use. Ideas? Takers? Thank you!

—Joanne, no town

ANSWER: The Blue Jeans Go Green Recycling Program that Joanne writes about accepts any denim in any condition. Go to bluejeansgogreen.org for more information on recycling your denim or purchasing all natural cotton insulation made from recycled denim.

Do readers have ideas on how to recycle the sturdy bags that birdseed, pet food and water softener salt come in? They make great tote bags, lunch bags and more. Just cut to size and add handles. Have you checked out pinterest.com? There are loads of ideas there!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for black-eyed Susan plants from anyone who might be willing to share some from their garden. I would be more than happy to come dig them up. I can be reached at 207-576-9820. Thanks so much!

—No name, no town

ANSWER: One of my favorite flowers! These are very prolific so I’m sure someone has more than they need.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for someone to do some tree trimming. A few weeks ago, I saw a small ad in the Sun Journal but didn’t cut it out. Thank you!

—No name, Lewiston

ANSWER: Any recommendations, readers? Meanwhile, I am hunting for that ad.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Clover Health Care is hosting its Early Bird Harvest Craft Fair on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are searching for crafters as well as sellers of homemade jams and jellies. Space is limited! Please contact Donna Rousseau at 207-784-3573, ext. 205 or by email at [email protected]

—Donna, no town

ANSWER: Thank you for getting this announcement in nice and early, Donna. I haven’t been able to print some fundraising events lately because the time-frame has been too short. Remember, readers, that I work one to two weeks ahead so please plan appropriately. I get sad when I can’t print something and we don’t want Mrs. Sun Spots getting the blues!

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