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Does anybody really want their home to smell like vanilla? Ok, so having your living room smell like a fresh baked pie is not such a bad thing -- that is, if it's coming from a real apple pie. Otherwise, all those store-bought air fresheners just smell artificial.
Household odors can be separated into two groups: acid odors, such as cigarette smoke, and alkaline odors, such as fish. Baking soda absorbs and neutralizes both types. Lemon (simmering in a pan of water on the stove) is effective at neutralizing alkaline odors. Fresh air alone will eradicate many household odors, but for persistent problems, these natural remedies (preferable to commercial air fresheners, which can contain toxic chemicals) are helpful -- brought to you by Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook:
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Ideal for scenting closets and drawers. These aromatic spheres, once carried by me-dieval kings, are prepared by studding oranges with whole cloves, spaced evenly and as close together as possible.
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To make your own, place a few drops of rose oil in a small bowl of water, then add a solubilizer (available in the cosmetics sections of health food stores) one drop at a time, to make the oil and water mix. Float rose petals on top -- but change them regularly, since they turn brown within a few days.
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A bunch of tulips is more than just pretty to look at; tulips purify air by helping to remove the formaldehyde given off by new kitchen cabinets or furni- ture made with medium-density fiberboard. Bamboo palms, azaleas, and rubber plants are also believed to have this ability.
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To eliminate strong odors from cooking fish or vegetables that give off sulfur odors, such as broccoli, cauliflower, or cabbage, simmer half a dozen lemon slices and a handful of cloves in a pan of water for ten minutes.
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A small dish of vinegar can neutralize cigarette smoke, cooking odors, and musty smells. To get rid of a musty smell in old bureau drawers, fill a glass dish with 1⁄2 inch of white vinegar and set it in the drawer until the smell goes away. Make sure the dish has high sides to prevent spilling.
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The invigorating aroma of this gum tree is known for its sinus- clearing power. In Australia, where eucalyptus grows, brews of the green, leathery leaves are kept simmering on the stove at the first sign of a sore throat. A sprig of fresh eucalyptus will also scent rooms for about two weeks.
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Sold in hardware stores in pouches or in a shaker can, zeo- lite is a nontoxic, odorless volcanic rock. It removes smoke, cooking, and pet odors. To eliminate mustiness, hang pouches in a closet or basement, or use the powder to tackle spot odors.
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