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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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If there are airlines you don’t fly often but with which you have racked up a small amount of frequent flier miles, consider donating the miles to charity. With as little as 1,000 frequent flier miles, you can support nonprofit groups like UNICEF, Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society of the United States and amfAR, who use the donated ...Read more

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Are you installing a portable air conditioning unit in a window? Be mindful where you place it to maximize its energy efficiency. Try placing it in a window that doesn't receive direct sunlight or, even better, is completely in the shade. The cooler the air is outside the window, the easier it will be for the unit to further cool the air for ...Read more

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When you comb your dog, are you left with balls of shed fur? Your garden would love to have that mixed into the soil. Hair is loaded with nitrogen, and when it’s released from the fur, it turns into fertilizer for plants. It does take time to decompose, so it’s best to mix it throughout the soil and let Mother Nature take over. As it slowly ...Read more

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Don't confuse hypoallergenic with eco-friendly when buying skin care products and bedding. The word "hypoallergenic" only means it won't trigger allergic reactions. It's not a classification that means the product is natural, eco-friendly or organic at all. But even worse: There is no regulation from the U.S. government regarding what the word "...Read more

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While it would be ideal to buy only organic groceries all the time, the reality is it can be cost-prohibitive for most of us. The simple compromise is to focus on the items you consume a lot of and to go with conventionally made products you use sporadically. So, if it takes more than a month to go through a package of butter, it's OK to buy the...Read more

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If you think the brown butcher paper or white waxed paper you use when grilling and baking can be torn up and tossed into the compost, think again. There are coatings and linings on these types of paper that make them uncompostable. There is an exception: unbleached parchment paper. This type of paper can be torn up and safely added to the ...Read more

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Some flowers are more than just beautiful to look at – they're actually useful to help maintain the natural organic health of your garden. Plant a lot of chrysanthemum flowers in your garden, because they contain a natural chemical called "pyrethin," which is toxic to insects. These beautiful flowers are easy to grow and come in a wide variety...Read more

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When staying in hotels, don't feel bad about leaving barely used bars of soap and little plastic bottles of body wash and shampoo. Many major hotel chains like Hilton, Kimpton and Hyatt are working with nonprofit organizations to recycle toiletries in the cities their hotels serve and around the world. Local shelters and community support ...Read more

 

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