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Here's one simple purchase you can make for your home or garden to help bees: a Bee Brick. It's the size and shape of a normal brick, but it's filled with randomly placed holes to mimic the spots in crumbling mortar work where bees love to make their homes. The backs of the holes are solid, which bees love, because they feel protected. Look for ...Read more

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Here are a few reasons from the animal kingdom to avoid setting off fireworks for special events. In addition to making companion animals like dogs anxious and causing panic attacks, they can affect other types of wildlife as well. Bees get disoriented by the loud noise of fireworks and can't make it back to their hives. This often causes them ...Read more

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If you've used antibacterial hand gels, the chemical triclosan is likely in there, and it's a bad thing to use if you're spending a day at the beach. When this chemical is washed off your body into the ocean, it can wreak havoc on algae and marine animals, inhibiting their growth. If you're spending a day in the sun at the beach, avoid using any...Read more

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Even after you've installed energy-efficient LED lightbulbs, you can still save more energy and money at home. For light fixtures that are on for the majority of the day, replacing a standard switch with a dimmer switch can mean saving around 4 to 9% in energy costs for that fixture. The more you dim, the more you save. Today's LED bulbs are ...Read more

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Toothpaste is designed to not only keep your teeth polished and clean, but to also leave your breath minty fresh. The ingredients in toothpaste lend themselves to myriad other uses beyond just brushing. The next time your hands are smelly from cutting onions or garlic, wash them with a squeeze of toothpaste. Add water, rub furiously and rinse ...Read more

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If you must water your lawn, the best time to do it is in the morning. That's when the temperature is the coolest and the water has a chance to soak the ground and then evaporate off the blades of grass as the sun rises. But don't think watering the lawn at night is just as good. While water may have a chance to absorb into the soil, the wet and...Read more

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It may sound like a problem for "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," but if you do one thing to help our oceans, consider passing on eating caviar. Caviar varietals like beluga and wild-caught sturgeon are species that are often overfished. But generally, caviar is a product of fish that can take many years to mature -- and when they are, their ...Read more

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During the holiday season, many people love to give to their local food banks to help people who are less fortunate. But instead of emptying your pantry of food you really don't want to eat (pickled beets, anyone?), take a cue from the "wish list" of your local food bank. The No. 1 most requested item: 100% real juice boxes for kids. Not sugary ...Read more

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Dishwashers are designed to be as water- and energy-efficient as possible, which makes them a greener choice than washing by hand. It may seem that opting for a "quick" or "one-hour mode" for your dishwasher would save energy, but it's actually the opposite. Just like driving a car more slowly saves on fuel, energy efficiency for your dishwasher...Read more

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Paper is paper, right? When recycling old office paper, magazines and other recyclable paper, you might be surprised to learn that shredded paper is not a desired recyclable, even if it was recyclable in pre-shredded form. Recyclers can't always tell what kind of paper was shredded when they receive bales of shredded paper. Sometimes glossy, ...Read more

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Even on not-so-hot summer days, the temperature in your car can rise very quickly. When traveling with your pets, never leave them in your car, even for a few minutes with the windows open. The Humane Society of the United States says even on "an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, the temperature can rise to 102 degrees Fahrenheit with the windows opened...Read more

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We drag our suitcases, carry-on bags and backpacks all over the country (or world) when we travel, and when we get home, we wash all of our clothes -- but we don't think twice about the bag all of that clothing was carried in. One of the easiest ways to give bedbugs a free ride into your home is through your luggage. Try this simple trick to see...Read more

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Despite the ecological lessons we've learned about the drawbacks of plastic bottles, packaged water is still growing in popularity all over the world. But not only is it a very small percentage of plastic bottles that actually get recycled, it's not necessarily better for you to drink it. If you're on the fence about making the switch to ...Read more

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Many of us like to buy suet balls or bird food that is encapsulated in mesh bags (which helps keep the birdseed together when you hang it outside). While for the most part our feathered friends can get a healthy meal or snack from these, there is a chance they can get entangled in the mesh bags. When the suet or bird food gets low, it creates ...Read more

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If you bought a bag of baking flour more than a year ago, there's a good chance that flour has gone bad. Pull it out of the pantry and give it a whiff. Does it smell rancid? If so, it's a good idea to toss it away. But before you do, go grab any decks of playing cards you have around the house. Throw the cards into a bag and cover them with the ...Read more

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Buying in bulk is a good way to cut back on waste and save money, but be careful what you purchase. Items like nuts, coffee and flour shouldn't be purchased in large quantities, because their quality quickly deteriorates and they can go rancid or taste stale. Instead, opt for shelf-stable, long-lasting staples like oats and dried beans, which ...Read more

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With a reduced ozone layer, exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun has made skin cancer and other health ailments more of a risk for all of us. Since it can be hard to tell what the actual exposure to UV rays is on any given day, the National Weather Service, along with the Environmental Protection Agency, has made it easy with a daily UV ...Read more

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With so many communities facing drought and water crises, more attention is being paid to the way we use water at home. One big culprit is the lawn. Lush green lawns often demand an extraordinary amount of water to keep the grass thriving and alive. Instead of wasting water on grass, one easy (and easily maintained) alternative is xeriscape, ...Read more

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Have an extra bay leaf in your spice drawer? Stick it in your box of opened cereal. The little bugs known as weevils that can invade your favorite flakes despise the scent of bay leaves. So leaving a leaf on top of the cereal can help keep weevils at bay (no pun intended). Another tip to keep cereal fresh is to forgo the original packaging and ...Read more

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A child’s stuffed animal may be their best friend, but over time, it can get dirty and be a breeding ground for unhealthy germs and bacteria. The good news? You can usually launder stuffed animals in the washing machine. Just use the gentlest cycle you have and a laundry detergent designed to be used in cold water. Then, using clips, hang-dry ...Read more

 

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