Why not? Especially for small dogs with small bladders who live in high rise apartment buildings with seniors.

Carpet pee accidents happen. After many a trial and error I discovered what works for Lilly Belle.

Equal parts of white vinegar and 3% peroxide eliminate odor and mold growth.

DIRECTIONS: Fill large spray bottle with one half white vinegar and one half 3% peroxide. Use a nozzle that has a wide spray. Streams are not recommended as they will soak the carpet and not apply evenly.

Cover pee spot with thick square (washcloth-size) nano towel. Step on towel to absorb as much moisture as possible. If it’s a deep volume pee, then take another dry nano towel and do the same.

Transfer towels to sink to wash with detergent, rinse and squeeze tightly. Hang to dry near a window or air vent to keep ready for next use. I have several on hand, so there’s always a dry one, especially for winter months.

Spray pee spot, using wide spay, about 6 inches from carpet, covering entire pee surface, without soaking it. Let dry, then cover with blue pads in area where your dog most often has pee accidents. I use advocate brand and purchase them online from

The vinegar imparts a slight odor that doesn’t overwhelm, which disappears when dried. This temporary slight odor is far better than a urine smell or a musty odor. In fact, when using these two solutions together, I never have either the urine or the musty odor.

Regarding carpets: Mine is a cheap gray apartment carpet and I’ve never seen a color change. That doesn’t mean I’ll vouch for everybody else’s carpet. I have no idea how the vinegar and peroxide combination will effect any other quality or color carpet.

I share this because it works. I think somebody should design a litter box equivalent for dogs. Maybe without the gravel. It’s possible.

Hope you try this and like it.

~ Sharon Lee Davies-Tight, the animal-free chef



Free Energy Saving Kits

Steve found an offer for free energy saving kits online or in his email, so he sent away for one – all free, no postage required. It took a couple of weeks to receive, but was I ever impressed when it arrived. This was some good high end stuff, again, all free.

About a year ago management where I live went around to every apartment and installed new aerators in the kitchen and shower heads in the bathroom to save on water. The problem was that it set the flow to an unusually slow pace – too slow for most people. Just because we’re old and slow-walking doesn’t mean we like slow running water. I don’t have the time to stand over the sink waiting while a slow stream fills a pasta pot with water. Washing dishes takes twice as long to rinse them, which annoys everyone.

The people who designed these aerators reached too far to save too much water and resulted in most people removing them until inspection time. So the experiment failed, because somebody got too greedy.

Now comes this new aerator that has a lever on it for two speeds of water release, slow and faster. Perfect fit, perfect functionality.

I turn to the bathroom shower head. When the guy went to install the shower head provided by management, he noticed I already had a water saver, gave me the one the management wanted me to use and simply said, when you move replace yours with this one. Not a problem. I was already saving water.

But this new shower head, so much better than mine. It has different speeds, the dial moves with ease and the massage feature is a lot stronger, while it still conserves on water. I’m a happy camper.

The furnace filter I couldn’t use, because we have electric heat.

The LED lightbulbs worked better than my squiggly energy saver ones. And the night lights that are sensitive to light work better than my old ones.

I know this offer is good in Ohio. I would think that every state has a similar program, so check it out. It is well worth the few minutes it takes to order them. No obligations required.

They want you to save energy and they’re giving you incentive to do it. A lot of people still use the old-fashioned lightbulbs and could be saving lots of dollars on their electric bills.



Neva Tech Wi-Fi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera Review (not by me)

Neva Tech Wi-Fi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera Review

By iDrop News Staff

March 2, 2018

Updated: March 2, 2018 12:18 PM Price: $39.99

Editor’s Rating: ★★★★★

Pros: Sharp resolution, waterproof design, generous cable length, versatile attachments.

Cons: Relatively short battery life if users plan to use on long outdoor projects.

Bottom Line: This camera’s sharp resolution and handy attachments make clearing out drains or finding things in tight places a dream.

When most of us think of endoscopic cameras, we picture those long, dangly devices doctors use to peek inside of their patients. As it turns out, these cameras are good for more than just probing around the human body—and you don’t need a medical degree to use one.

