Stephanie Kinnear

How To Stop Your Bedroom From Making You Sick
If your sleeping space is dusty, stuffy, or generally unclean, how can you expect to stay well?
Sep 27, 2022
Does the Tennis Balls in Dryer Trick Really Work to Soften Clothes?
Everyone has a few home and cleaning tips they’ve been taught that, to be honest, may or may not even work—whether that’s using newspaper to clean glass, rubbing strongly-scented dryer sheets on clothes to keep bugs away, or polishing shoes with banana peels. One laundry hack that often gets tossed around is putting tennis balls in a dryer to soften your clothes and dry them faster.
Apr 28, 2020
How To: Start a No-Dig Garden … Step by Step
A few weeks ago we blogged an article in the LA Times about No-Dig Gardens. They require less water than traditional gardens and they’re an easy way to start a raised bed. You can even start one right over a patch of grass you want to get rid of. Another easy gardening option is bringing the garden inside with grass you can grow indoors. Our friend and coworker, Hulda Nelson, tipped us off to the article.
Feb 6, 2020
How To Fix a Slow Draining Sink
Our sink has been draining very slowly for months; but, complete laziness has kept us from doing anything about it. Last night when we were brushing our teeth, we realized that we’d let it all go too far.
Sep 23, 2019
Green Tour: Michelle Kaufmann’s Very Own Glidehouse
Name: Michelle Kaufmann Location: Novato, CaSize: 1560 sq/ftYears lived in: 4Average gas/electric bill: $0 >> We remember where we were when it happened: It was a windy fall day in San Francisco — we got off BART and took the escalator up to the Civic Center. We walked across the lawn towards City Hall and there was the mkLotus. That was the moment we fell in love with Michelle Kaufmann’s green prefab homes.We’d never been inside of one before; we’d only seen pictures.
May 10, 2019
How to Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners
image:2bc8660edcc53e065089dd224ceb0279c15a15d0 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Making your own cleaning products for the kitchen is both economical and good for your health. When you’re using baking soda, vinegar, and water, you can feel pretty confident that the cleaning you’re doing isn’t hurting you or the environment.
May 8, 2019
How To Get Rid of Ants in a Non Toxic Manner
We don’t have a lot of pest problems. Never seen a bedbug. Not too many spiders. And the cats don’t often suffer from fleas. But ants? Ants are a different story.They haven’t hit us yet this year, but we know they’re coming. It’s just a matter of time until that creepy crawly black line of marching ants winds its way across the kitchen floor, up the cabinets, and onto some sweet puddle of juice we forgot to wipe up.
Feb 5, 2010
1,001 Uses for White Distilled Vinegar
We love white distilled vinegar. We don’t love the way it smells. But we love it. It’s pretty cheap, it’s non-toxic, environmentally-friendly, and you can use it to do (literally) like a thousand things in your home.We just stumbled on this ridiculous website—a website where you can find 1,001 things to do in your home with vinegar.They’ve got cleaning tips (vinegar makes a cheap tile and grout cleaner) and laundry tips (use it as a stain remover).
Oct 22, 2009
How To: Make Your Own No-Sew Cloth Napkins
Awhile back we promised a post on how to make your own cloth napkins (even if you have zero sewing skills). Well, here it is! These beauties take a little cutting, ironing, minor sewing, and voila! No more paper napkins for us…You don’t need many materials for this project and the directions are simple; however, if anything seems confusing, please let us know in the comments and we’ll update the post!
Oct 7, 2009
Feel The Love: Trader Joe’s Super Amazing Kitchen Cloth
Ever since we posted about those Twist Euro Cloths, we’ve been meaning to get our hands on them. Since ridding ourselves of our paper towel habit, we knew we needed a replacement, and fast. So, this weekend, as we cruised the aisles at Trader Joe’s during our weekly visit, we spied the Super Amazing Kitchen Cloth…They looked promising. The packaging promised a fast dry, durability, super absorbency, and years of use. We even liked the colors: aqua green and bright red.
Sep 25, 2009
How To Mend Rubber Gloves?
