The 15 Best Places to Buy Organic Bedding (Including West Elm, Pottery Barn, and 8 Editor Favorites)Design Ideas
You spend about one-third of your life in bed, so it's an important place to invest in clean, healthy, and beautiful products!
Feb 7, 2024
11 Ways to Clean Your Whole Home with Apple Cider VinegarCleaning
This fermented wonder is useful all over the place.
Feb 6, 2024
How to Clean a Brick Fireplace with All-Natural CleanersCleaning
Though it might be tempting to use a commercial cleanser, think about trying one of these natural fireplace-cleaning options first.
Feb 6, 2024
How To Make Homemade Reed DiffusersProjects & Improvements
Ban those plug-in air fresheners for good.
Dec 11, 2023
How To Recaulk a BathtubProjects & Improvements
If you’re looking for a way to make your bathroom feel cleaner and brighter, try recaulking your bathtub. It takes a couple of hours to remove the old caulk and apply the new caulk, but it’s definitely worth it! Here’s how I recaulked my own bathtub in a few easy steps. Ready to give your bathtub a makeover? Great! Here’s what you need to get started.
Dec 11, 2023
10 Ways to Remove Cigarette Smells from FurnitureCleaning
Get rid of any smoky smells that are lingering on precious pieces of vintage furniture.
Nov 27, 2023
How To Make Your Own Natural Bathroom CleanersCleaning
There are tons of “green” bathroom cleaners on the market, but most of the time it’s cheaper and just as effective to make your own. Armed with a few simple non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients, you can keep your bathroom fresh and sparkling with natural bathroom cleaners. If you’ve got a little extra time today, grab this shopping list, head to the store, and make a few batches of healthy cleaners to keep your bathroom (or any room) healthy!
Nov 14, 2023
11 Non-Toxic Paints To Buy That Are as Safe as They Are ChicProjects & Improvements
The best non-toxic and low VOC paints for your entire home, from interior paint jobs to small DIY projects.
Nov 2, 2023
Here’s the Ideal Humidity Level for Your Home — And How to Control ItLife
Dry air season is coming.
Nov 3, 2023
I Got Rid of the Ants in My House Using Just Two IngredientsCleaning
No need to use harsh ingredients to eliminate these kitchen pests.
Aug 24, 2023
11 Ways to Score Great Smelling Laundry Without Fabric Softener and Dryer SheetsCleaning
You can skip those chemical softeners.
Aug 12, 2023
The 7 Best All-Natural Cleaning Supplies Under $25 to Tackle Every MessCleaning
Embrace a more sustainable lifestyle that still produces that satisfying squeaky clean. 
Jul 25, 2023
Get a Green Clean: How to Disinfect Your Whole Home With Tea Tree OilCleaning
Are you tired of your home smelling like chemicals when you clean? You shouldn’t have to leave the room in the middle of scrubbing down the counter because the smell of bleach is singeing your nose hairs. A better way to deal with this is concocting your own cleaning products with the use of natural ingredients and essential oils, including tea tree oil.
May 23, 2023
How To Green Clean the Grout In Your Shower & BathroomCleaning
Is your bathroom guest-ready?
May 20, 2023
How To Deep Green Clean Your CarpetsCleaning
Over time spot cleaning just doesn’t do it. You turn around one day, and your carpets are a shade darker than when you had them installed. Or, you do a great job spot cleaning only to reveal how dirty the rest of the carpeting really is. Here’s a way to give your carpets a deep clean using a few household ingredients, a vacuum, and a steam cleaner. Ingredients: Salt, borax, and white vinegar.
May 19, 2023
How To Whiten Laundry Without Chlorine BleachCleaning
Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, poison fish and insects, and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients around the house. Ready to get started? Here are some bleach-free ways to get your whites whiter!
May 19, 2023
Is There a Non-Toxic Stain-Resistant Fabric Protector?Cleaning
Q: We just reupholstered our comfy sofa with an all-cotton fabric. Is there a non-toxic way to “seal” the fabric and make it more stain-resistant? I’m sure a no-eating-on-the-couch rule would help, but it’s just not realistic! My family used to use some spray that worked well, but it has a daunting ingredient list.Sent by ElissaEditor: Elissa, great job on the reupholstery! It looks like an entirely new piece of furniture.
Jan 2, 2023
7 Vinegar Hacks From a Cleaning Expert That Can Save You MoneyCleaning
An entire gallon of the stuff can clean your entire house for months—and only set you back about 3 bucks.
Nov 4, 2022
Got a Roach Problem? Try These DIY Roach Repellents (and Skip the Store-Bought Sprays)Projects & Improvements
Here's how to get a pesky pest problem under control the natural way, without using toxic repellents and insecticides.
