Mother Earth Living

Spring Cleaning: Disinfectant Air Freshener

Many herbes and flowers with their fragrant sweet smels doe comfort, and as it were revive the spirits and perfume the whole house. John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole, ­Paradisus Terrestris, 1629
By Louise Gruenberg
February/March 1997
Add to My MSN

Simple herbal cleaning products bring nature’s fragrances indoors. Clockwise from upper left are Citrus Scrubber, lemon oil, Fragrant Wood Polish, Disinfectant Air Freshener, Herb Soap Concentrate and Herbal Rug Fragrance.


Content Tools

Related Content

Healthy, All-Natural Air Fresheners

Clear your home's air naturally for better health and well being.

DIY: Make Car Fresheners with Tea Infusers

Tired of those cheap cardboard car air fresheners that are ugly and have a fake, overpowering odor? ...

Spring Cleaning: Homemade Disinfectants and Air Fresheners

Take a look at some recipes for healthier cleaning at home.

Spring Cleaning: A Fresh, Sparkling Kitchen—Naturally

Some of the nastiest chemicals we bring into our homes are used to clean ovens and drains—and they'r...

Makes 1/2 cup
I make a variety of convenient sprays by combining essential oils with alcohol and water. I like to keep several on hand, including orange, lavender, and spruce as well as the combination given below.

  • 4 drops essential oil of white thyme
  • 6 drops essential oil of tea tree
  • 8 drops essential oil of clove
  • 2 teaspoons 190 proof alcohol
  • Filtered or distilled water
  1. In a glass measuring cup, stir the oils into the alcohol. If the oils do not dissolve in the alcohol completely, add another teaspoon of alcohol. Then add water to the ½-cup line. Pour the solution into a glass bottle with a spray nozzle.
  2. To use, spray into the air, avoiding people’s faces.

Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in Oak Park, Illinois. She writes and teaches about herbs.

Click here for more recipes from the original article, Spring Cleaning.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.