Learn alternative uses for refined sugar, including a simple sugar scrub, cleaning a coffee grinder, and more.
Take a stand against the mainstream, pollution-heavy fashion industry with ethical alternatives and brands.
Enjoy this Easter with healthy treats, fun activities and wholesome meals that are sure to bring the whole family together.
Find tips for cleaning gemstones, polishing pearls and natural silver polishes that don't involve toxic chemicals.
Tweak your cleaning routine to include these six tips, from professional cleaners, to keep your home looking tidy all the time.
Keep your air compressor working at peak performance with this simple seven step cleaning guide.
Next time you drop spaghetti on your favorite outfit or your kids spill juice on the sofa, try these methods for removing tough stains.
Make the switch to organic bedding to reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals, support sustainability and sleep in luxury.
Make your own fire starters to ensure you always have an easy way to light a fire—and even put together a gift basket for holiday gifting.
Keep your sink looking shiny and new with these three all-natural tricks for removing stains.
Baking soda and vinegar, simple household ingredients, can be used to effectively clean your bathroom. Try them in these four applications to create a chemical-free space.
In the wake of Volkswagen’s faked emissions tests, the option of truly eco-friendly transportation may seem like a fantasy. Discover how you can help lower emissions to help protect the environment and human life.
Discover simple ways to use essential oils in your home to create a healthy, happy lifestyle and environment.
Tackle these four essential fall cleaning chores to make your home more efficient and comfortable for winter.
Make simple, no-cost tweaks to your laundry room habits to reduce your home’s energy consumption, utility bills and footprint on Earth.
Save money and plastic consumption by repurposing old soda bottles into containers and greenhouses for your seedlings.
The three Rs—reduce, reuse and recycle—take on a whole new meaning when you think of creative ways to use things you have around the house to make something new. Learn how to refresh sad pillows, and even make new do-it-yourself ones, out of existing items you have lying around the house.
Add these six quick-and-easy organizational goals to your spring cleaning checklist for a happy, decluttered home.
Our experts share some of their favorite natural cleaning finds.
Add nutrient-rich foods to your diet to keep your skin clear and radiant.
Keep your home clean and your family healthy with these easy tips.
Use these eco-friendly tools to clean up your cleaning routine.
Combine spending quality time with your kids and cleaning house. These 11 tips can help you effectively maintain balance by cleaning with your kids.
Use these easy storage solutions to keep every room in your home organized and clutter-free.
With the advancements in the solar energy field within the past decade, the implementation of a renewable energy source on a widespread scale has never been more within our societies grasp.
Our partner ePantry offers a convenient, affordable, eco-friendly delivery service for green household essentials.
Some of my favorite, effective natural skin care products include a powerfully healing skin cream, a dark-circle-erasing eye cream and a luxurious facial oil.
Use this gentle facial cleanser from Elemental Herbology in the evening to keep your complexion free of dirt and grime.
If you use cast-iron cookware, try this indispensable tool—a stainless-steel mesh scrubber.
Consider these environment-friendly tips when remodeling your home.
Don’t throw out that old makeup compact! Repurpose and reuse it. Here are the top ten upcycled projects you can do with cosmetic containers whether you’re an expert crafter or not.
Try your hand at this DIY apron project made with recycled jeans.
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
Add eco-friendly home décor to your space by displaying upcycled art such as vintage fabrics, old t-shirts, magazines and ephemera. Personalize your art with family memorabilia and a unique frame to make a one of a kind eco-friendly creation.
Building a deck can be a challenge, but building with being “green” in mind can be an even bigger challenge. Learn what to look for and what questions and considerations to have when researching and selecting the best green building materials for a deck.
TropiClean, a company that strives to perpetually innovate the finest products, packing, marketing and management in the pet industry, is gearing up for the launch of their new dental treats.
