How to Use Peppermint Extract to Clean Your Home

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Who needs Mr. Clean when Mother Nature has provided the brightest, freshest ways to clean and sanitize the home? The bright, cheerful scent of peppermint does more than smell nice; the little bottle also does double duty as a cleaning solvent. Read on to discover how to use pepeprmint extract to make your abode spic and span.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 bottle peppermint extract, from spice aisle (such as Trader Joe's variety, pictured)
  • 1 empty spray bottle
  • Sponge or clean rag
  • Paper towels
  • Clean and freshen your microwave by moistening a damp, clean sponge or rag with about 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Wipe down sides and walls of microwave to remove any lingering odors and food stains.

  • Pour about 2 teaspoons peppermint extract into a clean empty spray bottle. Fill about halfway up with water. Go around the house and spritz your "air freshener" where needed. This is a non-toxic, pleasat-smelling way to deodorize your environment without any nasty chemicals.

  • After you've washed your kitchen cutting boards, give them a couple of squirts from your spray bottle to clean and deodorize them. Use a couple of squirts from your spray bottle to wipe down the walls of your oven in between cleanings, too. Leaves a nice fresh aroma.

  • If you've been chopping onions or fileting fish, wash your hands with soapy water, then wipe them dry with a paper towel moistened with a few drops of peppermint extract. The odors will vanish.

  • Wipe down a baby's high chair and tray between uses with a damp sponge or clean rag moistened with peppermint extract. You won't be using chemicals and the peppermint is a natural cleansing agent.

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