Natural Air Fresheners
Cinnamon and Cloves. Boil these spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a cheesecloth bag to contain these spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.
Potpourri. Buy or make your own potpourri from your favorite herbs and spices. Place the potpourri in a small basket or jar or in small sachet bags.
Oil of Wintergreen Dampen cotton balls with oil of wintergreen and place out of sight but where air will touch them.
Vinegar. Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room or boil 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors.
Vanilla. Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer. Place the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors. It is renowned to remove even skunk odors. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children; vanilla has a high alcohol content.
Baking Soda. Place a partially filled saucer of baking soda on the refrigerator shelf. Replace every two months and when you do, pour the contents of the used box down the drain to remove odors and keep the drain clean. Baking soda can also be used to deodorize bottles by filling them with undiluted baking soda and allowing the bottles to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.
Borax. Empty the garbage frequently and clean the can as needed. To inhibit growth of odor-producing molds and bacteria, sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can.6 years ago • 0 notes
What are soap nuts and why should they be used in your natural healthy home for doing the laundry?
Soap Nuts are made from the shells of a special tree grown in Nepal.
Soap Nuts have been used for hundreds of years in India as a natural cleaning option, and can easily be added to your washing machine in a bio-degradable cloth bag.
The shells themselves are removed from the fruit and left out to dry in the sun; they’re naturally rich in saponins, nature’s pure cleaning solution.
When the shells are in contact with water, they release a unique soapy substance.
Soap Nuts are free of synthetic chemicals, fragrances, toxins, and most of all, the fillers that are used in commercial detergent today.
They’re just as powerful as standard detergent.
While you won’t see big bubbles of suds in the washer, the cleaning solution is pure and will remove all grime and dirt from your laundry in a natural way.
The best way to use these is to put a few shells in a cloth bag and add it to your washing machine.
Soap Nuts release the soap better in hot water, but you can still use cooler water if you need to run a cold wash-you might just need to use a few more nuts for a deep clean.
The shells can be used over and over again.
Not only are you helping to save the environment with Soap Nuts, but you’ll save money, too.
Soap Nuts are a great option for your natural healthy home cleaning laundry needs.
You can find packaged soap nuts at many organic and natural food stores, and even online.
Resources: By Sabah Karimi from the article, How to Use Soap Nuts to Do Some Eco-Friendly Laundry
Rick and I have not tried these yet in our natural healthy home. We would love to hear your comments on this.6 years ago • 0 notes