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Old 07-11-2004, 04:44 AM   #2
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Most commercial air fresheners are expensive and mask the smell rather than remove it. This cheap, effective, homemade method is a great alternative.
-- Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda,
-- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and
-- 2 cups of water in a bowl.
Wait for the fizz to subside, then stir well and pour into a spray bottle. Spray into the air. The baking soda neutralizes acid odor and vinegar neutralizes alkaline odor.

Homemade duster
You can make unbeatable dust cloths at home by stirring together one cup of lemon oil with two cups of hot water. Dip lint free cloths into the potion and let them air-dry. Then store the dusters in a covered metal container until you're ready to dust. The oil picks up the dust and the lemon gives your dusting a pleasant fresh aroma.

Shoe cleaning
A quick way to put a beautiful shine on your shoes (and plant leaves) is by rubbing them with the inside of a banana skin on black shoes or the pithy side of a lemon on brown shoes.

Cleaning a mirror
Dip a soft cloth in a weak solution of vinegar and water, then wipe the mirror clean. This works better than commercial spray cleaners, which can leave a film or deposit. Use coffee filters to dry the glass surfaces and mirrors after wiping. They make the surface shine but don't leave any lint behind.

These tips are from the hit British TV show How Clean Is Your House?, which is due to premiere this fall in America on LIFETIME Television. Kim and Aggie invade America’s dirtiest dwellings and find themselves in the sloppiest fraternity house, the messiest college grads’ apartment and the most disorganised family home. Homeowners will have to surrender their households to the cleaning mavens who will attempt to transform the grimiest homes in the country into spotless abodes. Once the transformation has taken place, the participants will be challenged to keep up their tidy space because the “Dream Team of Clean” will be paying a surprise visit weeks later for an inspection.
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