Consider all the times you needed to fish something out from behind the fridge or unclog a stuck drain. Sure, you might have some success with a flashlight and a creatively bent clothes hanger, but if you want to get the job done, you have to go to where your work is. And, short of shrinking yourself down to molecular size, nothing can match the precision and clarity offered by an endoscopic camera…

FINISH UP: Neva Tech Wi-Fi HD Waterproof Endoscopic Camera Review


AFC COMMENT: I’d buy this just to play with it – if I had the extra 40$. If I can find a vacant electrical outlet in my apartment to keep it charged all the time where I could easily access it, maybe I’ll consider it.

It would be helpful if the seller suggested other uses for the camera beyond trying to locate small dropped articles in small spaces. It seems to function more like a flashlight than a camera. Who needs a picture of the item you dropped and found with this device?

I want to see a video of how it actually takes a picture, the quality and to where and how the photo transfers. More importantly will my phone recognize it without adding a special APP to use it?

This article review, although lengthy and precise in most ways, doesn’t tell enough about the product if I still have basic questions.

My bottom line: I won’t shell out 40$ on a whim of maybe I’ll find a photo shoot use for it.

If someone sent me one I’d experiment with other uses.

The original article was written and updated on 2 March 2018. It just showed up in my email on 10 April 2019. What took so long? I’m not a mind reader. If you want me to experiment with it, you have to properly ask. Don’t just shove it at me, hoping I’ll see it and buy it and help you sell it. That’s an insult.



Did 3 Day Renew Life Cleanse Work?



Sounds good. Steve while shopping saw this claim plus it was on sale, so decided to get me some. Give it a try, he said. Tell me what you think.

I just got off the 3 Day Cleanse. Nothing happened. At least with a placebo you think something is working when it isn’t. Steve said it was probably because I didn’t need a cleanse in the first place.
When I want a cleanse, I’ll take 5 tiny Dulcolax tablets before bed and be done before noon. I think it’s good to rinse out the intestines now and then. Replenish with lots of water and feel like you just had an internal spa bath.

 I don’t need herbs to cleanse. For decades I’ve eaten lots and lots of herbs and spices. I’m an Herb Spice Gal. Steve eats lots and lots of fresh garlic and ginger, which makes…

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Believe it or not, this is an animal-free product. Polyester. It was advertised in my yahoo mail. Don’t know how my profiles would suggest to any advertiser that I would buy a RAW MEAT KANGEROO POCKET HOODIE, but that’s the problem when everything is automated. Only $14.18.

“Make You Stand out in the Crowd” it says.

I’ll bet it would. It’s probably not a good idea to wear something like this in Cleveland. The Homeless Hustlers might mistake me for steak.

“Gamiss is a leading international online fashion clothing store.”

I don’t have a category for offensive fashion, but this certainly fits the category.

They say the hoodie is skin-friendly, whatever that means.

At least it’s not the real animal, like the dresses Lady Gaga wore made out of real steaks.


Luxury Without Leather: Will Vegan Cars Gain Popularity?



Luxury Without Leather: Will Vegan Cars Gain Popularity?

Do a Google search for “vegan car” and the first result is likely to involve Tesla. The company is the first luxury automaker to offer a 100 percent animal-free vehicle.

That, of course, means no leather seats, no leather steering wheel, no leather gear shifter, and no animal products in the glue that holds everything together.

Luxury cars have become synonymous with leather, but for people who are compassionate about the treatment of animals, the idea of leather can be repulsive. It’s a growing community of folks but the world’s most prominent automakers have yet to conform to their wishes and build cars that are truly animal-free.

One writer spent at least four months trying to sort out which cars use animal products and which don’t. His results are surprising because so few vehicles are completely free of animal skins or byproducts.

How likely is that to change?

If you want to buy a new Audi, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Lincoln, Acura, or Volvo, you won’t be able to escape the presence of processed cowhide. Even automakers that offer synthetic leather seating still sell their cars with a genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, which can’t be replaced with another material.

The only cars, aside from the Tesla, that offer completely animal-free cars are base models of certain lower-end Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Subaru, and Fiat vehicles. That means they’ll come with cloth seats, urethane steering wheels, and the smallest engines available. Driving enthusiasts need not apply.

The vast majority of car shoppers demand leather and expect it in higher-end cars, which is why the automakers have made the material so prolific. It’s impossible, quite literally, to buy a new mass-produced performance or luxury car that is made without animal products. Even ordering a custom one-off version is unlikely due to rigid manufacturing processes.

Leather isn’t a problem for most buyers, but for the growing segment of the population who call themselves vegan, car shopping can be an exercise in futility. It doesn’t seem like that’ll change anytime soon.

