Naturally deodorize your home

This article, entitled Naturally Deodorize Your Home comes from Amanda Hearn at The Eco-Friendly Family.

Keeping a healthy home is important. Traditional air freshening products typically contain a wide variety of toxins and irritants. In addition to being toxic, they really only mask odors, which is hardly helpful. Choosing natural methods can freshen your home without toxins, and some can actually help you clean the air too!

Natural Air Freshening Tips:

  • Keep your heating & cooling system clean by regularly replacing the filter (at least every 3 months). This will cut down on the odors from dust and other things found in the air.

  • Try using products like baking soda in place of “fragrance powders.” Baking soda can even be left in small, vented containers around your home to help absorb odors.

  • Make DIY potpourri with dried herbs and flowers that you can grow yourself. Add quality essential oils to spice it up!

  • Try placing citrus peels in a pot of water and heat to gently fill your home with a subtle fragrance from the natural oils. (Be sure to keep an eye on it, and never leave anything on the stovetop unattended.)

  • Finally, one of my favorite DIY methods is to make your own air freshener (consider it a natural “Febreze”) – Simply mix up a spray bottle with water, a splash of vodka and your favorite essential oil. This concoction is great for the air, carpet, fabric covered furnishings, curtains and more.

Additionally, here are great tips from some of my favorite green-living bloggers!

Natural Gel Air Freshener

  • Lori, of Groovy Green Livin, shares the top 10 houseplants that clean the air – a truly green way to naturally deodorize and improve indoor air quality!

  • Jen, of Jen & Joey Go Green, kicks toxic air fresheners to the curb with an easy baking soda & essential oil combo.

  • Green & Clean Mom, Sommer Poquette, has a great recipe for naturally scented gel air fresheners on her site! With some natural colorings, or pretty pots, these simple fresheners could easily be a pleasant addition to your home decor.

  • Lisa, of Retro Housewife Goes Green, shares a DIY fabric refresher spray recipe similar to the one I’ve shared above but with an odor-busting twist!

  • Lisa, of Condo Blues, shares another air freshening spray that is simple and alcohol free. (Trust me, I know how painful it is to pour perfectly good Vodka into a cleaning bottle!)

    For more information and great stories like this one please visit The Eco-Friendly Family

About the Author...
Amanda Hearn
I am a stay-at-home mother of three fantastic children and wife to an awesome husband. They are my biggest inspiration to keep learning and exploring all that natural and healthy living has to offer.
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