A fragrant home is a happy home. Rethink how you tackle the stink – commercial air fresheners are full of chemicals. Instead, go green and learn how to make air freshener naturally with a few of these easy alternatives.
Grind, brew, or bake coffee beans to unleash the fragrance into your home. Bowls of freshly ground coffee work great – they’re easy to make and can be put anywhere.
Tip: Try placing ground coffee in the bottom of your bin bag to counter the invasive smell of rubbish.
Lemon and Baking Soda
Mix the peel of 1 lemon with 1 cup of baking soda in a container with a perforated lid. The baking soda will soak up any offensive smells while the lemon gives off a subtle citrus aroma.
Tip: Sprinkling baking soda in bins, on carpets or in your running shoes can neutralize any unpleasant smells.
Hiding small containers of vinegar around your home is an effective method to remove stubborn odors.
Tip: Mix 1 part vinegar with 4 parts water into a spray bottle – spritzing a room will freshen and disinfect the air even quicker.
Light some natural soy or beeswax candles to scent a room while avoiding the undesirable chemicals that paraffin candles produce.
Tip: Make sure your beeswax is 100% pure as some candles are made from mixes to lower production costs.
Place cotton balls dripped with several drops of essential oils around your home to fill it with a therapeutic scent of your choosing.
Tip: Try lavender for it’s calming properties, jasmine to revitalize your energy levels and cinnamon to improve your concentration. Just be careful when handling undiluted oils, and use them sparingly if pregnant.
Orange & Cloves
DIY your own pomander ball by piercing an orange with cloves to create a fruity fragrance that’ll diffuse through your home.
Tip: Place your pomander in an area that will accelerate the drying process such as a fireplace or warm windowsill, as this will strengthen the scent.
Mix fragrant dried flowers, aromatic herbs and your favorite essential oils into a sachet or decorative bowl to refresh your home.
Tip: Simmering potpourri will intensify the aroma and fill the house with a pleasant scent.
Having a small indoor palm tree in your home will work as a natural air purifier.
Tip: Palm trees aren’t the only option – aloe vera, peace lilies, spider plants and many other plants improve air quality as well.
Remove musty odors by spraying vodka. Ethyl alcohol in vodka – a main ingredient of most commercial air fresheners – cleans the air and dries without leaving a fragrance.
Tip: Add a scent to your spray bottle of vodka by mixing 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil.
Learning how to make air freshener and keeping your home smelling fresh naturally takes creativity. Find out what works best in your home and don’t forget the oldest trick in the book – opening a window.