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Do Hot Water Recirculating Systems Really Save Money?

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:59 +0000

Recirculating pumps were pitched as a great way to save water because people wouldn't then leave the shower or sink running while they waited for the slug of cold water in the pipes to be pushed out by the hot water from the tank.

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How to Spring Clean Your Mattress and Bedding

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:00:23 +0000

It’s that time of year again. The time when all of us cleaning and organization nerds get to enjoy the process of thoroughly cleaning our houses and decluttering out closets… aka, Spring Cleaning. But while you probably have the DIY cleaning products you need already figured out, you may be stalling when it comes to […]

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6 Houseplants that Will Thrive in Your Bathroom

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 01:30:52 +0000

If your bathroom needs a makeover and you’re itching to turn it into a spa-like retreat, you needn’t look further than buying a few houseplants. There are few things in life more satisfying than taking a hot shower under a green canopy of plants. It almost makes you feel like you’re in a tropical location. […]

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Home Improvement May Be More Affordable Than You Expect: 3 True Stories

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:03 +0000

Would you love to upgrade or repair your home? Is there a home improvement project you’ve had simmering on the back burner for ages … but never got around to because you assumed you couldn’t afford it? Well, think again. Home repair and upgrade may be more affordable than you thought. You just need to […]

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How to Minimize Dust in Your Home

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 18:00:50 +0000

You may know that dust contains dead skin cells, pet hair and dander, and dirt. But did you know it also includes fabric fibers, pollen, soot, food waste, insect remains, and even toxic chemicals like phthalates and flame retardants? Dead skin cells and insect remains are one thing. But toxic chemicals are a whole other […]

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8 Feng Shui Tips for Wealth and Abundance

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:00:45 +0000

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmonious environments based on principles of energy, movement and balance. It can be a life’s study in its own right, but there are also many practical, day-to-day ways we can apply Feng Shui to our lives. It’s not a one-stop cure for everything that ails you. […]

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If You Wake Up Tired, Try These Things

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:30:44 +0000

Don’t hit that snooze button! If you wake up feeling groggy, it’s actually the worst thing you can do—those few extra minutes with your pillow may feel great, but they may make you more tired. The extra sleep post-snooze is fragmented and lower quality, so you’re better off setting your alarm for the time you […]

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6 Natural Alternatives to Toxic Fabric Softeners

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

According to the Allergy and Environmental Health Association, both liquid and dryer sheet fabric softeners are “the most toxic product produced for daily household use.” Most of the popular brands of fabric softeners contain many neurotoxins (substances that are toxic to the brain and nervous system) and other types of toxins. Read my article 8 Toxins Lurking in Your Fabric Softener to learn more.

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Bamboo and Cork: The Alternative Wood Flooring Products

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:52 +0000

When most people think of wood flooring, the old tried-and-true standbys like oak, maple and cherry usually come to mind. But bamboo and cork floors are getting a lot of attention nowadays because of their environmentally friendly qualities. They both come from quick-growing sustainable resources and are available in a variety of colors and patterns. […]

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Natural Solutions for Stinky Poo

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 12:00:19 +0000

Not much is worse than stinking up the bathroom and having a friend walk in right after. (Okay, maybe running out of toilet paper, but still.) Although everybody poops, it can be slightly embarrassing to publicize your darker smells and no one really enjoys walking into a smelly bathroom. Inevitably, measures are often taken to avoid subjecting your loved ones to […]

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These 5 Plumbing Problems Can Cost Homeowners Bigtime

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:00:42 +0000

“I love wasting money on my house,” said no homeowner ever. Problem is, though, that you may underestimate how much certain so-called minor household problems are costing you. Take, for example, your plumbing system. As long as nothing major goes wrong, you can safely ignore drips, leaks, and equipment that doesn’t work quite up to […]

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How to Ditch Your Air Conditioner Without Melting

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 16:00:38 +0000

During the summer of 2015—one of the hottest summers in recorded history—I went without air conditioning. I don’t say this to brag: the decision was made mostly out of laziness. At the time, I was living in an apartment with big, beautiful casement windows. Big, beautiful casement windows that required a special air conditioner—one that, at […]

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How Bedbug Dogs Can Be Amazingly Effective In The War On Bedbugs

