Did you know that your present air freshener most likely is releasing toxic chemicals into the air? It is not something most people think about or even recognize. Having said that, it is incredibly easy to use some products you have around the house to make your home as inviting as ever.

·    Lavender. This is a scent that almost everyone likes. You can use fresh or dried lavender, and it'll make any room in your home smell clean. When placed near an open window, it'll carry the scent throughout your residence. It also has a calming effect. You can also put a sache of lavender in a dresser draw to make your bamboo clothes smell of lavender.

·    Essential Oils. You do not need to get a costly diffuser. It's just as easy to add a couple of drops of oil into a bowl of water over a teal light. You may also add a teaspoon of crucial oils to a cup of warm water in a spray bottle, and spray where required. Both alternatives work very well. (Be conscious that some vital oils like Teatree, Pine, and Cedar are toxic to birds.)

·    Eucalyptus. The scent of eucalyptus has medicinal properties that may help congestion and allergy symptoms.

·    Non-toxic candles. It wasn’t until I had children that I found out how toxic candles really are. However, in the event you use the non-toxic or flameless candles, you can avoid making your whole house sick. When in search of candles, you should look for vegetable based and beeswax candles. If you're looking at aromatherapy candles, you would like to make certain that they're made with 100% pure vital oils.

·    Plants. This is an extremely easy way to naturally freshen the air. Plants like chrysanthemums, English ivy, spider plants, and Boston ferns are great options for any room in your house.

·    Stovetop Scents. A trick I learned when I was selling my home was to put things like cloves, orange peels, and cinnamon sticks into simmering water for around 20 minutes (although, not all at the exact same time!). It is an easy method to freshen a room whenever you can’t open the window. In case you have a tough odor like fish or burnt toast, add vinegar to the simmering water.

·    Vanilla. Sprinkle a couple of drops of vanilla on cotton balls and place in a variety of areas of your home. It is possible to also pour vanilla extract into a shallow dish and set that in an out of the way place.

·    Lemon. Place lemon slices in an open bowl. You may also grind lemon peels in your garbage disposal.

A report done in 2007 found that 12 of the 14 brands of typical household air fresheners contained phthalates! Worst of all, this was not listed as an ingredient. Typical exposure to phthalates can increase your risk of endocrine, reproductive, and developmental products. Nevertheless, having no phthalates doesn't make your air fresheners safe. The majority of synthetic air fresheners emit terpene. This is a compound that reacts with ozone and creates formaldehyde (which is considered a human carcinogen). Why would you want to expose your self to such risks when it is just as easy to make your own green air fresheners at home?

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Nov. 26, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Thank you for posting this! I do all of the above too so I always like to meet others who care about the very important issue of toxins in the home. 

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