Recycling: the why,how and where in Bahrain

Info page on the environment and recycling resources in Bahrain

Index -simple tips
Brilliant uses for coffee grounds


  • freshen up a musty care overnight:

When the car is smelling musty cut the foot of an old pair of pantyhose and fill it with used - dried coffee grounds.

Tie the open end and put in the cup holder overnight. ( line the holder first with newspaper to avoid spills and stains.

The absorbent granules will trap the moisture and bacteria responsible for the musty smell, deodorizing the car by morning.


  •   Solve an ant problem:

Fill a few cotton or paper bags with dry coffee grounds, seal the tops and leave them anywhere you have seen ants- in cupboards near entrances or windowsills or sprinkle loose grounds.

The scent of coffee will repel the ants and ingesting caffeine can kill them so they stay away for good.

Change the bag every other week or as needed.



  •  Erase scuff marks on wood furniture


Dip a damp cotton swap in coffee grounds and use it to lightly dab the area.

The tannins will act like a dye concealing the mark.

Let dry for a few hours before wiping away any stray grounds and reapplying- the color will darken over time.


  • Quickly reduce cellulite


Combine 1 cup of coffee grounds with 2/3 cup of olive or baby oil and rub the mixture in the problem area for 2 minutes and rinse off.

Caffeine has a diuretic effect that dehydrates fat cells, instantly reducing their size and banishing the look of the dimpled skin for up to 12 hours.

Repeat weekly.


  • Glowing complexion


Mix 1/4 cup of coffee grounds with one egg white - massage the mixture into the face and neck.

Let dry then rinse with warm water.

The coffee small granules will gently buff away the dry skin cells, while the antioxidants will fight free radical damage to uncover a radiant complexion.

Plus the coffee and egg white have an astringent properties that will tighten your pores for a flawless fresh faced appearance.


  • Sweep without kicking up dust

Sprinkle damp coffee grounds on the floor before sweeping.

The heavy grounds will prevent the dust from clouding up- so you can sneeze free do the job.


  • Sop up oil spills ( not in carpets)

Cover the spill with the coffee grounds, the absorbent granules will soak up the liquid, after 15 minutes or so you can sweep away the the grounds and the oily mess with ease.


  • Tenderize tough cuts if meat 

( low sodium fix)

Coat the steak with oil, then rub a mix or 1/3 cup each of black pepper and coffee grounds - decaf when kids are eating.

Chill 30 minutes than grill as normal.

The tannic acid will gently break down the meat's tough muscle fibers and add a nutty, smoky flavor.




  • Beautiful Blooming scrubs and flowers

Work a thin layer of coffee grounds into the soil of acid loving plants ( roses-azaleas-camelias-rhododendron) using 1-2 cups every 8 bushes.

Repeat weekly.

Coffee grounds contain up to 2% nitrogen, a nutrient essential to healthy growth, plus the low pH will balance the soil acidity to create a healthier environment for developing blooms.



  • Add dimension to brunette's hair

Adding low-lights or conceal a few gray hairs between


Steep 1/4 cup of grounds in 3 cups of hot water and let cool of completely.

Strain the grounds and pour the liquid over clean damp hair - wait 2

minutes and rinse.

The tannins will bring out subtle shades in brown hair, and its weak acids will dissolve product buildup to boost volume and shine.


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Brilliant uses for corks
  • Soften to hard sugar


Saturate 2 corks with water and seal them with the hard sugar in a re-seal-able bag.

Let sit overnight, the wet corks will slowly release the moisture, which will be absorbed by the hard sugar to revive its soft texture.



  • Make a roaring fire

Soak several corks in rubbing alcohol for 1 hr, then put them underneath the logs/charcoal in your fireplace/barbeque and with a long match light them.

The absorbent cork cells will soak up enough flammable alcohol to help flames catch and keep them burning strong.



  •  Control the flow of (expensive) oil

Use a cork to make a pour spout.

Just cut a small wedge down the length of the cork and slip it into the neck of the bottle.

The slimmer gap will prevent overflow, so you can savor every last drop.



  • Eliminate bubbles from a screen guard

Put the guard on the screen, then roll a cork from side to side pushing the bubbles towards the outer edges.

The firm cork will force out trapped air without causing wrinkles, so the guard will be on in seconds.

This will work on any type of protective electronics screen.



  • Safely store sewing needles and pins.

Just stick the needles in the cork which keep fingers safe from accidental pricks.






  • Make stainless steel look like new.

Dip a cork in some olive oil and use it to scrub the metal.

The oil will soften knife-dulling, hard water-mineral deposits, while the cork’s textured rubber surface will dislodge any buildup without harming the steel.

