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Eco friendly tips and tricks for the home.

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The Perfect, Spill-Proof Travel Mug That Changed My Mornings

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 20:47:00 +0000

Can't start your day without a hot cup of coffee? Me neither. I've managed to break the $5/day latte habit by making it at home. (I'll share my money-saving recipe, later.) But sometimes, I still need to take my coffee to go.

Reusable coffee cups are the way to go. They save paper, reduce chlorine use in bleaching the paper, and reduce landfill waste. But when you need a mug for the road, what do you do?

Allow me to recommend these spill-proof mugs, which have helped me keep my morning routine simple and environmentally friendly.
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My Simple Refrigerator Organization Project

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 03:11:00 +0000

I never thought I’d be writing about how to organize your refrigerator, of all things, until I became a woman with 99 refrigerator problems that caused me to misplace food, have to clean up spills, or have to pull everything out of the fridge to find what I'm looking for. I went through a bit of trial and error to get things under control, so I thought I'd share what I learned and maybe save some of you some time and money along the way. Read more »[...]

The Best Electric Griddles without PTFE

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 06:59:00 +0000

Ever since George Foreman first taught us how to "knock out the fat" by letting the grease run off, I've been looking for a better way to grill and griddle. These cooking methods are quick, easy, and healthy, but the problem back in the day -- other than the lack of removable plates for easy cleanup -- was that the health gains from siphoning off the fat were negated by using a Teflon cooking surface.

While great strides have been made to offer consumers choices in eco-friendly pans for the stove top, electric cookware has unfortunately not kept pace with the green revolution.

Nevertheless, I found a few PFOA and PTFE free electrics to choose from in the quest to live green and eliminate Teflon and toxic cookware from the kitchen, including this first model from Hamilton Beach.

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This Company Pays You to Recycle

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:40:00 +0000

Imagine getting PAID to recycle!

Yes, the eco-conscious among us already know that we should be conserving our natural resources and taking care of the environment we live in, and we don't need a cookie as incentive.

But, as long as you're recycling  anyway, you might as well enjoy a reward for it. And it might be just the thing you need to get hubby, the surly teenagers, or the neighbor who always throws bottles in the trash on board.

If you or someone you know could use a little reward for going green, check this out.
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Foodsaver Reviews | Which Vacuum Sealer Should You Buy?

Mon, 18 May 2015 14:52:00 +0000


A Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer is the small kitchen appliance of choice for the eco conscious. You can keep your food fresher longer and throw less of it away. Plus, you can shop in bulk and consume less packaging.

Use these Foodsaver reviews to compare easy-to-use models, like the 2-in-1 sealer below that preserves your food's flavor and texture.

Not sure how a food vacuum sealer will fit into your routine? I have lots of ideas for getting the most out of it.

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Best Green Frying Pan Under $50

Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:29:00 +0000

If you've made the decision to switch to a green non stick pan, you might be wondering what's the best choice. Knowing to avoid Teflon / PTFE is only half the battle, but no one wants to waste money buying pans that claim to work miracles, only to be disappointed.

I've been testing and experimenting with these things for years, so I'll tell you the best picks for your budget. This post will be about an affordable option that also happens to last fairly long.
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My Eco Friendly Bathroom Cleaner

Fri, 21 Jun 2013 19:08:00 +0000

My shower cleaning routine used to be the same as many of yours: Tilex Bathroom Cleaner for soap scum, and Tilex Mold & Mildew (or some other brand) for deep cleaning.

As much as I like the whole "spray and walk away" thing, the fumes from my bathroom sprays bothered me so bad that cleaning my bathroom was like launching some kind of scorched earth attack. I would start spraying the area furthest from the door, backing my way closer to the exit, eventually having to evacuate when the fumes started to suffocate me, my eyes started to burn, and my head started to hurt. The bleach in the Tilex did me in every time.

Then after cleaning, I would have to avoid the bathroom for the rest of the day because the residual fumes where so bad. Needless to say, this was not gonna work for me. So the hunt for an alternative bathroom cleaner was on.

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EVA Shower Curtain for an Eco Friendly Bathroom

Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:31:00 +0000

Have you experienced "new shower curtain smell"? That plasticky, overpowering odor that nearly gives you a headache? That's the smell of polyvinyl chloride (aka PVC) releasing toxic gases into the air -- and getting all up in your bathroom.

A few years ago, I got fed up with the fumes and looked for an alternative. The more I thought about it, the crazier it seemed that I was basically taking a steam bath in chemicals. I could barely stand the smell long enough to take a shower. Then I found odorless EVA shower curtains, and I've been buying them ever since.

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What Are The Best Green Cookware Brands?

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:36:00 +0000

I got rid of my traditional nonstick pans years ago. I had gotten to the point where I was cooking nearly every meal in them -- they're so easy to use -- and I decided that I'd better switch to something without Teflon.

In the process of choosing new cookware, I looked at everything that was out there. Here are my reviews of some of the best green cookware brands:

The Cuisinart Green Gourmet Skillet was the first pan I tried. I was drawn by the fact that it was a brand I recognized -- which now I know doesn't make it the better choice -- and it was advertised as PFOA free and PTFE (Teflon) free.

It was great at first, but soon lost the ability to turn out decent eggs and fish without sticking, which was the main reason I bought it. I actually bought a second one, thinking I had simply misused the first, which it turns out I had, in a way. You should never use heat higher than medium, which I didn't know. It does come with a lifetime warranty, but I ended up moving on to another pan.

See my pick for the best Green frying pan under $50. I've also reviewed some PTFE free Electric Griddles for those of you looking for eco friendly options.

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Should You Replace Your Teflon Nonstick Pans?

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 18:10:00 +0000

I must admit, I'm hooked on nonstick cookware. It's the easiest way to make egg white omelettes and to pan-fry tilapia filets -- two of my favorite eats. The more I've used my nonstick pans, the more uses I've found for them. With all the heavy usage they get in my household, it's important to make sure that they're not causing any harm to my family's health.

Have you ever really thought about what's in your nonstick cookware, or what happens when you heat it up? Let's take a closer look at those popular nonstick pans.
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