EcoWednesday – Teflon pans and sea animals, freshen air naturally

February 20, 2008

1) Hat tip to GreenDaily for posting another reason not to use Teflon pans.

2) Air fresheners are so very toxic, but if your house or car smells less than fresh, what can you do? Plenty.

According to Wikipedia

“… some air fresheners actually anesthetize the nose.”

 (Uh, no thanks. I don’t want something coating my nasal passages and taking over my bodily functions.) And… “A Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) study of 14 common household air fresheners found that most of the surveyed products contain chemicals that can aggravate asthma and affect reproductive development.”

How to freshen your indoor air naturally (and quickly):

  • Boil apples, cinnamon, cloves or vanilla in water on the stove.
  • Place open dishes of vinegar around the kitchen
  • Place open dishes of baking soda around the kitchen
  • Ditto for your car (on the baking soda, too much chance of the vinegar spilling in your car)
  • Put a couple of drops of lemon, vanilla or peppermint essential oil on cotton balls and distribute them in stinky places.
  • Sprinkle baking soda or borax in the bottom of laundry hampers and trash cans.

Now breathe easy. :-)

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