Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: How to make non-toxic dog shampoo

    How to make non-toxic dog shampoo

    August 22, 2016

    Dogs roll in stink. Clean yours without parabens, SLS/SLES and fragrance that can harm the pooch, humans, fish and other wildlife. More »

  • Photo: How messy yards help bees

    How messy yards help bees

    August 15, 2016

    The secret to creating a backyard bee sanctuary: Keep it untidy! Let veggies bolt. Leave twig piles and bare ground. And build a bug hotel. More »

  • Photo: Ten simple

    Ten simple "green" cleaning substitutes for borax

    August 9, 2016

    Clean "green" with only food-grade ingredients. Disinfect, whiten and fight mould and mildew WITHOUT borax. It makes sense if your home is pesticide-free! More »

  • Photo: How safe is borax?

    How safe is borax?

    August 4, 2016

    Borax is a staple in many DIY green cleaning recipes. It's affordable, effective, versatile and less toxic than many conventional cleaners. But is it safe? More »

  • Photo: How to use herbs

    How to use herbs

    July 20, 2016

    Learn how to use backyard "weeds." Brew an herbal tea to treat fevers. Even make a dandelion birthday cake! More »

  • Photo: How to choose the best herbs to grow

    How to choose the best herbs to grow

    July 18, 2016

    I quizzed Tara, herbalist with the Rocky Mountain Soap Company, for tips and tricks! More »

  • Photo: How to make laundry soap

    How to make laundry soap

    July 12, 2016

    Add salt, baking soda and liquid castile soap to a pail of hot water. Presto — a month's worth of toxic-free laundry soap! More »

  • Photo: How to treat a mosquito bite

    How to treat a mosquito bite

    July 6, 2016

    DIY solutions work as well as store-bought! White vinegar, baking soda or Epsom salts will take the itch out. More »

  • Photo: How to fend off mosquitoes

    How to fend off mosquitoes

    June 27, 2016

    I choose non-toxic ways to discourage skeeters. For example, attract mosquito-eating chickadees, house wrens, bluebirds, swallows and martins with birdhouses and bird baths. More »

  • Photo: Who tests consumer goods for safety?

    Who tests consumer goods for safety?

    June 22, 2016

    Everyday consumer products are not tested for hazardous chemicals or risks to human health. The auditor general finds flaws in the system that you may have come to rely on. More »