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    What’s in Fragrance and Parfum

    HINT: Mountain air and meadow flowers are not actually used in your air freshener. We’ve been sold on the idea of a clean smell. So we use air fresheners, room sprays, plug-ins, candles and dryer sheets to add fragrance to our home. But the ingredients used to create those “Mountain Fresh”, “Spring Meadow”, and “Lavender Vanilla” scents are not as natural…


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  • All About Baking Soda

    Baking soda has been used for decades as a workhorse around the house. What exactly is it and what makes it so great? I’m glad you asked, because here’s everything you ever wanted to know (and maybe some things you didn’t) about baking soda. (more…)


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  • How to Manage Christmas Waste

     Even if you successfully reduced your Christmas waste by choosing reduced packaging and wrapping with old newspaper or Furoshiki, you may have family or guests who haven’t jumped on your green wagon yet. Or maybe, like me, you still have wrapping paper and new tissue paper kicking around from your “pre-green” days. Either way, chances are you’re going…


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  • How to Redecorate Responsibly

    Changing your décor can be a quick, cost effective way to make your home feel fresh and updated without extensive renovations. With some planning, you can reduce waste sent to landfill and reduce indoor air pollutants like VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Here are some eco decorating tips for your next remodeling project.


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  • What’s the Deal with DEET?

              With our short summers, not even mosquitos, black flies, deer flies, and ticks can keep me from enjoying warm evenings by the campfire. I’ve been avoiding DEET, but only based on a general understanding that it’s toxic. How bad is it? Here’s my breakdown on DEET and some alternatives, looking at findings from regulators and environmental groups. What is…


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    Budget-Friendly Nursery Tips

    As soon I found out I was pregnant I started planning what we needed for the baby. I love planning in general, but found it very easy to get carried away – retailers and manufacturers have done a very good job at making us feel like we need everything that’s on store shelves. Don’t…


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  • 7 Tips to Keep Your Home Cool

    I broke down and started up our air conditioner today. I can handle the house being a bit warm, but as soon as it stays humid all night I need relief that open windows just won’t provide. For those with allergies or asthma, I get it – opening the windows isn’t always feasible. Whether or not you…


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  • Are Green Cleaners Worth It?

    Environmental Defence Canada issued a report this month on their study of potentially hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in household cleaning products. With 22 pages of text it’s a bit of a read (and tends to have alarmist undertones), but it has some interesting findings so I am using it to start off my discussion…


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  • The Hard Truth About Fabric Softeners

    Do you use fabric softeners or dryer sheets? If so, maybe you use them because your mom did. Maybe it’s out of habit because commercials make us feel that we need something more than just detergent. But do we? Sure, they make clothes feel softer, reduce static cling, and add a spring-fresh scent. But have you…


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