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Skip the Chemicals to Clean Your Shower Doors

Keeping your shower doors soap scum-free is one of the biggest bathroom cleaning challenges. Luckily, you don’t have to reach for the chemicals in order to keep them clean. Instead try two common household items—a dryer sheet and lemon oil.

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Keep reading to find out what to do.

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! All month long we’ve been sharing easy tips for going green, but, today, we want to hear what steps you’re taking to make the world a greener place.

 

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Next week will be our last week of daily eco-friendly tips, (but we’ll continue to do a green tip every Tuesday) and next Friday we’ll be sharing some of our favorite reader tips. So leave your water-saving ideas, clever ways of reusing house-hold goods, and tips for recycling uncommon items in the comments.

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Earth-Friendly Beauty Favorites

In celebration of Earth Day, I decided to wrangle together some of my favorite eco-friendly beauty brands. From head to toe, these 6 brands keep us beautiful without doing harm to our home.

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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Mail a Paper Thank You Note…

A couple of weeks ago (well before Earth Day) I raised the question on this blog of whether traditional thank you notes are becoming obsolete. A few readers may have noticed my gentle attempt to sway opinion when I suggested: “So maybe it has become wasteful—or, dare I say, impolite?—to cut down another forest so we can mail anachronistic paper thank you notes.”

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“Wrong!” you answered (pretty much universally).

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Opt for Eco-Friendly Nail Polish

When it comes to chemicals in your cosmetics, nail polishes can be some of the worst offenders. So when you can, opt for polishes that don’t have ingredients like formaldehyde and toluene.

 

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Keep reading to see some of our favorite eco-friendly brands.

 

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Which is the “Greener” Way to Wash Your Car?

If you’re concerned about water usage, pollution and your utility bills, head to the car wash instead of sudsing up in your driveway. 

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Keep reading to find out why.

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How to Recycle Aluminum Foil

Here’s an easy tip for your Friday night. Aluminum foil, once you’re done using it to it’s fullest potential (check out some new uses for it here) can be recycled with along with your soda cans. Just make sure you clean it off before tossing it in the recycling bin.

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Related:

New Uses for Recyclable Items

How to Recycle Anything

The Ultimate Guide to Going Green

 

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Use Newspaper to Clean Your Mirrors and Windows

The next time you go to clean your toothpaste-spattered mirror, pull a piece of newspaper from the recycling bin instead of reaching for a paper towel. Even though it has been printed, newspaper makes a great lint-free option for cleaning glass surfaces. Plus, you’re not wasting paper towels. Get more ideas for ways to reuse recyclable items. Do you have […]

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What Are Volatile Organic Compounds?

When it comes to paint, you hear a lot about low-VOC and even no-VOC paints. But what does that term actually mean? 

VOC stands for volatile organic compound, and it refers to certain chemicals that release gases into the air and contribute to indoor air pollution. Most commonly, you’ll find VOCs in paints, lacquers, and wood stains, but they are also present in some cleaning products, aerosol sprays, and bug repellents.

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Keep reading to find out what you can do to reduce your exposure to VOCs.

 

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Skip Chemicals and Use Baking Soda to Clean Your Drain

Rather than pouring a vertiable cocktail of chemicals down your drain, use a couple of kitchen (or science experiment) supplies and a pot of boiling water to get things flowing smoothly again.

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Keep reading to see the step-by-step instructions.

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