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If you use your fireplace and/or an outdoor fire pit, listen up: Save your ashes! One cord of wood can produce about 50 pounds of ashes, and these ashes have a number of beneficial uses around your property. If you grow tomatoes, sprinkle ashes and rake them into the soil; tomatoes thrive on the natural calcium in wood ashes. You can also spread...Read more

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If you've gotten junk mail and thought you can just write "Return to Sender" on it and mail it back to the sender on their dime, think again. Junk mail is actually considered third-class mail by the U.S. Postal Service. Because it's in the lowest-priority category, any junk mail that is re-sent this way is automatically discarded. It's best to ...Read more

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Here's another reason to skip buying mealy peaches in the middle of winter: They have more pesticides on them than any other fruit in the supermarket. Conventional peaches that are imported from outside the country when they aren't in season are the fruit most treated with chemical pesticides, according to the Environmental Working Group. Skip ...Read more

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Vintage enamelware serving pieces and cookware are common items you'll find at flea markets, antique stores and thrift shops. They were common in the late 19th and the early part of the 20th century, and they're very pretty, too. But are they safe to use now for serving food and cooking? Most likely not. Back in the day, there was little ...Read more

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Not only is pre-shredded cheese from the supermarket expensive, but it also comes in hard-to-recycle plastic packaging. One way to go green and save money is to buy blocks of cheese from the cheese counter and shred them yourself. To save time, shred the entire block of cheese at once and store the shredded cheese in a large reusable freezer bag...Read more

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It's a popular belief that if you've accidentally shrunken a wool sweater in the washing machine, your only option is to toss it. But you can un-shrink the sweater in just a few easy steps. Start by soaking it for 10 minutes in lukewarm water with 1/3 cup of hair conditioner. Drain the sink and gently squeeze -- don't wring -- the sweater to ...Read more

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Scientists at MIT recently conducted a study that showed if people used a revolving door instead of a swinging door when entering an office building, thousands of dollars would be saved every year per building in energy costs alone. The reason? On average, about eight times more air is exchanged with a traditional swinging door in comparison to ...Read more

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Choose unbleached paper products to use in cooking and baking in your kitchen. Many white paper kitchen materials are bleached using chlorine, which has chemicals that can leach into your food. Instead of taking the risk on whether or not a bleached product is safe, opt for unbleached. Products like parchment paper, coffee filters and paper ...Read more

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Cars built more than 10 years ago lack the efficiency and technology of cars built today, but many people still have their motor oil changed at the same frequency whether their car was built in 2000, 2013 or last year. You may be surprised to learn that you may not need to change your motor oil as frequently as you think. The simplest way to ...Read more

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When it's time to take down a natural wreath made from leaves, branches or pine, don't just toss the whole thing into the trash. First, take it apart by unraveling the florist wire that keeps everything in place. (This wire can be reused for craft projects you take on later in the year.) Once removed, save the wire frame or place it in the ...Read more

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Aluminum is a valuable recyclable because it maintains a high raw material value and it can be recycled back into metal products over and over again. When it comes to aluminum cans and foil, you can recycle both. For beverage cans, it's only necessary to do a light rinse, because the contents are grease-free. As for aluminum foil, you can ...Read more

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We've been taught that plastic bottles that have a No. 1 and No. 2 mark on the bottom are recyclable, but there is one variety of plastic bottle marked with the No. 2 that should never, ever be recycled: motor oil bottles. The thick residue that remains in the bottle makes it nonrecyclable, and in fact, motor oil bottles that end up in the ...Read more

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If your curbside recycling program accepts paperboard boxes from things like frozen dinners, you might wonder if the paper bowl or tray inside is also recyclable. The reality is, even if the paperboard insert is recyclable, you should not put it in your recycling bin because residual oils from the food make the paperboard totally contaminated. ...Read more

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With winter weather lurking, many of us are using antifreeze in our car to keep the radiator going. But the active ingredient in antifreeze, ethylene glycol, is dangerous, toxic and unfortunately, very sweet-tasting. For animals, it can taste like a treat, but it can be lethal if ingested. First, avoid letting your family pet linger in the ...Read more

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If you suffer from seasonal allergies caused by pollen or dust and dust mites, you might want to drag out the vacuum on a more frequent basis. Turns out regular vacuuming helps do more than just pick up crumbs and dirt; it's also a fantastic way to eliminate dust mites, dust and other allergens. When you walk through a room, your movement can ...Read more

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It's a not-so-dirty little secret among greenie homebodies that it only takes two commonly found nontoxic ingredients to make the ultimate bathroom cleaner for your home: white vinegar and dish detergent. Simply heat up 12 ounces of white vinegar in the microwave for about 30 seconds, then mix in 12 ounces of dish detergent (choose one with ...Read more

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If you love fragrances and want your perfumes to last longer, keep them out of the room where most of us display our bottles: the bathroom. Fragrances are susceptible to two things: light and temperature shifts. A bathroom heats up and cools down quickly when it's used (imagine a hot steam shower filling the room), which warms up the perfume and...Read more

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Witch hazel is a natural astringent made from distilled flowers from an indigenous shrub native to North America. Many people use it to help treat acne-prone and inflamed skin, since it has wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits. But witch hazel is also naturally antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal. By pouring witch hazel into a small ...Read more

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Do you buy fresh eggs from your local farmers market? They are usually the freshest, often laid just a day or two before they're sold. (Conventional eggs at the supermarket are often up to eight weeks old before they reach consumers.) But consider this when storing farm-fresh eggs: Mother Earth News suggests not washing them; fresh eggs have a "...Read more

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Buying vintage and antique furniture is a great way to be sustainable and find stylish pieces for your home. But when considering very old furniture that's painted, be wary that it's possible the item was painted with lead paint. There are kits you can buy from the hardware store that immediately tell you if the paint contains lead, which is one...Read more

 

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