This year marked the inaugural natural beauty pop-up event, A Night For Green Beauty. The event featured enthusiastic green beauty bloggers and fabulous green beauty brands. Here I've compiled a handful of green beauty products that caught my eye from companies La Bella Figura, One Love Organics, May Lindstrom, H. Gillerman Organics and Ilia.
More and more people are giving up conventional shampoo and conditioner in lieu of homemade hair rinses. For shiny, beautiful hair, use gentle cleansers free of chemicals on your hair. Try one of these three herbal hair rinses: Rose-Chamomile, Cacao-Rosemary and Nettle-Lavender.
These three easy and delicious herbal popsicle recipes will help you make good use of an overflowing summer herb garden.
Got tons of extra basil growing in your garden this summer? Try these three excellent ways to use the bounty.
Keep sebum production in check, purify complexion, calm irritation and provide hydration with natural skincare products from Elemental Herbology.
Relieve sore muscles using ginger. Learn how to make a ginger compress in this video from Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner.
Overuse of hand sanitizers can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Here’s why you should keep hand sanitizer and endocrine disruptors such as triclosan out of the classroom.
Reduce dark circles and minimize fine lines with Dr. Hauschka’s Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream.
Tighten and brighten with NOW Solutions 2 in 1 Correcting Eye Cream.
Guest blogger Lorraine Halsted shares a list of toxic chemicals in cleaning products commonly found around the house.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
Keep warm with hand-knitted scarves, hats and hand warmers from Icebox Knitting’s two lines of products made from upcycled materials.
Paula’s Choice introduces its Earth Sourced collection—a line of natural and vegan skin-care products.
Levi's jeans brand introduces its Waste>Less denim collection made from recycled bottles as the next chapter in its sustainable design initiative.
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.
Indulge in your own therapeutic treatment with SheaMoisture’s Bath Soaks that help relieve pain, congestion, muscle aches and dry skin ailments.
The KangerHanger Pouch Bag from The Green Garmento serves multiple uses, making it the ultimate reusable bag and eliminating the need for plastic dry cleaning bags.
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.
Guest blogger Erica Binns continues her search for eco-friendly stationery with a hunt for wedding thank-you notes and silk flowers for her green wedding.
After picking out colors and a design theme, guest blogger Erica Binns turns her attention to finding eco-friendly wedding invitations and stationery for her green wedding.
Soothe and relax achy limbs with four different Kneipp Arnica products that are ideal for use when feeling sore or after strenuous activities.
Using certified-organic ingredients, these products from John Masters Organics help naturally resolve the most stubborn problems.
Unlock the powers of antioxidant-rich tomatoes by checking out these many health benefits of tomatoes.
The 2012 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists from the Environmental Working Group helps shoppers limit their pesticide exposure while saving money.
Nature’s Gate introduces affordable anti-aging products for the face with it’s Facial Care collection.
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.
For a natural cleanse, try detox herbs such as dandelion, milk thistle, turmeric and more.
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!
Mountain Rose Herbs has debuted new sustainable tea packaging made from 100 percent recycled newspaper and compostable non-GMO plant cellulose.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
These three great design blogs share inspiration to redecorate our homes on a budget—using rescued and reclaimed items.
Upcycling and recycling company Terracycle introduces three new garden accessories made from recycled materials.
Cosentino announces the launch of its new ECO Countertop line of recycled countertops.
A reader's request leads Lemon Verbena Lady into exploring the works of William Shakespeare for some of the herbal flowers and herbs of Elizabethan England. There is so much that there had to be a second act.
The new Gardener’s Hollow Leg Junior, a smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg, makes picking dinner from the garden easy.
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Hipcycle.com offers new upcycled products for spring 2012
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
In the five months since its launch, Crush 100 percent recycled glass tile from Fireclay Tile has upcycled more than 55,000 pounds of glass from its local environment.
The shopping website Hipcycle offers beautiful upcycled products for your home and garden.
