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5/22/2009
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
4/27/2011
Make your own all-purpose cleaners, dishwasher detergent and mildew remover with safe, simple ingredients. Ever think you'd be doing dishes with Kool-Aid?
8/17/2011
Derma e Scar Gel helps naturally reduce the appearance of old and new scars, stretch marks and minor burns.
5/30/2008
I confess: It's Friday, the sun is shining, it feels like summer, and the Little Discovery Channel Promo That Could is pretty much playing on a loop on my desktop.
5/20/2014
Find allergy relief this spring with these practical tips.
3/1/2011
Warmer winters in Canada and the northern United States are extending the length of the ragweed pollen season—bad news for allergy sufferers.
11/4/2010
Architect and Passive House consultant Mark Miller details plans for a National Passive House Alliance in the U.S. and shares the activities of current regional Passive House alliances.
6/23/2011
We aren't the only ones who suffer from seasonal allergies. Try a few of these methods to get your pets back to their energetic, playful selves.
4/19/2013
Discover 10 natural remedies for allergies from author Michelle Schoffro Cook to make the spring allergy season more tolerable.
6/9/2011
Medication isn't your only option for allergy relief. Give these at-home remedies a try.
4/19/2011
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
5/22/2009
Ditch the sponge and the harsh chemical cleaners for this natural bathroom and kitchen multipurpose scrubbing cleaner.
6/16/2010
If you’re sick of your allergies but don’t want to pop a pharmaceutical pill, check out these natural remedies for the prevention and treatment of seasonal allergies.
3/7/2011
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
2/10/2011
Keep your family healthy by paying close attention to your home's 10 germiest places.
8/31/2011
SunRidge Farms’ All-Natural Milk Chocolate Rainbow Drops feature natural premium quality chocolate and real vanilla in a pure cane sugar shell in seven beautiful colors, each of which is naturally derived from vegetable juice.
4/19/2012
ThermaCell’s Outdoor Lantern can simultaneously be used as a mosquito repellent and light, making it a great choice for the patio, cottage or camping.
4/8/2011
Doctors have created a 'Peanut Patch' that will potentially treat the effect of peanut allergies.
5/13/2014
Start your morning off right with this breakfast smoothie recipe packed with a serving of fruits and vegetables.
2/20/2014
Be smart about buying honey with our tips on what to look for.
12/23/2013
Get your friends together for a good time for little to no cost with these four swap party ideas.
6/1/2009
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
5/29/2009
Cleaning floors can be a bummer. Brighten up with our two recipes for clean floor success. Learn how to turn old towels into eco-friendly cloth towels for your Swiffer and try our homemade floor cleaner recipe. 
7/29/2011
Designed as a shotgun-style house for natural ventilation, the Alligator House was designed and built as part of the rehousing effort in post-Katrina New Orleans.
11/2/2010
Take advantage of bargain prices to add these heirloom herbs to your garden!
12/14/2010
Contributer Susan Belsinger shares her experience with severe eye irritation and a low-cost home herbal cure.
7/24/2008
Honeybees are disappearing fast, and nobody really knows why. One way you can help yourself and the bees is to try the classic Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Five percent of the sales from the balm will go to CCD research.
7/12/2011
A new study found that it may not matter what kind of pet allergy sufferers keep around the house—their allergies may still prevail.
12/29/2009
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
8/13/2009
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
2/27/2009
Conventional household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that could have adverse effects on your health. Learn how to mix up your own homemade cleaners with these suggestions from Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence.
2/22/2012
Allergists are seeing the causes of hay fever are already arriving in the midst of a mild winter.
12/24/2008
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
8/20/2013
Turn your backyard into a bird-watching hub by learning how to attract birds to your yard.
12/26/2013
Use winter down time to learn a new hobby, such as cross stitch, crochet, knitting and crewelwork.
2/10/2012
Chives are a cool-season, cold-tolerant perennial that love full sun and well-drained soil. Get your chance to grow chives from seed in your garden by entering our special garden giveaway. Ends March 7, 2012!
5/18/2010
When lettuce is finished in your garden, sow chard seed for fresh greens all summer. Enter for a chance to win chard seed packets.
10/15/2008
Nourish Organic Citrus Stick Deodorant may be the best deodorant I have ever used. Unlike conventional deodorants, Nourish is 100 percent natural—with no trace of aluminum in its ingredient list—and is USDA organic.
8/11/2011
Bio S.I. Technology develops a break-through formula that naturally and effectively cleanses pond water without harm to the environment that thrives in and around it.
4/7/2009
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
10/25/2011
Here Sonya describes moving into the the NewenHouse and conducting the final duct blaster test (reaching an amazing score of .51 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals)and balancing the HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation Unit).
5/19/2011
Simone Swan built her off-the-grid domed and vaulted home in Presidio, Texas, as a model of how financially and thermally efficient adobe can be. For $50 a square foot, she built a masterpiece. She says you can, too.
4/21/2011
In honor of Earth Day, the Cork Forest Conservation Alliance has teamed up with Anthropologie to create unique window display art made from recycled corks.
10/21/2011
Catechins and other antioxidants in green tea boost our immune systems and help fight cold-weather colds, flu and viruses.
