Fresh Clips: Keep Your Home Clean and Toxic-Free

| April/May 2011

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Try these simple herbal tips as you prepare your home for spring.

With spring right around the corner, it’s time to make your house a clean and happy home—and preferably a home sans toxic chemicals. Use revitalizing herbs and essential oils, such as basil, juniper, ginger and thyme, to energize your senses and inhibit the growth of microorganisms. 

• Add a drop of your favorite herbal essential oil to a scrap of fabric or a handkerchief and toss it into the dryer with your clothes for a pleasing scent. Rosemary, sage, lemon balm or cardamom will keep insects away from your wardrobe.

• Hide dried herbs in sachets (made from scraps of cloth or paper envelopes) in your furniture to add subtle aromatherapy to any room. Use lavender flowers for relaxation and mint leaves for energy and focus.

• Clean wood furniture and floors with tea: Just boil a few tea bags in a quart of water, wipe the surface with the cooled brew and buff with a clean cloth.

• Mix a few drops of essential oils with vinegar, lemon juice or baking soda for a natural cleaning agent.

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