Plus the oil will a protective barrier behind that will prevent future buildup and add a nice shine.


  • Water houseplants half as often.

Use a food-processor to grind up 8-12 corks, then mix the pieces in with the topsoil.

The air-filled cork cells will absorb excess water and slowly release it as the soil dries out, cutting your watering needs in half. 


  • Stabilize wobbly furniture.

Measure the gap and cut a piece of the cork and glue it to the leg.

The cork disk will keep the leg steady and the honeycomb structure will prevent from going flat over time.

Gluing cork on any furniture will prevent scratching delicate wooden floors.





Brilliant uses for hydrogen Peroxide

  • Safely disinfect meal preparation area's

To keep cutting boards and counters free from bacteria without resorting to chemical-laden cleaners, just give the surface a wipe with a paper towels  or a clean dishcloth soaked in 3% hydrogen peroxide.

The solution will kill salmonella and other harmful organisms, preventing the spread of germs to nearby surfaces.


  • Whiten dirty dingy tile grout.

The grout-cleaning combination that works even better than bleach- hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

Combine 1 part peroxide to 3 part of baking soda to make a paste.

Scrub it on the grouting with a toothbrush and let it sit for 30 minutes. than rinse with warm water.

The peroxide will release oxygen to break down the stain, while the abrasive  baking soda will help scrub the marks from the grout's surface.


  • Lift bloodstains from white clothing.

Pour equal parts of water and peroxide directly into the affected area. 

Let sit for 30 minutes than wash as normal.

Peroxide will react with the blood to break down the stain, gently erasing the unsightly mark without damaging the fabric (unlike bleach which turns the turns white gray.


  • Safe a scorched tablecloth (Linen light colored).

Grab a rag big enough the cover the scorch mark and soak it in 3% peroxide.

Lay the rag over the mark then iron on a medium setting until the mark disappears.

The peroxide with heat loosens and lift the scorch, while the saturated cloth will prevent the  the fabric from more damage.





  •  Eliminate between the teeth stains.

Regularly dip dental floss in peroxide and floss as always.

Peroxide  (the main ingredient in most tooth-whitening toothpastes) release oxygen to break down stains and whiten discoloration without damaging the tooth enamel. 

You'll see improvement  within two to three weeks.


  • Extent the life of fresh flowers.

To make a beautiful bouquet last 4-5 days longer try this:

Fill the vase with lukewarm water and 1 tsp  of 3% peroxide.

The antimicrobial solution will kill any harmful bacteria in the water so your blooms can thrive.


  • Stop a blister from becoming infected.

Fill a large bowl with equal parts water and peroxide, then soak you feet for 30 minutes before bedtime.

The antibacterial solution will kill germs, plus increase oxygen to the injured skin to promote cell renewal and speedy healing.



  • Soak away nail discoloration.

When dark polish makes your nails yellow fill a bowl with peroxide -enough to cover the fingertip, soak 1-2 minuted use a cotton swab  to wipe under the nails

The peroxide will oxidize the pigment molecules in the polish restoring your nails to their natural color.


  • Remove pesticides from produce.

Combine 1 part peroxide to 9 parts water in a spray bottle and generously spritz the fruit / vegetables.

Scrub with a vegetable scrubber than rinse.

Peroxide is study-proven to eradicate E.coli and other bacteria, guaranteeing your produce is safe to eat.


  • Green up a yellowed plant.

When the leaves of the indoor plant start turning yellow - a sign of root rot.

To help them bounce back first repot the plants. then water the soil with a solution of 1 cup water and 1tbs and 2 tsp of 3%.

Continue doing this even after the plant is healthy.

 The antimicrobial peroxide acts as an oxygen supplement, with will aerate the soil and nourish the plants.




Brilliant uses for apple cider vinegar
  • Eliminate bothersome dandruff

Apply 1/2 a cup of apple cider vinegar and gently massage it into the scalp, then rinse thoroughly with cool water.

The alpha hydroxy acids in the vinegar loosen the buildup of the sebum that causes the embarrassing scalp problem.

Within a day or two you will be dandruff free.



  • Turn yellow plant leaves green.

2 tbs of apple cider vinegar in 1 liter of water then put it on soil as soon as you notice the leaves change color.

Do this once a week for three weeks.

The solution will lower the pH level of the soil by increasing the acidity. correcting the color change.


 Erase salt stains from wooden floor

Pour 1 tbs of vinegar onto a damp cloth and dab at the marks, starting at the edge working your way towards the center.

The Acid will neutralize the slat particles, removing the stain without damaging the wood finish.

