Use these recipes to clean any room in your house—bathroom, bedroom, or kitchen. Vary the herbs to suit your specific needs because being creative is half the pleasure.



Mirror and Glass Cleaner

1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup rosemary tea (made from 1 cup boiling water and 2 tablespoons dried or fresh rosemary leaves)
6 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)

1. Mix together and pour into spray bottle.

Fragrant Disinfecting Spray for Walls, Floors, and Surfaces

1 cup mint tea
1 cup lavender tea
1 teaspoon borax
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon unscented shampoo
4 drops lavender, mint, or rosemary essential oil, or any combination (optional)

1. Mix and pour into spray bottle. Shake before using.

Tub, Tile, Sink, and Stove-top Scrub

1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup dried and crushed lemon balm leaves
1/4 cup dried and crushed lavender leaves
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
5 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

1. Mix together and store in shaker can. To use, sprinkle on surface. Use a wet sponge to scrub, then rinse.

Disinfectant Room Freshener

1 cup witch hazel extract
1/2 teaspoon eucalyptus essential oil
1 teaspoon lavender essential oil

1. Pour into spritz bottle and use as an air freshener.

—S.M.