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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
I Raided My Pantry to Make 4 Wood Stains, and Found a Surprising Favorite
Green Week
Yes, I'm giving you permission to play with your food.
Apr 24, 2020
14 Foods You Can Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps
That trash is treasure.
Apr 23, 2020
10 Organic Mattresses You Can Shop Now
Yup, they exist.
Apr 21, 2020
"Wishcycling" Is a Thing, and You're Probably Doing It
Green Week
It's not enough to just WANT something to be recyclable.
Apr 21, 2020
Should You Switch to Solid Dish Soap? We Asked 5 Experts
Green Week
Here’s what five people in the cleaning industry have to say about the pros and cons of solid dish soap vs. liquid dish detergent.
Apr 20, 2020
Boll & Branch Launched a New Organic Bath Collection—And Your Purchase Can Help Medical Workers Right Now
Help yourself, the environment, and relief efforts all at once.
Apr 7, 2020
Two Easy Homemade Alternatives If You Don’t Have Glass Cleaner
Picture this: Inspired by the window-cleaning marathon you completed while getting a jump start on spring cleaning, you’re cleaning all the glass in your house. You’ve done all the doors, the glass that protects every photo that’s hung on the wall or displayed on a bookshelf, and the mirrored tray on your oversized tufted ottoman. In your zeal, you’ve finished a spray bottle of glass cleaner.
Apr 5, 2020
IKEA’s New Sustainable Collection Will Help Create the Indoor Garden of Your Dreams
Six artisans from around the world pitched in to make this sustainably driven collection come to life.
Mar 13, 2020
This 172-Square-Foot “Shoebox” Micro Apartment Makes Small Space Living Feel Spacious
The key is smart storage solutions and bright colors.
Mar 7, 2020
This 182-Square-Foot Sustainable Tiny House Is Shaped Like a Leaf
This is next-level sustainable living.
Mar 2, 2020
This Soap Dispenser Is Made of Sustainable Packaging (Yes, It’s Also Soap)
It can be used to store liquid soaps, too.
Feb 28, 2020
This Company Wants to Replace Your Garbage Disposal with a Smart Composter
Composting at home is about to get a lot easier (and a lot less stinkier).
Feb 27, 2020
This Off-Grid Hawaii Homestead Is a Handmade Slice of Paradise
Zen and Arina escaped the rat race by building themselves a sustainable and off-the-grid homestead in the Hawaiian tropical jungle.
Feb 27, 2020
7 Things You Should Never Do With Paper Towels
One of the easiest ways to cut back on single-use paper is realizing that some areas at home are best left untouched by the controversial paper towel.
Feb 24, 2020
This Prefab House is Completely Self-Powered
The homes start at just 430 square feet.
Feb 23, 2020
A Woman Knitted a “Temperature Scarf” to Reflect January’s Fluctuating Weather—and It’s Going Viral on Twitter
One woman took to her knitting needles to reflect the daily fluctuating temperatures in January.
Feb 6, 2020
Behold, I Found the Best Alternative to Those Single-Use Makeup Remover Pads
And they're less than $15 for a pack of 20!
Feb 3, 2020
This Solar Panel-Like Device Can Collect and Filter Drinking Water from the Air
The average setup can replace one-to-two 12-packs of water bottles per day.
Feb 2, 2020
These Sustainable Candle Jars Become Plant Pots for the Seed-Infused Paper Lids—Just Add Dirt
While most candle jars end up in a landfill, you'll want to keep these around.
Jan 30, 2020
Airbnb Wants to Send You on a 2-Month Sabbatical to the Bahamas
Five candidates will be chosen for the preservation trip of a lifetime.
Jan 28, 2020
You’d Never Guess This Spa-Like Showerhead Saves Nearly Half the Water of a Normal One
It’s the showerhead of the future, and it’s going to save water and money.
Jan 27, 2020
IKEA’s New European Store Will Ditch Parking for Trees
160 trees, to be exact.
