Healthy-living expert, Building Biologist and author Lisa Beres shares these simple solutions to naturally create and maintain an odor-free home:
Kitchen refrigerator: Clean the drawers and shelves with a homemade cleaning solution of a few drops natural dish soap mixed with a bowl of baking soda, and stir until it creates a thick paste. Also, store an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to help eliminate odors before they start. Replace it with a fresh box at least every three months.
Candles and air fresheners: Store-bought air fresheners can contain synthetic chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which can irritate eyes, skin and throats, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, create your own air freshener by combining 10 drops of an essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus, with two cups of water.
Pests and repellants: Instead, set a line of coffee grounds, lemon juice, cinnamon or cayenne pepper around doors and windows to create an effective barrier that pests won't cross.
Damp towels: To rid towels of the mildew smell, first wash them once in hot water with a cup or two of white vinegar. Then wash them again with a natural or eco-friendly laundry detergent. Finally, dry the towels in the dryer on high heat. To avoid smells in the future, hang towels up right away to ensure they dry thoroughly.
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