These famous air fresheners and wall plug-ins are used by almost 75% of American families. And they usually contain phthalates, a potentially dangerous chemical, which is banned from cosmetic products in the United Kingdom. Fourteen different air sprays, including those labeled “all-natural” and “unscented” were tested by The National Resources Defense Council. The researchers found that 12 of the 14 tested were positive for the dangerous chemical – phthalates.
Another study has found that the frequently burning paraffin of scented wax candles, in poorly ventilated rooms could be dangerous. The study has shown that this could be dangerous because when burned, the scented candles give off toluene and benzene, potential carcinogens. The reed diffusers are usually made with dipropylene glycol, and ingredient also used in antifreeze. This ingredient is also dangerous to cats and dogs, or ethanol, and also poses a gander to small children if they ingest the liquid or get it in their eyes.
In this post we are going to show you some easy and effective tricks to make your house smell great without any nasty chemicals, using ingredients you likely have in your house right now!
- Open a window and catch the breeze
This is probably the oldest and the simplest trick in the book! Just open a window or door and let some fresh air in. This is extremely effective, especially when the weather is nice. The sunlight also helps to kill the bad smell in your room, so let some light in when it’s sunny outside.
- Boil cinnamon
This method works great and it’s very easy to make! It works better than a room spray and it doesn’t contain any dangerous chemicals. It’s also very cheap and it doesn’t involve doing out and buying anything. Well, we assume that you already have cinnamon in your house. All you have to do is add a couple of cinnamon sticks or sprinkling of cinnamon to a saucepan full of water, and bring it to boil. You need to simmer it for a few minutes, until the smell disperses throughout your home. If you own a big house, you can carry the pan carefully in each room. Just let the smell evaporates in each room for a bit. Your rooms will be fresh and nice smelling.
- Clean with fruit
Did you know that you can clean with lemon juice? Weird, right? Well, this is kind of weird, but extremely useful! You can use lemon juice to clean the shower and remove soap scum and lime scale. You can also combine lemon juice with some baking soda to clean the toilet, and leave your house smelling lemony and fresh! Give it a try folks, your bathroom will be fresh and clean.
- Make your own room spray
Well, did you know that you can make a super easy air freshener spray? All you need is lime juice, water and some baking soda. The baking soda is extremely useful ingredient for this homemade natural air freshener, because it neutralizes smells and it will leave your house smelling great. This amazing air freshener spray is very easy and cheap to make, and the best of all – it’s all-natural!
- Bake something
You know what? You can bake some delicious cookies, brownies or cake. Your house will smell great and the best thing is that you will have delicious cookies to eat and enjoy with your family!
Just buy some flowers and leave them in your room, your counter, dining room table or coffee table. The flowers aren’t only pretty to look at, but they will also make the room smell great as well!
- Grind coffee
All you have to do is buy some fresh organic coffee beans and grind them yourself. It will make your house smell fantastic and you can enjoy freshly brewed coffee as well!
- Make herb sachets
First, you need to buy some small cotton or mulin bags. Then, fill these bags with your favorite dried herbs, flowers and spices. When you fill these small cotton bags, you need to place them in drawers to make your clothes smell good. This method is more effective and much better, than buying artificially scented drawer scent diffusers.
- Other things to make yourself
You can also make your own reed diffuser oil and candles at home, but you need to go out in the local supermarket and get some new ingredients. If you want to make reed diffuser oil, add a few drops of your favorite scent of essential oil to carrier oil, like almond oil, and then put it in a narrow-necked glass bottle with reeds. Just be careful and don’t let the essential oil to touch your bare skin. You should also make sure to keep it out of reach of small children and pets.