Jan 21, 2020
Ireland Plans to Plant 440 Million Trees By 2040 to Fight Climate Change
That's 8,000 hectares or 19,768 acres.
Jan 18, 2020
This Hidden Section of Amazon Is Committed to Making Online Shopping More Sustainable
This eco-friendly resource is gold—I mean, er, green.
Jan 17, 2020
This Sustainable Lampshade Will Make You See Veggies In a Whole New Light
Equally functional as they are eye-catching.
Jan 13, 2020
These Are the Top 25 Cities for Eco-Friendly Living in the U.S.
WalletHub reviewed the 100 largest cities in the U.S. to find out which cities are greenest.
Jan 9, 2020
Shoppers Call on Target to Stop Using Disposable Plastic Shopping Bags
"We can bring our own bags."
Dec 30, 2019
Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Contributing to Plastic Pollution
There's nothing uglier than pollution.
Dec 26, 2019
5 Ways to Be a Little Greener This Holiday Season
It CAN be easy to be green—we promise! These simple little changes will get you closer to celebrating a zero-waste holiday.
Dec 1, 2019
Why The Best Thing For Your Cleaning Routine Is a $3 Diaper
Microfiber cloths are popular for a reason, but they have a real dark side. Here's why cleaning experts think you should quit microfiber and reach for a diaper instead.
Jul 7, 2019
One Small Way You Can Save Money While You’re Literally Standing in the Shower
Whether it's condiments in the kitchen or hand soap, here's one always-solid way to save.
Jun 10, 2019
5 Common Myths About Composting at Home (It’s Easier and Less Smelly Than You Think)
In honor of National Composting Day on May 29, we spoke to some experts to help break down common myths about composting, including how to do it in an apartment.
May 29, 2019
How One Scandinavian City Is Creating Low-Cost Sustainable Housing for Its Young People
It represents hope for the future of Stockholm’s housing market, which has been going through a crisis for the last few decades.
Apr 26, 2019
An Expert Reveals What You Need to Know Before You Try Zero-Waste Living
If you're trying to live a more zero waste lifestyle, avoid these don'ts.
Apr 24, 2019
Here’s a Simple and Food-Safe Way to Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen
Ants tend to pop up in the spring and can linger through summer, foraging through your kitchen for food.
Apr 2, 2019
13 Ways to Clean Your Whole Home with Apple Cider Vinegar
This fermented wonder is useful all over the place—just check out the following cleaning methods that incorporate apple cider vinegar.
Jan 19, 2019
6 Small Ways You Can Be More Self-Sufficient at Home
Remember that time you said you were going to double down on being less wasteful at home? Good news: It doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, as long as you’re willing to add a few quick and easy skills to your repertoire. Being more self-sufficient at home starts with relying less on outside services and wasteful resources. It’s the type of change that happens when you commit to a lot of small tasks in order to make a greater holistic impact on your home life.
Dec 2, 2018
You Should Know How to Make Your Own Drain Cleaner
Dead skin cells, soap scum, random food scraps, human hair, pet hair, and just regular ol’ dirt—these are all the things you regularly wash down your sink or tub’s drain. And if they sound gross now, image how much worse they are once they’ve congealed into a stringy, slimy ball of gunk inside your pipes. Yuck! You want to prevent any of this gunk buildup before it becomes a real problem—especially in homes with older pipes or large families.
Sep 30, 2018
6 Plants That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes
I live in a one bedroom “garden” apartment, which means that I get to have my own front door, porch, and small strip of flower bed. The only downside? The flower bed is under the porch roof, which means it’s constantly damp and shady, and also an ideal mosquito habitat. So this year, after frantically trying to squash a few rogue mosquitoes that snuck indoors while I was carrying in groceries, I’ve decided to get myself some mosquito-repelling plants.
