Queen of Green archives

  • Photo: Avoid colourful home cleaners

    Avoid colourful home cleaners

    September 21, 2016

    Most dyes are derived from petrochemicals, and they don't make household cleaners work better. Choose cleaning products that list ingredients and don't contain colourful dyes! More »

  • Photo: How to make lip balm

    How to make lip balm

    September 17, 2016

    Many store-bought lip balms contain petrolatum, one of our Dirty Dozen ingredients. Make your own with organic, fair trade shea butter and other stuff safe enough to eat! More »

  • Photo: How to make dry shampoo (that's also body, baby and shoe powder)

    How to make dry shampoo (that's also body, baby and shoe powder)

    August 30, 2016

    One mixture of three edible ingredients works as dry shampoo, body powder, baby powder or shoe powder AND avoids toxic ingredients like talc and fragrance. More »

  • 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 »