Nov 1, 2022
How To Repel Fleas with Regular Household Items (Using Smells Fleas Hate!)Cleaning
There’s a lot to love about having pets, but one of the downsides is the fleas that can sometimes come with them — especially if your pet goes outdoors. Fleas can be a pain to get out of your house, but there are a number of regular household items that can be used to repel and kill them without harming your beloved furry friend (no, not you, Windex). Learn more about these below.
Oct 27, 2022
Reusing Tea Bags: The Good, The Bad, and the GreenDesign Ideas
image:0e460143a263085d41447dcc7ed31ff4df47737b w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" As most avid tea drinkers will tell you, if you are using tea bags, you can get extra use out of them if you are willing to do so. Most people just chuck them into the trash, compost heap, or recycling bin, but saving them for your next tea is also an interesting idea.The first thing that you should know is that it’s fine to reuse tea bags.
Oct 26, 2022
We’re Calling It: Pachira Aquatica Is the Easiest Indoor TreePlants & Yard
If you’re exploring indoor trees for your home but aren’t sure where to begin, trust us when we say that the Pachira Aquatica is the tree you want. It is virtually kill-proof, relatively tidy, and grows as large (or as small) as you want. They are also pretty much immune to the most common cause of black thumbs: over-watering (hey, we’ve all been there).
Oct 5, 2022
The Best Way to Polish & Clean Silver: 4 Home Remedy Methods Put to the TestCleaning
We put four all-natural silverware-cleaning methods to the test, and one came out on top.
Oct 3, 2022
How To Clean Brass Using 2 Natural Kitchen IngredientsCleaning
If your brass has loss its brassy bite, it's time to clean it up.
Oct 3, 2022
Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Your Air Conditioner Size RightProjects & Improvements
Save yourself money by buying the right one.
Sep 21, 2022
How to Use an Air Conditioner Economically and Save on Your Electric BillProjects & Improvements
There are plenty of ways you can get creative when it comes to staying cool and saving money.  But when the heat of summer truly hits, sometimes your best bet is cranking up the AC. Learning how to save money with your air conditioner can help you keep your cool physically and budget-wise. While it certainly costs a bit more than your usual ice fan hack, things like closing off vents and rearranging furniture are effective and still pretty easy on the wallet.
Sep 20, 2022
Wondering What to Do with Old Towels and Sheets? Here Are 10 Smart IdeasDesign Ideas
We recently took stock of our linen closet and realized that half of the storage space was taken up by sheet sets and towels that we simply don’t use. Some are very old and worn out, and some just never seem to make it into our weekly linen rotation. Of course, we didn’t want to throw them out, so it got us thinking about recycling options.Use old sheets and blankets to make new ironing board pads and covers, like those featured on A Beautiful Mess.
Sep 20, 2022
How To Make a Feeder for Ladybugs to Attract Them to Your GardenPlants & Yard
image:87e4276c5c2d2a599f0e91caff9f4a9449392dcb w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Last week, I showed you how you can make natural pesticides for your plants. While these sprays pose less risk than the toxic ones, they also rid your plant of beneficial insects like the ladybug.
Sep 14, 2022
11 Brilliant Ways to Stay Cool Without Air ConditioningLife
Here are some tried-and-true ways to cool off with no AC at home.
Jun 28, 2022
How To Get Rid of Moths (and Prevent Them, too)Cleaning
Nothing threatens a closet full of clothes more than moths. And they can invade even the most well-organized closet. These pesky creatures are responsible for holes in your favorite clothing, and oftentimes, the problem occurs completely unbeknownst to you. Like pantry moths and other pests, these silent clothing killers multiply quickly, too, so it’s a problem you’ll want to solve quickly with a good moth repellent.
May 11, 2022
If Green Cleaners Aren't Cutting It, You Might Need a Cleaning "Re-Set"Cleaning
Even in the areas that routinely get the natural treatment, there's a time and a place for the big guns.
Aug 26, 2021
You Should Pour Vinegar into Your Washing Machine — Here’s WhyCleaning
Is there anything you can't handle with vinegar?
Aug 12, 2021
6 Household Uses for MintPlants & Yard
Whether you have a mint plant growing on your windowsill or a bottle of mint essential oil that you’re not sure what to do with, there are several household uses for the herb. Below, six household uses for mint you may not have thought of before.While you’re at it, also be sure to check out our guides on how to grow herbs indoors, what the best indoor herb growing kits are, and the 10 easiest herbs to grow.
Jul 11, 2021
The 3-Ingredient Homemade Cleaner I Use On Everything OutdoorsPlants & Yard
I've been using a cleaner on my outdoor furniture that does the trick perfectly. It includes two common but powerful things you already have at home.