Jun 27, 2018
9 Of Our Favorite Feel-Good Uses for Essential Oils at Home
Essential oils are natural mood boosters you can use in a variety of ways at home. Choose your favorite scent combinations, and bring a little aromatherapy to your daily routine with these nine projects. You’ll feel better for it. Important note: Do NOT handle essential oils with your bare hands. Essential oils are concentrated and can cause skin irritation if not diluted in a carrier oil or diffused across a material. If you do get some on you, do not wash with water.
Jun 19, 2018
Ideal Indoor Humidity Levels & How to Control Them at Home
Let's talk about what humidity levels you should keep in your home year round, and different techniques to do so.
Jun 7, 2018
This Homemade Two-Ingredient Deodorizer Will Make You Want to Vacuum
Unlike grout cleaning and emptying the dishwasher, vacuuming is a household chore that I never mind doing. I love seeing all the dirt in the canister and knowing that I got all that out of our living space, and I love the immediate sense of satisfaction from looking at a newly-vacuumed rug. Vacuuming, to me, is a chore with one of the most visible results. Recently, I kicked my vacuuming routine up a notch, just once a week, and now I enjoy it even more.
May 22, 2018
Why You Should Spray Vinegar Around Your Windows
We’re eager for that moment to throw our windows open to fresh spring breezes — and it seems that the things outside our homes are awaiting the opportunity, too (but for different motives). If it’s not the pollen blowing inside, it’s the bugs that somehow make it through the tiniest nooks and crannies you don’t see (even if you have screens).
Apr 25, 2018
Why I’ll Always Keep “Alvin Corn” in My Cleaning Kit
I love inexpensive, simple DIY household cleaners with one giant caveat: they have to work. One of my very favorite homemade cleaners is Alvin Corn. I’ve mixed one up for every bathroom in the house and one for common areas and it’s one cleaning solution I’ll never replace. Alvin Corn is a homemade glass cleaner that actually works — and works so very well. I first found out about it years ago on Crunchy Betty when she tested several homemade glass cleaners.
Mar 27, 2018
These Amazon Deals Are Good For Your Wallet – & The Environment
We are always looking for more eco-friendly ways to shop for our homes. In addition to being better for the environment, it’s also a money-saver. That said, it can often mean spending more money up front for savings down the line, even if it’s small (like our new favorite $6 solution to paper towels). So when we do see deals on green products, we get excited. Ahead, three buys that are better for the environment – and currently better for your wall – on Amazon.
Mar 14, 2018
This Homemade Mask is The Ultimate Fix For Dry, Damaged Hair
Between beanies, coat hoods, and dry, winter air, my hair always ends up looking like the Cousin It version of itself by New Year’s Eve. As a curly girl, I was getting sick of forking over $20+ for hair treatments and trying DIY hair masks that left a funky smell (I’m looking at you, mayonnaise mask). So this year I started looking into other options and kept reading about how great aloe is for your hair.
Jan 22, 2018
It’s Not Easy Being Green: 4 Times I Went Back to Chemicals
I like to reduce the chemicals in our household, not only because I don’t want them accessible to my young children, but also because I try to reduce our chemical exposure in general. That’s why I mix my own Alvin Corn glass cleaner (“alcohol, vinegar, cornstarch” — awesome stuff), and use baking soda to scrub my sinks.
Jan 3, 2018
A New Brand Claims It’s the Most Environmentally Friendly Paint in the World
In the quest to create the most eco-friendly paint and most innovative, LEED-platinum buildings on the planet, one Spanish company is throwing it back with one of the oldest building materials known to man: lime.
Jun 1, 2017
Feel Better: 7 All-Natural Headache Home Remedies
While the underlying causes of headaches can be pretty widespread (dehydration, lack of sleep and magnesium deficiency are just a few of the many options), it’s nice to have a remedy or two tucked away in your back pocket for times of need. And a natural remedy you can find in your own home? Even better. Here are seven options to help you cope the next time you find yourself dealing with a pounding head.