  •  Even out fading tan

To balance out a blotchy tone, combine 1/2 tsp of vinegar in 1/2 liter of chilled water, soak a washcloth in the solution and gently run the affected area.

The fruit sugars in the vinegar will easily slough away loose dead skin so you can get to your naturally glowing self.


  • Soak away foot odor.

Soak the sweaty feet in 1/3 cup of vinegar mixed with 1/2 cup of warm water for 30 minutes: repeat nightly until the problem subsides.

The acetic acid in the vinegar will deodorize the feet so everybody in the house can breath easier.





Apple cider vinegar and water foot baths are also a none invasive treatment of athlete's foot, and other fungal infections on the feet and other parts of the body.


  • Stop a nosebleed in seconds.


Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, then place in in the

bleeding nostril, slightly tilting the head forward.

The vinegar will help coagulate the blood and it flowing out.



  •  Cure hiccups.

Mix 1 tbsp of vinegar in a cup of warm water, then drink,

The tart taste interrupts the the nerve-impulse patterns that cause the spasms, so you can breath without the blips.


  • Make cheap beef taste expensive.

 Marinate the beef in 2 cups of apple cider vinegar for 1 hour before preparing and cooking as usual.

The acids in the vinegars breaks down the tough muscle fibers , making the meat more succulent.

Bonus: the vinegar will enhance the flavor and give the dish a slightly tangy taste.


  •  Add shine to pet's coats

For small pets (dog) add 1tsp to it's drinking water daily.

For larger pets (horses) add one cup to it's drinking water daily (prevents also pesky flies and mosquitoes bothering the horse.

The vinegar is high in potassium, a mineral that helps maintain the healthy glow of the animal's coat.

Plus the acids will add a subtle scent to the dogs sweat , which act as a natural deterrent to fleas.


  • Keep skin bruise free.

Apply a gauze soaked in Apple cider vinegar and apply it to the sore spot.

Secure with a bandage and leave it on for 1 hour.

The acid in the vinegar will increase blood flow to the skin's surface, discouraging a cluster of red blood cells from forming so it won't leave a unsightly telltale mark.



Brilliant uses for elastic bands


  • Keep track of liquids in opaque containers

Since paint cans, bottles of cleaning spray and jugs of laundry detergent aren’t transparent, it’s impossible to  at a glance if you’re running low.

Use a thick rubber band as a fluid marker.

Just position one around the outside of the container and move it down as you use more of the liquid.

That way you’ll always know how much you have left and when you need to add the product to the shopping list.




  • Ensure shirts always stay on the hanger

To keep the shirt from sliding, wrap rubber bands around both ends of the hanger.

The “sticky” rubber will grip the fabric without damaging it.



  • Protect the table from remote-control scruffs

To spare furniture from scratches of the tossed remotes wrap a small rubber band around each end of the remote controls.

The cushioning between the devices and he tabletop will provide enough of a buffer to prevent scratches, scuffs and nicks.











  • Open a stubborn jar with ease

Simply place a rubber band around the cap, then twist as usual.

The rubber will allow you to get a better grip on the lid so you can open the jar without breaking into a sweat.









  • Expand the tight pants in a pinch

Unbutton the pants and feed a rubber band through the button hole then through the band itself.

Loop the band around the button to fasten.

This will extent your waistband so you can breathe easy.











  • Revive a beat-up old broom

If the bristles of the broom are starting to splay, dampen them with a paper towel and slip a medium size rubber band around them let it sit overnight.

The rubber band will pull the bristles in and “retrain” them to stand straight.

The result: a broom that looks- and works-like new.











  • Quickly organize car-interior chaos

 With all you do in the car, it’s easy for sometimes-used essentials to get lost in the shuffle, the fix?

Wrap two or three wide rubber bands around the sun visor, spacing a few

Then tuck your ticket under the bands, along with essentials like money, printed directions and maps.

The stretchy bands will keep everything easily accessible.







  • Prolong the freshness of a sliced apple

When you need to have slice apples ahead of time they will get brown.

Keep the slices together with a rubber band and place it in a zip-lock bag.

This will keep out the air that causes the discoloration








  • Silence squeaky bed slats

To stop the racket, tightly wrap a few rubber bands around the end of each slat, starting about 1 cm from the edge.

The rubber bands will buffer the metal parts to prevent the squeaks and creaks from occurring, so you can sleep peacefully through the night.


  • Safely transport any dish

You worry some food might spill on the ride over.

To easy your fears, stretch a rubber band under the pots right handle and around the left side of the lid’s knob.

Repeat with the left handle.

The rubber band will secure the lid, so your dish will make it to the destination in one piece.






  • Use a rubber band to remove stripped screws.


