Now there's a pill for everything

By Times Staff, Wires
Published December 15, 2007

The latest of the new cleaning products that come in the form of tablets you dissolve in water rather than bottles of liquid that are heavy to carry and costly to ship: effervescent Wonder Tablitz. They come in four formulas: glass and multisurface cleaner; all-purpose cleaner with bleach; citrus all-purpose cleaner; and fabric refresher and odor eliminator. Buy a spray bottle with three tablets for $5.99-$7.99. That's the equivalent of three 32-ounce bottles of cleaner. Refill packs of three tablets are $3.99-$5.99. Find them at Bed Bath & Beyond and Ace hardware stores.

Craft ideas abound online

Christmas craft ideas abound at the DIY Network's Web site, www.diynetwork.com/christmas. Learn to make a Christmas tree from a tomato cage, make photo ornaments, create CD-sized gift bags.

Plan ahead for antiques show

Not to jump the gun here, but in the holiday rush you may want to mark the calendar. The 2007 Holiday Antique Show & Sale is coming up at the Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Show hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 28 and 29; noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 30. More than 60 dealers: furniture, silver, porcelain, jewelry, crystal, paintings, the works. Admission (good all three days) is $6. Information at www.sarasotaantiquesshow.com.

Plastic bags on solid ground

Next time you choose plastic at the checkout counter, think of this: Trex, the manufacturer of composite decking, uses more than 140,000 recycled plastic bags to create a 500-square-foot deck.