Sometimes in the winter the house can just get to smelling stale. Who’s with me? So when it’s too cold to open the windows and let some fresh air in, we have a few options...
Chemical air fresheners and candles, essential oil diffusers, and this! The DIY option I’m going to share with you in this post is really simple and gets the house smelling fresh in a hurry. It works great if you have people coming over in a pinch and your home will smell lovely without harming anyone inside. And bonus, you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen.
Why say no to chemical air fresheners and candles?
Let me preface this with the fact that all conventional cleaning and deodorizing products contain many ingredients that are harmful to our health, not just air fresheners and candles, but that’s a whole other blog post...
Ok, so these products often cause accidental poisonings to our families. Toxic chemicals can accumulate in ever-increasing amounts in the fatty tissues of the human body over years often contributing to cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, genetic disorders, migraines, or chronic fatigue syndrome to name a few; You would think that these products must go through rigorous safety testing before placement in retail stores, but no. The cleaning industry is "self" regulated, which translates to "no" regulation. Chemical companies do not need permission from any authoritative body before releasing their latest air fresheners or cleanup wipes. Which also means they are free of sharing what really goes into making that “spiced apple” or “all natural” scent. A great documentary to learn more on the subject is called “Chemercial”
What are some of the culprits in these products that can be dangerous to our health?
This could be a very long list, but I’ll just give you a “greatest hits” version.
1. Phthalates - can cause birth defects, hormone disruption, and reproductive problems
2. Formaldehyde - a know carcinogen (linked to causing cancer)
3. 1,4 Dichlorobenzene - found in moth balls, and urinal cakes causes a reduction in lung function and lung damage. Also it’s worth mentioning that dichlorobenzene is the main ingredient in DDT 😐
All these things are harmful to us, but even more so to the little ones in our families. So with that being said, who’s ready to toss the toxic products?
I love essential oils for so many reasons and using them in a diffuser really creates a lovely smelling home as well as provides mood boosting properties. So I totally recommend a diffuser.
But, if you don’t have one and your house stinks now...
Without further ado, I give you a DIY air freshener
2 cups water
1 lemon (sliced)
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 tbl orange zest
*feel free to play with your own combinations of course. Even just rosemary alone gives such a lovely scent!
1. Boil water in a medium sized pot, add the rest and reduced to a simmer. When it begins to be fragrant, you can either turn it off or simmer for just a bit longer.
And thats it,simple and quick. Cheers to your soon to be fragrant home!!
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