9 Easy Lifehacks for Going Green

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Looking out for the environment is both easy and effortless when you’ve got these convenient lifehacks on hand.

1. Dry Your Clothes Faster

For increased efficiency and faster drying of your wet laundry, try this trick: throw a dry, fluffy towel into your dryer with the load. The towel will absorb some of the extra moisture in the machine. Then, 15 minutes into the cycle, pull it from the mix and hang it up to dry. By using the towel to pitch in, you can reduce the drying time and make the process more energy efficient.

2. Learn to Love the Cold

Speaking of laundry hacks, did you know that the biggest energy suck from doing laundry comes from heating up the water? It’s true-- nearly 90% of the energy associated with doing the wash comes from having that dial cranked way up to hot. An easy solution for reducing your bills is simply to clean on a cold cycle.

3. Save Your Scissors

Instead of throwing old scissors out and replacing them with new ones, you can sharpen a dull pair with this handy tin foil trick. Rip a sheet of aluminum foil and keep folding it over until the piece is thick and sturdy. To restore the scissors, cut through your folded foil a dozen or so times until the blades are sharp.

4. Reuse that Silica Packet

The next time you get a new pair of kicks, take note of the silica packet that comes with the shoebox. The tiny packages are incredible at drawing moisture out of tight spaces. So, instead of tossing it out, try dropping it into one of your clothes drawers or storing it with your silver jewelry. The tiny packet will act like a tiny dehumidifier, keeping any excess moisture out.

5. Don’t Let Your Herbs Go to Waste

Fresh herbs can transform a mediocre meal into something remarkable, but it’s hard to store things like rosemary, sage and thyme in the fridge for very long. To expand the life of your herbs, use this trick: Before they show signs of wilting, take an empty ice cube tray and stuff some chopped herbs into each compartment. Then fill in the cubes with olive oil, and leave the tray in your freezer to set. The oil will preserve the herbs better than if you were just to stick them in your freezer. Plus, the next time you want to start cooking, just pop one or two of the cubes into a frying pan, add some onion and garlic, and you’ll have a quick base to build from.

6. Forget About Speeding

If you’re looking to be more fuel efficient, and save money on gas, driving the speed limit is one of the simplest ways. Most cars operate at peak fuel efficiency at or around the speed limit. And trips won’t take appreciably longer.

7. Put Something in the Tank

Making a habit of turning the faucet off when you’re brushing your teeth and shaving are easy ways to reduce water consumption. But there’s another simple hack that can aid the process: put something in your toilet tank. The common internet wisdom is to drop a brick in the back of your john. The problem is, brick dissolves, so it can make for a plumbing mess. Instead, try using a plastic bottle filled with rocks. The contraption will perform the same task as the brick-- displacing the water in your tank for savings of 2.5 gallons of water a day! Plus, it won’t cause any plumbing headaches.

8. Outsmart Your Printer

Ink cartridges are expensive. Why not stretch out the life of your cartridge and do the environment a favor by switching your typeset to Century Gothic or Ecofont. These savvy fonts use thin lines and stylish lettering to make the most of your ink.

9. Make a Milk Jug Watering Can

Just because you’ve misplaced your watering can, it doesn’t mean your flowers have to go thirsty. Take a 2-gallon milk jug from your recycling bin, fill the jug with water, and then, before you screw the top back on, use a nail to make a few holes in it. The holes work as a makeshift spout, dribbling out just enough water to make your flower beds happy.

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The 10 Best Air Fryers on Amazon

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Cosori/Amazon

When it comes to making food that’s delicious, quick, and easy, you can’t go wrong with an air fryer. They require only a fraction of the oil that traditional fryers do, so you get that same delicious, crispy texture of the fried foods you love while avoiding the extra calories and fat you don’t.

But with so many air fryers out there, it can be tough to choose the one that’ll work best for you. To make your life easier—and get you closer to that tasty piece of fried chicken—we’ve put together a list of some of Amazon’s top-rated air frying gadgets. Each of the products below has at least a 4.5-star rating and over 1200 user reviews, so you can stop dreaming about the perfect dinner and start eating it instead.

1. Ultrean Air Fryer; $76

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Around 84 percent of reviewers awarded the Ultrean Air Fryer five stars on Amazon, making it one of the most popular models on the site. This 4.2-quart oven doesn't just fry, either—it also grills, roasts, and bakes via its innovative rapid air technology heating system. It's available in four different colors (red, light blue, black, and white), making it the perfect accent piece for any kitchen.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Cosori Air Fryer; $120

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This highly celebrated air fryer from Cosori will quickly become your favorite sous chef. With 11 one-touch presets for frying favorites, like bacon, veggies, and fries, you can take the guesswork out of cooking and let the Cosori do the work instead. One reviewer who “absolutely hates cooking” said, after using it, “I'm actually excited to cook for the first time ever.” You’ll feel the same way!

Buy it: Amazon

3. Innsky Air Fryer; $90

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With its streamlined design and the ability to cook with little to no oil, the Innsky air fryer will make you feel like the picture of elegance as you chow down on a piece of fried shrimp. You can set a timer on the fryer so it starts cooking when you want it to, and it automatically shuts off when the cooking time is done (a great safety feature for chefs who get easily distracted).

