How to Save Money By Growing Your Own Organic Garden- Back to Eden Style!

How to Save Money By Growing Your Own Garden- Back to Eden Style! By: Catherine Slezinger I love gardening.  I simply feel so alive being around lots of green, pretty, growing things.  I remember reading The Secret Garden when I was a little girl, and always wanting a huge garden of my own, with flowers and fruit trees, vegetables and herbs.  In addition to being therapeutic, growing your own food has another major benefit: it saves a lot of money! I’ve always wanted a huge garden, but since we’re just renting the house we’re in, didn’t want to tear up…

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How To Clean Your Home Without Toxins

How To Clean Your Home Without Toxins By: Catherine Slezinger Growing up, one of my household chores was to clean the bathrooms.  We used Comet Cleanser, and my childhood asthma would always flare up whenever I dumped some down the toilet.  I thought it was awesome, because I had a great excuse to stop, while running down the hall yelling: "Mom, I’m allergic to cleaning!!!" Well, that never got me out of chores, but it turns out I was right- you really can be allergic to all common household cleaners, and most of them are downright deadly! In fact, studies…

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Toxin Free Home: How to Know Which Products Are Toxin Free

There are so many options out there for cleaning & personal care products. How do you know which ones are truly toxin free? Finding the answer can be really confusing- especially because even health food stores are packed with products that are not 100% safe! Many people think that if they buy something from a health food store, it means that they’re in the clear. While that sure would make life easy, it’s certainly not the case. So how do you know if your personal care or home cleaning products are toxin free? The only way you can know for…

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Toxin Free Home: Vacuum for Better Health!

Ladies, I know how it is. We’re busy, laundry is piling, and the dishes are multiplying like bunnies. (At least in my house!) One of the first chores I fall behind on is the vacuuming, and then the dusting. Since they’re not as crucial to a home’s function as clean dishes are, it’s easy to lay these chores aside. However, vacuuming & dusting regularly will not only make your house clean, but they will improve your family’s health as well! The reason is because those inconspicuous dust bunnies laying around can contain lead, arsenic, pesticides, fire retardants, and any other…

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Toxin Free Home: How to Make Foaming Hand Soap

Is it just our family, or does your family run out of hand soap like there’s no tomorrow? It’s so important to wash hands frequently, but conventional hand soaps contain triclosan, used as an antibacterial ingredient, and are toxic to your liver! If you’d like to wash your hands sans toxins, just follow this simple formula to get your own toxin free foaming hand soap! I’ve written about the Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap before, and it is my favorite to use for hand soap. So all that’s left is to find some foamer bottles. But where do you find them?…

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Toxin Free Home: DIY Laundry Detergent, that works!

I know, I know. You’re skeptical. So was I. But some things in life you just have to try! Do it yourself laundry detergent is one of them! I have always loved using Biokleen, but with the three Littles, and cloth diapering, laundry detergent goes fast around here. Even with getting Biokleen through my co op, it was still adding up. I did some research and found a recipe for homemade laundry detergent that would cost half of what I was paying monthly for BioKleen. I decided to give it a try, and fell in love! Making things yourself is…

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