One of the best means of avoiding exposure to household hazardous materials is to use safer alternatives whenever possible. Included in this section are time-honored recipes and suggestions to help you make the switch toward safer household products.

Ingredients followed by instructions will guide you through an array of easy-to-make, easy-to-use safer alternatives. Some ingredients recommended as alternatives are safer, but not nontoxic. These ingredients have been marked with an asterisk (*) to assist you in identifying their presence. Making your own simple and effective products is fun and economical. We think you will be happily surprised with the results. Air Fresheners Most commercial air fresheners do not freshen the air at all. Instead, they mask one odor with another, coat your nasal passages with an undetectable oil film, or diminish your sense of smell with a nerve-deadening agent.

For safer alternative, you may wish to .try one of the following. Ventilation: Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This will also help to reduce toxic fumes that may be building up indoors.

Vinegar: Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room or boil one tablespoon of white vinegar in one cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odours.

Cinnamon and Cloves: Boil these spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a cheesecloth bag to contain these spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider. Perbs and spices. Place the potpourri in a small basket or jar or in small sachet bags.

Kitchen And Food Odours Vanilla: Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer.

Place the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odours. It is reported to remove even skunk odours. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children; vanilla has a high alcohol content.

Baking Soda: Place a partially filled saucer of baking soda on the refrigerator shelf. Replace every two months and when you Do , pour the contents of the used box down the drain to remove odors and keep the drain clean.

Baking soda can also be used to deodorize bottles by filling them with undiluted baking soda and allowing the bottles to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.

Vinegar or Celery Stalk: To avoid or remove onion odours from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will also remove the odour.

All-Purpose Cleaner Vinegar and Salt: Mix together for a good surface cleaner.

Baking Soda: Dissolve four tablespoons baking soda in one quart warm water for a general cleaner. Or use baking soda on a Damp sponge. Baking soda will clean and deodorize all kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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