Cloth can be a great choice for green and chemical-free insulation in the home. Using cloth as an insulator keeps fabric scraps out of the landfill and minimizes exposure to harmful chemicals common in modern insulation.Continue Reading
Conventional fiberglass insulation has been shown to contain formaldehyde, a chemical commonly associated with increased cancer risk. Cotton insulation will not cause skin irritation or respiratory problems for those coming in contact with the material. Like fiberglass insulation, cotton insulation may be rolled into batts for easy installation.
When insulating a pre-existing structure against drafts from old windows and doors, cloth is a cheap and effective insulator. An old blanket can easily be turned into a curtain or tacked over a drafty window to minimize airflow from outside. Thicker fabrics will be more effective, while thinner fabrics will allow more natural light into the home.Learn more about Thermodynamics
According to HowStuffWorks, aluminum foil is a good insulator because it prevents the radiation of heat by reflecting it back at the source. Since aluminum foil reflects the emission of heat, it tends to be a better insulator than other materials that just slow down the flow of heat from one area to another.Full Answer >
Styrofoam works well as an insulator because it mostly consists of air confined to small pockets. These pockets hinder the convection process from carrying heat energy away from (or to) the substance inside the container.Full Answer >
Closing the fireplace doors or covering an open fireplace with a cloth prevents soot from accumulating in the home when cleaning the chimney. Homeowners who opt to clean their chimneys should purchase chimney brushes that fit snugly in the chimney to dislodge the soot or dirt on the sides of the flue.Full Answer >
To dye suede at home, apply suede dye with either a dye applicator, brush or cloth. Apply the dye in long and even strokes when dyeing suede with a brush. To dye suede with a cloth, pour a small amount of dye on a soft and clean cloth, then rub the cloth in a circular motion on the suede. Let the first coat dry for one to two hours, then apply a second coat.Full Answer >