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Homemade Cleaning Agents

Extra Tips Wood Care

  • Steep 1 to 2 tea bags in 1 quart boiling water. Let mixture cool and use to damp-mop washable wood floors.
  • Clean wood paneling with a mixture of 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 quart of warm water. Apply with a soft cloth and dry with a clean one.
  • Rub equal parts of lemon juice and vegetable oil into scratches on your wood furniture with a soft cloth.

Aroma Therapy

  • Sweeten your surroundings. Dip a cotton ball in pure vanilla extract and place in small dish.
  • For an energizing scent, simmer citrus peels in a pot.
  • To eliminate unpleasant cooking odors, pour vinegar in a saucer and place on countertop. Or boil 1 tablespoon of vinegar in 1 cup of water.
  • Rub vinegar or the end of a celery stalk on your hands before and after slicing onions.
  • Cook up a pleasant odor by boiling cinnamon and cloves. For easier cleanup, boil in a cheesecloth bag.
  • In addition to that box in your fridge, stash an open box of baking soda in closed areas to absorb odors.
  • Create your own potpourri by placing herbs and spices in small baskets, jars or sachet bags. Place around your home.
  • Let the sun shine in. Open curtains and windows—sunshine is a natural disinfectant.
  • Get green. Indoor plants are natural air purifiers.
  • The best way to neutralize carpet odors? Sprinkle on baking soda and let sit for an hour. Then vacuum.
  • To absorb odors, sprinkle baking soda in cat boxes before adding litter.