Brilliant uses for soap slivers


  • Prevent drawers from sticking

Remove the drawers and rub soap slivers over the tracks.

The soap’s oils will lubricate the wood to guarantee a flawless glider every – time even on the most humid days.









  • Moth-proof stored clothing

Toss a handful of soap slivers in a (paper) bag, poke a few small holes in the sack and staple the top closed.

Then slip the sachet into the storage container or drawer with your clothes.


The soap’s fragrance will repel the moths and other sweater loving pests- and save you the hassle of mending your garments in the spring.




  • Quickly sooth a itchy bug bite

To ease the itch after bitten, gently rub dry soap slivers over the affected area.

The sodium hydroxide in the soap will seep into the skin and dry out the bite for instant relief.

  • Keep a bath sponge sudsy

Cut a small slit in to the bottom of a clean bath sponge, then wedge a small piece of the soap bar inside the opening, run warm water and wash as usual.


  • Tame unruly brows in second

Rub a damp eyebrow brush (or your finger in a pinch) on the soap than comb through the brows.

The waxy substance keeps hairs in place all day.






  • Sew thick fabric with ease.

To prevent pricked fingers while working with denim rub the soap into the needle before you get started.

Its fatty acids will lubricate the metal so you can easily stitch up the fabric


  • Shield nails from dirty jobs

Simply scrape the nails over a soap sliver before doing the job ( like gardening).

The waxy residue will fill in the crevices under the nail beds, creating a barrier that will keep out the dirt and make washing up a breeze.










  • Protect the cord from pets

If your pet has been gnawing on the electrical cords thwart the dangerous habit by rubbing soap slivers over the wires. After a few licks of the bitter coating your pet will realize that the wires aren’t a suitable chew toy.


Don’t worry about him getting sick- the miniscule amount of soap ingested won’t harm him.




  • Pre-treat stubborn stains for pennies
Save the pieces until you have enough to fill a jar halfway, top off with warm water and wait until the soap turns into jelly (3 minutes) before stirring.

Store the jar in the laundry room and massage a dollop onto stains prior to washing.

This homemade pretreatment will lift and suspend stain molecules so your clothes will come looking out new.




  • Deter animals from eating your plants.

Scatter soap slivers on and around the plants your animal invaders nibble on the most.

One whiff will trick their sensitive noses into thinking people are nearby, and they’ll be gone




  • Sticky zipper

If you have a sticky zipper here is what you can do to make the zipper work better. 

A bar of soap can do wonders with a sticky zipper.

If you can get the zipper to close then you can take the bar of soap and just rub it up and down on the zipper.

It helps if yon can rub the bar of soap on both sides of the zipper. After you have rubbed the zipper down with the soap then try to open and close the zipper several times.

You should feel that the zipper is working better but if it isn't you can repeat the process until the zipper works right. 

The soap lubricates the zipper so it can move freely. 


Brilliant uses for Club soda


  • Perk up fading houseplants

Use flat bottle of club soda on room temperature to water your houseplants

The beverage contains nourishing minerals like potassium bicarbonate-disodium phosphate and sodium citrate, that will enrich the soil and help your potted plants flourish.




  •  Get a rusty screw unstuck

Simply pour club soda on it screw and let sit for 5 minutes before trying to open it again.

The carbon dioxide that will make the beverage fizz will react with the rust and the sediment buildup, bubbling away so you can turn the hardware with ease.








  •   Avoid a stuck-on food nightmare

While the cookware is still warm, pour just enough club soda to cover the bottom, then let sit while you eat. The carbon dioxide win the beverage will soften the food particles, keeping the mess form sticking, making the washing up a breeze.













  • Fluffier pancakes

Substitute the milk or water with club soda in your waffle and pancake recipes.

The bubbles in the soda will aerate the batter to produce a lighter fluffier stack.

You also save 140 calories for every cup of whole milk you cut out.










  •  Polish chrome without spots or streaks

Simply pour the liquid from the can on a clean soft cloth and use it to wipe down the metal.

The soda’s carbonated molecules will fizz away grime without leaving lines of spots in its wake.











  • Erase stubborn mug stains

Fill the cup with club soda overnight.

The carbonic acid will eat away the stain leaving the cup look like new.






  • Turn gelatin into a dazzling dessert

Swap club soda for the cold water.

The bubbles caused by the carbonation will add eye-catching sparkle to the dessert, plus give it a surprising fizzy kick. 














  • Make old jewelry sparkle like new

Instead of buying pricy cleaners just place the dulled pieces in a cup of club soda.

The fizzy beverage will safely loosen dirt and oils.

