Everyone loves a clean, fresh smelling home. There are a lot of great ways to remove odors and add fragrance naturally. I avoid commercial air fresheners and deodorizers because so many of them are loaded with toxic chemicals. I choose homemade air fresheners and homemade cleaners instead. Not only are they healthier, they’re also less expensive. Here are 6 natural ways to keep your home smelling heavenly.
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Homemade Air Fresheners
•You can simply boil different spices, herbs, and fruits for their scent. I love the smell of warm spices like cloves and cinnamon on their own and with citrus fruits. I love to place a pot of water on the stove and boil orange rinds with a couple of whole cloves and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You can also stick whole cloves into an orange and let it sit out on the table. The aroma is warm and sweet and it envelops you as soon as you walk into the room.
• Oil warmers are perfect for long-lasting fragrance that spreads throughout the house. A couple of drops of your favorite essential oil (sweet orange oil is my favorite!) will permeate throughout an entire room – keep the aromatherapy properties in mind, though! Lavender smells really lovely, but it’s a calming oil so it will make you feel tired! I like to use it at night or use more stimulating oils like tea tree or peppermint during the day.
• Instead of chemical filled commercial air freshener, I use a DIY room and fabric spray that is super easy to make. Combine ¼ cup vodka, 1 cup distilled water and several drops of your favorite pure essential oil. Shake well before spraying. I use this in the air as well as on fabrics. If you plan to use it on fabrics, I recommend a spot test to check color fastness. If you don’t want to use vodka, you can substitute with white vinegar and increase the essential oils by a few drops. (Here is the Room Freshener Spray I use ~ Sarah)
• Coffee is a neat little trick I learned about from a friend. It smells great and absorbs odor. Place coffee in an open dish in the pantry, mud room, or anywhere odors tend to linger. You can also rub coffee grounds on your hands after cutting up smelly foods like onions or fish. It quickly pulls the scent out of your skin, faster than any soap. Coffee absorbs as well as baking soda and it has a pleasing scent.
• A cut up apple is another little known fun trick for removing odors. Slice an apple in half and place it wherever there is an offensive odor. The apple slices will absorb odors for several hours. This is very handy in the kitchen if you are cooking foods with strong odors.
There are so many simple tricks you can use to keep your home smelling fresh and clean. Commercial products contain toxins like phthalates that have been linked to cancer and respiratory diseases. They may smell nice, but they certainly come with a cost. Use these simple techniques instead and you’ll breathe easier and still have a clean, fresh smelling home.
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About the Author
Kylie Worthington is a natural living writer, advocate, and blogger at Everblossom.net. She and her husband try their best to spend their family’s time and money wisely by doing all kinds of crazy things, from shopping for bulk food online and reviewing family survival courses for fun.
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