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:32 +0000

Bedbugs. Just the words may make you start to squirm. Itchy, inflamed bedbug bites are annoying and creepy. Unfortunately, bedbugs are (still) rampant, no matter how clean you keep your home. They can also be awfully hard to detect, whether in private homes, hotels, dorms, or even upscale secondhand shops. The good news is that entomology […]

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Can’t Fall Asleep? Try These Things ASAP

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 21:10:56 +0000

Tossing and turning? You’re in good company…or at least restless company. A recent Consumer Reports survey found that 27 percent of people have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep most nights. Sixty-eight percent struggle with sleep at least one night a week. And though we’re spending more and more on sleep aids every year ($41 […]

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7 Easy Home Fixes That’ll Improve Your Health

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:40:55 +0000

It may not be spring cleaning season yet, but you don’t need to do a huge cleanup to see major improvements. In fact, there are some small upgrades you can make to your home right now that can improve your health, boost your focus, reduce stress and even help you slim down. Ready to get […]

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How I Became a Morning Person (And How You Can Too)

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 16:00:46 +0000

There are two kinds of people in this world. Those who spring out of bed at dawn, totally refreshed and looking like they live in a face wash commercial…and the rest of us, who hate those people. Whether you’re a morning bird or a night owl is mostly built into your genes (and there are […]

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12 Great Ways to Use Castile Soap

Wed, 31 May 2017 12:00:26 +0000

I’m a super twigs-and-granola kinda gal, which means I use castile soap by the bucketful. But don’t worry, for those less committed to “crunchy” life, they also sell it in small, tester portions. I never knew what “castile” was until I started using the stuff, but the moniker just describes a style of soap, not […]

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11 Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:30:39 +0000

The toilet is a part of our daily lives, and thank goodness: the winter gets very cold where I live in Colorado and I’m not too keen on the idea of heading outside to do my business in an outhouse in single-digit temps. Related: Water Saving Tips for Your Toilet But it’s not only human […]

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5 Creative Ways to Use Rose Petals

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:00:15 +0000

Spring is finally here, and with it comes an abundance of fresh blooms. For green thumbs, spring is one of the most exciting times of the year… But even if you don’t garden yourself, there are lots of ways to use flower to freshen up both your air and your home decor. Rose petals are […]

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22 Surprising Uses for Lemons

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:30:34 +0000

Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there. And no, we’re not just talking about in cooking! Lemon juice is an acid, a natural disinfectant, and a nutritional powerhouse. Its scent is perfect for humans, but a deterrent for pests. It helps preserve food and can easily replace harsh chemical-based ingredients. Is there […]

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7 Tips for Cleaner Air Indoors

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:00:00 +0000

There’s a common belief that the air outside your front door is much worse to breathe than the air inside your home. But, as studies show, the air inside your home may also come with health implications. How did your indoor air get dirtier than your laundry? Think of fumes off-gassed by furniture, paint and building materials, chemicals from household cleaning products and fragrances, combustion devises, dust, bacteria and mold. These are all common culprits of poor home air quality. When you consider that we spend most of our time indoors, this is a big problem. But it can be especially debilitating for those who suffer from allergies or asthma. Here are some simple solutions to improve your home air quality—many of which are quick, easy and affordable.

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DIY 3-Tier Nautical Shelf

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:00:23 +0000

You know the saying “Life is better at the beach”? While not all of us are lucky enough to live on the ocean or near a lake, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a nautical theme in your home’s decor. Paint a room in a shade of sea blue with white accents and bring in coastal accessories and motifs like shells, anchor or fish. For added nautical effect, make your own beachy 3-tier shelf. It will look great in a rec room, powder room or nursery.

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Lumens by Room: How to Choose the Right LEDs for Your Home

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:00:22 +0000

Lighting is more than just a facet of home decor. It can directly impact your mood, health, sleep patterns and ability to concentrate. This means that the way you light your home needs more careful consideration than what color the lampshade is or whether to choose a pendant or chandelier light fixture.

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7 Simple Tips To Tackle Neglected Housecleaning Tasks

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:00:06 +0000

Spring is on its way (at least I thought so until this morning’s snowstorm buried the brand new crocuses). Prepare for the upcoming bright new season with a sparkling clean home. Here are simple tips to motivate you to get started cleaning seven often-neglected parts of your home. The back of your refrigerator. Actually, we […]

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10 Signs You’re Sleep Deprived (and What To Do About It!)

