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DIY Recipe Keeps Indoor Air Fresh

Jul 31, 2015 02:10PM

The traditional Dog Days of Summer, described in The Old Farmer’s Almanac as the period between July 24 and August 24, take their toll on Southwest Florida homes in terms of closed doors and windows, which results in stale air. Rather than using a commercial aerosol freshener that only disguises lingering cooking smells and other odors, it is possible to create natural sprays and cleaning products that freshen air by destroying or inhibiting the growth of mold and other fungi common to Florida.

A combination of essential oils such as lemongrass, patchouli and sweet orange, combined with distilled water, becomes an inexpensive, non-toxic and effective air freshener, as well as an operative cleaning agent that can be used on countertops and sinks. Refreshing on a humid day, the spray has natural pest control properties.

4 oz water
5 drops patchouli
4 drops sweet orange (or grapefruit)
4-5 drops lemongrass

Pour into a glass or aluminum spray bottle.

The Greener Cleener, LLC, uses natural cleaning products. Call 239-404-7102.

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