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A Hot Summer Tip to Freshen Indoor Air

Jul 31, 2014 08:34AM

Florida’s hot and humid summer months are the time when home air-conditioning units run 24/7. Closed doors and windows can result in a house that may contain lingering food and pet odors. For individuals interested in eliminating unwanted smells, Mother Nature offers some help—aromatic essential oils, which are safe, non-toxic and eco-friendly.

Lavender, tea tree, citrus and peppermint make great room air fresheners. However, lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), with its light, fresh, citrus aroma and earthy undertones, is a favorite among sustainable, eco-friendly cleaning companies for its antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. A bonus is that lemongrass is also known to alleviate stress, anxiety and insomnia. Its main chemical component is citral, an aromatic compound that accounts for the lemon scent of the oil and is also used in many perfumes.

Lemongrass oil has myriad applications. To eliminate airborne bacteria, diffuse it or mix one to two drops per ounce in a spray bottle to use as desired. The oil is an insect repellant when diffused or applied to skin topically with a cotton ball to repel biting insects as needed. To help repel fleas from pets, add several drops to dog shampoo or rub over fur.

Source: The Greener Cleener, 239-404-7102.

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