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Dear Annie, I am a ho-hum recycler and need some inspiration. Ideas? --Kate, MI Dear Kate, How is saving green by being green for inspiration? Many municipalities, both large and small, are ini…

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What is Quinoa Flour? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I see quinoa flour at the health food store, and since it is gluten-free and I am on a gluten-free diet, I'd like to buy it, but I don't know what to do with it, or what it is. --Kathy, C…

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Fruit Flies? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, How do I get rid of those pesky fruit flies? --Richard, VA Dear Richard, Very ripe fruit always seems to draw fruit flies and they seem to pop in out of nowhere! One way to eliminate…

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What is Whitewash? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I recently came back from Scotland it appears that many of the houses are treated with whitewash. What is it? What is its benefit? --Judith, NY Dear Judith, Whitewash is made of mason…

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How to Dry Corn Husks? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I've wanted to find out about this and you're the only one I can find to ask about it. We've been eating a lot of corn lately and I hate throwing away all those husks when I know that the…

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Safe Shoe Polish? Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I am trying to live as free of toxic materials as possible, both for my health and the planet, but I am stumped by shoe polish. What can I use that works and that is safe? --Mel, WA De…

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Electricity Use Monitors: Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I am so frustrated with trying to reduce my carbon footprint. I hardly know what to prioritize or where to start. What do you suggest? I live in cold Vermont. --Carolyn, VT Dear Caroly…

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Chemical Dangers in Car Seats: Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I am pregnant and read recently about a study reporting that car seats contain toxic ingredients that can cause health problems including learning impairment, cancer, and more. Help! What…

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Can’t Find Washing Soda? Ask Annie

Hello Annie, I am a recent convert to green cleaning. I have a 2-year-old daughter with health problems and I want to make my home as non-toxic as possible for her. The problem I have run into is tha…

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Germ-Free Hands: Ask Annie

Dear Annie, I have to admit I am scared of germs because I work in NYC but don't live in NYC, so I use a lot of public restrooms, both on the commuter trains and elsewhere. I don't want to use the d…

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