A clean home is the highlight when entertaining everyday — and holiday — guests. Using inexpensive, natural items will add a fresh scent to your home and even rid some annoying stains.
Lemons are one of natures most diverse fruits. By mixing lemon juice and baking powder into a thick consistency, the mixture can be applied to mold spots and left to dry. After a few hours the mixture is wiped away with warm water and the stain should lift. Lemons may also remove grass stains, with the added ingredient of salt, and can brighten a load of whites in the washer.
Oranges are another perfect fruit that serves many purposes. The main substance in an orange peel is limolene, which is known to ward off some insects. Placing graded orange peel into a bottle of hot water will make a simple mixture that is applied outside the home to prevent insects from entering the house. In addition, cats do not like the scent of oranges either, so piling some old orange peels near a place that a cat may favor should rid their habit of coming back.
Vinegar is the old wives’ favorite item when deodorizing and brightening household items. Vinegar mixed with baking soda will shine up old metallic items like silverware, brass and copper, without streaking or leaving a white pasty appearance. Freshening or unclogging a drain is also possible by dumping a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of vinegar. The mixture will bubble and expand, pushing through small clogs from hair or dirty water build up.
Peppermint is an additional scent that wards off insects. Mixing fresh mint leaves or mint oil with some distilled vinegar can be used to shine wood furniture and floors while providing an insect barrier. Like peppermint, eucalyptus leaves can be used to supply a fresh scent and mute out obnoxious odors. When mixing eucalyptus leaves or oil with lemon juice and vinegar, the mixture can be applied to a carpet or upholstered item that has urine stains and smell. The eucalyptus will freshen the item and the vinegar and lemon juice can neutralize the odor while brightening the fabric.
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