There’s nothing like walking into a room in your house and smelling scents like jasmine, lavender or even a holiday spice such as apple-cinnamon or pumpkin. The thing is, when we use products like commercialized air fresheners, it can come with all kinds of chemicals and toxins that really aren’t the best for us to inhale.
If you’re someone who likes having rooms that smell nice but you’d like a few tips on how to make that happen in more of an environmentally-friendly way, we have five “green” kinds of air fresheners that you can use in your home below:
Eco-friendly dispensers. If you still want to use a spray, there are some on the market that are designed in an eco-friendly kind of way. Some of the brands include Mrs. Meyer’s, Earth Friendly and Miessence, all of which you can find on Amazon’s website for a pretty reasonable price.
Soy candles. Scented candles provide a wonderful smell and a lot of ambiance. But, if you want the kind that are better for the environment, it really is best to go with soy candles. Not only are they are renewable resource and biodegradable, but soy wax also tends to burn slower and longer than most paraffin candles which makes them economical too.
Potpourri. Whether it’s old flower petals or even chipped wood, if you add some essential oils to your potpourri, not only does it make your home smell great but there are actual health benefits that come with it as well; that’s because there are certain oils that have aromatherapy properties. Some of them include peppermint (nausea); rose (PMS); geranium (circulation); clove (headaches) and pine (metabolism).
Plants. If you’re looking some something that is aesthetically-pleasing but actually does not give off a strong scent, you might want to try adding a couple of plants to your home’s decor. There is a lot of scientific evidence to support the fact that many of them are able to pull toxics out of the air. Plus, if the air in your home is dry, plants can add moisture to them. Some favorites include the English Ivy, Spider Plant, Gerber Daisy, Bamboo Palm and the Rubber Plant. As an added bonus, most of these don’t tend to require a lot of maintenance either.
Making your own. If you’re in the process of totally renovating your home in order to make it more eco-friendly, then with the cost of things like installing solar panels and the expense of geothermal heating and cooling, we’re pretty sure that you’re looking for all kinds of ways to save money. Thankfully, you can also make some air fresheners based on some of the things that are already in your refrigerator and kitchen cabinets. Dry coffee beans, a combination of baking soda and lemon slices and pomander balls are all items that will keep your air fresh and won’t cost you any (additional) money to make. For more information on how to make your own homemade air fresheners, go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade air freshener recipes” in the search field. Enjoy!