Spring clean your underwear drawer
Take everything out of the drawer, spread it out on your bed and start sorting. Purge panties with old elastic, holes, itchy lace or bad fits.
Now you have room for a lovely sachet!
Bar soap vs. Antibacterial soap
"Antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future." MayoClinic.com
So, treat yourself to some of my natural soaps
DIY poo spray
You can make your own by combining citrus essentials oils (not fragrance oils)
such as grapefruit, lemongrass and bergamot with water in a small spray bottle.
Aloe, aloe, aloe
Keep an aloe plant in the kitchen. If you scald or burn yourself, just break off a piece and put the cool gel against the injury.
Works like magic to accelerate healing of minor burns.
Keep a plant in the bathroom and use the gel on your skin to help prevent wrinkles, calm dry, itchy skin and more.
Take a plant to the beach. It's great to support healing of sunburn. Products containing aloe are a good second choice.
Chemical-free nail polish remover
Lemongrass essential oil is a natural way to remove nail polish. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and rub. Make sure you are using essential oil, not fragrance oil.
Mildew on your shower curtain liner
You can never seem to remove the mildew that builds up inside of the hems on a shower curtain liner.
You can try this without removing the curtain liner. Take a bucket with a bleach solution.
Put this bucket in the tub and let the bottom of the curtain liner soak in this solution. Check it several times. It could take a few hours but it should allow the bleach to do it's work with little effort on your part. When done, let the liner soak in the bucket filled with clear water.
Be cautious. As with all strong household cleaners, test the fabric first (not recommended for plastic liners) and read the label on the bottles.
Keep away from children.
Smelly cutting board
After you've juiced some lemons, try rubbing what's left on the cutting board to remove garlic and onion smells.
Stay calm while driving
Put a handful of lavender sprigs in a pouch and keep it near you while driving. If the stress of traffic and bad drivers gets to you, take a big whiff of the lavender. Drive safely!
Scented drawer liners
Choose a sturdy wrapping paper, non-coated wallpaper or cloth paper from an art supply store. Cut to desired size to fit in your drawer or cabinet. Place a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle with warm water. Spritz the paper. Hang to dry. Place in drawers. Refresh the scent periodically.
Natural carpet deodorizer
Add a few drops of essential oils of lemon, peppermint or lavender to a box of baking soda. Mix well. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for a few hours. Vacuum.
Refresh the refrigerator
Use a few drops of essential oils of lemon, grapefruit or lemongrass to wipe down the inside.
Fresh lemon is a great cleanser
Use one-half of a lemon and salt to clean grills, brass, copper, chrome faucets. Always test a small area first.
Wreath for all seasons
Choose a plain wreath that will work for all seasons. Use Velcro to secure various decorations throughout the year.
Refresh smelly shoes
Never put shoes away without airing them out. In the summer, place them near an open window overnight. In the winter, near a heating vent to dry. Make shoe inserts by taking a pair of socks and filling them with baking soda. Secure the tops with a ribbon. Put them into the shoes to absorb odors.
Car air freshener
Purchase or make a potpourri baggie. Fill it with lavender. Hang it on the air vent in your car. The heat or air condition will circulate the scent.
Rough hands and feet
Coat your hands and feet with Vaseline and wear socks and gloves to bed. Your cuticles and rough spots will be much improved by morning.
Keep a few springs of lavender next to the bed or make a potpourri bag filled with lavender and place it inside your pillowcase.
White vinegar is a great herbicide. Purchase a big jug and a spray bottle. Give weeds a good soak on a hot sunny day. It seems to work best in the sun. Great for pavers and paths. Be careful not to spray your favorite plants.