Transform your house into a toxin-free home with Natural Solutions for Cleaning & Wellness. In this valuable and practical guide, Halle Cottis goes beyond using vinegar and baking soda and provides powerful recipes to clean your entire house from the inside out. With ingredients such as salt, rubbing alcohol, and Castile soap, you can create indoor cleaners (such as the All-Purpose Disinfectant Cleaner, Powder and Liquid Laundry Detergent, and Streak-Free Window Cleaner) and outdoor solutions (such as Natural Garden Pesticide, Heavy-Duty Grill Cleaner, and Screen Cleaner).
Halle uses turmeric, coconut oil, and Epsom salts to create concoctions that alleviate common ailments such as headaches and migraines, swimmer’s ear, and cough and sore throat, and that ease even the more difficult-to-treat health conditions (such as eczema, poison ivy and poison oak, digestive system troubles, and emotional issues like PMS, anxiety, and seasonal depression).
Aside from reducing the amount of harsh and toxic cleaners and medicines in your home, you can rest easier knowing you’re saving both time and money with this wide range of 140 natural solutions.
Did you know that wool dryer balls work like magic to keep your laundry fluffy, without coating your clothes in animal fat that store-bought dryer sheets leave behind? They're simple to make and a fun craft project for kids, too. And did you know 7 million trees are cut down annually for the paper cups your coffee is served in? Recycle a jelly container from home and you will save an entire forest while getting lots of compliments on your coffee jar.
Top eco-blogger and new parent Madeleine Somerville has gathered completely original ideas on how to save money and the planet, and have fun in the process, in All You Need Is Less. Learn how to create and not just consume! This guide to the guilt-free green life is packed with dozens of DIY ideas for shampoo and eco-cleaners, worm compost your garden will love, yummy recipes and even homemade holiday gifts and decor. You'll wonder how you ever lived without this book!
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Lavender is so much more than just a relaxing scent. Beyond its most well-known use as a sleep aid, lavender also helps reduce anxiety and inflammation, fights germs, treats skin issues, and relieves headaches. In Beautiful Lavender, Janice Cox walks you through many varieties of lavender, and the best practices for growing and using different types. You will soon discover just how versatile and inspiring the lovely lavender plant can be. Using its many therapeutic benefits, Cox incorporates the lavender plant into recipes for deterring fleas and ticks for pets, making play dough, dream pillows, lavender cookies, tea, lemonade, martinis, and more!
Beautiful Luffa will change the way you see and use these unique vegetables. So much more than bath scrubbers, luffas can be used as a fiber for sewing, an ingredient in the kitchen, and more! With author Janice Cox’s help, you’ll learn everything you need to know about growing and using these unusual plants.
Better explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. Presented in the context of the unique story of Better Farm, a blueprint for environmentally conscious living originally established as an intentional community, this unusual guide blends theory with practical, hands-on, DIY ideas to incite your own creative adventures.
This instructional guide features more than 25 complete, step-by-step projects for weekend woodworkers who want to attract birds to their backyards.
The wide range of easy-to-follow designs includes birdfeeders, baths, and even a roosting box!
Nothing enlivens a room like a touch of nature. Taking the terrarium trend to the next level, this stunning guide will inspire crafters, garden lovers, and décor fans to turn flowers, leaves and branches into striking, organic décor. Acclaimed designer and stylist Shane Powers presents 20 simple yet arresting projects for bringing natural tranquility to any space. Suited for garden enthusiasts and black thumbs alike, the projects use a range of live and dried plant materials to create colorful dried floral garlands, eye-catching willow wreaths, intriguing water gardens, and timeless succulent landscapes. With step-by-step instructions, styling and container ideas, helpful resources, and gorgeous photography, Bring the Outdoors In offers countless ways to welcome the natural world into any space.
Build It Yourself: Weekend Projects for the Garden is a fun and user-friendly manual for constructing practical pieces for your garden and home. Whether you’re looking to attract a bit of nature with a birdfeeder or to keep it out with a fence, get into organic living with a cold frame or compost bin, engage your green thumb with a plant stand or potting table, or add some tasteful furniture to your patio or sunroom, this book will help you to do all that and more.
Master woodworker Frank Perrone outlines the essential tools, techniques, and tips needed for basic woodworking. The 12 projects are designed for simple, straightforward building. Each includes a materials list, a cut sheet that makes getting lumber a snap, layout diagrams, and illustrated step-by-step instructions. Designed to minimize waste, every piece can be flexibly rescaled or customized for a more personal touch.
Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more. You can choose among different hive styles, and many of the 35 projects can be made using hand tools.
The popularity of egg-laying chickens is on the rise. Sustainable and fun, raising chickens is one of the most interesting and rewarding backyard hobbies you can find. In Chicken DIY, aspiring chicken farmers will find creative plans and easy-to-follow construction tips for making a safe and healthy environment for their fine-feathered friends. Veteran farmers and poultry enthusiasts Samantha and Daniel Johnson provide complete and easy-to-follow instructions for 20 essential projects, from coops and feeders to runs, ramps, roosts, and incubators. Clear step-by-step color photographs guide the reader through each hands-on project.
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Compact Cabins presents 62 design interpretations of the getaway dream. Whether it be a small cabin on a sparkling lakefront, a breath-taking mountaintop, an expansive beach, or some other peaceful location, there is something here to please every taste. Best of all, these small-footprint designs are affordable and energy-efficient without skimping on comfort and style. The cabins range in size form a cozy 150 square feet to a more spacious but still economical 1,000 square feet, and all include sleeping accommodations, kitchen and bath facilities, and a heat source. Complete chapters on low-maintenance building materials, utilities and appliances, and alternative energy sources supply you with the options for living efficiently in small space.
For every design, you will find floor plans with detailed suggestions for designing the space for optimal use. These plans are flexible: many feature modular elements that can be mixed and matched to accommodate your particular needs or hobbies. Features such as an outdoor fireplace, covered porch, or external storage locker might work nicely in several cabin designs. It's all about enhancing and maximizing small spaces to your individual needs and preferences.
In this time of uncertain energy costs, global warming, and tighter budgets, building small is a very appealing idea. Gerald Rowan shows you how to achieve your cabin dreams on a small footprint.
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Discover the huge possibilities to be found in a small house! Whether you're building from scratch or retrofitting an existing structure, these 50 innovative floor plans will show you how to make the most of houses measuring 1,400 square feet or less. Gerald Rowan focuses on efficient layouts and creative ways to use every inch of your space, including closets, decks, porches, bathrooms, attics and basements. Artist renderings bring each house's exterior to life, and detailed interior drawings illustrate special space-saving features. Compact Houses includes one- and two-floor designs and plans with one to three bedrooms.