Natural Living

By Irene Fogarty

We live in a city filled with fast food, pollution, and subways littered with eight million sets of germs, so it’s no surprise chemicals are the chosen products used to clean both our homes and our selves. Here are a few recipes you can make in minutes, from the contents of your spice and condiment collection.

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Chew on this: A Homemade Recipe for Fresh Breath
On my way to work last week I nearly passed out on the subway when a waft of garlic hit me. It was so strong I could almost imagine the four-course meal the person had at Babbo the night before. Therefore, I thought this month I would give you a quick, simple recipe to keep your breath fresh.

Ingredients:
Clove buds
Cinnamon sticks
Cardamom seeds

Simply chew on any of these herbs and you’ll have fresher breath in seconds. If you choose to eat garlic, which I love, have some parsley after it. You’ll have a cleaner breath in the morning and you won’t knock out any 6 train straphangers.

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Housekeeping Recipe: Vinegar for Better Reflections
Say goodbye to those commercial chemical-laden glass cleaners, and hello to a vinegar concoction for a cleaner, streak-free window or mirror.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar
2 cups of water

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake well. Spray on, and then remove with a squeegee, paper towel, or what I find most functional, an old newspaper.

Shelf Life: Indefinite
Storage: Keep it in spray bottle

Try this one-minute recipe to keep your mirrors and windows spotless, and free of streak and residue. Remember to always keep a bottle of vinegar in the fridge. It’s amazing all the things you can use it for, other than flavoring your French fries, or chips as we call ’em on the other side of the Atlantic.

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