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Gentle scouring cream: This can be used on tubs, tile floors,
stainless-steel sinks, and appliances. Place 1 1/2 cups baking soda in a bowl.
Add about two teaspoons of essential oil of citrus, mint, or lavender. Gently
whisk together; apply with a dampened sponge. If you need more abrasive action,
try using a loofah or a scrubber pad.
Air freshener: Just cooked a big fish dinner and want to rid your
kitchen of the odor? Avoid spraying artificially scented sprays into the air
and instead boil a pot of water with orange or lemon peels, or cinnamon sticks.
You can also try lighting a paraffin-free candle, naturally scented with
essential oils such as mint and myrrh.
Carpet freshener: In a medium bowl, crush 1/2 cup of dried lavender;
stir in 1 cup baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture onto the rug, wait a half hour,
then vacuum thoroughly.
Basic furniture polish: In Natural Cleaning for Your Home
(Lark Books, 1998), Casey Kellar offers this "recipe." Mix 1/2 cup
sweet almond oil, 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil, 1 tablespoon melted beeswax, 2
tablespoons sulfated castor oil (available at health food stores). For lemon-
or pine-scented polish, add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil. Apply sparingly with
a clean, soft rag.
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