Source: Luxury Without Leather: Will Vegan Cars Gain Popularity? | The CarGurus Blog



Umbrella Jacket – Bluecrate


“It’s an umbrella!”

“It’s a jacket!”

“No, it’s the Umbrella Jacket!”

This Umbrella Jacket is the ultimate weather-protecting product.  Just pop it over your head and keep rain-free while remaining hands-free! Sizing: Small for young children, Medium for teens, Large for Adults

S:90cm-130cm    M:130cm-155cm    L:155cm-180cm


We truly believe we have some of the best products in the world, and we want to make sure we back that up with a risk-free ironclad 45-day guarantee.

If you don’t have a positive experience for ANY reason, we will do WHATEVER it takes to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your purchase. Buying items online can be a daunting task, so we want you to realize that there is absolutely ZERO risk in buying something and trying it out.  If you don’t like it, no hard feelings we’ll make it right.  We have 24/7/365 Ticket and Email

Source: Umbrella Jacket – Bluecrate

TAFC COMMENT: Yeah, I wonder how they’re going to make it right? A little too vague on their guarantee in my view.

I can see bumping into other people happening with that umbrella. Only room for one person on a bus stop bench. Who was there first?

Knocking old people down on the sidewalk as they run to catch their bus?

Both hands are free, to hold packages, books, purse, whatever. Then what happens when they have to take the jacket off? Place the bags and purse on the ground, make a mess, especially if in a hurry.

Taking it off, putting it on every time they enter or leave the car or bus or building, makes it look like hands-free isn’t freedom at all.

Oh, so keep it on inside buildings. In elevators too? Offices? Waiting rooms. I can see where that’s going. Walking down hallways? Everybody veers to clear the way for you? They won’t do that for long.

I guess the only positive feature is it will give you back your space.

Didn’t they think of all this?

She poked me in the eye with it. It’s a contraption. Define: a machine or device that appears strange or unnecessarily complicated, and often badly made or unsafe.

What about all the obese people in the world? Does Blue Crate make umbrella jackets for them too?

Why not forget the hoop? What are they trying to do, catch the rain? It’s a half a rain coat, that definitely shouldn’t make it to the mass production line, but looks like it already did.

Lawyers will be lining up to take these lawsuits.



Anti-Fatigue Mats For Exercising

NoTrax T30 General Purpose Rubber Competitor Safety/Anti-Fatigue Mat, for Wet Areas, 3′ Width x 5′ Length x 1/2″ Thickness, Black

I purchased this on for the kitchen to help with back pain while standing for long periods of time preparing foods. It cushions your feet absorbing the tension from the weight of your body as you stand still or move.

It was a little much for a kitchen that small, so I moved it out to the foyer carpet. Now that it’s on carpet it’s adds even more cushion, so I decided to use it for an exercise mat when I do squats or marching or running in place. It’s noticeably effective with the running.

Since I have such a messed up spine with vertebrae practically resting on top of each other, running even with legs raised fairly low was impossible due to the jolts to the vertebrae and spine. This works and I’m enjoying that small new freedom.

I’ve had it over a year and it’s still in perfect condition.



The Skin Trade


No more fake pockets on anything I wear. Fake pockets are not a positive fashion statement for the industry or those donning them. It spells cheap. Trying to trick somebody into thinking they have more pockets than they do? What’s the point here, except to delude the buyer into thinking they have something they don’t? How much more could it cost?

No more fake pockets. Women need more real pockets, so they don’t have to take purses everywhere they go. Too many people picking pockets? Is that why the industry does it? Purse snatching too. I’m not on vacation here. I don’t need cargo pants every time I go out. Just put real pockets where the fake ones reside and I’ll be happy. Deep too. Why only real pockets in the back? Easier to pick those pockets. Button them down. Everybody wants side pockets. Deep there too. Why apply a pocket only to lose what gets jostled as you walk? They’re as useless as the fake pocket. Okay I’m not talking down to my knees. You know how to do it. So do it. And don’t double the cost of the pants.

It’s not that I oppose fake. Fake on moral grounds I applaud. Fake fur yes. It’s a major step in the only moral and sane direction. People I see all over the internet flaunting their barbarism – men, women – who scream about their owns rights, wanting the world to feel their pain, don’t give a hoot about the rights of any other animal.

