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Put a Lid on It
Instead of wrapping leftovers with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, use (and reuse) these machine-washable cotton covers.
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We love reusable shopping totes, but despite our best intentions, sometimes we forget them at home. Reuse plastic bags by stashing them in a stylish holder that matches your kitchen decor.
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Sort recyclables in style with these easy-to-make containers.
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DIY Tub Scrub
Try this nontoxic yet effective way to clean your tub: Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) to one cup of baking soda. Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.
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Mix Up Natural Cleaners
Ditch store-bought cleaning products in favor of natural cleaners: Distilled white vinegar and lemon juice are power players when it comes to cleaning, deodorizing, and mild bleaching. Try making a window and mirror cleaner by mixing equal parts vinegar and water.
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Believe in Baking Soda
This pantry staple packs some serious scrubbing power, and it won’t scratch surfaces. Mix a paste of three parts warm water with one part baking soda to tackle kitchen stains or scour the oven. Make a bathroom cleanser by mixing dishwashing liquid with baking soda until you have a thick paste.
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Save Your Showerhead
If a showerhead becomes clogged with mineral deposits, fill a plastic bag with undiluted white vinegar and place the bag over the head so it is submerged; secure and seal the bag with a rubber band. Soak overnight and then scrub the face with a toothbrush.
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Got weeds? Ditch the herbicide and instead pour boiling water on weeds growing between pavers of a pathway. Keep the kettle close to the ground to avoid splashing yourself or any nearby plants you want to keep.
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Save money at the grocery store by growing your own organic vegetables.