washing machine maintenance
Extend the life of your washer and dryer and save money on repairs with these 10 tips.
Our recent article about energy-recovery ventilators stated that using a “true high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter” in your forced-air heating or air conditioning system would reduce allergens more effectively than regular filters. But one reader pointed out that this could be dangerous. So we went to the experts for their advice.
The BagPacker is three handy yard tools in one.
Kasco Manufacturing introduced a new 10’ wide Vari-Slice seeder at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky. The Vari-Slice seeder is suitable for applications including pasture seeding, beef, dairy and horse farms for worked or no-till conditions and where tight germination of grass seed is needed.
On our journey to self-reliance, my husband, Darren, and I have been gathering human-powered tools when we can find them. It’s surprising and sad how quickly hand- and foot-powered tools were junked when electricity became available. From 1850 to 1890, more than 100 apple-pealing devices were patented. Then none, except those running on electric power. And so it goes with thousands of other nifty human-powered appliances.
This guide on how to wash produce will help keep your foods safe. Avoid food-borne illness by washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
To what extent are manufacturers able to take advantage of the enigmatic nature of the term ‘sustainability’ to effectively green wash their products?
While it may seem like an easy fix or prevention method, septic system additives, generally used to kill bacteria, aren’t as effective — or safe — as you would hope.
The new 15 and 25 series snow pushers from Land Pride are available in 3 popular sizes.
ECHO and Shindaiwa ranked at Gold Level Status in the annual NAEDA Manufacturer Relations Survey.
Environmentalists are better leaders when we can better love human ingenuity. We will need to form partnerships with the natural world, to ingeniously utilize its resources in ways that preserve its natural productivity.
Environmentalists should strive to understand the joy experienced by the race fan, the motorcyclist and the snowmobiler, and we should use that understanding to stimulate the human imagination in ways that benefit the planet.
Cam was generously offered the loan of a small backhoe and had a whale of a time getting jobs done!
Clearing overgrown land can be a daunting task. Choose the right tool for the job and it can be a breeze! Here are 5 of my favorites that make clearing overgrown land satisfying and fun!
Forester Industries, LLC, the exclusive manufacturer of PasturePro fencing, has been acquired by Kencove Farm Fence Supplies.
Connect a bike to a grain grinder to discover a whole new world of pedal power possibility.
Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready can come in handy in situations where you can’t access soap and water, but using it too often can come with some risks.
The countdown to savings is on now at Morton Buildings.
New Holland has announced it is now backing its compact tractors with an industry-leading 5-year Boomer Guard5 limited warranty on all Boomer 30/35/40/50 deluxe compact tractors.
Houston-based Mahindra USA is doing its part to help prevent fires during this drought season by reminding rural residents of a few simple things they can do to help prevent catastrophic damage to their homes and property.
TRUFUEL, a ready-to-use engine fuel, can be used in two and four-stroke engines.
Save time and avoid blisters and burnout by following these common-sense guidelines this leaf season.
The two-ton log splitter has been added to the ECHO Bear Cat line of outdoor power equipment.
Whether or not to use a bread machine really boils down to a matter of personal choice. This is a short guide of things to think about before you purchase one.
Here are some ways to make real pizzeria style pizza, complete with homemade crust, a choice of toppings and cheese, and two ways to make your crust. Plus, when you want to go all out for a pizza oven, a Big Green Egg might be your answer.
Machine expert Hank Will offers advice on whether to drain the gas tanks of machines that will be idle for a while.
This DIY washing powder is simple to make, costs just pennies and smells heavenly.
Set up a washing station in your garden. Rinse your veggies there, saving the water for the garden and keeping your kitchen clean.
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
Multiplaz North America announced it continues to woo potential resellers, as it is overwhelmingly winning consumers with its green technology, gasless, based Super New Plasma Welding and Cutting Machine, the Multiplaz 3500.
A three-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
Washboard road is often considered a fact of country life. It's uncomfortable, wreaks havoc with your vehicle, and can cause expensive damage. Here's the one simple trick to preventing it almost completely!
One would think a car wouldn't need a mechanical inspection at 5,000 miles. But when you're building a 100-mpg car from scratch, and the builder is meticulous, it's wise to look for problems even when there are no signs of problems.
Try these approaches for a stylish, eco-friendly tub and shower.
We use available time in the winter to preform routine maintenance on appliances and tools.