May 17, 2021
14 Cleaning Product Label Buzzwords and What They Really MeanCleaning
When it comes to important values like protecting the earth and safeguarding your family's health, greenwashing makes things murky.
May 14, 2021
9 Plastic Wrap AlternativesDesign Ideas
We hate to hear it, but it’s the truth: Plastic wrap is bad for the environment. So for a more sustainable kitchen, we’ve been switching to reusable alternatives. Don’t know where to start when it comes to replacing your disposable plastic wrap? Then check out the ideas below.For smaller items, repurposed glass jars work perfectly. They have the see-through nature of plastic wrap and can be popped in the dishwasher after being used.
Apr 12, 2021
This Is Why You Shouldn't Mix Baking Soda and Vinegar for CleaningCleaning
Combining soda and vinegar won’t hurt anyone — but don’t expect the mixture to do a good job cleaning, either.
Apr 5, 2021
Budget Basics: The Best Organic Bedding Under $100Life
Organic bedding is not as unusual (or boring) as it used to be. Companies like Plover Organic, LOOP, and Coyuchi have set the standard for beautiful and environmentally-friendly bedding, but there’s one problem: they can be kind of expensive. Is there such a thing as budget-friendly organic bedding? Yes, there is! Here are our top picks for organic bedding—sheets, blankets, and pillows— all under $100.
Feb 1, 2021
6 Homemade Cleaners That Really WorkCleaning
Whether you want to swap out stronger, potentially hazardous chemicals for gentle-yet-effective pantry ingredients or you’re just frustrated that your go-to products haven’t been in stock due to the pandemic, consider making your own, homemade cleaners.
Nov 12, 2020
This Versatile Cleaning Product Can Do Anything—And It Costs Less Than $1Cleaning
It can handle tough jobs all on its own, but combined with other ingredients from your pantry, it can be even more powerful.
Nov 4, 2020
The First Thing You Should Do If You Buy a New Container of CornstarchCleaning
Hint: This hack will help brighten up your whole home!
Nov 2, 2020
The Best Natural Cleaner You Can Buy Costs Less Than $2Cleaning
If you’re not using this humble solution to its full potential already, here’s what you need to know.
Oct 28, 2020
Natural Bug Repellents to Keep Your Dinners Outside BearableCleaning
There’s nothing like a swarm of mosquitoes or army of ants to ruin your time outdoors. Even though bugs are often useful, they can put a damper on picnics, BBQs, and simply chilling outside, and leave you with some nasty bites and stings. Thankfully it’s fairly simple to find ways to keep bugs away.
Oct 24, 2020
Why You Should Put Olive Oil on Your Stainless Steel AppliancesCleaning
The humble pantry staple is key to preventing and removing stubborn fingerprints, smudges, and other frustrating marks.
Oct 21, 2020
The Natural Cleaning Habit That’s Ruining Your Granite CountertopsCleaning
There's definitely a time and a place for simple solutions that make cleaning easier—but this isn't one of them.
Oct 19, 2020
The $2 Bathroom Staple That Helped Me Finally Get Rid of Hard Water StainsCleaning
How a $2 household staple helped me tackle hard water stains that nothing else would eradicate.
Oct 2, 2020
I Thought I Ruined an Entire Load of Laundry—But There Was an Easy FixCleaning
A laundry hack sweeping social media helped me save an entire load of laundry from indigo dye stains.
Oct 1, 2020
The Best “Grown Up” FutonsDesign Ideas
image:415c2e7e33ce9d98b1087d352c8378b162311b6e w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" Growing up, the only type of couches my family owned were futons. I thought they were the coolest — you could change the covers, they expanded for sleepovers, and they seemed much more modern than an overstuffed sofa. Nowadays futons are more often associated with dorm rooms than cool furniture.
Sep 2, 2020
I Tried This 3-Ingredient Natural Cleaner the Pros Recommended—And I’ll Never Go BackCleaning
I've found that it works the very best when I spray the solution on a cloth rather than spraying it on the glass itself.
Aug 9, 2020
Humane Rodent ControlCleaning
I recently discovered evidence of mice in my apartment, err… actually, my cat discovered them for me. She’s a great hunter and tormentor but, as I discovered after a few hours, not a killer. Mice are one of the most horrifying things I can imagine in my home, so I’ve researched a few humane ways to get rid of them.
Jul 18, 2020
How To Install a Dimmer SwitchLife
Dimmer switches are great, not only do they provide opportunity for mood lighting and ambiance, but also save money due to reduced power usage. Almost all the lights in my home are on a dimmer switch, except for the bedrooms, where we’d actually like to have them the most.
