Here in Texas the summer heat is already moving the temps up and we are at a point where you can no longer open your windows unless you want everything to have that soupy wet feeling to it. Just a side note, hubby and I moved from Iowa to Texas in 2000 and one of the things I do miss is a true season changes ...I love being able to have my windows open even in the dead of winter to get fresh air in the house.
So today's recipes are my way of freshening up the house without a lot of commercial sprays.
Spray Vanilla and Cloves Air Freshener Spray
1 cup water
1 cup household vinegar
1 TBS vanilla extract
1 tsp cloves
Bring all ingredients to a boil then simmer over medium heat for two minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Strain cloves then pour liquid into spray bottle, shake and use as needed.
Note: You can increase/decrease the vanilla & cloves amounts to your preference.
Lemon Air Freshener Spray
2 cups hot water
1/8 cup baking soda
1/2 cup lemon juice
First dissolve the baking soda in hot water then add the lemon juice. You can use ReaLemon for this (expired is fine).
Quick Tip: Easy Homemade Deodorizer Sprays:
You can also whip up some good, fresh smelling spray with just two ingredients: water or vinegar and essential oils.
Simply fill a spray bottle with water or vinegar, add a dozen or so drops of your favorite essential oils and spray away!
Salt Packed Citrus Shells: DIY Air Freshener
I just adore the smell of grapefruit:
Cut an grapefruit in half and remove the pulp;
Fill the empty shell with some salt;
Put in the back of your fridge as a fridge freshener;
Keep the grapefruit shell in a small bowl so it won’t tip over and spill the salt.
The salt absorbs stale and nasty odors while the shell releases a fresh, orange smell. I also tuck one of these behind the toilet in our bathroom.
This would also work for other citrus fruits like lemons and oranges.
Another way you can do this is cut an orange in half and coat the exposed flesh liberally with salt. Since we love eating oranges I always remove the pulp first.
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Till tomorrow .. keep creating ! Tina