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Smells good and it's cheap

Dawn Gibson
Monday, June 16, 2014

IT's often easy to just run to the shop and purchase all sorts of yummy smelling fragrances for your homes — strawberry and mango-scented sprays for the toilets and some white linen scents for the lounge — all in an attempt to keep the house smelling good.

Fair enough — homes should smell good.

Often however, a lot of these cans and sprays tend to contain toxins which are harmful to the environment and every time you use them to mop the floors or clean the windows or in any other way, they're washed through drain pipes straight into marine environments.

The Fiji Times yesterday caught up with the director of Senikai Spas Fiji, Debra Sadranu, who says great alternatives to these supermarket fixes include eucalyptus and limes.

"Eucalyptus is a really good one, a few drops of those in an oil burner are good, and also eucalyptus in water to mop the floors is really good too," Ms Sadranu explained.

"It's an antiseptic as well as a natural mosquito repellent, so that's great but also it smells really nice."

She said lime juice could be used in a similar way, too — squeeze some lime juice directly into mopping water, or into a candle burner. "Limes are good because you can squeeze out the juice and put a few drops of them into the oil burner. If you have a little oil burner, the lime drops into the water is good.

"And if you want a candle burner, you can just buy them from a store, they're really cheap."

When asked if spices were also a good — often cheaper — alternative, she said it was possible depending what spices people prefer.

"All spices tend to be quite strong, but cinnamon sticks I find are good and cinnamon powder.

"You can also simmer down flowers like frangipanis in water and then get the fragrance water and put that into an oil burner or around your homes, any of your favourite flowers to make a floral fragrance, just put a bit of water in a pot and simmer the flowers in it."

She explained that even the act of boiling these flowers in a pot throws a wonderful scent through your living rooms and kitchens.

Or, she suggests, putting scented flowers around your homes in vases to allow good smells to travel through your home.

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