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 01:30:35 +0000

If you are getting less than seven hours of sleep on a regular basis, chances are you are experiencing signs of sleep deprivation. You have a busy life, your job is demanding, your family depends on you, and you don’t have time to get the 8 to 9 hours you need. So what’s the big deal over a little lost sleep?

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It’s Okay That You’re Not a Morning Person

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 01:30:06 +0000

Are you a late sleeper? Does the light of early morning make you shrivel and cower like a vampire? Do you hit the snooze button more than once every single morning? Does your ideal morning consist of sleeping in until 10 or 11am? Contrary to what you’ve probably been told, you’re not lazy. That’s right, hitting […]

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20 Unexpected Ways to Use Dish Soap

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:00:48 +0000

I am one of those gals who geeks out pretty quickly when I discover multiple uses for any given household product. These days I’ve been a big fan of multi-use products like Castile soap, distilled white vinegar and baking soda; dish soap is a fabulous new addition to the list. Who knew? Chances are, you […]

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Transforming Thrift Store Finds: A DIY Bookcase Hutch

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:00:34 +0000

Sometimes all a thrift store find needs is a new perspective. Creating a wrapping station from an armoire, turning a window into a monthly calendar, re-thinking a farmhouse table as a kitchen island and building a bench from a door are all examples of repurposing a piece in a new way. Each of these projects came from reusing, recreating and reinventing a basic furniture find into more than it was ever meant to be. Here’s an example of an easy DIY project created from a basic, ordinary bookshelf one can find at any yard sale or thrift store. With a little molding and some imagination, this bookshelf is transformed into a hanging kitchen hutch, looking at life from an entirely different angle—literally.

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7 Tips to Sleep Better Tonight

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 15:30:58 +0000

If, like many Americans, you struggle to fall asleep at night, you know how much a good night's rest can impact the rest of your day. While one of the main things is making sure we set enough time aside to get the recommended 7 hours a night, there are steps we take do right now to sleep better tonight.

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15 Surprising Uses for Seltzer & Club Soda

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:00:12 +0000

Have some extra seltzer or club soda in the fridge? Put it to good use with these helpful and surprising tips! In case you’re wondering, seltzer and club soda aren’t the same thing—seltzer is nothing more than carbonated water, while club soda has a few added mineral-like ingredients—but they can be used interchangeably! Related: 12 Surprising […]

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My Two-Ingredient Toilet Cleaner that WORKS

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:49 +0000

Conventional toilet cleaners are bad news, but you don't need harmful chemicals to keep your bathroom clean. Try my two-ingredient DIY toilet cleaner!

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16 Ways to Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:05 +0000

Making your bathroom more water- and energy-efficient might not seem sexy, but it can make a big difference in your home's utility bills and environmental impact. These are some big and small ways to make your bathroom more eco-friendly.

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DIY Custom Stenciled Lamp Shade

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:22 +0000

This simple 20-minute project can transform the look of a lamp from a plain, off-the-shelf piece to a high-end custom-designed statement. Use it to take your bedroom design to the next level and make it pop with a unique pattern of your choice.

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Small Home Storage Hacks: What Works & What Doesn’t Work

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:00:18 +0000

As someone who recently downsized from 750 square feet to 651 square feet, I’m becoming an expert at small home living. The secret, I find, is organization — making the most of the space at hand, and coming up with ingenious storage solutions. Here are 9 organization options, with my personal ratings for each. Under-Bed and […]

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How to Make Custom Curtain Rods for Under $10

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:00:35 +0000

Here’s an easy custom curtain rod project that can fit any window and costs under $10 to make. Plus, it can be completed with simple supplies in an afternoon. All you need is a pair of curtains you love.

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15 Surprising Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 00:30:46 +0000

If you have hydrogen peroxide in your home, chances are it’s in your first aid kit. And that’s a shame, really. For one, applying peroxide to cuts and scrapes really isn’t the best way to go about repairing your skin — it actually does more harm than good! For another, hydrogen peroxide has a number […]

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7 Ways to Stay Healthy While Working from Home

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 22:00:26 +0000

Two months ago, after the company I worked for closed its doors, I made the jump to working from home as a full-time freelancer. I’m in good company: 23 percent of employees reported working remotely at least some of the time in 2015 compared to 19 percent in 2003. Even more companies now are starting to offer telecommuting […]

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6 Green Habits Better Than Recycling