Plastic we don't recycle ends up in our oceans. Alkaline batteries leak toxins into the air, water and soil when sent to landfills. What if we all took responsibility for recycling common items we use? Celebrate America Recycles Day on November 15, 2011, by taking the pledge to recycle more.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.
Future Foam recycles Nike Grind, salvaged scraps from old Nike Shoes, into StepAhead carpet cushion.
Our bodies have an amazing capacity to detoxify, but with increased exposure to hazards in our environment, there is more of a need to support this process. Learn how to decrease the toxins you take in and increase the toxins you put out.
Indoor air pollutants can cause a number of health problems. Breathe easier by removing or remedying these four sources of indoor air pollution.
After a drought wreaked havoc on her garden, a little rain perks this gardener and her plants right up.
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.
When it comes time to choose what decking material to use for your next outdoor living project, consider wood composite decks that save old growth trees by utilizing recycled content.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
The Environmental Working Group’s 2011 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists help the budget-conscious minimize exposure to pesticides.
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
Built from a recycled shipping container, the 160-square-foot Surfshack uses folding, moveable panels and smart design to fit all the creature comforts of home into a durable, weather-proof frame, creating a home-away-from-home on the Washington coast for an avid surfer.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
The Herb Companion recently discovered One Love Organics—a company that focuses on making four sustainable beauty products. Comment to enter for a chance to win some of their products.
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.
Herbs can be used to add flavor to a child's food from a very early age, and can often assist with health worries.
Guest blogger Heidi Cardenas commits to a 100 percent recycling program and discusses the good—and free—things that can come from that.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Forbes releases its list of the least toxic cities in America, from Texas to Pennsylvania.
Yard full of dandelions? Harvest and cook these weeds to enjoy their many health benefits.
Soapwort has an array of health benefits. You can grow this herb in your garden and the leafy branches can be used to wash your hair, give your dog a bath or wash laundry.
Naturally healthy skin need not be a daunting, complex task. It can be a delightful ritual using natural ingredients found in your own home. The important first step is to simplify your beauty routine. Learn about the five necessities.
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Rescue old windows and recycle them into beautiful light fixtures.
Go green this winter to prepare for your spring garden. You can easily create a beautiful garden by reusing normal household items.
Relieve muscle aches and pains with this soothing rub for sore muscles. You can make it in your own kitchen.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
One way to fight against animal cruelty in the cosmetics industry is to buy from certified cruelty-free companies. Another is to make your own products at home.
Comfrey is an attractive, easy-to-grow herbaceous perennial that has many uses in the herb garden, landscape and first aid and personal care preparations.
If you have a stressed cat, try one of these herbal remedies to soothe the nerves of your furry friend.
Recycled glass can make a stunning addition to your home. Discover recycled glass countertops, tiles and mosaics for your home.
Kroger recently recalled select pet food brands from 19 states. Learn how to protect your pets from contaminants found in store-bought pet food by making your own.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
If you find yourself suffering from seasonal depression as the weather gets cooler, try these herbal remedies for depression as treatment for seasonal affective disorder.
A recent clinical trial has found that bilberry extract in combination with other natural supplements can be beneficial to maintaining healthy eyes.
Instead of throwing away those pumpkin seeds this Halloween, reap their health benefits!
If you’re looking for that perfect reusable bottle, check out ALEX. Not only is this water bottle BPA-free and made from premium grade 304 stainless steel, but it also twists apart in the middle, making clean-up a cinch.
Check out Vaska Laundry Care's line of environmentally-friendly clothing care products, now available at Target Stores nationwide.
If you're tired of trying prescription migraine medications to treat your pain, try these natural remedies.
One reader from California asked us about growing thyme. Check out our suggestions for how to get her thyme to flourish in containers and in walkways.
October marks the beginning of pomegranate season. Dig in and enjoy the health benefits of this superfruit.
Whether you’re just starting out on the green path or looking for more ways to live sustainably, check out Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs, which teaches simple domestic skills to help you lead a DIY life.
