Browsing category: Green & Natural

The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 — Fruits, Vegetables and Pesticide Residue — Updated April 2022

Is it worth the extra cost to buy organic produce? According to the Environmental Working Group, if you buy organic for the twelve fruits and vegetables on its Dirty Dozen list, you can reduce your pesticide exposure by almost ninety-two percent.

Cleaning With Vinegar

White vinegar is a wonderful thing. It removes calcium and lime deposits, odors from plastic, discolorations, and stains, and it is a great cleanser for almost everything except marble surfaces…

Hanging Bags of Water… Do They Really Keep Flies Away?

In a book I was reading recently, one of the main characters was hosting an outdoor party… and his preparations for this party included matter-of-factly filling clear plastic bags with water and hanging them from low tree branches.

An Amazing Natural Wood Stove Cleaner and Polisher

A few weeks ago we spent the better part of one day taking the stove pipes apart and cleaning them.

Making Living Green a Habit

This list will keep growing because there will always be more we can do… but living green is a habit that gets easier and easier…

Shining Stainless Steel with Flour !?!

Reader question… “I enjoy the hints you have shared in your blog and I have been pleased to find that all your hints work so well. Recently I saw somewhere about using flour to shine up stainless steel. I am wondering if you have tried this and what your thoughts are.”

A Recipe for a Natural Cough Syrup

I searched out my recipe for cough syrup this morning and made sure I have all the necessary ingredients if I need to make a batch.

Jewelweed for Poison Ivy — Does It Work?

I just read an article that ridicules the claim that jewelweed is effective against the intense itching of poison ivy. Supposedly research has proven that jewelweed has no anti-itch properties at all. Maybe so…

Getting Rid of Ants the Natural Way

The approach I have used for the last several years… and the one I think has probably eliminated the ant problem here… is to sprinkle baking soda around the plants.

Make Your Own Citrus-Scented Disinfectant Spray

For the last several years I have been making a citrus-scented disinfectant spray and cleaning solution that works really, really well. It’s an added bonus that it costs only pennies to make.