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    DIY Soap Recipes

    As an urban homesteading enthusiast, I definitely have the DIY bug. Gardening, landscaping, and chickens are all great for outdoor ideas, but in rainy Seattle it’s nice to find an indoor project too. I love all of the crazy scents available at our local farmers market (thai basil & lemongrass?!), that I chose this as […] More

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    Companion Plants for Lavender

    Lavender can help protect your garden as a companion plant. The biggest reason is that deer, rabbits and other wildlife nibblers tend to ignore lavender due to its strong odor. Lavender is easy to cultivate in most U.S. Plant Hardiness Zones. The aromatic, herbaceous perennial adds a delightful scent to the air. The popular, colorful […] More

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    Making Homemade Soap

    I started making my own soap out of necessity, but eventually it became one of our farm products. Around 2000, I started having severe rashes. I had combination allergies, which made me allergic to soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent and even toothpaste! I started out making my soaps with melt-and-pour glycerin, but that proved to be […] More

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    Why Bar Soap Is Better For The Environment Than Liquid Soap

    If you care about the environment, buy bar soap. The force behind this directive comes from Zurich’s Institute of Environmental Engineering. Scientists there assessed three categories of cleaners: laundry detergent, body soap, and surface cleaners. The goal was a first-ever life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) of these types of products. An LCIA takes into account […] More

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    Another Green Living Option: Hand Wash Your Clothes

    … and easily trade cost and environmental impact, for time! “Do laundry”… what does that mean to most of us?Β  It means carting a large pile of clothes in a bin or basket to one’s home washer and dryer, or if you’re one of the many unfortunate bunch like me, you cart it to a […] More

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    Thrive Market Review

    Editor’s Note: We’ve been hearing awesome things about Thrive Market, but before we plunked down the $59.95 membership fee, we needed to know: Is it better than other online and local organic food options? We decided on a two-part strategy: Our writer road-tested the service, which she wanted to try anyway. Meanwhile, we compared the […] More

  • Will You Soap My Back? The Impact of Your Shower

    Simran Sethi and Sarah Smarsh are writing a series on the impacts of everyday things. They will be posting previews on the Green Options Media blog network before launching the posts on Huffington Post. Here’s a sneak peek at what happens in the shower. The magical cleaning agent in your bar of hygiene is likely […] More

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    6 Deer Repellents You Need To Try

    Just. One. Deer. That’s all it takes to undo hours and hours of painstaking yard work. Just one deer can wreak havoc on a beautiful garden. Those vegetables? Flowers? Uprooted. Well-raked planters? Trampled. Fortunately, there are several low-impact ways to deter and repel deer. You don’t have to resort to poison or nasty chemical solutions […] More

  • Lovin’ Fresh: Lavender Ice Cream Recipe

    Lovin’ Fresh is a series of recipes designed to showcase produce gathered from local farms or grown in my own garden.Β Β  I’m really putting my lavender plants to work already this summer.Β  First aΒ bubbly lavender lemonade, and now lavender scented ice cream!Β  I’m running to catch up to the bandwagon here, flagging it down like […] More

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