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Home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes / horse chestnuts
Lifestyle and environment

How to make Eco-friendly DIY laundry soap from Buckeyes / Horse Chestnuts

...soap (and likely get shot out of lawnmowers like buckshot), if you had a neighbor with a buckeye or horse chestnut tree they may be thrilled if you went and collected them, but maybe ask before trampling their grass! How to make Buckeye / Horse Chestnut laundry soap? Making laundry soap from Horse Chestnets or Buck...

Tru Earth Eco strips laundry detergent reviews
Lifestyle and environment

Tru Earth Eco-Strip laundry soap reviewed as a liquid laundry detergent alternative

...Soap comes in a recycled cardboard package that is simple to ship The highest volume ingredient in regular laundry detergent is water; non-concentrated detergent may contain up to 95% water (no, really, read the ingredients!), while even concentrated and eco-friendly laundry soaps may still contain as much as 50% w...

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

...Soapnut DIY laundry soap as well as Tru-Earth Laundry strips which we reviewed here , and since we are forever on the search for non-toxic home cleaning products , I decided to give wash balls a try. “Laundry wash balls wash clothes well and save money” – do they? The brand I purchased (which shall remain nameless)...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...soap dispensers Touching contaminated taps and soap dispensers while we attempt to clean our hands can defeat the purpose,or leave contaminants for the next user. It is fairly likely that there are contaminants on them already. You can purchase a liquid or foaming soap dispenser with a touch free sensor just as are...

What to do with old coffee grounds
Lifestyle and environment

Here is what old coffee grounds are good for - including skin care !

...soap and stir in 1/3 cup of coffee grounds. Pour it back into a soap mold, let it set, then use to scrub and exfoliate dirty hands after a productive outdoor session. If you don't want to do this you can just use generous amounts of coffee grounds with a drop of castile soap and that'll do the trick too! Use coffee g...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...soap and water Expect around 200 grams of VOCs per can of water based polyurethane; compare that with a low VOC paint which will have about 50 grams, or Zero VOC paint which will have... wait for it...zero! (excluding perhaps a low level in the coloring if separately tinted.) Oil based floor finishes & varnish ar...

Green cleaning products
Healthy indoor air quality

6 easy steps to detoxify your home

...soap and laundry detergent are easily found in biodegradable, phosphate-free and unscented varieties. 2.) Dispose of leftover paint. It can be hard to let go of leftover matching colours, but if you have a bunch of cans you are pretty sure you won't use again, get rid of them. It is near impossible to get an airtig...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?
Bathrooms

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...soap up, while maintaining the right temperature. Thermostatic mixing valve: Rather than messing around with the hot and cold taps, you can quickly select the water temperatures as well as prevent scalding by setting a maximum temperature. This is what comfort and efficiency in one package looks like. Drain water...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...soap and other pollution from your bath, shower and washing machine water without using a filter or chemicals. Best news still, Hydraloop automatically cleans itself every few weeks without you having to do anything. Because of this, maintenance requirements are low. Water from the shower, bath and washing machine ge...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...soap added to the water before it entered the tank and the soap caused the water to gel. Air lock entry at the doors. With an air tight building an air lock is not really of much value, the whole house acts as a air lock and air doesn't blow though the house because there are no holes for the air to flow through. S...

Free Energy Audits, Net Zero Home Grants & Interest Free Home Renovation Loans
Grants and incentives

0% loans & Grants for Green Home Renovations & Construction - A Boost for Canadians in 2020

...soap box for a moment I will explain my political hackiness… Stimulate the green home construction industry Green home tax credits and interest-free loans are the best return on investment for government stimulus . An investment into improving home energy-efficiency has a multitude of benefits, with the most notabl...