1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

June 4, 2008

:156 Natural Deodorizers

Filed under: :156 Natural Deodorizers — Tags: , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:55 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet.

1:5:10:156 EcoTip: Natural Deodorizers are a better and safer choice than the chemical based ones. Try using some natural potpourri – blocks of cedar wood, dried flowers, or essential oils from your garden and health food store.

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Suggested Review: :149, :155

Here is one of several recipies for a natural potpourri air freshener from the Pioneer Thinking web-site

General Instructions: After Potpourri is made and dried, add 6 drops of your favorite essential oil to every cup of dried potpourri mix. Keep it in a closed container for a few weeks to allow scent to penetrate plant material. Stir the mixture daily.

Citrus Delight
Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons dried orris root
  • 5 tablespoons Bearberry leaves (Arctostaphylos uva ursi)
  • 6-8 drops lemon essential/fragrance oil
  • 1/2 cup dried Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium)
  • 1/2 cup Lemon verbena (Aloysia triphylla)
  • 1/4 cup dried Safflower flowers (Carthamus tinctorius L)
  • 1/4 cup orange peels finely sliced & dried

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May 28, 2008

:149 Smelly Air

Filed under: :149 Smelly Air — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 2:55 am

1:5:10:149 Tip: Room air fresheners can cover-up or mask odors. This may be a bad idea. If your house smells bad, it may be an early warning signal of something being wrong. It is best to search-out and correct the odor problem not cover it up. This is especially true of musty odors, which may be an early indicator of a moisture, decay, rot or mold problem. 

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