Bobcat Company introduces 3-point tiller implements for the Toolcat 5610 utility work machine and the full line of compact tractors.
A bike-powered grain mill is a more efficient and incredibly fun way to grind your own whole-grain flours and meals. Check out our video of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff using a GrainMaker mill to grind 'Floriani' grain corn into a nutritious cornmeal.
The simple steps that increased my health and decreased my waste, and how easy it all was looking back.
Woodchip mulch has great benefits for gardening and landscaping. Instead of buying woodchips, we can use what resources we already have and make our own.
A new Facebook group, “I Want to Grow Hemp Like George Washington,” connects supporters of hemp reform and lets them share their views on hemp production in the United States.
Part one of a three part series on greed, consumption and economic oppression. Exploring how we may have gotten here and what we can do about improving our lives and the lives of others.
What is the difference between hoarding stuff and money? Is there any difference?
The accomplishment and goal that I achieved with a "little" help from my friends and family.
How this last year of discrimination and profiling in the news has impacted me.
Who shares with you a wealth of wisdom that enriches your life?
Can we and should we be transparent with each other? Who should be transparent with whom?
How I reconcile professional football and its place in our society.
If you need a little mid-winter diet inspiration, here is a list of healthy, high-antioxidant foods to eat this winter season.
Some great insights on building community thanks to "Kinfolk," a quarterly publication.
Having trouble finding relief from chronic constipation? You may benefit from an abdominal massage.
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
Are you Weather-Ready? September is National Preparedness Month.
Even progressive cities have work to do, and sometimes the biggest changes come from good people asking the right questions.
A natural kennel cough cure will be better for your pet and your wallet while not contributing to the antibiotic resistance problem.
This soft, tangy sourdough oatmeal bread may just be the best you’ve ever tasted.
Claims for the Paleo diet benefits are substantial – improved cholesterol, improved blood pressure, improved blood sugar control, improved appetite control. How legit are these claims and do they make it worth a switch to this type diet?
Many people never have noticeable diabetes symptoms and don’t even find out they have the disease until they wind up in the hospital with a serious complication. What’s going on?
One of the most recognizable features of wetlands is their smell. What makes these areas so pungent?
Make a miniature sourdough bread for dinner tonight, and freeze the rest for a busy day.
Highlighting Chanterelles in a fall series of mushroom foraging.
Ideas on making a list for yourself before consuming or investing.
The best soup for a cold should contain proven, immune-boosting foods like medicinal mushrooms (such as maitake and reishi) and astragalus root.
Are our words or actions more important to our children?
What gifts are we going to give this holiday season?
Exploring ways that I can and will impact people around me in 2015.
Spiced-apple rings add the perfect touch to a winter-friendly comfort food dinner.
Adding music to your workout will make exercising more enjoyable, but does music make you run faster as well?
A grandson's respect for his grandmother.
Gardening offers some amazing benefits to your mental and physical wellbeing.
Simple steps anyone can take to repair a generator at home.
Spice up your winter diet with the toothsome crunch of sprouts.
How can we talk more about the process of death? And is it worthy conversation to have?
Do well-behaved people seldom or rarely make history?
The list of reasons why chocolate is good for you is seemingly endless. Here are just a few of the impressive health benefits of dark chocolate.
Why I use the #Blessedlife.
What I think about each time I attend a funeral, celebration of life or memorial.
Skin care and keeping it simple.
Babka is traditionally made in Poland, Russia and other Eastern European countries. Apparently babka is a popular Christian Easter bread, but is also made in the Jewish tradition.
A great way to get more enjoyment in the garden and less work, is to try the ancient concept of a garden Sabbath. That's one day a week where gardening isn't allowed, but communing with nature is.
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
Simran Sethi reflects on her first summer of yard-care and gardening.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
Going to the beach? Get real-time info on Great Lakes beach water quality, weather and water conditions.
What makes a piece of land a wet-land? Not all wetlands are wet for the same reason.
Breaking down the misconception that wholesome and organic food is only reserved for the wealthy.
Are there any bread bakers on your holiday list? Now you know what to to give them. Delight them with these helpful gifts.
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
Participate in Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count to help scientists study winter bird populations: www.earthgauge.net/?p=33409
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a laptop for 5 hours! America Recycles Day is Nov 15.
Was it a teacher? A parent? A field trip? What was your Earth Changing Moment? Share your first connection with the environment.
