8 Genius Ways to Use Eggshells In Your Kitchen & Garden

Aunt Fannie Blog

After you’ve whipped up a fluffy, delectable omelet, you’re left with a pile of eggshells destined for the garbage can. But not so fast! Instead of tossing them, here are 8 ways you can put them to work both in your kitchen and your garden. #1 Scrub your pots and pans. Ground eggshells mixed with a bit of soapy water …

How to Compost Kitchen Scraps

Aunt Fannie Blog

Have you considered composting your kitchen scraps but don’t know where to start? Here’s a beginner’s guide to get you started on this easy, rewarding and beneficial activity. First off, what is composting? Composting is nature’s process of recycling organic material such as vegetable scraps into a rich soil additive. Why should I compost? Food waste is a hot topic …

Are Conventional Cleaners Bad for Asthma?

Aunt Fannie Blog

You probably know someone with suffers from asthma. How about a friend or loved one who struggles with allergies or other respiratory sensitivities? Rates of chronic respiratory illness have been on the rise over the last several decades and families are looking for answers as to why. A growing body of research points to conventional cleaning products as one of …

deep spring cleaning

Spring Cleaning: 5 Items to Deep Clean

Aunt Fannie Blog

With the chill of winter leaving us soon, spring is the perfect time to tackle a variety of deep cleaning projects around the house. Some areas are rarely cleaned thoroughly, so it’s important to show them love every so often. As you work up the courage and stamina to take on these tasks, consider this mind-boggling statistic: the average American …

plastic free beeswrap

Go Plastic-Free: Sustainable Swaps for Your Kitchen

Aunt Fannie Blog

Keeping a clean and healthy kitchen goes beyond wiping down counters and washing dishes. While it’s important to keep germs and bacteria at bay, there are more ways that one that you can make your kitchen a safe, sustainable model of excellence that will make your mama proud. These days, plastic has become a huge part of our daily lives, …

clean bathroom

How to Keep Your Bathroom Clean Longer

Aunt Fannie Blog

Keeping your bathroom sparkling clean can be a challenge. It’s one of the most frequently used rooms in the home, and there’s ample opportunity to create a mess between a sink, toilet and shower. Plus, you probably have better things to do than laboriously scrubbing it down every week (but it occasionally must be done!). So how can you keep things …

olive oil

6 Surprising Household Uses for Olive Oil

Aunt Fannie Blog

You probably already know about the plethora of health benefits cooking with olive oil can provide. This liquid gold works to keep hearts healthy, can reduce inflammation and the risk of certain cancers, and might even play a role in controlling diabetes and weight. But the benefits don’t stop there. Olive oil can also multitask as a great all natural …


How to Clean Your House After Having a Cold

Aunt Fannie Blog

When you’ve been cooped up in the house for several days with a nasty cold and you’re FINALLY feeling human again, there’s nothing better than giving your home a good cleaning to mentally and physically start fresh. You may feel compelled to douse everything in bleach but hold it right there. Use of bleach has been linked to respiratory irritation …

marble countertops

Do’s and Don’ts For Marble Countertop Care

Aunt Fannie Blog

The stately beauty of marble is nearly unmatched when it comes to countertop surfaces. However, many people are intimidated by the thought of cleaning and caring for marble, which is notorious for its susceptibility to etching and staining. Fortunately, general maintenance and protection is simple and straightforward. The most important detail to remember: Marble is made of calcium carbonate which does, …

clean home

3 Simple Things For a Cleaner, Greener Home

Aunt Fannie Blog

Hello, 2017! We can’t believe you’re already here. Or that it’s the time for new resolutions. Every January, we vow to lose weight, save money or spend more time with family and friends. But what goals do you set for your home? In the spirit of new beginnings, here are 3 resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, …


5 Ideas to Make Your New Year’s Eve Party More Sustainable

Aunt Fannie Blog

This year is drawing to a close, and what better way to ring in 2017 than with an eco-friendly New Year’s party? Start your next year of purposeful living with a celebration that lives up to the lifestyle you support. Taking steps to make it eco-friendly just makes sense, and it’s not too difficult to do. 1. Email your party invites …

How to Safely Clean Your Floors

Aunt Fannie Blog

During the holidays, your home may see more foot traffic than usual. You may be compelled to scrub down both before and after the festivities. But before you channel your inner Cinderella, consider the products you are using to clean. If you use conventional cleaning products on your floor, you may be splish-splashing potentially toxic chemicals across the largest surface …

eco friendly gift wrap

7 Eco-Friendly Ways to Wrap Your Holiday Gifts

Aunt Fannie Blog

During the stretch between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, Americans throw away 25% more trash than any other time of the year. That extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage, or about 1 million extra tons per week! Treat the planet and your wallet with kindness by resisting the urge to load up on store-bought gift wrap and tissue …

mindful thanksgiving

How to Plan a Mindful Thanksgiving Feast

Aunt Fannie Blog

Ah, Thanksgiving. That twenty-four hour window in which binge eating and excessive napping is socially acceptable and often encouraged. We don’t hate it. But more than that, Turkey Day is a time to reflect on what we’re grateful, including the health of our families and the miracle that is Mother Nature. This Thanksgiving, employ these simple strategies to plan a mindful …

clean with lemons

8 Nifty Ways to Clean with Lemons

Aunt Fannie Blog

There’s nothing quite like the bright, fresh scent of a juicy lemon. Not only does it add a fantastic citrus note to your favorite recipes, it’s a handy tool for keeping your home sparkling clean. With it’s low pH and powerful antibacterial properties, lemons are a safe alternative to conventional grease-cutting, stain-fighting cleaners. Here’s a list of some of our …

indoor air quality houseplants

6 Houseplants That Improve Indoor Air Quality

Aunt Fannie Blog

About Indoor Air Pollution How about this fun scary fact: the air inside a typical home is 2x – 5x more polluted than the air outdoors. During warmer months, opening the windows in your home is a great way to circulate fresh air and reduce indoor air pollution. But as fall turns to winter, it’s not the most energy-efficient solution. Plus, no one wants …

reduce food waste

5 Tips to Reduce Food Waste

Aunt Fannie Blog

Food waste has a domino effect of negative impact, other than just a trash can full of food scraps leading to pesky fruit flies (although, we do have a solution for that). In the United States, the EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, about 21 percent of the …

fruit waxing

Is the Wax Coating on Your Produce Safe to Eat?

Aunt Fannie Blog

Most fruits and vegetables produce a natural wax coating as a protective barrier between them and their environment, mostly to repel water and prevent moisture from escaping. But these days, because produce is shipped around the world every day, it needs additional protection to survive long distance travel. That’s where produce waxing comes into play. Produce waxing is the process …