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My beloved grandfather passed away 23 years ago. I was only 12 years old when this special person in my life died. However, this man taught me so many things during the few years I spent with him. My grandfather was also an accomplished guitarist. A few months ago, I visited the home he shared with my grandmother. While searching through his old belongings, I found a guitar pick. To keep the memory of my grandfather alive, I want to make a necklace out of this special token from my grandfather’s past. On this blog, you will discover how to make jewelry items from guitar picks.

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Keeping Your Child's Rain Boots Fresher

by Priscilla Gray

If your little one is anything like the average kid, they like to be active. Periods of inclement weather, like heavy rain, isn't enough to keep them idle. You purchased a pair of rain boots for your child so that they could play and explore outside, even when the ground was wet. What you didn't bargain for is the awful smell that often comes along with wearing rain boots. If the odor coming from your child's rain boots is hard to bear, there are some solutions for this.

Bring on the Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural deodorizer. It doesn't just mask bad odors, but actually removes them. Best of all, vinegar is nontoxic, so you don't have to worry about exposing your child to any harmful chemicals. Grab a large bowl and pour in about ¼ cup of plain white vinegar and about ¾ cups of warm water. You don't have to use this exact measurement, but do create a mixture that's one part vinegar, three parts water to prevent the vinegar from being overwhelming.

Using a sponge or a brush, clean both the outside and inside of their boots. Allow them to dry thoroughly before wearing them again. Even if the smell of vinegar is intense after the boots have dried, it will dissipate overtime, leaving your child's boots fresh and clean. As an added bonus, vinegar also has mild antimicrobial benefits, so it can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.

Wear the Right Gear

The primary reason that your child's rain boots smell is often excess moisture. While it might seem like an impossible task, it's best to keep as much moisture out of their rain boots as you can. This is generally best accomplished by keeping your child in the appropriate gear, starting with their socks. Rain boots are not the place for short ankle socks. Invest in rain boot liners.

Liners are heavy cotton or fleece socks that are long enough to fold over the top of your child's boot. The folded over part of the sock works as a barrier. This area retains moisture and prevents it from rolling down inside your child's boot. Keeping the inside of the boot drier can prevent it from smelling sour or mildewed. Decreasing the level of moisture can also ward off the risk of a foot fungus.

Don't let smelly rain boots ruin the day. Take measures to keep your child's boots fresher.

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