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 22:00:49 +0000

The benefits of recycling are well known, but it’s important to remember that the old mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is actually a hierarchy, with recycling at the bottom. Reducing your habits of consumption and reusing items can be far more helpful to the planet than collecting cans or newspapers, and even small changes in your […]

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What Everyone Can Learn from Tiny House Dwellers

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 00:30:57 +0000

For some homeowners, bigger is better. Even as household size shrinks, square footage hasn’t followed suit. The median size of a new single-family home in 2015 was 2,467 square feet — up by almost 1,000 square feet compared to homes built just 10 years ago. But, not everyone has dreams of decorating a second dining […]

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9 Hilarious Alarm Clocks That Heavy Sleepers Love

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 00:30:21 +0000

Some of us spring out of bed seconds after the alarm sounds, full of energy and ready to take on the day. Others…well, they need a little extra push before they’re ready to take on the day (or even the coffee machine). If your iPhone’s ringtones aren’t cutting it, check out these alarm clocks that […]

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How to Take Good Care of Your Toilet

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:00:56 +0000

Let’s hear it for that underappreciated household fixture – the toilet! Without this modern convenience, our homes would certainly be less … well … convenient. And taking good care of the “facilities” is surprisingly simple, considering the important role (no pun intended) they play in our day-to-day life. Just follow these 9 easy steps. Teach your […]

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Easy DIY Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

Sat, 28 May 2016 12:00:48 +0000

Who doesn't love that soft velvety sensation of good foaming hand soap? Well, I'm guilty. But when I learned about some of the nasty toxic ingredients in many common brands, I decided to do some research and learn how to make my own.

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DIY Natural Pre-Poo Spray

Mon, 16 May 2016 18:00:51 +0000

Ok, so the reality is, everyone's poo stinks, but the bathroom doesn't have to be destroyed and inhabitable for an hour either by poo stink or the toxic or harsh smell of most post poo deodorant sprays. For me, even the "natural" ones can be almost worse than the reason it was sprayed!

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12 Mother’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Flowers or Perfume

Wed, 04 May 2016 01:00:07 +0000

What can you get for Mom that’s neither of the two old stand-bys: flowers and perfume? Here are 11 gift ideas that could make your mother very happy. Why? They’ll save time, are non-toxic, beautify her space and show you care. Plus, they don’t involve buying a bunch of stuff your Mom really doesn’t need and […]

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How to Fragrance Your Home With a Simmer Pot

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 18:00:12 +0000

There’s nothing like walking into a delicious-smelling room, is there? Humans have a natural affinity for fragrant scents. It’s why we buy things like scented candles, incense and potpourri. Unfortunately, some methods of scenting your home are better than others. Scented candles may seem lovely, but burning them can release harmful chemicals into your environment. […]

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7 Gadgets and Gizmos That Might Help You Sleep Better

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 18:08:05 +0000

Sleep … all of us need it, but sleep can be an elusive, er, dream sometimes. If you’re tired of counting sheep night after night, it may be time to try one of these gadgets and gizmos to help you drift off. Take your pick of electrical and electronic devices or low-tech solutions and get […]

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Are You a DIY Plumber Wannabe? 10 Basic Dos and Don’ts

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 18:00:40 +0000

DON’T just dive right in—figuratively, that is—when it comes to DIY plumbing installation and repairs. Learn by partnering with someone experienced at first. When you are ready to venture out on your own, be sure of the whole process before you start—plumbing does not work well as a “learn as you go” project. Accept that there is a […]

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Tips for Decorating an Eco-Home

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:00:06 +0000

Usually I write about how to improve your health with good food, but today I’m going to write about another really important aspect of a healthier, greener life—how to ensure you’re living in a healthy environment. Sad to say, but we are exposed to toxins every day, many of which come from the home. Carpets, […]

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7 Things That Are Germier Than Your Toilet

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 17:00:26 +0000

Here’s a household myth: The toilet is the dirtiest place in the house. Not true. Toilets, in fact, have only 50 fecal bacteria per square inch, according to a study by Dr. Chuck Gerba, a microbiology professor at the University of Arizona. “It’s one of the cleanest things you’ll run across in terms of micro-organisms,” […]

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Why a Regular Sleep Schedule Benefits Your Health

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:00:37 +0000

The proven health benefits of a consistent sleep routine go far beyond simply feeling rested. Getting enough quality sleep has been shown to improve your concentration, memory, mood and energy levels, as well as helping with weight control, immunity and even increasing your life span. But it can be difficult to fit in enough sleep […]