May 29, 2017
The 5 Most Useful Essential Oils
While natural beauty guru Rachel Winard (of the cult-favorite brand Soapwalla) and I were talking about good, easy facials to make with food that might currently be in your kitchen, I also asked her for pointers on how to start an essential oil collection. Essentially: What are the essential essential oils? She suggested these five (for which you could come up with your own mnemonic, too — my first attempt is “let little ponies eat … tea trees.
May 4, 2017
How To Make Your Own Reusable Food Wrap
Sorry Costco, but I don't buy Saran Wrap in bulk anymore.
Apr 25, 2017
The Hippie Toothbrush Experiment
A cautionary tale. Or, I brushed my teeth with a stick.
Apr 14, 2017
I Replaced My Paper Towel Habit With Reusable Bambooee Towels
In an effort to green their clean routines, some Apartment Therapy staffers are taking on small shifts at home, replacing their usual products and tools with more eco-friendly versions. Anyone who watches Shark Tank knows about Bambooee towels. In fact, while I had our roll sitting on the counter waiting to take this challenge on, my husband couldn’t resist shouting “BAMBOOEE!” (in co-founder Noam Krasniansky’s contagious accent) every time he walked into our kitchen.
Apr 4, 2017
Are You Fascinated by Dr. Bronner’s? Us Too
A sporadic column looking into the goings-on at America’s favorite hippie soap company. Have you ever spaced out in the shower marveling at the label on the Dr. Bronner’s bottle? Or tried all 18 suggested uses for their castile soap (or two or three or four of them)? Or peeked into Dr.
Mar 20, 2017
Is Argan Oil a Beauty Miracle Maker? Our Testers Tell It Like It Is
Welcome to another installment of Beauty Bucket List, a series in which we roll up our sleeves to do some hard and fast testing of cult classic beauty products, because just hearing about how great something is just isn’t good enough.
Mar 14, 2017
Green ’17: 10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Play Nice with the Earth
If your home goal for 2017 is to go green(er), here are 10 remarkably easy changes that require the most minimal amount of effort. Switches as simple as changing a lightbulb (seriously) or buying a dish towel don’t call for much work on your part, but together they’ll add up to a total eco-friendly home makeover. When buying new wood furniture, look for certified sustainably harvested options.
Jan 25, 2017
Magic for Modern Life: The Secret Benefits of 7 Common Household Items
There’s no question, many people are beginning to rethink their consumption, and have been transitioning to more natural ingredients when it comes to food, skincare, and even medicine. If you’ve ever been curious about some of the positive not-so-known properties of some of these common natural items, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a little 101 to get you started on your path to a more natural and holistic lifestyle in the new year.
Jan 22, 2017
Magic for Modern Life: An All-Natural Antidote to Negative Vibes at Home
If your home is feeling a bit stale, here’s a way to freshen it up and move forward with positive intentions. Burning herbs and flowers is a customizable twist on the incense you might remember from college. Choose your favorite blend of organic materials—based on their individual scents and properties—and create your own unique aromatherapy.
Jan 11, 2017
Mindful Matters: Little Ways to Live Your Life More Intentionally
With the new year upon us, there’s no better time to start thinking more intentionally. The simple act of just thinking about what matters to you around your home is a step in the right direction. Whether it’s fostering a positive experience in your life, or just changing something that bothers you (like that pile of shoes in the entryway), there are plenty of small tweaks to make around the home to live a more intentional life.
Jan 6, 2017
Tooth Be Told: Do Natural Toothpastes Keep Your Breath Fresh? Here’s What We Thought of 9 Top-Rated Varieties
It is a truth universally acknowledged that we all need to brush our teeth. What you use to carry out the chore is up to you, but if you’re looking for some natural toothpaste alternatives with minimal chemicals (more on that later), we rounded up 7 willing mouths at Apartment Therapy HQ to test out 9 top-rated natural pastes. Did they stand a chance against the raw garlic test? Read on to find out!
