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DIY All-Natural Powder Dishwasher Detergent

The automatic dishwasher: what a life-changer. I’d know because I spent most of my life without one. And I seriously had NO idea what I was missing. All the time I’ve saved just in the past few months! I almost feel a little bad for my kitchen sponge, which can sometimes go all day without being touched (poor little guy;…

Which Cookware is Healthiest?

So you spend a lot of time thinking about your food, but how about what you use to cook your food? Chances are this doesn’t get as much thought. But it should! Some cookware leaches unhealthy toxins into your food. Nonstick Cookware and Bakeware (including Teflon) Nonstick synthetic surfaces are made with the plasticizer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which emits a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid…

Spring Clean ALL THE THINGS with Branch Basics 100% Plant-Based Soap

You may recall me gushing about Branch Basics — both the product and company — to you before. I actually developed a girl crush/deep appreciation for the ladies behind the product before I ever even tried it: I heard them speak about their motivation to create a “human safe” cleaning product… they talked a bit about body burden (the whole…

Simple Swap for a Body Unburdened: Laundry Detergent

Ah, there’s nothing I enjoy more than a freshly-made bed with nice clean sheets… (It’s the simple things in life.) Unfortunately, most common, store-bought laundry detergents are chock-full-o’-nasties. We and our families are exposed to the chemicals in laundry detergents both when they are made airborne during the laundry process, and afterwards when wearing clothing, using towels, or sleeping in…

DIY all-natural citrus zest all-purpose cleaner

Goodness gracious, are there a lot of home cleaning products on the market. We’ve got kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, floor cleaner, tile and grout cleaner… oof, I’m starting to feel like Bubba from Forrest Gump (mmm maybe I’ll make shrimp for dinner tonight). And of course, most of these products are chock-full-o’-nasties, poisoning your family’s indoor air…

Why you must filter your shower water

How dare I tell you what you MUST do! Oh, but I’m doing it. Or at the very least, I’m making an *extremely* strong suggestion. Why? Because chlorine is not to be messed around with! Chlorinated water interacts with naturally occurring organic matter (like the organic matter found in our waste water) to form water disinfection byproducts, including trihalomethanes (THMs). Two primary…

10 simple healthy habits to adopt in the new year

2018 is here! (Even though for the next few weeks I will undoubtedly still be writing “2017” on checks and other memos. Do ya feel me or what?) Have you made a New Year’s resolution yet? Below are 10 simple healthy habits to adopt in the new year that you can actually see through all the way to 2019. 1….

Which plastics are safest? Understanding plastic recycling codes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it until I’m blue in the face: I. HATE. PLASTIC. and really try to avoid it as much as possible. But it should be known that not all plastic is created equally. Some readily leech extremely harmful chemicals while others have slower leaching rates and (comparatively) more innocuous chemical compositions. The recycling codes…

DIY wool dryer balls: natural fabric softener

Every once in a while – when I actually take my laundry out of the dryer just as it is finished rather than lazily leaving it for, oh you know, a couple of days or so – I throw it on my bed, dig my way underneath the heaping pile, and lie there enjoying the warmth until it dies out….

DIY foaming mason jar soap dispenser

Some of us just like mason jars. We keep all of our loose teas, baking powders, and spices in them. We sprout grains in them. We put our toothbrushes in them. We drink from them. We get giddy when we learn that a limited edition blue vintage-style Ball mason jar is released. We giggle at this mason-jar-turned-chalice and secretly hope…

DIY non-toxic drain cleaner

Did you know that there was an easy-peasy, do-it-yourself and non-toxic way to unclog a drain? Yep, no toxins necessary! This is a great way to A) cut down on costs, B) protect your health and C) not feel guilty about pouring harsh chemicals into the public water source. What you need: Baking soda Vinegar A rag or scrap cloth…