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Whiter Clothes? Lemon Juice and Sunshine!
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Here's a way to keep your white’s white without using toxic bleach. The citric acid in lemons acts as a natural stain remover, bleach, and sanitizer. Adding a cup of lemon juice to the wash cycle it will boost the whitening action of your laundry detergent. Sunlight is a natural sterilizer. Hanging clothes on a line in the sun will whiten them overtime just be careful with colored clothing since they can fade.

Warming Earth Heading for Hottest Year on Record
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping. It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August.

NASA, which measures temperatures slightly differently, had already determined that September was record-warm. The first nine months of 2014 have a global average temperature of 58.72 degrees (14.78 degrees Celsius), tying with 1998 for the warmest first nine months on record, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C.

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Non Toxic DIY Natural Deodorant
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Ingredients: 6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state) /1/4 cup baking soda

1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred). Combine equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken. You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispensers or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. Makes about 1 cup.

Autumn Leaves?
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Here's an Eco Friendly Way of Dealing With them...

Skip the leaf blower and use a rake: While it's a little more labor intensive, raking leaves is better for the environment than the leaf blower. Leaf blowers create a lot of noise pollution, and, if they're diesel powered, create a fair amount of air pollution as well. (unless you're running on bio-diesel)

Don't burn your leaves: Once you've got the leaves raked in nice piles, go ahead and jump on them, but don't burn them. burning creates lots of smoke, especially when leaves are damp.The open burning of leaves produces particulate matter and hydrocarbons, which contain a number of toxic, irritant, and carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compounds. Leaf smoke also contains carbon monoxide.

Do compost or mulch: Some areas offer yard waste pick up in addition to garbage collection and curbside recycling. However, if you don't have yard waste pick up mulch or composting are much better options. It is fine to compost only leaves, but other materials such as grass clippings,coffee grounds, and vegetable and fruit peelings may be composted as well. Meat, grease, and dairy products should not be composted, however, because they can cause odors and attract pests.

GREEN Tips for Halloween!
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#1) Make Your Own: No need to buy new! Make the costumes out of things around the house or swap costumes with the neighbors.

#2) Use all the pumpkin: What better way to celebrate Fall than with pumpkin bread, roasted pumpkin seeds, etc., and then compost the rest of the pumpkin.

#3) Choose Re-usable: Instead of disposable Halloween fun, choose re-usable. plates, cups and utensils.

#4) Organic Candy: Choose organic candy and limit the treats per little ghost or goblin.

#5)Treat Bags: Pillowcases and reusable, canvas, grocery bags make great treat collectors.

#6) Party Green: Throwing a Halloween Party? Why not bob for organic apples and recycle the party waste?

#7) Powered by a shake: Instead of using up battery after battery, give your child a flashlight that is powered by a shake. It not only saves batteries but when the holiday is over store the flashlight in your car the rest of the year in case of emergencies.

Natural Home Brew for a Cold: Scallion Broth
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This simple broth will help you sweat lightly, and is an excellent remedy for preventing and getting rid of colds: Take one scallion, and chop it up (slice of fresh ginger optional). Boil in water for 5 to 10 minutes. (Keep the lid on the pot to prevent vapor from escaping) Flavor with tamari. Sip it slowly.

Lower Your VOCs...
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Many building materials such as paint, wallboards, adhesives, carpets and ceiling tiles can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde. If you're fitting out a new home or office or renovating one, consider using low or no VOC-emission materials. Search for low or no VOC paints and ask questions about VOCs in all your interior furnishings. Your long term health will thank you for it!

How to Dispose of Motor Oil...
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As little as 0.3 gallons of motor oil down the drain can pollute 2,500 gallons of water, as well as contaminate waste treatment plant sludge!  If you have an old car and it's leaking a little oil, try to get it fixed so the oil left on the road is not washed into our precious waterways. Most service stations collect used motor oil so have your car's oil changed professionally. Check if your local service station collects used motor oil for recycling before you take your car in for an oil change.

Socially Correct?
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A new study recently found that being eco-friendly is more socially acceptable than it's ever been. In fact, people who were surveyed said they'd be more embarrassed if caught throwing trash out of the car window than discovered cheating on their taxes, according to the national poll conducted by the Shelton Group.

Got Ants? Here Are Some Ant Deterrent Tips...
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  • Healthier things you may want to try before reaching for that can of insecticide.
  • Pouring lemon juice around areas ants frequent.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon or place in cheesecloth bags in affected areas.
  • Baking soda can also deter ants - pour a solid line in areas of activity and they won't cross it.
  • A ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants can discourage ants.
  • A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.
  • Ants hate vinegar; so spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel them.
  • Sprinkling a circle of ground cloves around the pet food bowls.
  • Planting mint around vegetable patches, flower beds and around the house
  • Cinnamon sprinkled across ant scent trails seems to be very effective.
  • Citrus oil is a good deterrent; it can soaked into a piece of string and place around scent trails.
  • Use a piece of chalk to draw a line over trails - again, the ants won't cross it. Chalk also has the advantage of being able to be used on vertical surfaces
  • This last suggestion is friendly to the ants! Make a sugar trail away from the house to the compost pile (hopefully you have one).

Ants invade for a reason - usually for food or water, so be sure to keep food items well secured and clean up after you prepare food. Also check plumbing for leaks, particularly under sinks. Dead insects can attract large numbers of ants, so check window sills and other areas where they may accumulate.

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