Many of us enjoy fresh and pleasant scents at home but have concerns about using certain commercially available “air fresheners.” Some of these products are known to contain toxins such as phthalates and VOCs like benzene and formaldehyde, not what most of us have in mind when we think of “fresh air.” Covering up odors with stronger smelling chemicals is a toxic cycle and those chemicals eventually get into our ecosystems.
Bad air quality at home can lead to a myriad of issues. Some very common ones include sinus infections, allergies, and general immune system problems. Keeping the air at home clean is important and making all natural and toxin-free air fresheners is a fantastic approach. It’s easy to do, can save some money, and doesn’t add pollution to the air in your home!
Houseplants. Indoor plants suck up the bad odors and emit good ones. Aromatic herbs such as oregano, mint, and sage are among those most often used. The fresh herbs are an added bonus.
Essential oils. Add 12-15 drops of pure essential oil to 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 1/2 cups of water. Put in a spray bottle (ideally a glass one) and spray when needed. An aromatherapy diffuser will also work. Some popular essential include: Bergamot, Vanilla, Ylang-ylang, Clove, Geranium, Tea Tree, Lemon, Peppermint, Cedarwood, and Lavender. Be wary of oils that contain chemical additives.