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Nobody likes a dusty home, but if there's one place you should be extra sure to clean, it's under the bed. This is where "dust bunnies" typically collect, and this massive concentration of dust is more than just dirty, it can be toxic. A study by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation found chemical toxins, including things like phthalates,...Read more

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We all know that using soap and water plays a vital role in staying healthy and preventing the spread of diseases. But often soap in other parts of the world is either expensive or impossible to find. The charity Clean the World is working with hotels -- from big chains to small bed-and-breakfasts -- to recycle discarded bar soaps into new soaps...Read more

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Here's a simple idea to help prevent food waste: Hold off on going to the grocery store for as long as you can. The reality is, you probably have enough in your pantry and fridge to make a perfectly good meal. On average, about 30% to 40% of the food we purchase goes to waste. That fills up landfills and also wastes money. Skipping a day or two ...Read more

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There are several online shops that give artisans, makers and small businesses a chance to showcase their wares and sell all over the world. But is it really environmentally friendly to buy a heavy handmade blanket that comes from all the way across the world to your doorstep? When shopping on these sites, opt for the "local" filter that limits ...Read more

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Did you know the peak energy time is around 6 p.m. in your community? It makes sense, since most people are at home and cooking dinner, doing laundry or watching TV at that time. But if you can avoid turning on electricity-guzzling appliances during this time, you'll help the environment a lot. Utility companies know about peak usage and will ...Read more

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When it comes to building a porch or deck for your home, there's no comparison: Composite decking is the greenest and most convenient choice. Unlike wood decking that comes from forests, which needs to be replaced and repainted and will eventually sag and rot, composite decking stands the test of time. Plus, it's made from recycled materials -- ...Read more

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Have you thought about investing in an "energy monitor" for your home? Think of it like the fitness tracker you wear on your wrist, but it's a device that tells you how much energy is being used in your whole home, as well as where it's being used. The monitor syncs with your phone and can pinpoint energy usage all the way down to the exact spot...Read more

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We may have been taught it's rude to refuse a gift, but in an effort to be more environmentally conscious, there are circumstances where it's OK. Is a store offering a free gift with purchase? If you really don't want it, politely decline. Is an online order offering to upgrade your shipment to overnight delivery for free? Opt out if you don't ...Read more

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We all know that LED lightbulbs are the smartest and most energy-efficient choice when it comes to lighting in the home. They use a fraction of the energy of traditional bulbs and last a very long time. But did you know you can up your green game by choosing LED bulbs that are also dimmable? By dimming LED bulbs, you not only can create mood in ...Read more

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When you wash clothing made from synthetic materials like nylon and polyester (usually found in workout clothes, fleece and sweaters), microscopic fibers are released during the washing process and go down the drain. These fibers end up in waterways and can eventually affect the biodiversity of our oceans. To avoid this, invest in a washing bag ...Read more

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It's been proven that tap water is almost always safe to drink, but there is one thing you can do to make sure wherever you are, it'll be even safer. If you're filling a glass from the faucet, do this: Let the water run for at least 15 seconds. This is especially important if the faucet hasn't been used in the last six hours or if you're unsure ...Read more

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It sounds like the greenest idea: If you're going to boil a bag of pasta, why not fill the pot with the hottest possible tap water you have so it takes less time (and energy) to bring it to a boil? But the reality is you should never do this, because there are health risks. In most homes, hot water systems use tanks and boilers that contain ...Read more

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If you throw pillows onto the floor from your bed before drifting off, it might be time to think about keeping only the pillows you actually use on the bed. Tossing decorative pillows onto the floor each night and then placing them back on your bed when you make it in the morning can lead to a dirtier sleep. The pillows pick up dirt, germs and ...Read more

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If you've just squeezed a bunch of lemons to make a batch of lemonade or salad dressing, don't toss the rinds into the compost just yet. Instead, fill a large stock pot with water and squeezed lemons, and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and soak white fabric items like T-shirts, napkins and socks, allowing them to sit in the lemony hot ...Read more

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Many of us keep a pitcher of water or juice in the refrigerator. But if you leave that pitcher uncovered, do one thing: Look for a lid or place a small plate on top to cover it. A refrigerator will draw moisture from uncovered liquids, which forces it to go into a "no-frost" mode. This makes it work harder and use more energy. A simple rule of ...Read more

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You don't have to be a resident of a community in order to join a local public library. This is a great thing to do if you're going somewhere for an extended vacation. Instead of buying new books and bringing them with you, you can join the library at your vacation spot and check out books for free. When you're done reading them or your vacation...Read more

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If you forget your reusable coffee cup, be sure to recycle at least one thing from your single-use container: the cardboard sleeve. The paper sleeves are made from a flat paperboard and cardboard (which itself is often made from recycled materials), and they are recyclable with traditional cardboard boxes and paperboard. If you compost, you can ...Read more

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During the global pandemic, we are all using more personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves and face masks to do our part and stay healthy. But no matter what your PPE is made of, don't try to recycle it. It's not recyclable, and when it does make its way to a recycling facility, it has to be picked out manually by sanitation workers ...Read more

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The best way to get your clothes to dry faster in the dryer (which saves time and money in the long run) isn't related to how you dry clothes at all. The trick is to make sure the dryer's vent duct is connected in the most efficient way. That accordionlike hose behind your machine should be as short as possible, from the back of the machine ...Read more

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If you want your clothes to be cleaner, do one thing: Use less laundry detergent. Using too much detergent is called "overdosing." When you overdose on liquid detergent, it creates too many suds, which can leave a film on fabric. This film attracts odors and dirt, which basically means your freshly clean clothes are magnets that attract dirt ...Read more

 

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