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15-Minute Projects That Will Revive Any Room

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 17:00:33 +0000

You don’t need 52 weekends and $50,000 to give your home a DIY face life. Here are pick-me-up projects that take about 15 minutes and cost under $100. Surely, you’ve got that much time and money to spruce up a room. Replace Switch Plates: Over time, a houseful of outlet covers and light switch plates […]

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5 Household Hacks to Prevent the Spread of Colds & Flu

Fri, 30 Oct 2015 20:00:51 +0000

Whether you live with members of your own family or a couple of roommates, it’s clear that when one person gets sick, every other person who lives with them automatically becomes an easy target for getting sick, too. With cold and flu season upon us once again, you may want to plan ahead by taking […]

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Magical Properties in Everyday Herbs

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:30:45 +0000

Herbs have been used for hundreds of years in the study of witchcraft for their seemingly “magical” properties. Whether you believe in witches or not, herbs have been used by all types of healers and medical personnel around the world for their impressive curative qualities including physical healing of wounds, easing symptoms of illness and […]

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What Hunter-Gatherers Can Teach Us About Sleep

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 00:30:19 +0000

Considering we spend about a third of our lives doing it, it’s no surprise there’s been a lot of research on the ideal number of hours of sleep per night. It’s also no surprise that experts have disagreed over the years—long believed to be eight, more recent research pointed to seven, and now, some are […]

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Add an Electric Heater to Your Bathroom: Cozy and Cheap

Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:00:52 +0000

Kudos to you if you’re trying to turn down your home thermostat a notch or two as the weather grows cooler. The result will be a win-win — saving energy and reducing your utility bills. And it’s not so hard to do … should you get a bit chilly, you can always put on a sweater, right? Well, […]

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How Much Pain Will Your Home Remodel Cause?

Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:00:20 +0000

Here’s a home remodeling rule of thumb: It will be longer and messier than you think. That said, some projects cause minimal pain compared to the gain in livability and property value they provide. Here’s the average amount of money you’ll likely spend along with the disruption you’ll endure during common remodeling projects. Most money […]

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If It Doesn’t Move, Paint It!

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 16:30:59 +0000

When you want to freshen a room, it’s tempting to pull and replace finishes. But a coat (or three) of paint can revive tired hardware, flooring and tile for pennies per foot. And painting keeps debris out of the landfill. Here are some items found around the house that would love a fresh coat of […]

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11 Surprising Uses for Salt Water

Mon, 07 Sep 2015 23:00:25 +0000

Over two-thirds of our planet is covered in the stuff—so it makes sense that people have discovered so many different ways to use salt water to tackle problems. From cleaning tricky spills and stains to soothing skin, read on for some of the most incredible ways to use salt water.   Around the House 1. […]

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10 Tips For Using Less Plastic

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:16 +0000

It’s impossible to avoid plastic entirely, but there are effective ways to limit your exposure. Plastic is so commonplace in our world today that it’s nearly impossible to imagine a life without it. Striving for a plastic-free life, however, remains a noble and worthwhile goal – and it’s becoming easier with every year that passes, […]

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5 Hidden Hazards at Home to Keep Away From Kids

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:00:03 +0000

As a parent or guardian, your job is to love and protect. Whether it’s teaching your kids to never speak to strangers or baby-proofing every room in the house, preparation is key in preventing harm to your children. While you’ve already checked off every item on your child-safety checklist, you might be surprised to learn […]

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What Animals Are in Your Cosmetics?

Fri, 07 Aug 2015 14:30:55 +0000

What ingredients are in your makeup/cosmetic products? Chicken feet, ground up horns and hooves, chicken combs, cow dung, beetles, fish scales and animal placentas are all common ingredients used in cosmetic products that millions use every day. How do these products make it onto our store shelves and into consumers hands each day? The ongoing […]

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5 Healthy Habits That Could Be Polluting the Water

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 23:00:40 +0000

You try to live a healthy lifestyle, but could some of your healthy habits be harming our waters? Here are 5 healthy habits that may have undesirable effects on the health of our water resources. Washing your face The little scrubbing beads that can be found in a lot of exfoliating cleansers are—believe it or […]

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How to Properly Dispose of Anything

