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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.
Use this quick and easy granola recipe to keep your belly and pantry full.
Enjoy this simple, summery kale and tomato salad well into fall.
Use this simple recipe to quickly preserve your spring and summer vegetables—no canning required.
Summer is great for relaxing, sunshine and bountiful harvests. Put your extra peaches, or any other kind of fruit, to good use with this great, easy cobbler recipe.
Avoid preservatives and thickeners with these easy-to-make pantry staples.
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.
Satisfy everyone in the family with this complete vegan menu perfect for your Memorial Day get-together.
Easy-to-make homemade tortilla chips are a great, healthy choice for snacking.
Craft these DIY Asian-inspired guest soaps to reinvigorate road-weary visitors.
Keep your home clean and your family healthy with these easy tips.
Can you craft delicious home cooked meals without eating up a ton of energy? Discover whether your slowly cooked Crock-Pots are any more energy efficient than stove top or oven cooking.
Learn how to make homemade yogurt with this seasonal yogurt recipe.
Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.
Replace the sugary, salty store-bought version with this wholesome Homemade Chewy Granola Bars recipe.
Good stock is an important base to flavoring a lot of recipes. Learn how to make your own chicken stock at home with these instructions.
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova works with her children to turn the heaps of candy they collected at the St. Patrick’s Day parade into homemade art projects.
Janeen Solberg developed these homemade cleaner recipes more than 10 years ago and still uses them today.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
Guest blogger Erica Binns travels to Mood Designer Fabrics to find fabric for her homemade wedding dress.
Salt can soak up stains, clean pots and pans and exfoliate skin. Check out these and other uses for salt!
Making your own baby food not only saves you money but allows you control over what's in your baby's food. Get started—and find out just how easy it is—with these homemade baby food recipes.
An easy description of making your own baby food from scratch. Create nutritional options for your baby and safe money!
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares six recipes for homemade salad dressings, including favorites like Ranch, Caesar and Thousand Island.
Gather herbs for crafting herbal remedies with our expert help. We share basic guidelines for determining the appropriate time of year to harvest each part of a plant and teach you how to harvest herbs from gardens.
One guest blogger recently discovered that you can make homemade terrariums from everyday household items already hanging around the house. Check it out now.
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! 
Did you know that lemons can cut grease, brighten laundry and whiten fingernails? Discover these and many more uses for lemons!
Use nature’s own ingredients to add color and moisture to your lips with this homemade lip tint.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
Making tinctures at home may sound intimidating, but it is as simple as following a simple recipe from a cookbook.
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.
White sage is a large herbaceous perennial shrub native. It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and offers many health benefits. Then find natural headache relief with our homemade salve.
Readers vote on whether they'd be most interested in learning to make hard cider, apple wine, mulled wine, ginger beer, eggnog or amaretto at home.
Learn how to make flavored vinegar with tasy herbal, spice, fruit and vegetable combinations.
Making granola at home is simple and allows you to customize it to your liking. Experiment with this basic recipe and discover your perfect granola.
Guest blogger KyLynn Hull shares some of her likes and dislikes of homemade pizza and some of her favorite pizza parlors in the Seattle area.
Start decreasing your reliance on store-bought, pre-packaged foods by preserving produce at the peak of the season. Try this easy recipe for homemade sauerkraut and enjoy this season’s cabbage crop all year.
Who needs to make a trip to the grocery store when you can make these tasty cheesy crackers at home?
Try these natural deodorant alternatives to eliminate body odor without the potential toxins of many commercial products.
Create a yummy summertime lip balm with your kids.
This recipe for homemade mango ice cream has the creamy goodness of ice cream and the refreshing taste of sherbet.  Grab a spoon and dig in!
Research into the potential causes of obesity doesn't lead exclusively to a poor diet and lack of exercise: Environment and exposure to endocrine disruptors can also play a role in weight gain.
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.
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.
Cap off your Hemp History Week celebrations by making hemp soap. Hemp oil contains essential fatty acids and poly-unsaturated fatty acids known for their excellent emollient and lubricating properties.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
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?
Mayonnaise is a sandwich staple that you can easily make at home. It takes just minutes to make and you can experiment with new and exciting flavor combinations.
Whip olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice into a cheap, effective polish for wood furniture.
Swap out your bottled ranch dressing for this easy and nutritious recipe!
Find itching relief in nature. Narrow-leaved plantain is a common garden weed and also, ironically, a gardener’s best friend.
Follow these recipes for using essential oils and a few simple ingredients to make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Alka-Seltzer can give your cleaning routine a little extra fizz. Try it for unclogging drains and cleaning toilets.
Treat your cat to fresh spring herbs when you whip up this healthy homemade kitty food.
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!
My grandmother taught me everything I need to know about keeping my house clean—without chemicals.
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.
It's easy to make your own air freshener spray. You'll avoid chemicals and delight in the fresh smell.
With just three ingredients and two simple steps, you can clear away germs and freshen your home's air to welcome spring.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
Make a nutritionally rich face mask and a tropical exfoliator to take advantage of all the health benefits of the avocado.
When Joan King Salwen is invited to speak with Bill and Melinda Gates about The Power of Half, she learns how valuable homemade gifts can be.
Leave your lips feeling luscious and quenched with this simple recipe for homemade lip balm.
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.
Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
Simple rosemary mayonnaise makes an exceptional sandwich spread.
Keep your family healthy by paying close attention to your home's 10 germiest places.
Save money and win your sweetie's heart with a beautifully set table and handmade candy hearts this Valentine's Day.
Sacred Seed Bread delivers the healing power of medicinal seeds in a delicious, homemade loaf.
Your simply imperfect arsenal for getting the whole house clean--naturally.
Light up your Valentine's Day with all natural, herbal homemade candles.
Stand against animal testing with certified cruelty-free cosmetics and homemade lip balms and lotions.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
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.
Don't throw away that leftover loaf of bread! Use it to make homemade breadcrumbs and croutons. Waste not, want not!
Try one of these three simple but tasty homemade salad dressings the next time you’re in the mood for a lighter lunch or dinner. 
As you combat dry facial skin this winter, consider using a moisturizing face mask, such as Kahina Antioxidant Mask, once a week to treat your skin to an extra dose of high-power hydration.
Consuming too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease, yet most Americans consume more than the recommended amount. Reduce your sodium intake with these seven simple steps.
If you’re nuts about almonds, try out this simple recipe for making fresh almond butter at home.
Buck’s Biscuits Gourmet Dog Treats are made with organic ingredients and contain no preservatives, making them the perfect, all-natural dog treat for your furry friend.
They don’t call them the dog days of summer for nothing. Surprise your pup with these easy and delicious homemade frozen treats to keep him cool in the heat.
Jessica shares her sustainable wedding food find after locating eco-minded caterers in the Kansas City area.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
Making your own compost bin is simple. Compost bins are great for disposing kitchen scraps to make fresh, rich compost for your garden.
Natural Home editorial intern Kirsten Hudson describes how to make homemade ice cream and gives some organic ice cream recipes.
Simple salad dressings provide bursts of herbal flavor to your salad greens.
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.
Matt divulges into his New Year's resolution of using greener cleaners and more natural cleaning methods.
Sausage can be healthy if made at home. Try it!  It's easy.
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.

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