Jul 18, 2020
The Ten Commandments of Buying Used FurnitureLife
You see a chair on the curb. It’s sitting right in front of your building and it’s free. Or, you’re at the thrift store and spy a cheap sofa. But something holds you back. You’re just. not. quite. sure. If only there were guidelines — holy reminders if you will — of things to keep in mind while looking at used furniture. How do you decide if it’s the right thing to re-do? Or if you should run in the other direction?
Jul 17, 2020
Before and After: Stock Tank Gardening ProjectPlants & Yard
I’ve been in love with galvanized stock tank gardens for a long time and posted a roundup of my favorites last summer. Finally, I’ve gotten the chance to exercise my green thumb and take the first, small step to adding a little style to the exterior of my home.After nearly a year of renovations to the interior of my home, I’ve finally had the chance to start adding a little curb appeal.
Jul 17, 2020
7 Ideas to Steal from the Boston Magazine Design HomeDesign Ideas
A couple weeks ago, I got to preview the beautiful Boston Magazine Design Home 2014 in Salisbury, Ma. While I was inspired by many of the rooms and green features of this net zero energy home, these were the seven décor ideas I wanted to steal for my own space: Note: While its eco-friendliness is a huge draw, I’m going to focus on purely decorating tips. To find out more about its energy efficient features, visit the Design Home website. Here are my seven decorating ideas to steal: 1.
Jul 17, 2020
5 Ways To Use A Coat Rack (Other Than The Obvious)Organizing
Yesterday we talked about 12 different ways to use a bookcase in your home. Did you miss it? Check it out for sure as they’re one of the most versatile furniture pieces you can own. Today we’re back with a few more suggestions, but this time for the entryway staple: the coat rack.1. In The Bedroom: The harder we work to keep our closet items paired down the easier it can be to put a coat rack to use as a closet (especially if you use a small bookcase for folded items).
Jul 17, 2020
The Ultimate (Probably Practically Free) Dress Up Box Checklist!Life
Ssh! We’re putting together a dress up box for my kids this year for Christmas! To aid in my quest for putting together the best dress up box ever, I have made this handy “Ultimate Dress Up Box Checklist”. How many of these do you have in yours? Or, even better, waiting to add to yours, currently lying around your house? Used adult clothes: short dresses (they will become full length on a child) bridesmaid dresses (possibly cut short?
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Revived Wooden MirrorProjects & Improvements
After spending four muddy days under flood water this mirror was on top of a pile of trash, destined for the tip. Then I got sentimental and retrieved it. It was too wet and filthy to bring inside so it spent the next 6 months outside before I finally decided it was time to make it work or let it go. I toyed with the idea of painting it bright yellow but in the end I couldn’t do it, so I kept it simple and tried to return it to its former glory.
Jul 17, 2020
7 Kitchen Waste Items to Use in the GardenPlants & Yard
Composting kitchen scraps for use in the garden is a classic green living practice, but there are many kitchen waste items that can also be put to good use in other ways in the garden. From hot peppers to paper towel rolls, here are seven kitchen waste items to make your home and garden healthy and happy. Paper Towel Rolls: Trim them down to about 2 inches high and press them into the soil around seedlings, this serves as an added layer of protection from pests such as slugs.
Jul 17, 2020
Before & After: A Raised Garden BedPlants & Yard
During the last year, we focused mainly on fixing up the inside of our house. But 2011 is all about the outside, and we got to work before the holidays so we could eat out of our first food-producing garden come early spring. So far, so good. Take a look!We’re grateful that we have a lot of real estate to work with. Our first raised bed (the one pictured here) is four feet wide, eight feet long, and a foot and a half deep. It needed a cubic yard of dirt to fill it up!
Jul 17, 2020
How To Build A Raised Bed in a Metal TroughPlants & Yard
Whether you call it a stock tank, a galvanized metal container, or a cattle trough (being from Texas, I prefer the latter), one thing’s for sure: these metal bins make for perfect and visually interesting raised garden beds. They’re cheap and come in a variety of sizes, so surely you’ll find one for your space. Then, follow these steps to create your own raised bed.
Jul 17, 2020
10 Things to Make With Felted WoolOrganizing
As spring winds down, bringing the oh-so-hot temperatures of summer all the closer, we are knee deep in cleaning. In the midst of purging and decluttering, we’ve come across a handful of wool sweaters that really don’t need to make an appearance as apparel ever again. Here are 10 things you can do to reincarnate those tired old wool sweaters.Felting wool is as simple as washing an old 100% wool sweater in hot water.
Jul 17, 2020