Getting rid of smells: Making your own air freshener

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by Linda Cobb, Queen of Clean / Special to azfamily.com

azfamily.com

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:43 AM

PHOENIX -- Here are a couple of wonderful air fresheners that are simple and inexpensive to make.

Herbal freshener
Combine 1 cup witch hazel liquid (buy in the drug store where the toner and lotion is sold), 4 tablespoons dried sage and 8 or 9 dried bay leaves. Combine the ingredients in a container with a lid shake, cover and let sit for about 3 days at room temperature.

Shake the mixture well, strain the herbs out of the liquid and put in a spray bottle. Do not spray directly on clothes or fabric.

Water bead air freshener
• H-2-0 Pearls or Water Gems used in potted plants to maintain water or with fresh flower arrangements. Look for these where potting soil is sold or go to www.H20pearls.com.

• 2 – 3 cups of distilled or filtered water

• Approximately 10 – 15 drops essential fragrance oil or fragrance drops (I love the ones from Bath and Bodyworks). Pick a fragrance based on where you are going to use it and your scent preference • Decorative clear glass container

Fill a measuring cup or bowl with 2 – 3 cups water and the gems or pearls. Add fragrance based on your preference. Allow to sit covered for 5 – 6 hours and then drain and pour into decorative container to sit out. Keep out of reach of young children.

Refrigerator smells
Put a dish of fresh dry coffee grounds in to absorb odor.

Musty odor in old dressers, trunks, etc.
Put a piece of bread in a bowl and cover with white vinegar. Put in drawer or trunk, close and leave at least 24 hours.

Fried foods
Sit a container of white vinegar next to the stove to control odors as you fry foods.

Burned foods
Add lemon juice or slices of several lemons to a pan of water and simmer on the stove to remove the odor.


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