Getting ready to carve a jack-o-lantern masterpiece? Learn how weather impacts the pumpkin harvest
Most health problems we face in our lives are minor annoyances. It's time we cut out the expensive middle man and grow our own delicious tasting medicine to treat them.
Headed back to school? Protect air quality, save energy and recycle for a healthier, greener school year.
Compost and mulch material are in abundance in our backyard and our communities. What is ones man's yard waste is this man's treasure.
Fall is a great time to replace traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs. Save up to $50 per year.
Taking the guesswork out of rescuing a piece of rusty cast iron cookware, Sarah provides easy to follow step by step instructions on how to take cast iron from unusable to gleaming.
Protect our water supplies during National Groundwater Awareness Week by saving water at home: www.earthgauge.net/?p=23794
These all-natural approaches can ease TMJ symptoms and give you relief.
Fast acting and free of side effects, clinical electromagnetic pulse therapy is a good alternative to medication for a range of conditions.
This painless test finds heart disease before it turns deadly.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
Small but mighty: birds have smart strategies for surviving cold weather.
Building a fire to stay warm? Use these ‘best burn practices’ to minimize smoke & protect your health: www.earthgauge.net/?p=17955
Whether you live on the beach or 1000s of miles away, there are easy ways you can protect coastal water quality.
A cold winter and late-season snow in some parts of the U.S. could mean a rough spring allergy season.
Show us how you take a second to conserve water!
Fungi breakdown organic material and make it available to plants. Encouraging fungi to grow naturally, or inocculating your soil can have tremendous benefits for your garden.
Sam Benowitz and Tara Bittler are joining the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Blog Squad, and they break down the types of gardening and fruit-growing information they will share with you each week.
Zaatar bread is a soft, Arabic-style bread topped with olive oil and the tangy spice mixture called zaatar.
Anyone can brew beer. Part 2 of Homebrewing for Beginners seeks to demystify the process of cooking the wort, fermentation, racking, and bottling.
Sourdough bread doesn’t just come in large loaves and rounds. Sourdough also works up wonderfully into buns, rolls, grissini and my personal favorite, mini-baguettes.
Hot-cross buns, full of warm spices and sweet fruit, are a tasty springtime treat.
Anyone can brew beer. The article seeks to demystify the process and help jump start brewing by breaking down the equipment, recipe, and ingredients. This is a 2-part blog post.
The fresh berry season is so fleeting, that it almost calls out for preserving, especially in the form of jam.
Once you have eaten a soft, sourdough pretzel, all other pretzels will pale in comparison. Luckily they are simple to make yourself.
This heavy artisan bread is full of flavor, and will be ready by dinnertime if you start right now! The unexpected flavor comes from good quality honey olive oil and barley flour.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of blueberries’ health benefits.
August 3 to 9 is National Farmers Market Week! How does weather impact growth and harvest of fruits and vegetables? www.earthgauge.net/?p=36863
Drop store bought mayonnaise like a bad habit. Make your own with only five simple ingredients, under 5 minutes.
Living in a 500-square-foot house (or smaller) affects our consumption and relationships.
The ripening time of a particular fruit varies from one location to another and from year to year, though the order in which varieties ripen stays roughly the same.
While many kids (and adults, too) might prefer to sleep with a light on, research shows that exposure to artificial light after the sun goes down can disrupt healthy body function and is associated with an increased risk for cancer. So turn off your computers, TVs, and nightlights for kids, and learn to embrace the nighttime darkness.
Expense checklist for anyone wanting to plan a new homestead.
Are you planning to put in an orchard next spring, or re-design your landscape with more edible plants?
What can you do with mounds of green tomatoes? Turn them into the best enchilada sauce you'll ever have.
Make your Thanksgiving stuffing extra special this year with these recipes for homemade stuffing bread.
Sharing my practices of gratitude and thanksgiving.
There are many non-dairy sources of calcium to choose from to make sure you are getting enough of this vital nutrient.
Coconut oil uses range from cooking to skin care, so read on to take advantage of what this oil has to offer.
If you have recurrent dental problems or are currently suffering from pain in a tooth, give these home remedies for toothaches, gingivitis and bad breath a try. Herbal treatments like turmeric, sage and peppermint are natural and effective ways to ease pain, fight bacteria and prevent inflammation.
Reclaim the joy of the holiday season with homemade gifts that aren't too late to make.
The first day of 2015.
My journey and some of the challenges I experienced with the farm-to-table method. The struggles I faced while raising meat in order to eat more ethically and sustainably.
