Directions

  1. Mix the water and the essential oils in the misting bottle.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Spray as needed around the perimeter of rooms, in trash cans, closets, drawers, and shoes, under cushions, and inside bedclothes and suitcases.

Yield: About 2 ounces of herbal disinfectant fut h&g&ç uj a uvtuum_

Put herbs in a vacuum cleaner, that is! To make vacuuming more of a pleasure than a chore, sprinkle 14 cup of fresh-smeiling dried herb leaves, like lemon verbena or rosemary, on the carpet. Run the vacuum over the leaves, and then continue vacuuming the rest of the room. The pleasant fragrance will travel with you as you work. ^

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Many herbs have natural disinfectant properties. You can custom-blend your own disinfecting air fresheners with any of these essential oils: basil, bay, bee balm (also known as bergamot), camphor, car-damon, chamomile, cinnamon, clary, ciove, eucalyptus, fir, ginger, grapefruit, juniper, lavender, lemon balm, meadowsweet, myrrh, myrtle, nutmeg, orange, oregano, patchouli, peppermint, Peru balsam, pine, rose-scented geranium, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, savory, spearmint, spruce, tea tree, and thyme.

When making herbal air fresheners, be sure to handle the essential oils with care. Some, such as Peru balsam, can irritate your skin. Also, test the fragrance of essential oils before you set out air fresheners that contain them. You may not like certain fragrances, or you may find a fragrance irritating when you inhale it.

One easy way to make an herbal air freshener is to dip a cotton ball in one of the essential oils listed above and place the cotton on a saucer.

For a long-lasting bathroom freshener, try custom-made incense. Buy unscented incense sticks (called punks) from a craft supplier. Pour a small amount of essential oil into a dish. Use a small brush to paint the incense sticks with the oil. Apply two or three coats to ensure that the essential oils are absorbed. (It helps to thin the essential oils with a little rubbing alcohol.)

To make a holder for the incense sticks, pour some sand into the opening in a seashell, or put some sand in a decorative dish. Stick the uncoated end of the burning Incense stick into the sand. To make the

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incense stick last longer, just let it burn for a minute or two, then upend the stick and extinguish the lit portion in the sand. That way, you can reuse each stick several times, if

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