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:00:51 +0000

To recycle or not to recycle: that is the question. We all need to play a part in protecting the environment for ourselves and for future generations. Whether you’re biking to work or lugging plastic containers to the supermarket recycling bin, every little bit helps. However, when it comes to recycling the items we use […]

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6 Simple, Moneywise Steps to Greener Plumbing

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:07 +0000

If you’re concerned about making your home plumbing more environmentally friendly, installing a greywater system or a solar water heater may be a “someday” dream of yours. But not every green change has to be a big, expensive one. Every action you take to save precious resources is valuable. In that spirit, we offer you […]

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Cleaning Tips For Your Bedroom

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 23:30:06 +0000

Why does cleaning have to imply spraying chemicals and stirring up dust? Presented below are some cleaning tips and eco-friendly, how-to recipes designed to make your bedroom a clean and healthy place to be, nooks and crannies included. 9 Awesome Eco-friendly bedroom cleaning tips [Infographic] by the team at Wimdu Related Simple Green Home Improvements […]

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10 Best Houseplants to Improve Air Quality

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 22:00:48 +0000

We often like to think of our houses as safe, clean environments. But many sources, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), suggest otherwise. Even with strict scrutiny, cleaning products, paint, furniture and other fragrances sneak into our homes, contributing to a chemical-clogged indoor environment. With a little help from nature, there are ways to make […]

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7 Smart Habits You Can Do in Just 5 Minutes

Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:27 +0000

Transforming your life for the better can seem like such a monumental task. But it doesn’t have to be—there are plenty of fast, easy and, yep, really important habits you can take on in just a few minutes each day. Read on for some suggestions of the most life-changing daily habits that don’t require a […]

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12 Surprising Uses for Peanut Butter

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 15:00:29 +0000

Peanut butter shouldn’t solely be reserved for kindergarten! Indeed, peanut butter has so much more to offer than pb&j’s and cookies (though I love both as much as the next guy, don’t get me wrong!) Click through for some helpful hints on using peanut butter in unconventional ways. See Also: 17 Ways to Use Kale […]

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How to Control Pet Hair in Your Home

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:00:33 +0000

Pet hair is a nuisance no one wants to deal with—it gets in food, on couches, on all clean clothes. Luckily there are ways to control the constant shedding and cleanup, both from the source (the guilty animal) and with cleaning supplies that collect the hair faster. It’s a good thing they’re cute. This infographic […]

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6 ‘Bad’ Habits That Are Actually Good

Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:00:28 +0000

We hear all the time about all these different habits that could be killing us. But plenty of “bad” habits aren’t nearly as bad as they appear to be. And other habits that are not so great in excess are just fine in moderation. Read on for some of the most surprisingly good “bad” habits. […]

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5 Non-Toxic Alternatives to Flame Retardants

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 21:30:22 +0000

You don’t want your computer or couch or chair to catch on fire. But you don’t want to get sick from exposure to fire retardant chemicals, either. Those chemicals – known as poly brominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), have been used to slow down the speed at which the plastic foam in furniture and mattresses as well […]

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One Simple, Low-Cost Way to Stay Cool This Summer

Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:00:05 +0000

Seems like just yesterday we were groaning over our high heating bills. Now with the full heat of summer about to hit, we’re looking for ways to keep ourselves cooler and make our A/C use more efficient. Hanging blackout curtains is one of the cheapest, easiest solutions imaginable. Blackout curtains are also known as ”thermal drapes” for a […]

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The Dirty Dozen Cleaning Products

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 00:00:49 +0000

It is easy to overlook cleaning products as the culprit behind health problems. After all, they are improving the cleanliness of our homes, aren’t they? According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), they are frequently causing more harm than good. The organization routinely examines cleaning products to determine the worst health offenders. While not an […]

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Painting Your Home? 5 Ways to Save Money and Hassle

Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:30:37 +0000

Painting your house’s interior is one of the most popular redecorating tasks. And it’s no wonder! Compared to other, more complicated renovations, a fresh coat of color will spruce up your home quickly, simply, and inexpensively. If you’re thinking of going the DIY route rather than hiring a professional painting contractor, here are a few tips […]

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10 Surprising Household Items That Cause Obesity

Fri, 29 May 2015 01:00:43 +0000

We all know that a lack of exercise along with too many pastries, doughnuts and soda cause weight gain, but more and more research shows that many of the household and other items we regularly come into contact with may also be linked to weight gain. The reason: obesogens. “Obesogens” is a term used to […]

