Household Tip: A Fresh Approach to Household Sprays
Spring cleaning shouldn't leave your home smelling like harsh chemicals. Check out these more natural, but equally effective alternatives to store-bought sprays.
1. For windows, glass and greasy stovetops: Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water and simply spray and wipe clean. If you like, you can cut the vinegar smell with natural additives: pack orange, grapefruit or lemon peels, or even lavender flowers and leaves, into a jar and pour white vinegar over them. Leave for about three weeks then strain vinegar into a spray bottle.
2. For a sprayable air or fabric freshener: Mix 2 cups vodka with peels from 2 oranges, grapefruits or lemons, and add a sprig of mint or rosemary. Allow one week or two for all contents to infuse, then strain and discard solids. Mix liquid with an equal amount of distilled water, pour into a spray bottle and add about 20 drops of sweet orange or lavender essential oil. Shake well and use as an air freshener or to freshen up clothing, linens and fabric furniture. (Always test a small area before spraying on a larger surface.)