Take a day for some spring cleaning and throw open the windows, let the breeze sweep through your home, and smell the wonderful citrus scents from these “green” ingredients. Below are six simple cost-saving solutions to provide you with clean and fresh scents that will linger in your rooms. My personal favorite are the plants….they add such warmth to my home. I also enjoy the lavender scent and use it at night on my pillows for a restful sleep.
What is your favorite scented oil? Enjoy!
Clean & Green Tip #1-Plants
House plants are a living air filter. Photosynthesis is a process where plants take in carbon dioxide and other airborne toxins to produce oxygen. This continuous activity gives us instant air filtration! Approximately five spider plants should help to detoxify a room that is less than 500 square feet. Just about any plant can be used and some common plants that purify the air are: Spider Plant, Golden Pothos, Fern, and the Peace Lily.
Clean & Green Tip #2- Shower Spray
Cut down on germs in the shower by using rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Spray after your shower and wipe down with a clean dry cloth. It’s also a great way to remove hairspray from a mirror.
Clean & Green Tip #3-Herbal Mists
Herbal mists are a great way to freshen up your home. To make your own herbal spray air freshener, purchase a mister at your local drug store, wash the container thoroughly, and then fill it with distilled water. Add 5 to 7 drops of an essential oil (found in natural food stores) or combination of oils per 8 ounces of water.
Some suggested blends are:
- Spice-cinnamon, ginger, & vanilla
- Spring-lavender, rose, & sweet orange
- Earth-sage, cedar, & patchouli
- Energy-basil, orange, & nutmeg
Clean & Green Tip #4-Window Wash
- 3 cups vinegar
- 1-cup water
- 10 drops of lemon essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a large plastic spray bottle and shake well. Spray liberally onto windows and wipe clean with a chamois cloth.
Clean & Green Tip #5-Citrus Wall Cleaner
- 1-Cup Water
- ½ Cup Vinegar
- 6 -drops lemon or orange essential oil.
Combine ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake before each use. Spray your walls and wipe with a clean, damp sponge.
Clean & Green Tip #6-Flea Carpet Treatment
An excellent way to rid pesky flea critters in your home is to use this formula. It is best to get rid of the vacuum cleaner bag after this treatment to prevent a re-infestation of the fleas. 1st vacuum the carpet well. 2nd Combine all ingredients in a plastic container and sprinkle on carpet. 3rd Wait at least one hour before vacuuming again.
- 2-½ cups baking soda
- 8 drops of sweet orange essential oil
- 8 drops of citronella essential oil
- 6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops lemon essential oil