This article, entitled Naturally Fresh: Tips For Making Your Home Smell Great Without Using Harmful Chemicals comes from Amanda Hearn at The Eco-Friendly Family.
Many air freshening products contain chemicals that don’t do much to protect the health of your family. These chemicals can also contribute to indoor air pollution. Instead, try these eco-friendly air freshening options:
Use any of the following substances in an open bowl or jar to help absorb odors:
- Baking soda (get creative with mini mason jars by poking holes and designs in their lids!)
- Kitty litter (try a natural and unscented brand)
- White bread in your refrigerator (2-3 slices)
For natural scents, try some of the following ideas:
- Simmer leftover citrus rinds for in a pot of water
- Simmer cinnamon sticks, cloves, or any other scented spice in a pot of water until scent permeates your living space.
- Burn a candle. Soy candles are a wonderful alternative to traditional candles, but choose candles that are scented naturally to avoid hormone disrupting phthalates.
- Place a small amount of vanilla extract or other flavoring in a bowl and set it out of the way (and out of the reach of little hands!)
- Slice a lemon and leave the slices out in your kitchen.
- Place a few drops of a favorite fragance oil or essential oil on the inside of your toilet paper roll.
- Add fragrance oils or essential oils to homemade cleaning solutions.
- Turn off the A/C or heat and open a few windows. There’s nothing like fresh air!
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