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Carmel Valley resident Tor McPartland, Orange Guard is a safe-as-motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-milk way to keep ants and roaches at bay. The active ingredient works by dissolving insect exoskeletons, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s derived from orange peels, so accidentally spraying some on the cutting board is no big deal. Available at Orchard Supply Hardware and numerous other local stores. @3;=D3G=C@A3:44@=;8C<9 ;/7::7ABAOh, what a drag to

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that furniture-grade wood is often harvested from rainforests. The good news is that there are alternatives. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies timber that has been cut in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and their seal can be found on furniture from hundreds of manufacturers. C<>:C5B635/253BAItâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shocking to find out how much energy trickles out of electric sockets and into gadgets we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t using. An easy way to stop the trickle is to unplug chargers, gadgets and games that are not in use. If theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re plugged in, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trickling.

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