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    As much as I love the aroma of a fireplace, bonfire, or our woodburning stove, I also love to throw in a few herbal fire bundles once in a while. Make Valentine's Day more romantic, spice it up in the fall, or try different herbs for a Christmasy feel. It's relaxing, and a nice way to fragrance your home the natural way. And in Native American tradition, sage bundles are very cleansing to your surroundings.

    Recipe #83035

    This will help take care of those fruit flies that gather around the stuff you have to take out to the compost pile or those bananas you haven't gotten around to baking with yet. The photo I posted (the one with the cherry & grape tomatoes) shows several fruit flies on the paper already (and a couple are in the vinegar, though you can't see them)--not even three minutes after making the trap! Some kinds of cider vinegar work better than others--typically, I find the darker the vinegar, the better it works. I know some people have said they prefer to use plastic wrap over the top, but I find that the paper cone (though it takes some fiddling to get it to fit just right) works best.

    Recipe #187531

    An environmentally friendly recipe for repelling pesky insects. Most effective against cabbage lopers, aphids and thrips. Recipe from The Charlotte Observer.

    Recipe #125881

    34 Reviews |  By Bergy

    This is really good for between patio stones or rock areas that tend to sprout weeds. Do not use it on your lawn. The weeds will grow back but then just spray them again

    Recipe #37424

    5 Reviews |  By txgammi

    Highly effective! This recipe was shared with me yesterday by my neighbor, Kathrine. I had to ask her what she put on the weeds at the corner of her lot that adjoins my garden because although her weeds had turned brown and died, so did a large patch of my green grass. That's when she shared this recipe, and let me tell you....IT WORKS! Recipe can be doubled or tripled easily.

    Recipe #97039

    I know people love their roses. If you have some you may want to try this home brew. From Woman's Day 4/20/99

    Recipe #49604

    5 Reviews |  By Rita~

    This mixture is just as good if not better then those little packets you get when you buy cut flower. Add this to you home grown cut flowers to enjoy indoors.

    Recipe #114031

    My mom used to do this all of the time and I wondered why the house didn't reek of curdled milk, but it never did and this works great!

    Recipe #115712

    This stuff works! Will even de-scent a roadkilled skunk. Has to be made fresh every time.

    Recipe #135821

    51 Reviews |  By Tish

    Thanks to Bev's recipe for cleaning my clothes washer I thought maybe someone would also enjoy a shiny clean dish washer!

    Recipe #66665

    ATTN: Anyone with a stinky garbage disposal! This really works, I promise! And its all organic!

    Recipe #307849

    I couldn't believe how dirty my watch and silver jewelry were when I tried this. Yuck! This saves money and is safe for you and the environment. The solution can be very drying to your hands so consider using rubber gloves or even tweezers to handle the jewelry. This recipe is from wire-sculpture.com.

    Recipe #180133

    6 Reviews |  By Roxi

    So, you've bought one of those nifty little squirt bottles of cleaner for your glasses, and now it's empty. Should you spend another small fortune on name brand refills or another bottle full? Absolutely no need. For less than $3 you can have a lifetime supply of refill at your fingertips.

    Recipe #173939

    13 Reviews |  By Kimke

    I believe this originally came from Heloise. I always lose it so I thought posting it here was a good idea.

    Recipe #56515

    One way to get shiny results without the chemicals.

    Recipe #70980

    I had tried most everything to clean the porcelain enamel grates on my cooktop with little success. Then I read the use & care guide that came with the cooktop. How simple is this! NOTE: I used a plastic trash bag with a tie top. When entering this "recipe", a plastic bag wasn't recognized but a ziploc was. Ignore that "ingredient" ;-)

    Recipe #185146

    This is a wonderful way to remove stains from the kettle. A good trick I learnt from the Asian Age newspaper.

    Recipe #124941

    Haven't tried this, yet. Posted in reply to a request.

    Recipe #170015

    Our lab puppy knocked over a glass of red wine onto my favorite white pants. (She has a powerful tail!) I did a Google search and found this recipe. It worked great, removed all the stain.

    Recipe #100182

    I will never be a domestic goddess, I like cooking but I hate ironing!! Spraying this on the pieces to be ironed makes that dreadful task a bit more bearable! The classic fragrance for this is lavender, but I make up different fragrances all the time, but do choose a clear and not dark colored oil. At the moment I have a mix of lemon and rosemary in the bottle. So far it has never stained any clothes, just make sure you shake the bottle before use. Years ago I received it as a present, now I give this away as a present and it is always appreciated! If it goes cloudy it is not abnormal, some essential oils do that.

    Recipe #61051

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