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You've hinted at the main concerns with putting poop in a compost pile. Will putting dog poop in the compost pile spread disease? This could happen either in the act of moving the dog poop, while the dog poop is fresh in the pile, or when you remove and spread the compost. Fresh poop is the most likely source of any disease issues. By using a tool and ...


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Humidity is a funny thing. The warmer that air gets, the more water it can hold as vapour. When that air cools down, it can no longer hold as much water vapour; if its humidity was high, then some of that water will condense out onto the coldest surface first. So air that has a healthy, comfortable relative humidity of 50%, when cooled, will have a relative ...


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There is only one effective measure, and that's an ion-exchange water-softener. The good news is that the major inputs are sustainable, or potentially sustainable: electricity, and salt. Similarly, the waste product, calcium chloride, has no (to my knowledge) negative ecological impact on being added to waste-water streams. As for the catalyst itself, I ...


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Using palm oil for cooking is fine from a health perspective, but not from a sustainability perspective. Often rain forests are cleared to create new palm oil plantations, so palm oil is responsible for deforestation, forest fires and loss of habitat for animals. Even certified organic palm oil and palm oil with RSPO certification are not without these ...


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First approximation: What is the cheapest starch? Use dry weight, or bucks per calorie. This tends to maximize for the calories per acre of land used, and the costs to bring it to market. It does not take into account externalized costs of farming: Soil loss, chemical pollution, habitat destruction. So your next step would be to start with a list of ...


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You could take a small, fast-drying (outdoor) towel with you and wash your underarms (usually the most dominant source of smell) in the toilet.


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Your location will have a big influence on what is eco-friendly since things grown where you are may require intense inputs not needed on other sites. Melbourne and surrounding areas, for example, have sandy soil and low precipitation, so require higher inputs of fertilizer and water than other places in general. Also, investigation into your immediate ...


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So the problem is NOT low temperataure, but high humidity. High humidity will be a problem at any temperature. A badly insulated house will encounter problems at lower humidities, since there will be more cold spots: places where the temperature is below the dew point. A tightly sealed house with long air exchange times may have more problems due to ...


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NO! Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed, so I'd strongly advise against any intake of tea tree oil, and even more so if you are using it regularly. Even if you spit it out, some may be left behind and adverse effects may build up over time. Also, be very careful when taking medical advice from people on the Internet. Imagine if instead of the above I told ...


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The cause of body odour are the chemical produced by bacteria that live on the skin in warm, moist areas like the armpits and on feet. One way to reduce the amount of bacteria is to kill them off using vinegar. Vinegar is mild acid that certain bacteria can't survive in. Get some cheap bulk clear vinegar and apply it with a wash cloth and then rinse the ...


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If you have a particular location in the room where you suspect they may have been used, you could try releasing some live bugs there (ones that are moderately welcome indoors), eg some jumpy spiders. If they quickly die, that would indicate insecticide use. Obviously you would ensure any bugs released are in good health to start with, and release several ...


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Not a big problem, but also not a great benefit. Dog feces are not high in nitrogen. They will decompose quite readily. They are a hazard for e-coli (common to most crap) and if your dog catches rodents will also have worm eggs. The latter is of some concern, as if your pile doesn't get hot, they won't be killed. Tapeworm, round worm and hook worm are ...


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I live in Bulgaria where water is also generally safe to drink. However, the quality varies and sometimes a lot of chlorine is added to it. Also, there are areas here that go without tap-water some parts of the year. Luckily, there are many springs here so it's usually possible to find reasonably good water. Still, because water is such an essential part ...


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Paper mills use bonding compounds, dies, and coatings. Pure white paper, for instance, is not just bleached. It has white components to increase the reflectivity. Glossy papers are the worst. They have chemical coatings and there is no law to print the ingredients because we don't eat paper generally. If you are an organic eater, I do NOT recommend ...


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