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How To Grow All The Succulents You Could Ever Want!

by M.E. Gray

How To Regrow Succulents | A Walkthrough

Succulents are awesome. I don't have the best luck with keeping indoor plants healthy (or alive), but succulents seem to always have my back. They're hardy, they don't mind if you forget to water them for a few days, and they don't require a ton of maintenance. Plus they are just adorable. Additionally, they are also easy to fill your home with for almost no extra cost. All it takes is a little propagation; as in, you can regrow succulents from existing leaves (magic, right?).     

Grow as many succulent plants as you want through the power of propagation!

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How To: Make Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaner

by M.E. Gray

How to: Make orange-scented homemade window cleaner

I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By "green" I mean natural, but also "green" as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!        

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9 Areas of the Home You Commonly Forget to Clean, and How to Deal With the Dirt

by M.E. Gray

You've cleaned your home from top to bottom - or so you think. Here are nine things most people forget to clean!

Occasionally you won't notice how dirty something in your house is until it's that dirt is called out. You drop something under your couch and discover a gang of dust bunnies living underneath. You throw open your curtains and find yourself in a front-row seat to a dust dance-off floating right in front of your face. Since it's spring cleaning season, now is as good a time as any to tackle those forgotten areas of your home. And don't feel...

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How To: Make Natural, Chemical-Free Wood Cleaner

by M.E. Gray

How to: Make lemon-scented chemical-free wood cleaner

More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home. Call me a hippie (you're a hippie!), but I just don't want all that toxic chemical junk around me. I've successfully transitioned all my cleaning products to eco-friendly versions, and I'm now dipping my toes in the realm of homemade cleaners. If you've made your own cleansing sprays before, you know the main ingredient is almost always vinegar. I love the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell. Doesn't it just remind you of decorating Easter eggs? This recipe for all-natural wood cleaner doesn't have that overpowering  vinegar aroma. Instead, is has a light lemon scent. And I have to say, it's a crazy-pleasant smell. Like I kind of want to wear it as a perfume.       

Materials

 

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (can be found at the natural foods store)
  • 20-30 drops of lemon oil 

How to make all-natural furniture cleaner

This cleaner is easy to make. Simply combine all ingredients in a large bottle, and shake it up!  I opted not to use a spray bottle, and instead I'm keeping mine in a simple amber one. The reason is that I've found when I make all-natural cleaners, the sprayer tends to clog up and break. If anyone has any tips to prevent this from happening, let me know in the comments please!

To use this all-natural wood cleaner, distribute a little bit of the solution on a soft cloth, and wipe wood surfaces clean. 


How to: Make lemon-scented chemical-free wood cleaner

Make this: Natural wood cleaner with a refreshing lemon scent

This wood cleaning solution is more about getting rid of dirt, and less about polishing. This makes it great for cleaning floors, dishes, or wood surfaces you eat off of or prepare food on. If you're looking to make a cleaner with a little more polishing power, add a tablespoon of olive oil to this mixture. 

In case you're curious what each ingredient is for, here's the breakdown: The water is essentially the carrier. The vinegar is the cleansing agent. The vegetable glycerin helps the solution dry faster, and the lemon oil is there to smell amazing.

Go chemical-free and learn how to make your own natural wood cleaner. Perfect for furniture, floors, dishes - you name it!
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Happy cleaning! 

Looking for more all-natural ways to clean your home? Try this all-purpose spray!

DIY natural all-purpose cleaner

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Make Quick, Easy Embroidered Wall Art With This Secret Weapon: The Punch Needle!

by M.E. Gray

How to embroidery easy wall art using our new favorite tool!

I've been crafting for a fairly long time (I won't say how long because I don't want to date myself). In all my years of making stuff I can't believe it took me this long to discover the embroidery tool I'm using to create this easy wall art. I first stumbled across this technique on social media. Someone had posted a "Work in Progress" video, and they were causally punching away at some fabric, creating embroidered lines at breakneck speed. After some internet searching, I was able to locate what is currently my favorite tool: Everyone, meet the punch needle.

