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Frugal and Safer Air Fresheners

Most commercial air fresheners do not freshen the air at all. Instead, they mask one odor with another, coat your nasal passages with an undetectable oil film, or diminish your sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent. For a safer alternative, you may wish to try one of the following; not only will your home smell as fresh and clean as it is, you will also find yourself feeling healthier. *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. *Boil cinnamon and cloves 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. *Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer and place the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors.

It is reported to remove even skunk odors. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children; vanilla has high alcohol content. *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. *To avoid or remove onion odors from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will also remove the odor. *Cover a fresh orange with whole cloves and hang anywhere you want a fresh smell. This also helps keep many insects and other unwanted houseguests away.


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