Unused and expired medications are difficult to recycle. Participate in National Take-Back Day this Saturday for an easy, safe way to dispose of old pills.
Acne can be caused by a number of factors, from poor nutrition to hormonal imbalance. Learn how to combat acne naturally with these home remedies for acne treatment.
Finding used art can brighten your garden without emptying your pocketbook.
Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day. Celebrate by serving up a scoop of naturally sweet, organic and fair trade ice creams.
Your liver works hard every day, eliminating toxins and pollutants from your body. Give your liver some TLC with these tips for natural liver cleansing.
Jessica discusses the eco-profile of the soy candles, recycled glassware, recycled-content paper and vintage and handmade wedding decor.
Light pollution can interfere with your body’s ability to sleep through the night. Get a better night’s sleep by reducing light pollution in your bedroom and getting in sync with natural cycles.
A plastic knife will open those weighty bags of potting soil or top soil faster than most pricey garden gadgets.
Add a pop of color to a dull decorating scheme with these brightly colored recycled glass vases from Z Gallerie.
Jessica offers a sneak peek of her biodegradable wedding, which featured recycled glassware, handmade decor, recycled paper table runners, biodegradable plates and cups and soy candles.
Green your oral hygiene routine with toothbrushes made from recycled yogurt containers by Preserve. Each toothbrush’s package doubles as a return envelope, so when you’re finished with the brush, mail it back to keep up the recycling process.
Atrazine, a common herbicide that can cause birth defects, washes off crops and lawns and makes its way to our drinking water supply. Atrazine levels in our water supply are highest between the months of April and July, especially in the Midwest.
Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren reviews Elemental Herbs sunscreen, which uses zinc oxide to block the sun’s rays and herbal ingredients to moisturize and heal skin.
Natural Home editorial intern Samantha Schwartz finds eco-friendly, stylish sandals for the summer season.
Fishermen hired by BP to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are experiencing health problems such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and breathing problems. The negative side effects are likely due to BP’s failure to provide proper safety equipment.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews Good For You Girls, a new line of natural beauty products specially formulated for teen girls.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
Don’t have extra money to drop on expensive picture frames or fancy artwork? Editorial intern Amanda Thompson discusses simple ways to spruce up any room in your house at no cost.
Since 2005, the USDA has been certifying organic beauty products, but it has no control over the production and labeling of cosmetics and personal-care products—which is the exact problem the Organic Consumers Association wants to remedy with its “Coming Clean” campaign.
Spring cleaning in the garden, for the Lemon Verbena Lady, begins by examining some of her favorite herbs. Read on as she shares how she's pacing herself this spring.
This facial cleanser is packed with botanicals and is great for daily use.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace picks out her favorite Linda and Harriet stationery to use as Valentine's Day cards.
It is time, however, to start cleaning up garden beds and preparing for new plants in the garden. If, like me, you've allowed that pesky Coastal Bermuda to invade your beds, now is the time to dig it out. Learn more.
In an effort to inspire others to participate in environmental and social activism, The Timberland Company named Wyclef Jean, a Grammy-award winning musician and humanitarian, one of its seven Earthkeepers Heroes.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson reviews First World Trash’s bags and purses made from recycled materials.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Instead of buying store-bought and possibly toxic cleaning agents, give these nontoxic homemade cleaners a try.
Artist Boris Bally’s edgy, street-smart furniture is made from recycled street signs.
DIY inspiration comes from the most unlikely places, even discarded materials we consider trash. These projects show you how versatile plastic bottles can be.
Eco-friendly jewelry is in style. Check out these variations of green, fashionable jewelry: newspaper jewelry, recycled jewelry and instrument string jewelry.
Jessica searches for eco-friendly engagement and wedding rings and explores a variety of sustainable options, including conflict-free diamonds, recycled diamonds, recycled gold, recycled jewelry, alternative wedding rings, Canadian diamonds and cultured diamonds.