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This Is the Only Household Cleaning Product You Need. Here's How to Make It.

by Holly Wade

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

As a baker, crafter and all-around mess-maker, having a multitude of cleaners on hand at all times is a must. After a while, my cabinets became packed with various cleaners that I just didn't need, so I sought out a way to narrow them down, and better yet, I did it by making my own all-purpose cleaner using items around the house that will clean just about anything. 

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10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home

by Faith Provencher
10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: PMQ For Two

I don't know about you, but this is the time of year when I start having fleeting thoughts of spring and wishing that the cold gray days would be replaced by warm sunny ones. And while that's not going to happen for another couple of months here in the Boston area, I am working on adding some freshness to my home. Adding green is a great way to do this, so today I'm sharing ten fun ways to add some green accents to your space.   

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Maggie Overby Studios

1. Add a piece of green furniture to your bedroom, like this pretty nightstand. [Photo: Maggie Overby Studios]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Design*Sponge

2. Paint a small pop of green in an unexpected place, like this bar in the kitchen. [Photo: Design*Sponge]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Heimatbaum

3. Add some green artwork to your walls, like these beautiful botanical prints. [Photo: Heimatbaum]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Historias  De Casa

4. Add color to an accent wall, like this tiled area in the kitchen. If tiling isn't an option, just use paint! [Photo: Historias  De Casa]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo:  The Effortless Chic

5. If you're in the mood for a project, try re-tiling your backsplash in a pretty mint green color like the one above. [Photo:  The Effortless Chic]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo:  Rain On A Tin Roof

6. Refinishing an existing piece of furniture is another great way to add a pop of green to a room. [Photo:  Rain On A Tin Roof]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Historias De Casa

7. Or just add plants! This is an incredibly easy way to add freshness to any room, and it will improve your air quality too. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Keep Smiling Home

8. You might also consider painting something with green chalkboard paint! [Photo: Keep Smiling Home]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo:  The Fuller View

9. Green throw pillows are another great option for almost any room. [Photo:  The Fuller View]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: PMQ For Two

10. This might be my favorite... paint the back of your bookshelves green for an easy yet noticeable change. [Photo: PMQ For Two]

 

10 Fun Ways To Add Fresh Green Accents To Your Home
Photo: Maggie Overby Studios

 

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How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

by Brittni Mehlhoff

How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

If you live in a smaller home, you know that Christmas trees take up a lot of valuable space during the holidays. Space that you may not have to spare. Right? So why not try this fun and fringy DIY alternative Christmas tree idea, that towers over 6 feet tall, but takes up virtually no space at all. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the perfect holiday photo backdrop. Pretty cool, huh? Here's how to make your own giant wall art Christmas tree...

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This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

by K Emily Bond

This Month in Green Design: Modern Mason Jars, A Real Functioning Moat, & The Verticality of Vegetables

Over at EcoSalon this past month – where Shelter is where the heart is and the green is always greener – we obsessed over Pantone in theory (the app) vs. practice (the hotel); celebrated Valentine’s Day like practical gals and fixed up a broken heart; font-renewed and blissed out; voyeured our way into the homes of some of our favorite design bloggers and curators and prodded the real life ethics of one of America’s most up-and-coming box store...

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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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This Month in Green Design: A Home Made from Cars, Stylish Coffee Shops, and an Inflatable House

by K Emily Bond

This Month in Green Design: A Home Made from Cars, Stylish Coffee Shops, and an Inflatable House

K. Emily Bond is the Shelter Editor at EcoSalon and brings us a monthly column on the latest in conscious and green design.

I’ve been mulling over the perfect opening for my first in a series of guest posts on green design and thus decided that the very best way for to dig in would be…to say, hello.

Hi.

I’m the Shelter editor at EcoSalon, where we write about a great many things pretty and green. Our aim is to make green design and...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

by Chris Gardner

Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

created at: 12/09/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.   

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Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

by DIY Maven

Transform Your Toilet into a Dual-Flush for $20

Some of the coolest things found in our (still relatively) new Target Center here in Minneapolis are the dual flush toilets in the rest rooms. (Yes, such things thrill me.) Dual-flush toilets are gaining popularity in residential applications as well. They can cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to a couple thousand, so swapping out your old water guzzler to a dual-flush may be cost

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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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