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4. Secura Air Fryer; $62

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This air fryer from Secura uses a combination of heating techniques—hot air and high-speed air circulation—for fast and easy food prep. And, as one reviewer remarked, with an extra-large 4.2-quart basket “[it’s] good for feeding a crowd, which makes it a great option for large families.” This fryer even comes with a toaster rack and skewers, making it a great addition to a neighborhood barbecue or family glamping trip.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Chefman Turbo Fry; $60

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For those of you really looking to cut back, the Chefman Turbo Fry uses 98 percent less oil than traditional fryers, according to the manufacturer. And with its two-in-one tank basket that allows you to cook multiple items at the same time, you can finally stop using so many pots and pans when you’re making dinner.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Ninja Air Fryer; $100

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The Ninja Air Fryer is a multipurpose gadget that allows you to do far more than crisp up your favorite foods. This air fryer’s one-touch control panel lets you air fry, roast, reheat, or even dehydrate meats, fruits, and veggies, whether your ingredients are fresh or frozen. And the simple interface means that you're only a couple buttons away from a homemade dinner.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Instant Pot Air Fryer + Electronic Pressure Cooker; $180

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Enjoy all the perks of an Instant Pot—the ability to serve as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, yogurt maker, and more—with a lid that turns the whole thing into an air fryer as well. The multi-level fryer basket has a broiling tray to ensure even crisping throughout, and it’s big enough to cook a meal for up to eight. If you’re more into a traditional air fryer, check out Instant Pot’s new Instant Vortex Pro ($140) air fryer, which gives you the ability to bake, proof, toast, and more.

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8. Omorc Habor Air Fryer; $100

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With a 5.8-quart capacity, this air fryer from Omorc Habor is larger than most, giving you the flexibility of cooking dinner for two or a spread for a party. To give you a clearer picture of the size, its square fryer basket, built to maximize cooking capacity, can handle a five-pound chicken (or all the fries you could possibly eat). Plus, with a non-stick coating and dishwasher-safe basket and frying pot, this handy appliance practically cleans itself.

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9. Dash Deluxe Air Fryer; $100

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Dash’s air fryer might look retro, but its high-tech cooking ability is anything but. Its generously sized frying basket can fry up to two pounds of French fries or two dozen wings, and its cool touch handle makes it easy (and safe) to use. And if you're still stumped on what to actually cook once you get your Dash fryer, you'll get a free recipe guide in the box filled with tips and tricks to get the most out of your meal.

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10. Bella Air Fryer; $52

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This petite air fryer from Bella may be on the smaller side, but it still packs a powerful punch. Its 2.6-quart frying basket makes it an ideal choice for couples or smaller families—all you have to do is set the temperature and timer, and throw your food inside. Once the meal is ready, its indicator light will ding to let you know that it’s time to eat.

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11 of the Most Valuable Garbage Pail Kids Cards

Original Garbage Pail Kids cards are more valuable than you might think.
Original Garbage Pail Kids cards are more valuable than you might think.
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This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids, those noxious Topps trading cards that delighted children—and disgusted their parents—with depictions of unfortunate kids in a variety of gruesome situations.

Like many relics of the past decades, Garbage Pail Kids have proven to be a valuable commodity for collectors, with some cards fetching thousands of dollars depending on their condition and rarity. (Entire boxes with unopened packs can also sell for thousands.)

Take a look at 11 of the most valuable cards that might be lurking in a drawer somewhere. Remember that collectors often prefer cards that have been graded by a third-party like Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) to accurately assess their condition. And in the case of GPK, keep in mind that cards can sell for different amounts depending on the name used: Almost all cards featured two versions of the same artwork with different names. Cards that feature a glossy paper finish instead of matte can also command a premium, as the matte card stock is more common.

1. Adam Bomb (Series 1, 1985)

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The Kid who ushered in a new era of gross trading cards is highly sought after by collectors. (His image also appeared on a lot of the advertising materials.) An Adam Bomb graded 10, or perfect, by PSA recently sold for $10,000 on eBay, but be aware that most cards aren’t in the same shape and that a more worn version is worth closer to $285. The alternatively-named Blasted Billy—which has the same artwork—can sell for $900.

2. Nasty Nick (Series 1, 1985)

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This bloodsucking character is technically the first-ever Garbage Pail Kid, with a designation of #1a in the first series. He can command $8350 on the secondary market.

3. Corroded Carl (Chrome Series 1, 2013)

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In 2013, Topps issued a limited-edition Chrome Series of the Kids. Owing to their scarcity, characters like Corroded Carl can sell for $6000.

4. Semi Colin (Series 9, 1987)

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This freakish tyke is valued because the card contains a printing error that left off the card number (#355a). Expect to pay $1000 or more.

5. Soft Boiled Sam (Series 2, 1985)

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This shelled character is hard to find and can sell for $875 or more.

6. Stinky Stan (Series 1, 1985)

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This charming trash baby recently sold for $648 on eBay. His companion card, Junky Jeff, can fetch $625.

7. Schizo Fran (Series 2, 1985)

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Hardly the model of political correctness, Schizo Fran represents the Kids at their worst. That’s probably why it sells for $600 and up.

8. Jay Decay (Series 1, 1985)

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This charming corpse can go for $510 and up.

9. Dead Fred (Series 2, 1985)

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This gun-toting tot got on the wrong side of the law. He can run $280 or more.

10. Hot Head Harvey (Series 3, 1986)

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This parody of Transformers holds appeal for collectors of both the Garbage Pail Kids and the robot toy line. It can sell for $150 and up.

11. Buggy Betty (Series 1, 1985)

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This pest can sell for $73 or more.