Utility plus fashion is what I want. No one wears a fur coat to stay warm. Why do you want some other animal’s hair on your body? Grow your own hair. It’s not sexy, it’s perverse. Mexican snake and lizard boots? Why? Because you can? You can trample on every other animal’s rights, but who screams loudest when you feel slighted? YOU DO. How many snakes, how many minks, rabbits, foxes? Moccasins? Why today? Why now? Find a better way. More sane, less barbaric. Why inflict suffering and pain? Skinned alive they were – those animals you wear as status symbols of your wealth and ignorance. People in HUD buildings wearing fur coats. One must wonder about that.

There is a law against skinning anybody for any reason. You know that law. I know you do.

If humans had thicker skin, that would be on the fashion runways too. Maybe it already is, as an ingredient in an otherwise human (not man) made fabric. Yeah. To Winter People: Throw those stupid blood coats and blood hats away. You look like idiots trying to be another animal. Who are you kidding? Find a better way. What century did you get stuck in? To The World I Say: Unstick yourself before you become the prey.

Predators. You’re all predators. No animal coat, no animal hat, but a chicken, lamb, pig, goat, buffalo, deer, bird, dog, cat, cow, snake in your belly? I’m not a hide to protect your hands and feet either. Find a better way. What? God made a cow for every person in the world to raise, kill and skin for foot protection?

You can go ahead and argue all you want. It’s not up to God, it’s up to those you skin. They all said NO.

You would too.

The skin trade is a huge industry built around the worst torture imaginable. There is no upside, no compassionate way. It’s all bad. If you buy, then you are guilty of crimes against other species. You are guilty of slavery, torture and slaughter. No God is going to come to your defense, so stop praying.


FAQs | Coty


Coty Inc. is a leader in the global beauty industry. We have developed a portfolio of notable brands and offer innovative products of outstanding quality for which we are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of consumer safety.  Before we place a product on the market, we assess it thoroughly to ensure that it is safe for human use and for the environment and that it complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Our safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients is based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, the use of existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other industries.

We do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals. COTY voluntarily ceased testing finished cosmetic products on animals in 1991, long before the official European ban on such testing in 2004, and we have been actively involved in the research and development of alternatives to animal testing for many years. COTY is a party to SEURAT-1,  the single largest Private-Public Partnership initiative aimed to develop alternatives to animal testing of cosmetic products, with a total contribution of €50 million funded in equal by the European Commission and the cosmetics industry, which managed to provide sufficient ground for setting the strategy and strategic collaboration that will be essential for the development of further alternative methods, e.g. for systemic toxicity.

It is common knowledge that China is currently the only country that requires mandatory animal tests on all cosmetic products imported into the country. However, we have been actively involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities and regulators, including through our membership to the China Association of Fragrance Flavor and Cosmetic Industries (CAFFCI). As a result, China has recently started to investigate ways to replace animal testing and has sought the assistance of European scientists.

The common goal of all these efforts is our aim to completely replace animal testing.


There is no legal definition of a vegan or vegetarian cosmetic product, and we do not specialize in products without animal-derived ingredients. We encourage consumers to read package labels closely and see the full extent of ingredients. Specific information on what an ingredient is and how it is used, as well as safety information for approximately 90% of all ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products on the market today, is continually updated and publicly available on








I don’t get this. A chew toy that is not for consumption. If your dog is chewing it, chances are they are going to be consuming at least bits of it. The company puts a disclaimer on the package saying to discard the chew toy when pieces are bitten off, which means immediately after the dog begins to chew it. That makes no sense. Label it right. Either it’s good for your dog if consumed or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then don’t sell a chew toy that breaks off when chewed.

Lilly made bark dust out of this chew toy in a matter of minutes. So I threw the thing away. Money down the drain.

It says it contains real wood, then it says it contains the smell of wood. Which is it? Both? What kind of wood? Treated wood? Wood board with formaldehyde in it? Is there poison in the wood? What does this company consider toxic?

I want to know the ingredients in this toy. We all have a right to know contents of the products that our family members are chewing or swallowing. Get with the program. How dare you not list the ingredients.

No more chew toys. Buy a white cotton sock and tie it into a ball and give your dog that. Make your own. Refuse to buy a toy that isn’t properly labeled. I don’t care what is required by law. Refuse to do it.

Materials made in the USA, like that matters.