These 5 New Year resolution ideas are easy and simple, and they will help you take small, but significant, steps toward better health.
How sharing home grown gifts can enrich each other lives.
The 2013 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash., last weekend was again a source of great energy and exceptional education, thanks to 15,000 attendees, more than 125 presenters and some 300 sponsors and exhibitors.
Buzz…sting…ouch! Why are yellow jackets more aggressive at this time of year?
Celebrate the 20th anniversary National Public Lands Day on September 28! Find a volunteer site.
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
High levels of BPA exposure have been previously associated with cardiovascular disease. One reason for this is likely that BPA can lead to elevated blood pressure.
There are numerous vitamin D uses, but did you know that this vitamin might play a role in preventing asthma attacks? Studies show that people who are vitamin D deficient tend to have more asthma attacks. Correcting a vitamin D deficiency could help you breathe easier.
Don't throw away that extra sourdough starter. Turn it into delicious muffins, crackers, pancakes and more.
To ensure you have quality fat in the kitchen from pastured animals, learn how to render beef tallow at home. I’ve rendered beef fat into quart jars of tallow two years in a row and consider myself seasoned in the art of avoiding too much of a mess in making it. The fat lends a flavor to dishes that is particularly desirable for Mexican foods, fried potatoes and savory pie crusts. This fat keeps for three months in a refrigerator.
New England’s favorite homemade biscuit recipe is made even better with whole-grain Khorasan.
Valerian is known for its sedative qualities, which can help to increase sleepiness, as well as to decrease nervousness and restlessness.
With spring on its way, I am thinking about gardening, home grown food and what it takes to grow plants from seed.
Despite our best efforts, sometimes flour plus water plus yeast doesn’t equal a tantalizing loaf of bread, but is just a large lump of dough. Here's how to fix it.
Rediscover the lost art of pickling eggs with this how-to article.
How long have you had that packet of seeds? Check their viability.
In my quest for the most energy efficient ceiling fan, one model blows the rest away. Now is the time to install ceiling fans for lower electricity bills this summer--here's how.
A 3-part series on sustainable comfort systems for heating and cooling homes using passive solar design, solar electric power, system controllers and newly popular heat pump technology.
Plant life along small streams starts a food chain that stretches all the way to the ocean.
Moms, protect your baby’s health with this safe, homemade sunscreen.
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
Potica is a light and delicate Slovakian holiday bread stuffed with a brown sugar and nut filling. This recipe makes two loaves, one to eat now and one to save for Christmas morning brunch.
Whether you’re traveling or staying home, try these tips for a healthy & environmentally-friendly Thanksgiving. www.earthgauge.net/?p=33317
Headwater streams are small streams or tributaries that carry water from the upper reaches of a watershed to a river.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
Exciting new research reveals how certain foods from the Mediterranean diet work to treat hypertension. Learn what researchers have uncovered about which foods to eat to lower blood pressure.
Processed foods contain a variety of chemical preservatives that have been linked to serious medical conditions. Here’s what to look for and how to avoid food preservatives.
With our chickweed and lavender salve, the bites I typically get that are swollen and painful were nothing more than a minor annoyance. All came from ingredients that we made ourselves.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
The dream, the drive and now the doing.
Help scientists study how bird populations are changing during the Great Backyard Bird Count.
MetLife Stadium is reducing waste, saving energy and saving water. Take a page from their playbook. www.earhgauge.net/?p=33964
Efficiency pays off! Resolve to save energy, water, fuel and money in 2014. Get started with these tools.
With so many good things that plants do in our life, would it be so bad to stop and appreciate them?
Try these simple actions at home that can help reduce water pollution.
Chase down household leaks and fix them to save water and money during the Earth Gauge #FixALeak Week.
Engineering is helping to solve some of our biggest environmental challenges. Learn more during EEWeek.
Spring is the perfect time to give your home cooling equipment a check-up before hot weather arrives.
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
You're not just a beginning gardener - you're also a scientist!
The symbiotic relationship between plants and fungi are showing more than ever how life depends on life. Learn how to encourage what beneficial microbes you have in your soil for a powerful ally in your garden and fields.
Identifying, harvesting, and cooking the nutritionally complex spring treat, stinging nettle.
Sourdough biscuits is one of those perfect recipes that uses up plenty of ripe starter, but doesn’t take all day to rise.
