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Why Do Mosquitoes Always Bite Me?

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The summer solstice has passed and the fireworks have blasted, so it’s prime time for cookouts, campouts, and hangouts—all outside, of course. Whether backyard barbecues or backcountry backpacking is more your style, there’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors. Of course, the desire to make the most of the season is also shared by pretty much everything else …


10 ways to cut down on plastic waste at home and beyond

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Raise your hand if you’re worried you’re recycling wrong (FYI: we’re waving ‘em over here right along with you). It can be confusing to know which bits and bobs from daily life can make their way back to us in a recycled form—and the fact is many different kinds of plastics can’t be recycled by our local city governments, and …

What We’re Reading, Learning, and Watching this June

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Aunt Fannie’s founder Mat Franken is one curious dude. He’s constantly scanning headlines, chatting with people in the know, and keeping his eyes open for new ways to understand, explore, and appreciate the microbiome, great health, safer housekeeping, and the large and small ways we’re all connected. Here’s what’s on his list of discoveries this month: speaking up for the …

Spotlight on FlyPunch!: How it Came to Be and Why it Works

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Back when Aunt Fannie’s was just a twinkle in the eye of our founder Mat Franken, his family had a fruit fly problem in Florida. His toddler had developed a suite of food allergies, so the whole clan was eating a revamped menu full of fresh fruit and vegetables. It was October at the time, and the windows were thrown …

Why Vinegar Works as a Safe Home Cleaning Solution

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Who doesn’t love that clean, fresh feeling after a whole-house scrub down?! A clean house is a blank canvas: when the clutter and mess is cleared, there’s space to create, discover, relax, and have fun. But the dirty truth is that breathing deep to enjoy that feeling can come with consequences if you’re using chemical cleaners with toxic ingredients. The …

What We Read, Watched, and Learned in May

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It’s no secret that we love to discover how wild, invisible connections shape the natural world, our bodies, and even our relationships. To keep up with the world’s ever-growing understanding of the microbiome’s impact on our lives, we’re always on the hunt for new research, inspiring stories, and helpful resources to share with the Aunt Fannie’s fam. This month’s reading …

The Most Common Pests in Your State (And How We Can Help)

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Fighting a wave of tiny invaders? You’re totally not alone. Wherever you are in the country, it’s pretty much impossible to keep household pests away forever—no matter how much you clean, spray, or trap. Life finds a way! The difference between stressing and keeping calm when creepy crawlies inevitably show up? Having a safe course of action when you see …

The Importance of a Healthy Home Microbiome

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You’re probably aware of the microbiome in your gut, but there’s another microbiome that has a major impact on your health, and it’s not inside your body—it’s inside your home…on your counters, in the air, and on every piece of furniture. That’s right: Now that the importance of maintaining a healthy diversity of bacteria in our digestive systems, on our …

What We’re Reading, Learning, and Watching this Month

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Our founder Mat Franken is always on the lookout for news, research, and inspiration related to wellness, the good life, and the microbiome, so we figured we’d share his reading and watching list every now and then! This month: Edible skincare, cancer-fighting microbes, and #fridgegoals: Farm-to-Face Skincare (via Forbes) It’s no secret that we believe in the power of food-based …

Aunt Fannie’s Favorite Fictional Bugs

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Here at Aunt Fannie’s, while we make nontoxic pest control products, we don’t really think of insects as “pests.” Ants, spiders, bees, and other ‘creepy crawlies’ are a vital part of the world’s ecosystems and help us in so many ways, from breaking down waste and pollinating our crops to preserving the natural balance of wildlife and playing an important …

8 Things Our Kids Have Totally Licked

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Kids are animals. At the very least, kids are a lot like animals in that they don’t have a problem putting their mouth on anything that seems tasty, feels interesting, or will likely elicit an entertaining response from any grown-ups in the room. As parents ourselves, we get it—there’s really no controlling what your kid licks, which is why we …

Aunt Fannie’s Spring Cleaning Checklist

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Spring is officially here! If you’re anything like us, the equinox makes you want to throw open the windows, roll up your sleeves, and put a little spring shine on all the surfaces in the house that might have been forgotten over the colder months. To help supercharge your spring cleaning, peruse our spring cleaning checklist to welcome your home …

Cleaning Vinegar Wipes Featured in Real Simple

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Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar Wipes were named one of “6 Cleaning Products That Are Safe to Use Throughout the House” by Real Simple. We are honored to be included in the list! Check out the full Real Simple article here.  

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Aunt Fannie’s Adds Five New Pest Control Products to Healthy Housekeeping Lineup

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Aunt Fannie’s is adding five new pest control products to its award-winning line-up of healthy housekeeping solutions. The five new products are: Ant Remedy, Perimeter Pest Powder, Roach Remedy, Insect Repellent Cards and Mosquito Wipes body care products. The new pest products will be available March 2018 at auntfannies.com and in 1,600 retailers nationwide, including Target stores beginning June 2018. …


Aunt Fannie’s Healthy Housekeeping Products Now Available at Target

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Aunt Fannie’s is creating healthy homes, restoring the biome we live in, recharging our immunity and strengthening our families with natural, healthy household cleaning products and pest solutions. We are thrilled to announce our products will be available at Target beginning June 2018. Aunt Fannie’s products, rated best-in-class, are the healthiest and safest options for our homes, bodies, families and …

Entrepreneur Magazine Names Aunt Fannie’s One of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America”

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Aunt Fannie’s has been named one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur 360™ List, a premier study delivering the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America. Aunt Fannie’s, ranked No. 183, is recognized as a well-rounded company that has mastered a balance of impact, innovation, growth and leadership. Aunt Fannie’s improves the health of …

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Aunt Fannie’s Launches New Look

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New year, new look! We’re excited to kick off 2018 with a fresh new take on our brand. We’re on a mission to create healthy homes, restore our home biome, recharge our immunity and strengthen our families with the most environmentally-friendly and human-friendly cleaning and pest solutions on the market. Aunt Fannie’s product innovations enhance the health and natural balance of home …

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Aunt Fannie’s Earns Small Business Innovation Award

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Small businesses are the heart and soul of Portland. It is a city that thrives on innovation and creativity. The Portland Business Journal created the Small Business Innovation Awards to showcase some of Portland’s most impressive and innovative companies that continue to prove great ideas come from the smallest of enterprises. The challenges to launching and running a small business …