10 Fun and Frugal Ways to Use Herbs in Your Home
Summertime is the perfect time for growing a window sill or backyard herb garden. After all, herbs are rather inexpensive and quite easy to grow. Before you know it, you will have an abundance flourishing at your fingertips, and it could end up being more than you know what to do with. If you have found yourself with a bunch of freshly grown herbs but only so many recipes to try them in, take a look below at 10 fun and frugal ways to use herbs in your home. You might be surprised at some of the alternative ways to use these little plants! Take a look!
10 Fun and Frugal Ways to Use Herbs in Your Home:
1. Banish garbage disposal odor.
Mix up a few teaspoons of baking soda with crushed lavender. Sprinkle the mixture into your garbage disposal and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Run the water (warm works best) and disposal. Enjoy a fresh new scent!
2. Control trash can odor.
Mix up crushed basil and lavender along with some baking soda. Sprinkle it into your garbage can when you replace the bag. It will absorb odors and keep things smelling fresh and clean.
3. Add freshness to your laundry
This is a great tip! Simply fill a muslin bag (found in most laundry supply sections) with crumbled lavender and place it into your washer with your laundry. It will freshen clothing with the relaxing and calming scent of lavender. You may also want to try to make your own laundry detergent now that you can add your own natural fragrance.
4. Freshen up closets.
You can take the same muslin bag and fill with basil, lavender, baking soda, and either lemon balm or basil and place in your closets. It will absorb odor and release a fresh scent. Change out about once a month.
5. Add some light to your locks.
Want natural highlights? Mix 2 cups of hot water and whole chamomile flowers. Add 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice. Then just apply mixture evenly to your hair, allow to sit for a few minutes, and rinse.
6. Say bye bye to fruit flies.
Gather a few bunches of fresh basil and tie together at the stems. Hang the bunches in your kitchen where fruit flies tend to gather. They will despise the scent and go elsewhere.
7. Infuse your fireplace.
Bunch up herbs such as lavender, lemon balm, basil, mint, and more into tight bundles and toss into your fireplace. As they burn they will act as an instant air freshener and infuse your room with fragrance.
8. Say goodbye to headaches.
Crush some lavender and place it in a damp washcloth. Roll the wash cloth up and microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warmed. Place on your forehead and breathe deeply. Feel the headache melt away.
9. Infuse your olive oils.
Take a simple sprig of rosemary and insert it into your bottle of olive oil. It will add instant flavor to your oil and will be great for marinating meats and fish.
10. Add some beauty to your bath.
Fresh herbs sprinkled in your bath tub can add luxurious properties as well as healing properties. The steam will really open them up releasing fragrance and creating a spa like atmosphere. All herbs are great for this, especially lavender, mint, rosemary, and chamomile.
It is so easy to use herbs in your home in your day to day life to not only save you time but money! You don’t have to resort to using them just in the kitchen, as they have so many other practical uses in your home. So gather those green and gorgeous herbs and see what you can do with them in your own home.
Not sure where to start variety wise? Try lemon balm, mint, chocolate mint, Italian basil, sweet basil, rosemary, thyme, lavender, chamomile, and even chives to get you started. These are easy to grow, inexpensive, and sure to give you results. Once you try it, I’m sure you will love to use herbs in your home.
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