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Herbal products keep your home free of toxic chemicals

Make your own residential cleaning supplies

There are many ways that herbs can be used in our daily lives including potpourri, make-up, and household products.

Use peppermint tea as a gargle

Herbalists tend to use herbs for all kinds of things. A good mouthwash can be made from a pint of strong peppermint tea. Add anise, cloves, cinnamon, or rosemary for flavor and added benefits. Combine with a pint of sherry and a few drops of myrrh tincture for daily use.

Sprinkle myrrh powder on toothpaste to heal gum disease

Myrrh is a good investment. An excellent treatment for mouth and gum problems, it can be bought in powdered form and sprinkled on toothpaste right before brushing. Myrrh is known to prevent and cure periodontal disease.

Herbal spritz for the face and home

Try a refreshing spritz throughout the work-day. Combine 2 drops of a favorite essential oil, 1 ounce of distilled water, a dash of aloe juice, and a splash of vegetable glycerin in a spray bottle. Close eyes and spray lightly on face to cleanse, vitalize, and hydrate skin. This spray can also be used as a natural air-freshener.

Upholstery shampoo gets it clean without toxic chemicals

Here is a simple recipe for upholstery shampoo. In a large bowl, mix 6 tablespoons of pure soap flakes with 2 tablespoons of powdered borax. Slowly add 1 pint of boiling water and mix well. Let cool, add a few drops of favorite essential oil, then whip into foam with electric mixer or egg-beater. Apply dry suds to hidden part of furniture, wait a few minutes, and then wipe off with a damp sponge. If colors do not bleed, then continue until upholstery is clean and fresh.

A natural rug freshener is cheap and easy. Combine 1 cup baking soda with a half-cup of any crushed, scented floral material such as lavender flowers or geranium leaves. Sprinkle liberally on rug, leave for an hour or two, and shake off outdoors. Vacuuming baking soda or any powder can cause motor failure so beware.

Drain problems? Use baking soda and vinegar.

Are your drains sluggish? Pour one-half cup of baking soda down the drain. Then pour in one-cup of vinegar. After several minutes, flush with a gallon of hot water.

Simple recipe for windshield cleanser

Here's a recipe for windshield cleanser. Mix one-half cup of cornstarch with 2 quarts of warm water. Vinegar can be added for extra strength. To prevent streaking, do not use in direct sunlight.

Easy leather or vinyl car upholstery cleanser recipe

Need to clean leather or vinyl car upholstery? Try mixing 2 tablespoons of vegetable-oil soap (castile soap), one-fourth cup of olive oil, and one teaspoon of lemon essential oil. Test on hidden spot before rubbing entire area.

Natural car wax can be made at home

A natural car wax can be prepared at home. In a double boiler, melt 7 tablespoons of beeswax with 12 tablespoons of carnauba wax. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Add 2 cups of mineral oil, 4 tablespoons of turpentine, and 1 tablespoon of pine oil. Pour into an old, clean coffee can. To use, scoop up a small amount of wax with a soft dish cloth. Rub wax onto the automobile with small circular motions and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Buff to a high shine. (All auto paints are not the same. Test first on a hidden part like under the hood.)

Natural beauty products, cleansers, and fresheners are good for the body, mind, and environment. They are inexpensive and give good results.

Herbal household products help keep your environment clean.

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Herbal household products help keep your environment clean and free of toxic chemicals.

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