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Light, Lemony Simmering Air Freshener

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lemonsOne of the more popular questions I get asked when on the Martha Stewart Whole Living sirius radio cleaning call-in that I do once a month, is what is the healthiest way to add a bit of scent and air freshening?

Lemons are acidic and work like vinegar to clean, neutralizing alkaline odors. Because of lemons’ acidity and their light and refreshing scent, they work wonders as a simmering air freshener. Especially as I write now, in deep winter. The color alone is brightening!

The project couldn’t be easier: simply slice two lemons into about six coin-shaped pieces each, place in a pan filled with 8 cups of water, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer for a few hours, replacing the water as needed.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • Maureen says:

    What kind of pan (type of metal) would you recommend?

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  • Annie says:

    Any kind is fine. I prefer stainless steel or glass, myself.

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