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Use What You Have: Practically Free Upcycled Organization Ideas

by Rachel Jacks

Underbed storage

If you've ever gone on an organizing spree, I probably don't have to tell you that the cost of stuff to organize your stuff can really add up. But if you want to get organized on a budget, your best bet is to create solutions with things you already have. Things that might instead end up in the trash or recycling, so you're saving the planet at the same time. These upcycled organization ideas for every room in the house prove that with a little creativity, you don't have to spend big bucks to create an organized space.        

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Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

by Craftmel

Save on Suds: 6 DIY Soap Recipes

It's an essential part of keeping a tidy and fresh existence: Soap.  Hands, clothes, dishes... they all need something to keep away the grime and germy germs (I have small children; I'm allowed to say germy germs).   If you are anything like me and find yourself cursing money spent on soap and detergents when it could be going toward things that are way more fun than cleaning supplies, then you might appreciate these DIY soap recipes.

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DIY Green Cleaners

by Craftmel

DIY Green Cleaners

Green cleaning products don't always have to come from your local "Green" grocer.  My older sister is a good example of this-- she makes a lot of her cleaning solutions and is in love with the result she gets, both by way of a fresh, clean house and by saving money.  Want a few home-made cleaning recipes?  

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How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

by Capree K

How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?  

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Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

by Capree K

Make It: A Super Easy DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat

And by super easy, I mean if you have any motor skills AT ALL, you can make a bath mat just like this recycled cork one ($125) (shop other cork bath mats, and here)

Danny Seo from the craft blog Daily Danny shares this DIY bath mat idea.  All you need is a whole bunch of wine corks* and a shadow box/frame.  Then, take your corks and arrange them vertically inside the box.  No cutting, gluing, sealing, or drilling required.  BAM...

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Spring Cleaning: Eco-Chic Ideas For Your Home

by Capree K

Spring Cleaning: Eco-Chic Ideas For Your Home

We've covered our bases with green cleaning products, ideas for re-using old towels (shaggy-cool bath mats!), and tips for cleaning out and organizing those pesky junk drawers.  But what do you do with all those random items you've cleared out?  Sure, you could throw them away, but we have a better idea.  Put on your creative caps and turn them into one-of-a-kind, eco-chic items for your home!  

created at: 03/31/2011

From wine cork trivets to recycled paper...

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Top 5 Green Cleaning Tips

by DIY Maven

 

Top 5 Green Cleaning Tips

 

 

Green cleaning products are great, but like with all cleaners, some work better than others. Kastle has given quite a few a test drive. She has posted her findings, along with her favorite eco-friendly cleaners, over at Daily Green. Here's some you might want to put on your shopping list:

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Peek inside Jennifer Aniston's Eco-Chic Diggs

by DIY Maven

jennifer aniston house279012 Jennifer Anistons New Eco Abode in Beverly Hills

When Jennifer Aniston got her hands on this 1970's residence, she gave it the Curbly once-over taking it from drab to eco-fab. The 6 bedroom 7 bathroom home was fitted with a bunch of solar panels and a reflective metal roof, which was meant to set an example for eco-housing real estate. The environmental lesson continues to the garden; it consists of plants that can stand up to drought. As far as the 9,000 square feet of interior goes, it's surprisingly cozy.

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175 Uses for Naturally Fresh White Vinegar

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

175 Uses for Naturally Fresh White Vinegar

Pam or Ryan would have gladly cleaned the microwave in the break room if there had only been some white vinegar in the cabinet. There is almost nothing white vinegar won't clean up or do for you around the house. Natural, easy, and odor neutralizing, hot steamy white vinegar loosens baked on crud inside the microwave plus 174 more amazing feats.  Did you know you can use white vinegar to

1. bleach out sun spots on your skin

2. clean your white grout

3. treat Athlete's Foot

4. control dandruff

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