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2014, April 28

A couple of natural air freshener ideas

Nothing beats being able to open a window in the morning and only close it before going to bed at night. However, that can’t happen every day just yet as the weather’s still a bit sassy. Here are a couple of ideas for natural air fresheners for those days when you’re stuck at home during bad weather.

To freshen the smell in a room we can use an aromatherapy lamp and natural essential oils or simply prepare ourselves a spray by mixing up some water and our favorite essential oil in a spray bottle.

Depending on the mood we want to set we can change the essential oils to benefit from their different properties: for a peaceful sleep we should use a lavender spray, sprayed around the room and even onto the sheets; or if we’re working on a project and we need to concentrate, rosemary will help; and to provide a cheerful disposition we should give citrus essential oils a try.
Another solution is to use cinnamon, cloves, citrus and other aromatic spices to freshen the air as these release their scents quite well if you add hot water.

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One of my very favorites methods is slicing limes in half and sticking cloves into them. They look cute enough, and as a bonus also act as a mosquito repellant.

On the other hand, we mustn’t forget that during Spring-Autumn, fresh flower bouquets, aside from being very beautiful and decorating the room, can smell very good; and we can replace fresh flowers with pine twigs during winter. Another idea is to use small satchels filled with sawdust which you can drip scented oils onto – they will keep the scent fresh for a few weeks.

If we want to remove various unpleasant odors, especially from smaller places, like the pantry or the fridge, a bowl with a little bit of baking soda in it will do the job.

Year-round air purifiers can be found in the form of plants as well. Among the recommended species are the Ivy, Ficus, Philodendron, and Azalea. 

What methods do you use for air fresheners around your house?

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2010, July 13

Natural pesticide for your plants

This is a very simple recipe I found a few days ago, a solution that protects plants from pests with a quick preparation time.

The usual pesticides smell awful, not to mention all the harming (for us humans) chemicals they contain! So why not do yourself a favor too and try this safe recipe?

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Pesticide for plants

approx. 3.5 liter water
2 tablespoons of Neem oil
1 / 2 teaspoon Rosemary essential oil
1 / 2 teaspoon Lavender essential oil
(optional 2 tablespoons organic liquid dish detergent)

Mix all of these and store in a spray container. If you only have smaller vessels, decrease amounts of the recipe. Spray the entire plant with this solution, agitating from time to time so the oil and water will not separate.

Use about twice a month if you have pests on your plants, or once per month if there aren’t, but just to make sure they’re keep away from your lovelies.

Keep your plants happy ;)

 

2010, March 29

Homemade Fruit and Vegetables Disinfectant

Fruits and vegetables are part of our daily food. Whether we buy them from a supermarket or the farmer’s market, they contain traces of soil, chemical fertilizers and bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can cause death.

From wanting to disinfect as far as it is possible bio or organic solutions containing natural substances appeared on the market which eliminate most of the impurities found in plant fibers. But of course, these solutions are not found in stores that will offer them at low cost.

So I wanted to take this opportunity and share two very simple disinfectant solutions to home make, with few ingredients which are on hand to everyone.

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Disinfectant solution for fruits and vegetables

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– 1 table spoon baking soda
– 1 / 2 teaspoon lemon juice

Or another mix is

– 1 cup water
– 1 cup white wine vinegar
– Juice of one lemon
– A few drops of tea tree essential oil (tea tree)

Prepare either one by mixing ingredients thoroughly in a glass and then putting the end result in a spray bottle. Shake before using.
Spray the solution on fruits and vegetables, and rub gently in your hands for 10-15 seconds.
Rinse with water.

Stay healthy everyone ;)

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