4/29/2011
Celiac disease affects more than 3 millions Americans, and yet there is no FDA regulation to monitor gluten-free foods. Discover how you can help fight for a FDA regulation.
3/30/2012
For a natural cleanse, try detox herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric and more.
5/18/2011
In her new book, Micro-Green: Tiny Houses in Nature, Mimi Zeiger profiles 36 creative, innovative small dwellings that represent a 'new, rich architectural typology.' Here are eight great examples to start fueling your fantasies.
6/7/2011
Highlights from the 'Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies' workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair: How to use vinegar and baking soda to clean just about everything.
8/13/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson reveals some alternative uses for this citrus fruit.
3/14/2013
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
2/14/2011
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
2/18/2011
Because it could cause eye and skin irritation and harm reproductive systems, the Environmental Working Group recommends avoiding it. Baking soda is a solid, safe alternative.
2/28/2011
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
6/15/2011
ALŌ Drink blends are made with real aloe vera pulp and juice straight from the aloe vera plant - never reconstituted from powder.
5/18/2012
Tessemae’s All Natural announces the release of its line of gluten-free salad dressing and marinades.
12/8/2009
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
4/26/2013
Tired of looking tired? Try these home remedies for dark under-eye circles.
5/26/2011
Fast-growing chickweed can soothe respiratory ailments, relieve skin conditions and aid weight loss.
4/8/2011
Stinging nettles may sound intimidating, but once you get past their prickly exterior this classic spring weed offers many health benefits.
2/16/2011
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
3/7/2014
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
10/27/2009
Instead of buying store-bought and possibly toxic cleaning agents, give these nontoxic homemade cleaners a try.
12/11/2011
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
5/22/2009
Natural Home editorial intern Stephanie Nelson is attending the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies and reporting on rural economic development strategies.
3/14/2013
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
2/21/2011
You can get your whole house fresh and shiny clean with just five ingredients: lemons, vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and salt.
3/24/2011
Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they're not necessary. Learn how to clean your entire kitchen using vinegar, baking soda and a little salt and lemon juice. You'll love the results!
2/16/2009
Washing the dishes is a necessary evil, but it doesn’t have to be a burden on your wallet or the planet. Dani dishes about how to green your dishwashing routine.
11/1/2011
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
10/27/2011
Based on a "Brownie Blind Taste Test" recently conducted, Dancing Deer's all-natural, baked-from-scratch brownies won the taste test battle by a wide margin.
6/26/2012
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
11/29/2011
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
1/26/2012
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
6/28/2013
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Homemade Household Cleaners resource app. Make your own natural cleaners with this easy guide.
5/9/2011
Does the huge task of cleaning windows leave you feeling overwhelmed? Follow these six simple steps—using inexpensive materials you already have around the house—to get your windows sparkling and streak-free.
12/30/2008
Don't know what to do to be greener in 2009? Here's a few things Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace will be committing or recommitting herself to for the next calendar year.
3/22/2011
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
4/26/2011
Most Americans believe that cleaning products are required to list ingredients on labels. They're not. But Whole Foods is taking matters into its own hands with a color-coded rating system that holds manufacturers accountable for green claims.
6/14/2011
You don't have to spend a fortune and buy nasty chemicals to run your dishwasher. Whip up powdered or liquid dishwasher detergent in minutes--and don't forget to add essential oil. You'll get a dose of aromatherapy while your dishes get clean.
4/10/2012
Lemon Verbena Lady is anxious to get planting new herbs in her herb garden. She explores the wonderful world of herb plant catalogs both in print and online in three installments because there is just so much herbal information to pass along!
1/5/2012
Bookbinder Specialties recently added four new flavors to their line of gourmet, ready-to serve gluten-free soups packaged in resealable glass jars.
1/23/2012
Aroma Naturals is thrilled to introduce its new Butterx Lip Care line of all-natural lip balms packed with nourishing antioxidants, moisturizing nutrients and other natural ingredients.
2/9/2011
Your simply imperfect arsenal for getting the whole house clean--naturally.
3/27/2012
From a homemade furniture polish to a skin and hair conditioner, olive oil has many uses around the home. Just check out these 15 uses for olive oil! 
6/1/2009
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
6/1/2009
The signs of a carpet beetle or moth infestation can be as small as a few holes in a favorite shirt. These herbal repellents and preventative sachets will protect your favorite fabrics.
11/1/2012
In an effort to help consumers find safer products, the Environmental Working Group has created an online guide that rates more than 2,000 household cleaners for safety of ingredients and disclosure of contents.
5/22/2009
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
6/2/2009
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
3/28/2011
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
1/14/2011
If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to use more green products, check out Twist’s line of amazing sponges. Not only are they biodegradable, but they’re also free of dyes and made from all-natural, plant-based materials.
8/22/2012
The Lemon Verbena Lady goes back to her tried-and-true favorite, lemon verbena, and makes sure to stay prepared for the upcoming fall and winter season. She offers ways to preserve that wonderful lemony flavor so that you can savor it all fall and winter long.
1/12/2011
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious. 
9/30/2011
Indoor air pollutants can cause a number of health problems. Breathe easier by removing or remedying these four sources of indoor air pollution.


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