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.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace contemplates greening her dry cleaning. Is it possible?
Cleaning your reusable shopping bag regularly will help protect your family against illness.
Extend the life of your washer and dryer and save money on repairs with these 10 tips.
Homeowners beware. Your drywall could be poisoning your home. Officials believe that since 2001, drywall imported from China has contained high levels of sulfur that could be leaking into homes and other buildings.
Problems with drywall continue as the Environmental Protection Agency finds traces of mercury and formaldehyde in drywall products.
Enjoy your herbs throughout the winter months with these different drying techniques.
Matt gets a reality check on his reusable bag habit and what needs to be done to really help the environment.
Shrink your dryer sheet waste and use a dryer sachet instead. Learn about the benefits of dryer sachets, how to make your own sachet and a few ideas about what to do with your used dryer sheets.
Clotheslines are the most energy-efficient—but not always the most practical--drying option. Levi Strauss’s Care to Air contest offers $10,000 for innovations that would improve or replace the clothesline.
Chemical antibacterials, including triclosan, are health and environmental hazards. You don't have to bring these nasties into your home. Put hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract to work killing germs and disinfect.
Natural Home intern Dani Hurst explores practical plastic bag alternatives as well as ways to reuse the ones she already has.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace confesses her eco-sins.
Seattle voters rejected a proposal to pay 20 cents per plastic bag at the register.
The Joy of Green Cleaning is a fantastic resource with recipes to clean everything from grout to sheepskins.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
Save money and energy by ditching the dryer and air drying your clothes instead.
Here’s a roundup of great tips and resources for planning all your food preservation duties in advance.
Ever wonder what herbs fare well in Minnesota? So did one of our readers! Learn the best ways to grow and store garlic along with other cold climate information.
Love those little expensive, jars of sun-dried tomatoes? Try this simple technique to make oven-dried tomatoes—a perfect way to preserve your end-of-season harvest.
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.
An unpublished British study says that plastic bags are a greener option than paper or cloth--but only if you don't make the most of your reusable bags.
The formula for these products differ from most on the market and might just cure your dry skin woes.
In this update on nursery renovations, Jessica shares her progress on re-wiring, installing windows, insulation and new drywall.
Sonya Newenhouse discusses some of the issues with synthetic gypsum drywall and documents the steps she will take to avoid electromagnetic fields in her new house.
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
Instead of buying store-bought and possibly toxic cleaning agents, give these nontoxic homemade cleaners a try.
A new study has found that biodegradable plastic's rapid rate of decomposition could cause the release of methane, a greenhouse gas. The study's authors suggest that petroleum-based products might be preferable. We need better alternatives than that.
Check out Vaska Laundry Care's line of environmentally-friendly clothing care products, now available at Target Stores nationwide.
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils such as lavender or lemon. Heavenly!
Get ready for spring! Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares her ideas for organizing her home by repurposing and reusing the stuff she already has, and she invites you to share your spring cleaning ideas with her.
Indulge in your own therapeutic treatment with SheaMoisture’s Bath Soaks that help relieve pain, congestion, muscle aches and dry skin ailments.
After being diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, KC is determined to find safe, natural, herbal relief.
John Masters Organics Sea Mist Sea Salt Spray is great for recreating beach hair or getting a tousled look.
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.
Noxious fumes aren’t conducive to happy cleaning. Give all your homemade cleaning solutions an invigorating and healthy boost by adding a few drops of pure plant essential oils. Heavenly!
Learn more about our new (and free!) Guide to Homemade Household Cleaners resource app. Make your own natural cleaners with this easy guide.
Guest blogger Lorraine Halsted shares a list of toxic chemicals in cleaning products commonly found around the house.
'Green' cleaning products are awash with misleading labels and false claims. Always look for a third-party certification to assure you're buying the healthiest, most environmentally friendly cleaners.
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
Start your spring cleaning this year with homemade, eco-friendly cleaners.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
Cutting and drying herbs can be a great way for kids to learn about them.
