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Cleaning with Herbs: Lemon-Mint Window Wash

If you live where flies routinely cause problems in the summer, you’ll love this recipe. Your windows will be sparkling clean, and the fresh lemon juice and peppermint oil in the formula discourages the pesky critters from perching on your windows again.
By Sandy Maine
February/March 2006


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Before you wash the windows, whisk away dust and dead bugs from the casing using a small, hand-held broom. For shiny windows, use sheets of newspaper (black and white only) to scrub and shine. The newspaper ink may darken your hands, but it shines the windows without streaking.

• Juice from one fresh lemon
• 2 cups water or club soda
• 1/2 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
• 1 teaspoon cornstarch

1. Mix all ingredients and pour into plastic spray bottle.

2. Shake well before using.


Sandy Maine, founder of SunFeather Handcrafted Herbal Soap Company, is the author of three books on soap-making and lives with her husband and four children on a spotlessly clean farm in the Adirondack Mountains.

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