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Apr 19

Here’s a Simple and Food-Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen


Ants tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food.
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24
Jan 19

The 10 Best Organic Bedding Sources — Shopper's Guide

If you’re striving to be more eco-friendly in your everyday life, a natural place to start is in the home. Aside from more obvious changes like using eco-friendly cleaning supplies and being more mindful of waste, another step is to buy organic bedding. Since we spend so much time in our beds, it makes sense to seek out products that are free of chemicals and potentially harmful substances. But it’s not enough to just buy sheets (or any fabric) simply labeled “organic.” While the FDA regulates organic labeling on food, there are currently only voluntary certifications when it comes to textiles.

There is, however, a global certification you can look for. GOTS, or Global Organic Textile Standard, not only certifies manufacturers are using eco-friendly, sustainable techniques but also fair labor practices. While organic bedding tends to be more expensive, the trade-off is certainly worth it. Below, ten bedding sources that are, at a minimum, GOTS-certified.

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28
Jun 18

6 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes

I live in a one bedroom “garden” apartment, which means that I get to have my own front door, porch, and small strip of flower bed. The only downside? The flower bed is under the porch roof, which means it’s constantly damp and shady, and also an ideal mosquito habitat.

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May 18

The Dos & Don'ts of Growing Mint

It’s fragrant, fast-growing, green, and complements fruits, vegetables and meats. It’s also its own ice cream flavor. So what’s not to love about mint? If you’ve ever grown the herb, you know where I’m going with this, but if you haven’t and are interested: read on for the dos and don’ts of successfully growing mint in your home garden or in a container.

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13
May 18

What Size Air Conditioner Do You Really Need?

I’m a huge baby about temperature, and fans sometimes just don’t cut it. So in the midst of a recent heatwave I decided I was going to bite the bullet and get an air conditioner. But when I started researching online, I found myself confused by the various units’ cooling and efficiency numbers, with prices seemingly directly correlated with each. I didn’t really know what any of them meant. Given the size of my apartment, how big of an air conditioner did I need?

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13
May 18

The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the Test — Apartment Therapy Cleaning How To

The table’s set with fresh cut flowers, punchy cloth napkins and a place for every person — you wouldn’t want some tarnished silverware ruining that gorgeous tablescape, would you? Because if you’re busting out the silver, it must be a special occasion.

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28
Mar 18

​Why I'll Always Keep "Alvin Corn" in My Cleaning Kit

I love natural, inexpensive, simple DIY household cleaners with one giant caveat: they have to work. One of my very favorite homemade cleaners is Alvin Corn. I’ve mixed one up for every bathroom in the house and one for common areas and it’s one green cleaning solution I’ll never replace.

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15
Mar 18

These Amazon Deals Are Good For Your Wallet – & The Environment — Amazon Deal of the Day

We are always looking for more eco-friendly ways to shop for our homes. In addition to being better for the environment, it’s also a money-saver. That said, it can often mean spending more money up front for savings down the line, even if it’s small (like our new favorite $6 solution to paper towels). So when we do see deals on green products, we get excited. Ahead, three buys that are better for the environment – and currently better for your wall – on Amazon.

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17
Feb 18

How To Make Homemade Reed Diffusers

I really dislike artificial fragrances, especially those plug-in types of air fresheners that are full of chemicals. Give me essential oils any day. However, many of the nicer reed diffusers are also pretty pricey. Paying $20 or $30 for a store-bought one seems rather silly when many of us have the raw materials to make our own lying around the house. Here’s how to DIY a reed diffuser for a hit of natural aromatherapy at home.

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