Design Recipes: Eco-friendly tips

A teak bath tray displays a mix of eco friendly elements such as organic and soy candles and soaps. (Handout/TNS)
A teak bath tray displays a mix of eco friendly elements such as organic and soy candles and soaps. (Handout/TNS)

Fresh, clean, and eco-friendly. There are numerous ways to create an environment that is chemical-free while also providing cleanliness and freshness.

Here are some eco-friendly ways to infuse scents in your space:

Consider herbs. From sage to lavender, these herbs can provide a fragrant and appealing scent.

Incorporate oils. Pure essential oils are the most powerful.

Add greenery. Plants and trees are not only attractive but can also help to improve the air quality and oxygen in a home.

Purchase a diffuser. These popular items for the home can help to spread fragrance throughout your home for an extended period of time.

Burn a soy candle. Candles that are natural help to provide a scent in a nontoxic way.

Here are some eco-friendly cleaning tips:

Make your own cleanser. Create a natural cleaning solution such as one made from baking soda, lemon juice and borax.

Clean windows and surfaces with lemon juice, vinegar and water.

Use reusable or washable rags for cleaning as opposed to disposable paper towels.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design home staging expert and short-term rental/vacation home designer with offices in New York City and The Hudson Valley. Contact her at infocathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.

photo A wood stool adds an organic element to this bathroom. (Handout/TNS)
photo Items such as spa like elements can help to add fragrance to a bathroom. (Handout/TNS)
photo Greenery can serve to add an eco-friendly touch to a bathroom space. (Handout/TNS)

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