Green Solutions to Keeping Your Home Fresh
To help keep your home feeling and smelling fresh, healthy living expert and author Lisa Beres shares the following solutions for common household problems:
Problem: Kitchen refrigerator odors and stains
Solution: Clean fridge drawers and shelves with a thick paste created by adding a few drops of natural dish soap to a bowl of baking soda.
Problem: Ants and insects
Solution: Set a line of coffee grinds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create a barrier that ants and other insects won’t cross.
Problem: Mildewed towels
Solution: Rid towels of mildew by first washing them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar, then washing them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Dry them on high heat.
Problem: Pet odors
Solution: Reduce the unpleasant smell of pet dander by bathing and grooming your pet weekly and establishing pet-free zones in the home, such as the bedroom.
Problem: Stale air
Solution: Create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil — such as lavender or eucalyptus — with two cups of water.
Lisa Beres is the author of the children’s book My Body My House and co-author of Just GREEN It! Learn to Create a Healthy Home and The 9 to 5 Greened: 10 Steps to a Healthy Office