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DIY Air Fresheners For Your Home & Car

Wed, 27 May 2015 12:00:51 +0000

Ever walk into your home after a day in the fresh air and think, “Wow, sure smells stale in here?” Love the delicate fragrance of vanilla and orange blossom which transform your house into a bakery-orchard? Or the fresh scent of pine that makes you feel like you’re in the woods? Just like you, I’ve […]

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11 Green Hacks to Stay Cool This Summer

Tue, 19 May 2015 23:00:32 +0000

Not only are air conditioners environmentally unfriendly, but they are pretty expensive. If you’re looking to live greener and cheaper, here are 11 tips to keep your life bearable during the next heat wave. Use cotton sheets. Lightweight cotton sheets are incredibly breathable, so make sure yours are the full 100%. Save other sheets for […]

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Shower More Sustainable

Wed, 13 May 2015 20:30:11 +0000

Just as important as what we choose to eat, choosing how we care for and clean our bodies can make a big difference in our overall environmental footprint. In fact, our entire shower experience is full of opportunities to make a sustainable choice — from the type of shampoo we choose to the towels we […]

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10 Surprising Uses for Tweezers

Sun, 10 May 2015 23:00:13 +0000

Most people have a pair of stainless steel tweezers in their medicine cabinet and a pair of plastic tweezers in a first aid kit. But tweezers are excellent tools for a number of different tasks beyond shaping eyebrows and removing splinters. Indeed, you should turn to tweezers for many tasks that require a precise hand. […]

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What Position Is Best to Sleep in?

Mon, 04 May 2015 00:00:25 +0000

The position you assume during your sleeping hours can actually hugely affect your physical well-being. Sleeping really scrunched together can encourage shortened muscles and imbalances, while craning your neck the wrong way can lead to a serious crick. Every position has its pros and cons —  stomach, back, and side. Check out the pros and […]

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DIY Green Tea Toner

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 13:30:20 +0000

This green tea toner is great for summer, because it’s uplifting, refreshing, and filled with antioxidants. It’s also insanely easy to make! 1 organic green tea bag 1 organic peppermint tea bag 1/2 cup aloe vera juice Steep the green tea and peppermint tea bags each in 1/2 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, and allow them […]

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8 Biggest Myths About Germs

Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:00:04 +0000

We all know that we need to keep ourselves — and our surroundings — clean and sanitary to prevent disease. But how much do you really know about germs? Read on for some of the biggest myths about germs.   1. You Can Catch a Disease from a Toilet Seat. Will you get some sort of […]

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8 Things Clean People Do Every Day

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 22:00:25 +0000

Some people just seem naturally neat — or so it seems. But is it really all that natural, or do have they just trained themselves to be that way? Whatever the reason, read on for some of the ways clean people keep their homes so neat and tidy.   1. They Wash Dishes Right After […]

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A 2-Ingredient Deodorant Recipe That WORKS!

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:05:34 +0000

I've been using this DIY deodorant for over a year now, and it's by far my favorite recipe.

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This is How Easy it is to Make Your Own Candles

Sat, 21 Mar 2015 18:00:05 +0000

Candle-making has been around for centuries. It is an art that has survived the test of time and is still a very popular craft project today. There are a few things to consider when attempting this craft, including the type of candle, type of wax, and the materials to use. Types of Candles First things […]

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DIY Non-Toxic Foaming Handsoap

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:01:38 +0000

Who doesn’t love a luscious foaming hand soap? Even better if it’s non-toxic foaming handsoap! There are some great natural brands out there making non-toxic, healthy and velvety foaming hand soaps. I recommend going to EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database page on liquid hand soaps (which does include foaming soaps) if you want to buy […]

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3 Hazards of Daylight Saving Time (And How to Prepare)

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:00:22 +0000

Already mourning lost sleep come Sunday? Most people will sleep about 40 minutes less on Sunday night after daylight saving time returns, bad news for the 47 million American who are already sleep-deprived. But those aren’t the only impacts it can have on your health. You’re more likely to have a heart attack In the […]

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Boost Metabolism While You Sleep

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:03:08 +0000

At times it seems like everyone is looking for an easy way to boost their metabolism and shed some pounds. We’ve been told to drink cold water before meals. Some say constant fidgeting is key. Some use mental imagery. As easy as these tasks may be, they are not always effective. But have you ever […]