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
This charitable foundation cleans up coasts, employs impoverished communities, turns discarded items into new products and uses the funds from sales to help alleviate environmental issues such as whaling and support social issues such as education, conservation and development initiatives in poor communities.
Stylish furniture typically doesn’t involve discarded trash—but the designs of Studio Jo Meesters do. Studio Jo Meesters introduces “Odds and Ends, Bits and Pieces,” a fun collection of furniture pieces made from recycled materials that contain just as much panache
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews natural hand, nail and cuticle care from Badger Healthy Body Care.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson reveals some alternative uses for this citrus fruit.
Made from recycled glass and handcrafted in Pennsylvania, Plates with Purpose helps raise money and awareness for a wide variety of nonprofit partners.
Guest blogger Victoria Klein reviews organic cotton and bamboo luxury blanket company Yumi & Laurie. Find out more details on Yumi & Laurie’s current 50 percent off sale!
Many air fresheners can emit toxic chemicals; however, potted chrysanthemums are natural and safe deodorizers.
The launch of Oakley’s first pair of eco-friendly shades keeps Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson on her search for sustainable sunglasses.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson discusses Starbucks’ progress in making its coffee cups recyclable.
After trying derma e's new skincare product, Very Clear Cleansing Scrub, I soon discovered that tea tree oil may be the best natural disinfectant for my body.
Reading books from your local public library is a greener alternative to buying new books.
Try our healthier alternatives to household cleaners with toxic ingredients.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren shares several lines of eco-friendly bathing suits that won’t break your bank.
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.
Half a lemon and coarse salt is all you need to keep wood cutting boards looking their best.
Brighten whites with this bleach substitute.
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.
Making your own natural cleaners is a smart option for savvy-savers.
Ditch the sponge and the harsh chemical cleaners for this natural bathroom and kitchen multipurpose scrubbing cleaner.
Natural, eco-friendly cleaners are great for your family and for the planet. Try our formula for a natural, herbal all-purpose cleaner.
Getting back in shape to prepare for the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure requires exercise and healing salves for aching joints. Try these natural remedies when soothing your aching muscles.
Natural Home editorial intern Susan Melgren offers tips on how to take eco-friendly car trips
Create a homemade sachet to add fresh fragrance in your home every time you vacuum.
Designer David Stark creates furniture and room accessories from discarded packing materials for West Elm’s newest store.
Caroline Saul uses recycled plastic milk jugs as the main material in her weightless sculptures.
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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace gives in to paper towels. Find out why.
Jessica shows off her headboard, made of antique doors and a little paint.
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.
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
Cleaning can be calming, but nauseous-smelling products aren't as lovely as using herbs or "green" alternatives. Learn more about herbal cleaning.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
Jessica talks about the eco-challenge of avoiding bottled water.
Kim takes on a new eco-challenge at her apartment: Is it possible to keep naturally beautiful and clean without paper towels?
If you find your back hurting while gardening, or if it’s just too hard on the knees to bend down for weeding, there’s a product you need to try out: The Wearable Gardening Stool.
Tea has a whole library of health benefits. But did you realize it can be essential in a clean home? Read about the battle of tea v. dirt and your best plan of attack.
Want to be sure about what you're putting on your skin and hair? Save a little money and have a little fun mixing up these DIY beauty treatments. These natural home beauty remedies are made from basic household and kitchen ingredients!
Gina takes her first step into sustainable living.
Beyond Organic Skincare Detoxifying Cleanser is best for dry skin because it is packed with uber-moisturizing ingredients.
Jessica talks about her recent travels to Wisconsin for the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair and gears up to find an energy-efficient vehicle.
Jessica gives an update on her townhouse greening: a recycling center, cardboard art, and upgraded lighting and bathroom fixtures.
Spring landscape clean-up means more compost riches.