Air fresheners are great. They provide fragrance to your house to make it more welcoming to others and you. Many varieties of air fresheners are available in the market. But regular usage of these air fresheners should be avoided at home, as these air fresheners are toxic to the environment, that includes people, pets and plants as well. These chemically laden air fresheners if used a lot can even cause serious health problems like cancer, breathing problems, hormonal, reproductive abnormalities.No need to worry. You can still have your house smelling wonderful and I will go to the extent of saying even better compared to the store bought air fresheners. All you have to and should do is switch to homemade natural air fresheners.
Mentioned Below Are Seven Natural Air Fresheners That You Can Prepare At Home:
Diffuse Essential Oils Through Heating
Essential oils are completely natural as they are derived from plants and trees. Just add a few drops to a pot of boiling water and let it simmer for a couple of days. The smell will diffuse in the air. Keep adding water and oil when it starts evaporating. They smell amazing and you can create fragrance of your choice by using either a single oil or mixing multiple together. Some varieties of essential oil you can use are lemon, vanilla or peppermint. Also be very careful to avoid fragrant oils as they also contain harmful chemicals.
Essential Oil Fragrance In Spray Bottle
If the simmering method is too much for you try this one, it’s pretty easy. All you have to do is mix few drops of essential oil with water and pour it in a spray bottle. It is ready to use. Store in a cool and dark place. One thing to watch out for while using essential oils is to put them few drops at a time and then check if the scent is according to your liking. Never put a lot in one go as essential oils are very concentrated and will be very effective even in a few drops.
If you are a fan of fruity smells, then why not use the fruits themselves? Just peel your favorite smelling fruit and add to boiling water. Let it simmer for a day or two. This will fill your house with the wonderful scent. Try changing after two days, as you may start noticing a foul smell by then. You can even add herbs of your choice like thyme, rosemary or anything you wish.
You can use flowers to make your house smell great. All you need is to pluck the petals off the flower and add this to a glass jar. Now add kosher salt to it, from the top. Kosher salt will help the natural scent of the flowers to diffuse. This will last very long in comparison to other air fresheners mentioned here . Close the lid when you do not need the fragrance. Flowers that can be used are rose, jasmine, lavender and many more. Try flowers of your choice.
If you like the sweet smell of vanilla try this method.Vanilla extract used in baking and cooking will also make a great ingredient to make a natural air freshener. Add a couple of teaspoons of vanilla extract to a ceramic mug and put this mug in a microwave and heat on 300 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. The vanilla fragrance will fill your home.
Scented Wooden Blocks
You will need wooden blocks. Soak these small wooden blocks in essential oils overnight. They will absorb the oil up. Place these wooden blocks in rooms you want to spread the fragrance. When the blocks loose the scent with time, you can again soak them in essential oils of your choice. This method also gives fragrance for long period of time.
This is also a simple method to make a fuss free air freshener. All you need is a vase or a container, some bamboo skewers, baby oil and essential oil/s. Take a vase and add essential oil of your choice or their mixture, to fill the vase one third. Now add baby oil to fill the remaining part. Dip bamboo skewers in this and place in your room. The fragrance of the essential oil will diffuse through the skewers to the surroundings. You ca decorate the vase using ribbons or glitter to make it look pretty.
Try all these ways to make air freshener at home that is completely safe for you and your family. See what method you like the most. Also do not shy away from trying various combinations of essential oils, flowers, herbs and spices. You might end up finding a great scent.