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Chemical-free nail polish remover

Lemongrass essential oil is a natural way to remove nail polish. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and rub. Make sure you are using essential oil, not fragrance oil.
Stay calm while driving
Put a handful of lavender sprigs in a pouch and keep it near you while driving. If the stress of traffic and bad drivers gets to you, take a big whiff of the lavender. Drive safely!
Scented drawer liners
Choose a sturdy wrapping paper, non-coated wallpaper or cloth paper from an art supply store. Cut to desired size to fit in your drawer or cabinet. Place a few drops of essential oil in a spray bottle with warm water. Spritz the paper. Hang to dry. Place in drawers. Refresh the scent periodically.
Bud vase
An elegant toothbrush holder makes a great bud vase.
Natural carpet deodorizer
Add a few drops of essential oils of lemon, peppermint or lavender to a box of baking soda. Mix well. Sprinkle on carpet and let sit for a few hours. Vacuum.
Refresh the refrigerator
Add a few drops of essential oils of lemon, grapefruit or lemongrass to the rinse water.
Fresh lemon is a great cleanser
Use one-half of a lemon and salt to clean grills, brass, copper, chrome faucets. Always test a small area first.
Wreath for all seasons
Choose a plain wreath that will work for all seasons. Use Velcro to secure various decorations throughout the year.
Refresh smelly shoes
Never put shoes away without airing them out. In the summer, place them near an open window overnight. In the winter, near a heating vent to dry. Make shoe inserts by taking a pair of socks and filling them with baking soda. Secure the tops with a ribbon. Put them into the shoes to absorb odors.
Car air freshener
Purchase or make a potpourri baggie. Fill it with lavender. Hang it on the air vent in your car. The heat or air condition will circulate the scent.
Rough hands and feet
Coat your hands and feet with Vaseline and wear socks and gloves to bed. Your cuticles and rough spots will be much improved by morning.
Bar soap vs. Antibacterial soap
"Antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than is regular soap. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future."
Restful night
Keep a few springs of lavender next to the bed or make a potpourri bag filled with lavender and place it inside your pillowcase.
The garden
White Vinegar is a great herbicide. Purchase a big jug and a spray bottle. Give weeds a good soak on a hot sunny day. It seems to work best in the sun. Great for pavers and paths. Be careful not to spray your favorite plants.