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Ask Umbra: Is your front-loading washer smelly or moldy? Here’s how to fix that.

Q. Dear Umbra, I have had issues with odor from my front-loading washing machine, even though I almost always take the clothing out soon after washing and leave the door open. I ha …

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Love Your Lungs: Healthy House Check-up

Radon “Radon is a radioactive colorless, odorless, gas that can cause lung cancer,” says Dr. Akerley of Huntsman Cancer Institute. Radon typically enters a household via cracks in …

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Love Your Lungs: Grow Your Own Air Cleaners

NASA studies in  the 1980s proved what your great-granny always knew: Houseplants are a good thing. All plants absorb carbon dioxide (what you exhale) and release oxygen (what you …

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Love Your Lungs: Air Cleaning Gizmos

Negative ion generators Negative ion generators work basically by creating an electric charge on plates that attract pollutants out of the air. There is good research backing up th …

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Ask Umbra: Here’s something that could make recycling a lot easier

Q. Dear Umbra, I cannot find the be-all, end-all guidance as to what kinds of plastic bags and plastic films can be recycled. Merchant bags for sure, but what about all that other …

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Ask Umbra: Is it terrible to crack open a window during winter nights?

Q. Dear Umbra, I have a window in the bedroom that I like to keep open about an inch, year-round, at night only. This window is across the room, down the hall, past a stairwell, an …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Travels to Texas

Previously on Tiny House: The electrical, plumbing and composting toilet are in place, but with a sudden move to Washington state on the horizon for Michelle, finding a place to pa …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Parking woes

There are things during the 2nd half of the 2nd year that kept me from working on my tiny house to completion. This included living in my sister’s house with all the hipster coolne …

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Big Life in a Tiny House: Post #2

Salt Lake Valley resident Michelle Ashton chronicles her transition from apartment renter to tiny house builder, owner and, eventually, dweller. I was living with my two sisters, m …

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A Big Life in a Tiny House

9/28/2012: “Thanks for placing your order with the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company! We’re happy to have you as a member of the tiny house movement.” It has been four years since I bo …

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