Q: I always try to fix things before replacing them with something new. I’ve been trying to find out how I can repair my rubber gloves for a day or so now, and I haven’t come up with any ideas. One of the gloves I wear when washing dishes has two tiny pin holes that let water in……I’d just wash dishes with bare hands, but then my skin gets so dry that it bleeds, so that is not a solution. Any ideas for mending rubber gloves?
Sep 21, 2009
Test Lab: Trader Joe’s Pop-Up Sponges
We know that the Pop-Up Sponges from Trader Joe’s aren’t exactly a new discovery (in fact, the Kitchn and AT:NY blogged them long ago); however, they’re relatively new to us, and they’re our favorite sponges yet …First off, they’re made from natural vegetable cellulose, which is much greener than the synthetic-y scrubby sponges (also from Trader Joe’s) that we’d been using for the last year or so.
May 14, 2009
Top Six: Tips for Taking a Shorter Shower
This is something we really need help with. Well, actually, we’ve gotten pretty good about the weekday morning shower — it’s the Saturday one that really kills us. So, we’ll start the list of tips with a few we’ve employed or have heard suggested. Please add your own. We can use all the help we can get!
Apr 23, 2009
Good Questions: How to Kill Soap Bubbles?
I have a random questions and I’m hoping you can save the day. The kitchen floor of my rental apt is tile with very wide rough grout. Because the grout is somewhat porous, it seems, spills seem to soak in fast and leave stubborn stains. After trying a few home-made recipes for floor cleaner (and none with great success) I caved in and bought a green household cleaner to try.While the cleaner, Green Works Natural Dilutable Cleaner (the only one available in my local store!
Feb 9, 2009
Good Question: Maggots in My Compost … Help!
(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: green(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com) This question comes from Emily:So I’ve got the really cute counter-top composter from greenfeet and because we don’t have so much as a balcony, we take it to my mom’s backyard compost bin roughly once a week.
Oct 29, 2008
Creative Reuse 2008: Milk Jug as Kitchen Compost Holder
Alice from West Orange, NJ recently sent us this great idea: She uses two empty milk jugs to craft compost pails for her kitchen (remember … some fancy compost pails can set you back more than $40).Get her instructions after the jump.Object(s): 2 plastic gallon milk jugsProject: Kitchen compost containerInstructions: To make one of these, use two rinsed-out gallon milk jugs.
Oct 2, 2008
Green Tip: Ditch the Antibacterial Hand Soap
You’ve probably heard this already, but that antibacterial hand soap in your bathroom (not to mention the hand sanitizer you carry around in your purse) might not be that good for you after all.As it turns out, it might be better for us to just live with a few germs than douse our hands in triclosan, the chemical that kills all that bacteria.We just got a little reminder from Plenty magazine: As for triclosan, The American Medical Association, U.S.
Sep 12, 2008
An Unlikely Cat Treat: Organic Salad Greens
This is going to sound a little odd, but hopefully some readers can relate: Our cat loves. craves. needs. must have… salad.Some cats flip for tuna fish or chicken — ours might just rip your fingers off in excitement if you so much as bring a piece of romaine into our apartment.When we first noticed his odd obsession with leafy greens, we did a little research.
Sep 3, 2008
SMEG’s Energy-Efficient Refrigerator
The words “retro” and “green” don’t usually belong in the same sentence, especially if you’re talking about refrigerators. Generally, the older a fridge looks, the more energy it’s sucking. But, we love to be proven wrong.These retro, energy-efficient refrigerators from SMEG are slick and green. They wouldn’t exactly work in our current kitchen, but we’re daydreaming about a 1930s bungalow complete with the red version!
Jun 16, 2008
A Sustainable Trash Can
There’s something just plain wrong about buying a bin for recycling that’s not made out of recycled material. Isn’t there?Don’t get us wrong — we’re totally guilty. Our recycle bin is a white plastic trash can from Target. Wouldn’t it have been smarter (and made more sense) if we’d bought something that was recycled in the first place?
Apr 25, 2008