Design recipes: Eco-friendly tips for the home

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Fresh, clean and eco-friendly.

There are numerous ways to create an environment that is chemical free while also providing cleanliness and freshness.

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 also can 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 non toxic way.

Eco-friendly cleaning tips

Make 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. Email her at or visit her website at

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