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When and How to Use Chalk-Finish Paint (+ DIY Recipe)

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:30:50 +0000

Although it’s become a 21st century phenomenon among home decorators, bloggers, and Pinterest followers, chalk-finish paint (the popular term chalk paint is actually a registered trademark) has been around for hundreds of years. You may know it as “distemper” or “whitewash,” inexpensive paints used in the past to freshen up rough-surfaced farm structures such as fences or dairy barns. Chalk-based […]

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Keep Your Shower Naturally Clean

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:01:09 +0000

Before discussing the eco-friendly way to clean your shower, I should mention one fact: I’ve got a thing for worn-out undershirts. Since the time when my kids grew past the cuddly onesie stage, my attachment has evolved from emotional to practical. Well-aged cotton T-shirts are absorbent and lint-free, making them the best type of cloth I’ve found for […]

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4 Ways to Reduce and Recycle in the Bathroom

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:12 +0000

Recycling has come a long way since the very first Earth Day in April 1970. Collecting used paper, cans, and containers to be reprocessed into usable goods has become a healthy habit for thousands of Americans of all ages. However, in many homes, recycling efforts are confined to the kitchen. That’s a great start, but if you’d […]

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DIY Bathroom Cleaners Without Air Contaminants

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:32 +0000

Bathrooms are dirty places. Pee, poop, mildew, mold, and plenty of moisture — it makes total sense why one would pull out the hardcore cleaners to wash and disinfect the loo.  However, consider the effect of bathroom cleaners on indoor air quality. The United States Environmental Protection Agency names household cleaners as one source of […]

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3 Ways to Detox the Air Inside Your Home (and Why It’s Necessary)

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:01:47 +0000

At this point, it’s an injustice to continue calling the earth’s climate change and environmental pollution “breaking news.” These have been monumental issues for decades. That said, here’s something—this year, scientists provided the world and our global initiative decision-makers the most comprehensive global warming impact assessment to date, and the outlook is grim. The report […]

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7 Ways Your Home Can Affect Your Mood

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:28:01 +0000

Home is where the heart is and it can influence your sense of well-being much more than you might have thought. Here are 7 aspects of your house which may deeply affect you in body, mind, or spirit, together with suggestions for how to work with them and create a positive home environment that will nurture you […]

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5 Favorite Ethical Shops Online

Sat, 06 Dec 2014 21:00:52 +0000

Like most people this holiday season, you’ll be doing a lot of shopping. While door-buster specials may be good for some items, you’ll want to shop online, and at stores that provide ethical service and eco-conscious products that are good for you and our planet. Here are a few to consider: 1. RISING TIDE FAIR TRADE  […]

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11 Worst Germ Hot Spots in Your Home

Fri, 05 Dec 2014 01:11:33 +0000

We all know that bathrooms, and toilets in particular, are serious germ zones, but there are many other places that are equally packed with bacteria and other harmful microbes. Before I share the worst germ hot spots in your home, I must add that this information is not for the faint of heart, and certainly […]

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13 Clever Uses for Vodka (Besides Making a Martini)

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:29:08 +0000

I can’t think of a better use for vodka than in Oprah’s lemon drop martini. But I’m not a big drinker, and have had the same bottle of vodka in my fridge for the last two years. So, I’m glad there’s so much more you can do with that crystal clear booze. 1. Take the […]

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How to Eco-Hack Your Swiffer Mop

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:31:02 +0000

You know which household chore sucks the most? Oh, dusting? Yeah, you’re probably right. But this one comes in a close second. Mopping. Boy howdy, is there anything more frustrating? I think not. When I first lived on my own I used the mop that came with the house. NOT the highest quality of cleaning […]

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Why Waking Up at Night Might be Good For You

Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:29:27 +0000

It is common knowledge — sleeping a solid 7-9 hours a night is paramount for health. But, does it have to be all in one go to reap the benefits? Many people often wake up in the middle of the night, have difficulty falling back asleep, and blame it on sleep dysfunction. Sure, our sleep […]

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8 Ways to Add Romance to Your Bedroom With Feng Shui

Sun, 05 Oct 2014 13:31:40 +0000

Feng Shui is the 5,000-year-old Asian art of placement. Since it's been proven that everything is ultimately energy, it makes sense that where you put your things, how you think about them, and what you do with them, matters.

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