Dear Annie, I am an avid gardener and want to stop using all chemicals now that I have a young daughter. Do you have some good folk formulas for non-toxic garden pest sprays? Sam K, AL Dear Sam, A few bugs won’t hurt most plants. Sometimes simple solutions for less toxic living are there if […]
Dear Annie, I’ve heard in the news recently that there are bad chemicals in most mainstream toothpastes and mouthwashes. I think one of those chemicals is called Triclosan, and now I’m afraid to use any products sold in stores. Are there ways to make my own using household products? – Mark, VT Dear Mark, What […]
Dear Annie, I know I need to start to go green, but I’m so overwhelmed by everything I read that I don’t know where to start! What do you suggest? What about with green cleaning recipes? – Christine, MA Dear Christine, I know going green can seem overwhelming! I would say, take it step by […]
Dear Annie, I’m so in love with my 3-month old baby, I just want to squeeze her all the time! Is there a safe way to moisturize her skin to keep it soft and healthy? I”d like a chemical-free baby oil formula that I can make. – Shawna, NYC Dear Shawna, This is a […]
Dear Annie, I’ve had issues with my dry skin on and off for years. Do you have any remedies or something that could help my eczema? – Mark, NJ Dear Mark, I loved delving into learning about healing herbs when I was writing Better Basics for the Home. What a gift to us from […]
Dear Annie, How to Waterproof Leather Boots? I recently bought beautiful leather boots, but they’re not waterproof! I want to protect them from the winter elements, but I don’t want to use horrible toxic waterproofing products. Is there a natural way to do this? – Megan, WA Dear Megan, Great question! Most waterproofing sealants […]
A DIY miracle cure for mold! The Godmother of Green, Annie B. Bond, shares two natural recipes for use against minor household mold issues. Tea tree oil on musty furniture and straight vinegar in bathroom areas.