Pickled vegetables are a great way to jazz up your meals, especially in the late winter, early spring time when the grocery store vegetables are looking a little worse for the wear.
When it's cold and windy nothing says comfort like a fresh loaf of sourdough bread. And when that loaf is filled with heart-healthy, omega-3 rich seeds, it's even better.
Fruit butters are easy to make, in fact – they are almost foolproof. They allow for a little more creativity than many soft spread recipes and are perfect for using up odds and ends of fresh fruit.
From ancient to modern times and across cultures, healers have used the nourishing and medicinal powers of broth, especially bone broth.
In this blog post, parenting mentor Shawn Hosford introduces herself, along with some of her background and beliefs. Her hope is that this post provides the necessary foundation for continued conversations about intentional parenting.
Enter the Take a Second contest and win great prizes! http://takeasec.org/
Spot an algal bloom, snap a photo, enter to win great prizes!
Coffee cake seems to be the forgotten step-child of breakfast breads. Although once very popular coffee cake has been eclipsed over the year by the proliferation of bagels, large, gooey muffins, and egg and sausage breakfast sandwiches.
A series on fall mushrooms for foraging.
Can we start a Slow Time Movement? One that would be like the Slow Food Movement.
The benefits of a membership in a CSA and how supporting local organic farming is not only good for you but good for the Earth as well.
The benefits of adopting a pet. And the sadness that occurs when they die.
Update your favorite cinnamon rolls with warm spices, dark rum, and autumn’s favorite harvest—apples.
Exploring our misconceptions of who we are when we are defined by our online presence.
Sipping on medicinal herbal tea is one of the best steps you can take to shorten the duration of illness when the symptoms of a cold, sore throat, or other upper respiratory infection begin.
Meet the king of the mushroom kingdom, Boletus Edulis, spotlighted in this fall series of mushroom foraging.
What does well read mean to you? Does the material you read and your personality traits determine how you view the world? This blog explores what well read means to me.
Doug and Jennie Ostgaard designed and built a photovoltaic system for their home, a project they was completed in six months. DIY photovoltaic solar has many benefits, and they outline a few of them here.
Concluding a series on fall mushroom foraging with two unusual looking suspects.
With photovoltaic (PV) panel technology you can tap into the amazing world of free totally renewable energy from the sun. You generally cannot find a better more reliable source of power on the planet that solar. In our book you will find that a DIY on grid/off grid system is very affordable and a wise choice for almost everyone.
You may not hear about Candida overgrowth as much anymore, but there’s more evidence than ever that this syndrome is real and is often associated with other gut problems that cause a wide variety of symptoms throughout the body.
One of the favorite events among attendees to the Puyallup MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was investigative author Doug Fine’s Hemp Bound talk. Here are his thoughts on why hemp matters so much, a belief that was translated into a passionate and funny workshop.
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
Making your own homemade toothpaste from coconut oil is easy, fun and can be healthier and less expensive than store-bought versions.
The Washington State Conservation Commission gave away trees at the Mother Earth News Fair as part of their conservation efforts.
Grass fed beef benefits for health are remarkable indeed; but are they fabulous enough to justify the extra cost? And how do you know you are buying the real thing?
Ginseng benefits reach far and wide—both Asian and American ginseng help boost energy and vitality, improve concentration, prevent the flu, plus so much more.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Creating a micro-climate is an essential tool for your survival and homesteading skills. Making the right micro-climate for your plants specific needs will not only help them survive, but thrive as well.
Tasty whole-grain crackers — simple to make, quick to disappear.
Don't be fooled by false species. Enjoy real morels and fiddlehead ferns. Tips for identification and lessons learned from misidentifications.
When life gives you zucchini overload, turn it into this moist and savory Zucchini Olive Yeast Bread.
Learn how to prevent Alzheimer's with diet. There is plenty of time for people to make brain-healthy lifestyle and dietary choices to potentially delay the onset of this dreaded and devastating disease.
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
We sat down for an interview with James Duft, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair Planner and Programming Manager. Read about what you can expect to see, do and participate in if you attend the upcoming Fair in Puyallup, Wash. Sheep dog training, cheese making, bread baking and antique tractors await!
At the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Wash, I listened to lecturers cover topics from re-newable energy, small-scale farming, green building, organic gardening, simple living, and citizen solidarity building. While I listened, I pondered ways to weave these powerful themes into our children's lives.
Visitors enjoyed hundreds of test drives of Ford hybrid and electric cars at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR.
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!