Sep 28, 2016
Clean Sweep: Surprising Ways to Use Essential Oils at Home
When you think of essential oils, you probably think about aromatherapy. Sure, they smell amazing, but essential oils can also come in quite handy when it comes to cleaning your home. From degreasing your stove to de-germing your kids’ stuffed animals, here are 7 ways you can clean your home with essential oils—their uses might surprise you! Lavender does more than just smell and look lovely—the purple plant has natural antibacterial properties, too.
Sep 7, 2016
Got a Roach Problem? Try These DIY Roach Repellents (and Skip the Store-Bought Sprays)
Here's how to get a pesky pest problem under control the natural way, without using toxic repellents and insecticides.
Sep 6, 2016
7 Ways to Eat Your Sunscreen: Can You Help Prevent Sunburn from the Inside Out?
Could the right supplements help keep your skin safe all summer long? While it’s absolutely essential to use a quality sunscreen to prevent burns, these seven foods and supplements just may bolster your efforts and increase your skin’s tolerance to those red-inducing rays. Sign me—and my skin’s borderline superhero ability to burn in ten minutes—up. Wait, isn’t this the whole reason you’re out in the sun in the first place?
Aug 22, 2016
Easy (& Cheap!) Fixes to Help You Survive the Suckier Side of Summer
There are a lot of things to love about summertime—vacations, movies, warm weather and that DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince song, chief among them. But we all know how those other summer staples—sweat, stink and sunburns—are the enemy of a good time. You don’t need to stay cooped up inside all summer long to battle the elements, you just need a handful of cheap beauty and cleaning hacks in your arsenal (and in your purse). Do you have any summer survival tips?
Aug 19, 2016
Finally, A DIY Way to Keep Cats & Plants From Ruining Each Other’s Lives
It’s a given that every time we write about plants at home, at least one person mentions toxicity and pets —which foliage is safe to ingest, which isn’t, and how to get a cat to stop eating their favorites. Turns out there is a DIY solution to keep them away from each other, effectively ending the the war of loyalty between your two loves. Molly of Almost Makes Perfect came up with a liquid solution to spray onto your plants.
Aug 10, 2016
Post-Swim Recovery: How To Get Chlorine & Sea Salt Out of Your Swimsuits, Skin, and Hair
There is nothing more glorious than jumping into the water on a hot summer day, and while the crispy hair, dry skin, and faded swimsuits are more than worth the relief that chlorinated or salty water provides, they can be avoided by following these 14 tips. My personal tip would be to wear your suit into a cool post-swim shower. Once you feel thoroughly rinsed, take off your suit and turn the water up to a comfortable temperature.
Jul 29, 2016
Make It Yourself: 7 All-Natural Sea Salt Cleaners & Scrubs
If you’ve taken a trip to the beach recently, you know first-hand the magic that natural sea salt can work on your skin and hair. It’s a wonder ingredient at home, too. Just try out one of these natural house cleaning remedies and recipes from around the web. Chances are, you have everything you need to “cook” one together right in your pantry.
Jun 20, 2016
Take 5: Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Amazing This Summer
It’s time to spring-clean your home’s scent. Even if you don’t consciously notice it, the way your home smells affects how you feel about it. And while throwing open the windows can help freshen the air in some locales, if you’re a city dweller, you may just be letting in some lovely smog. Instead, try these subtle, completely-natural ways to clear the air.
Jun 2, 2016
21 Things You Can Do With Lemons and Lemon Juice (That Don’t Involve Food)
Lemons are kind of a miracle to me. Their wizardly talents range from saving sailors from untimely scurvy deaths, to working equally as well in savory and sweet dishes. And on top of that, lemons are an ace all-natural cleaning agent to use around the house. Lemon is a cleanser and deodorizer that can work wonders for your skin, wardrobe or dresser drawers. Make a serum to calm your puffy, swollen eyes. Mix lemon juice with sugar or salt to create a deliciously smelling body scrub.
Apr 20, 2016