From perpetually sunny Orange Country, California, Humble sells extremely eco-conscious home décor accessories featuring designs that will remind you of summer’s past.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace offers simple tips for greening your Black Friday.
Recycling rewards program RecycleBank compiled this list of five household items that contain toxic materials or won’t biodegrade.
Enjoy a warm bath with your own homemade herbal bath treasure bag to soothe dry skin, relieve stress or lift your spirits.
Skip the hair dryer this summer with products from John Masters Organics for easy, air-dry styling.
Beyond Organic Skincare Detoxifying Cleanser is best for dry skin because it is packed with uber-moisturizing ingredients.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace reviews the newest styling tools from Pure Heat Tools. The Pure Heat Tools Wet-to-Dry Flat Iron is lightweight, made of recycled materials and is minimally packaged in recycled cardboard.
The effect on our environment from discarded dry cell batteries can be catastrophic over time, polluting our world’s ground soil and water supply, resulting in health hazards to humans, plants, and animals; switching to rechargeable batteries has vast environmental benefits.
One guest blogger responds to a post about dry eye syndrome with some natural, herbal remedies that can help.
Eschew the chemicals in conventional body care and instead make your own products with household ingredients. These three DIY beauty recipes will make your home into your personal spa.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
As summer dwindles down to a close, you may be left standing in your garden or kitchen thinking "Now what?" Preserve herbs with our expert tips: dry, freeze, pickle and pack them to continue enjoying your favorite herbs well into the winter.
Sixteen states have banned the sale of dishwasher detergents with high phosphate levels, and the American Cleaning Institute has urged its members to remove them.
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.
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.
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!
Here are some highlights from my workshop, "Make Your Own Green Cleaners—for Pennies" at the Mother Earth News Fair. Throw away your chemical cleaners and get your home sparkling the healthy way!
A new study finds that showerheads contain high levels of disease-causing bacteria.
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.
From a little-known sugar substitute to a conversation-starting book, this list of items for the green kitchen contains a few surprises.
For a zero-waste kitchen, learn how to reduce food waste with these tips from guest blogger Letitia Star.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
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.
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.
Tea, salt, vodka, corn starch—even ketchup and mayonnaise—can be used to get your entire house clean. No kidding.
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
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.
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.
These home remedies repel ants safely without the use of chemicals or toxins.
Instead of using synthetic scents, try this simple natural trick to make your home smell delicious.
Moisturize and soothe your sunburned skin with Badger’s Bali Balm. This USDA-certified organic balm contains shea butter, cocoa butter and jojoba oil to moisturize your sun-parched skin and lavender and blue tansy to soothe and heal any sunburns.
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
Natural beauty is as close as the kitchen. Check out these seven foods for skin—as well as some homemade beauty treatments you can make from them.
The Herb Channeler gets in gear to preserve the herbal harvest for the fall and winter months. Get ideas to freeze, dry and preserve your herbs as well as bring them indoors.
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.
When the dining table is laden down with mail, laptops and other clutter, the entire house feels messy. Follow these seven steps to keep your dining table free of detritus. (Set it for dinner right after breakfast, if you have to.)
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?
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.
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.
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.
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
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!
Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.
Lemon balm works hard for you in the kitchen, bath, medicine cabinet and yard and garden.
Dehydrated foods are high in nutrients and easy to transport and store, but buying them at the store can be costly. Investing in a food dehydrator can save you money, allowing you to make your own beef jerky, dried fruits and fruit leather at home.
Spring clean your home with natural, food-safe Arm and Hammer Baking Soda instead of harsh cleaners.
Sugar is a staple in many households. Try these six uses for sugar for a new way to use this conventional sweetener.
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
Good for cleaning home and body, vinegar has many uses around the house, from cutting grease in the kitchen to softening hair and laundry.
Good for cleaning home and body, baking soda has many uses, from absorbing odors to keeping hair shiny and carpet fresh.