1. Spiders Hate Tansy
Keep some dried tansy flowers in your closets & cupboards to keep spiders out! Much safer than using bug spray, especially if you have pets or small children.
2. Moths Hate Lavender & Cedar
Both are readily available in stores to help you keep your closet moth-free, and they smell far nicer than traditional mothballs.
3. Fruit Flies Love Apple Cider Vinegar
Therefore the best fruit fly trap is a small jar with about a 1/4 cup of AC vinegar, with holes poked in the lid so the fruit flies can go looking for their beloved beverage. Put this trap out near your kitchen sink in fruit fly season and you’ll have a tiny fruit fly graveyard in 24 hours.
4. The One Spider Rule
Just one spider is okay, I guess. As long as it does it’s job – stays on the houseplants and helps to eliminate other household pests, like mites, mosquitos, & silverfish. Seeing too many spiders for your liking? Grab the tansy and put it near windows & doors.
5. Get a Peace Lily
…Or another easy-to-care-for indoor plant that does an equally good job of filtering out harmful chemicals from the air in your home.
6. Add White Vinegar To Your Wash
Vinegar packs some serious deodorizing and decalcifying punch. Add a cup of vinegar to your load of towels or linens, or to any wash in need of a good de-smelling.
7. Rinse Your Dishwasher With Vinegar
Add a cup of vinegar to your dishwasher and run it through a rinse cycle. As mentioned above, vinegar can help to dissolve calcium and other built-up messes from one of the hardest working appliances in your home. Yes, even the machines that clean your dishes need a good clean now and then.
8. Use Tea Tree Spray
Tea Tree oil is available in most drug stores these days, and by combining a few drops with water in a spray bottle, you’ve got yourself a natural mildew-killing, odor-neutralizing, anti-bacterial clean machine. Use it on carpets & couches, in smelly shoes, and on yoga mats.
9. Use Vodka On Your Fabrics & Delicates
Combining vodka, water, and lemon oil (oil, not juice) in a spray bottle is another alternative for a deodorizing and germ killing fabric spray. This combination is an old theatre trick often used on intricate costumes & beaded items that can’t be washed conventionally. Fast & easy, fresh & clean.
10. Dry Towels & Linen In The Sun
Drying your towels & sheets in the sun is a great way to help kill bacteria & fungus, and it leaves bedding and towels feeling fresh. The sun is such a powerful dehydrating agent that it can damage or even naturally bleach certain fabrics, so don’t hang your delicate items out for too long.
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