Homemade Cleaning Agents
- 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.
- 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.