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While undyed, unbleached organic cotton T-shirts are the absolute greenest new tees to buy, they aren't always the easiest to find. If you can't find them, do the next best thing: Choose white T-shirts over colored shirts for working out in. A typical T-shirt requires about 6.6 gallons of water to dye and process from white to colored. Choosing ...Read more

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Who knew that a fresh-breath product can also keep pesky mosquitoes away? Instead of an insect repellant that could contain the toxic chemical DEET, try mouthwash instead. Pour a little mouthwash into a spray bottle and mist away when you're outdoors and starting to get bites from mosquitoes. Spraying mouthwash on your skin, around the outdoor ...Read more

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When shipping items, is it better to do it yourself or use a pack-and-ship store? Everything from the proper size cardboard box to the weight of the packing materials can make a big difference in keeping costs down and fuel usage as low as possible. Oversized boxes, heavy paper filler and other items can dramatically increase overall shipping ...Read more

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Have you ever lost the charger for your smartphone while traveling and dashed out to buy a brand-new one? Next time, you might want to think "lost and found" to score one for free. The next time you're traveling for work or pleasure, ask the hotel's front desk if they have a charger in the lost and found they can loan you. Chargers are the No. 1...Read more

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Many people like the simplicity and feel of wooden pencils when writing, but what to do with all of those wasted shavings from sharpening? You can save those wooden shavings and use them as an excellent kindling for starting fires in your fireplace, fire pit or backyard grill. And check the electric pencil sharpeners at your office; these often ...Read more

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Gas prices are escalating at an alarming rate, so today’s the day to do everything you can to help make your car as efficient as possible. Check the trunk and back seats for unnecessary items that are adding weight to the car and remove them. Take your car to the gas station and make sure the air pressure in all of your tires is at the ...Read more

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With many takeaway coffee shops banning the use of reusable cups (for now) due to health and safety concerns, you might wonder which is a greener option: Styrofoam or paper? While less energy is used to manufacture foam cups than paper, the real winner is paper. A Styrofoam cup takes 1 million years to decompose in landfill conditions (let’s ...Read more

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While it may seem all-natural, burning incense in your home can equal the polluting effects of smoking cigarettes. Incense has the chemical benzene (also found in cigarettes), and this carcinogenic is released into the air when you burn it. Try oil burners to get fragrant scents into the air instead. These burners warm up scented oil using a ...Read more

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The next time you see fruit flies or other insects flying around the inside of your home, refuse the urge to grab insecticide, and use rubbing alcohol instead. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and squirt the insects. The drying effects of the alcohol will almost immediately kill them without the use of chemical pesticides. If you have ...Read more

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Have you ever thought about how clean the inside of your car really is? Many of us never really clean the inside, even though our car is like a second home. Some independent studies have shown that cars can harbor mold, mildew, bacteria and high levels of unhealthy volatile organic compounds inside (mostly due to those artificial car fresheners ...Read more

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There's a big difference between bags and products labeled "compostable" versus "biodegradable." Under normal composting situations, items labeled compostable will degrade over time as microbes feed on the items and break them down into beneficial mulch. Biodegradable items, on the other hand, could take months or years to break down under the ...Read more

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Have you heard of "certified heat-treated" firewood? It's a designation that certifies that the firewood you're burning has been treated to kill any invasive insects or disease that may live in the wood. This is far different from seasoned firewood; just because the firewood is dried out doesn't mean it's free of invasive insects. In fact, ...Read more

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Not all glass is the same, and that rule holds especially true when it comes to recycling. While glass that once held foods like spaghetti sauce or pickles is recyclable and should be recycled, other types of glass aren't so obvious. Glass windowpanes, lightbulbs, mirrors, drinking glasses and blown-glass vases or art are not recyclable in ...Read more

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Going camping this summer? Do one thing: Leave your firewood at home. Whenever you bring firewood from home on a camping trip, you risk bringing tree-killing insects and diseases with you. If the firewood you have at home has invasive insects, they can crawl out and infect trees at the campsite, which can have a devastating impact on the forest ...Read more

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Sneakers are not only washable, but they can be laundered in the washing machine. But make sure you do it properly. Start by sprinkling a liberal amount of baking soda inside the shoes and leaving it overnight to help deodorize them. Then toss them in the washing machine (tuck the laces into the sneakers) along with five or six bath towels. The ...Read more

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The plastic cooler or icebox you use for picnics and tailgating parties is something you might want to consider the next time you go grocery shopping. In the hot summer months, your car can get ultra-hot in a few minutes flat. Even with air conditioning, groceries stored in the back seat of the car can get warm very quickly. To keep frozen food ...Read more

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To help avoid food waste at home, think like a restaurant chef to be both frugal and creative with your cooking. Use overripe bananas by mashing them up and mixing them with pancake batter to make delicious, sweet treats for breakfast. Leftover coffee can be poured into ice cube trays to use for iced coffee drinks. And even leftover oil you've ...Read more

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If you have a backyard pool, perhaps the best investment you can make is to purchase a pool cover. It makes sense: Water evaporates, and a pool cover helps significantly lessen that dissipation throughout the summer months. In fact, a pool cover can reduce evaporation by as much as 95%, and it also helps the pool retain heat, which means you'll ...Read more

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It's a good idea to invest in electric fans before the outdoor temperatures get too hot. While air conditioning can keep your home cool, it guzzles a lot of electricity. When you use fans, you reduce your electricity usage by a whopping 90%. You can also alternate air conditioning and fan usage as a hybrid approach for keeping cool. And finally,...Read more

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If you are repotting a household plant, can you reuse last year's soil from your outdoor window boxes and garden pots? The answer is no, unless you are absolutely certain that the soil is free of any disease. Since it can be impossible to tell, the best way to reuse potting soil is to sprinkle it in the yard, where the sun has a chance to "bake"...Read more

 

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