And since the bubble can seep into every hard-to-reach crack and crevice you do not need  to scrub with a brush.

Simply leave them overnight to soak and gently dry in the morning.


  • Effortless remove bird droppings

Pour soda into a spray bottle and spritz on the soiled area (like windshield – floor- window), let sit for a minute and wipe with paper towel.

The carbonation will dissolve the grime so it comes off with a single wipe. Spritz on wiper blades to reduce streaking on rainy days.


  •  Break a pet’s accident cycle

If after cleaning up your pet’s accident there is still the smell of urine you need to neutralize the odor so a repeat doesn’t occur.

Saturate the area with club soda and leave to soak for 5 minutes before blotting it with (paper) towels.

The soda’s minerals will safely deodorize the spot.







PVC Pipes

Low-Cost Shoe Rack Using PVC Pipes


Pedal power


Amazing tires

(Africa) This craftsman is so talented at recycling old tires into shoes that he will even measure your feet and make a pair that fits your feet exactly, to the millimeter






DIY Sandbox Using A Tire

 Inside-out-tire into flower planter!


Tire Ottoman (cheap and easy!)


Upcycle and Reuse metal

Transform an old washing machine drum into a fire pit

Sculpture made from recycled bicycle gears

DIY Rain Gutter Kid’s Bookshelves

 Old tub into garden indoor/outdoor

Rope and wool

Yarn Dolls - old traditions and crafts should be upheld as they teach us of the past when people made things by hand instead of factories



How long before it is gone

Think twice before throwing things away, think 5 times before even buying things that will be thrown away

wood reused

Mousetrap into memo holders


Cable Spool into Rocking Chair


CD towers have become obsolete.

Turn on its side for extra storage.

Reel table

 Add wheels and paint. simple makeover


Up cycled Vintage Yardstick Table


Old window into picture frame



You can empty the contents of glow sticks into jars filled with water and use them for fun lighting during a party or even during Halloween.

One tip: you shouldn’t too heavily shake the mixture as it will dilute it’s brightness. Just stir the contents and enjoy the glow



One horsepower


Beetle barbeque


1965 Ford Mustang Car Pool Tables

Plastic bottles



wooden pallets

Vertical herb garden

pallet idea's

 Pallet beds with lights

Wood Pallet Projects





creative DIY

Garden Ideas

Eco stump planters

Shipping containers

Re-purposed shipping container


Guest house


Clothes hangers

Easy shoe tidier

Hands-free, easy glance recipe hanger



Multi Tired succulent garden

Old entertainment center turned play kitchen


Comfortable swing

reused wooden chairs

Paint your old desk and use as a patio planter




wall hooks

Easiest Cupboard Pan Lid Organizer

Trampoline reused

Swinging Bed Made With a Recycled Trampoline

Aluminum cans

Find out how you can make your own solar panel from aluminum cans.

Video link:
How it's done:


spoon tidy


5 things your mobilephone can do you probably didn't know it could

There are a few things that can be done in times of grave emergencies. . Your mobile phone can actually be a life saver or an emergency tool for survival. Check out the things that you can do with it:

FIRST: Emergency

 The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.
If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency,
dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you, and interestingly this number 112 can be dialled even if the keypad is locked. Try it out...

SECOND: Have you locked your keys in the car?

Does your car have remote keyless entry? This may come in handy someday.
Good reason to own a cell phone: If you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, call someone at home on their mobile phone from your cell phone.
Hold your cell phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end. Your car will unlock.

Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other ' remote ' for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the trunk)...

THIRD: Hidden Battery Power

 Imagine your mobile battery is very low. To activate, press the keys *3370#
Your mobile will restart with this reserve and the instrument will show a 50% increase in battery.
This reserve will get charged when you charge your mobile next time.

FOURTH: How to disable a STOLEN mobile phone?

 To check your Mobile phone ' s serial number, key in the following digits on your phone: * # 0 6 #
A 15 digit code will appear on the screen. This number is unique to your handset..
Write it down and keep it somewhere safe. When your phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset so even if the thief changes the SIM card, your phone will be totally useless.

You probably won ' t get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can ' t use/sell it either. If everybody does this, there would be no point in people stealing mobile phones.

FIFTH : ATM - PIN Number Reversal - Good to Know

 If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can
notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse. For example, if your pin number is 1234,
then you would put in 4321.

The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine. The machine will still give you the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately dispatched to the location.

This information was recently broadcast on CTV by Crime Stoppers however it is seldom used because people just don ' t know about it...... Please pass this along to everyone.


Teapot garden


 Candle in a cup

Glass bottles

Hanging garden






Turn that old shirt into an apron... clever!


Value of the tree