Make All Natural Air Fresheners

Edited by Ian Gabriel T. Tolledo, Anonymous, Robbi, Lynn and 4 others

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You may have gotten so accustomed to your home's natural scent that you don't realize something doesn't smell right until one of your friends or relatives drops by for a visit and tells you.

Many people use chemical-based air fresheners to mask odor or remove smells. The problem with these commercially available fresheners is that they can potentially have harmful ingredients and it can be especially irritating for people with asthma and allergies.

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Thankfully, natural air fresheners are one way we can avoid these potential problems, while keeping the home smelling good all-year round. The best thing is, they are very effective and are easy to make for a fraction of a cost

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Common Essential Oils and Benefits

  • Clove oil: Helps relieve symptoms of nasal congestion and also contains aphrodisiac qualities.
  • Lemon: Serves as a natural antidepressant and can calm anxiety.
  • Orange: Relaxes and refreshes.
  • Lavender: Calms the nervous system and improves sleep quality.
  • Basil: Can help relieve headaches.
  • Rosemary: Stimulates the nervous system and improves memory.
  • Clary sage: Eases the mind and promotes calm.

DIY Oil Diffusers

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For our first project, you have to make an oil diffuser, with which you will utilize the above essential oils. Oil diffusers are an awesome and effective way to make your home smell heavenly with a subtle and continuous scent. Using diffusers also helps avoid accidents and the potential danger of a flame from a candle. However, most oil diffusers cost an unfortunately high amount, which makes natural air-freshening difficult. Commercially bought diffusers can also contain synthetic ingredients that we don't really want diffused in our houses along with the scent of essential oils.

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Things you will need

  • A small, clean bottle or jar. Only use a container with a wide base, complemented with a small opening as this works best. These kinds of containers typically discourage evaporation.
  • Vodka. Use plain, non-diluted, unflavored vodka. The vodka generally assists in thinning out the oil so it can move more easily to the reeds.
  • Essential oils. We suggest oil combinations such as cinnamon and lemon, orange and lavender, or peppermint and basil.
  • Reeds. Most health stores and candle shops sell reeds. You can also easily purchase them online.
  • Mineral oil. Available in most grocery and drug stores, mineral oils are less viscous than vegetable oil and performs better in carrying the scent up to the reeds.
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Instructions for DIY oil diffuser

Simply pour one-quarter cup of natural mineral oil and about two tablespoons of vodka into a measuring cup and mix well to combine liquids. Now add in one and one-half tablespoon essential oil; the ratio must be strictly one part essential oil to four parts vodka and mineral oil. Mix well and pour the oil solution into your container. Put as many reeds as can fit into the bottle's opening. You can flip the reeds regularly or every other day to optimize the scent diffusion.

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Homemade air freshening spray

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If you find air diffusers to be too much work, or if you want to settle for traditional sprays, then by all means make one yourself. Your home constantly needs an instant fresh scent, and nothing is easier and quicker than a spray of air freshener. Why not make a couple of your own personalized sprays? You can simply use a combination of different oils for the spray, which can be used in any area of your home.

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Things you will need

  • A small, empty spray bottle.
  • Clean water.
  • Vodka (non diluted and unflavored)
  • Essential oil of your choice.

Instructions for DIY air spray

Pour a cup of water into a clean, spray bottle. Mix in two tablespoons of vodka and 20 drops of essential oil (remember that some essential oils possess stronger odor than others, so begin conservatively when adding the oil). After that, twist the cap tightly on the top and shake well to combine the mixture. This spray can also be used as DIY Poo Pourri. Remember to stray the Poo Pourri in the toilet BEFORE use of the facilities. You also do not have to put this in a spray bottle for the bathroom. I put ours in an old soap dispenser labeled Please Put One Pump In Toilet Before Use and my guests and kids see it on the back of the toilet.

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Seven Natural Air fresheners you can use

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    Lemons.
    Lemon is arguably the most versatile of all fruits. You can use it to remove seafood smells off your hands; just rub them briskly with lemons. Furthermore, when your garbage bin starts to stink, simply throw some lemon slices (or peels) down the bin and and close it. The citrus smell of lemon will drown the stinky smell in no time. For cheap home deodorizing action, simply dissolve one-eighth cup of baking soda in two cups of hot water and a full cap of lemon juice for a wonderful air freshener.
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    Vinegar.
    Vinegar is absolutely one of the most utilized inexpensive air fresheners homeowners use. Simply pour a distilled white vinegar in your spray bottle and use in the problematic areas. The vinegar's scent may be overpowering at first, although as it evaporates, it will take the nasty odors with it.
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    Potpourri.
    You can use potpourri in many ways, especially for an all-natural freshener. Simply prepare a brown bag, premium-dried flowers (hibiscus, passion), orange peel, orris root, juniper berries, sandalwood, and orange scented essential oil. The great news is, you can find all of these organic ingredients in a natural herb store.
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    Ground Coffee.
    To utilize coffee grounds for an air freshener, just let them dry out (this important step avoids mold) before putting it in a bowl or wrapping in an old stocking. You can now place it in an area that you want to freshen. If you're not a coffee drinker, however, just visit a nearby coffee joint and ask if you can have some of their used coffee grounds.
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    Vodka.
    The secret reason why vodka makes such a great air freshener is because it contains ethyl alcohol, which is the main ingredient in store bought, chemical/synthetic fresheners. When it dries, it leaves no trace of smell. You can also enhance the smell of a vodka air freshener with an essential oil — try about 25 drops.
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    Citrus and Spices.
    For this freshener, bring a pot of orange or lemon rinds and peels to a brisk boil; then add few cinnamon sticks or cloves, and you can instantly enjoy the fresh, festive fall-like smell it sends throughout your home. This freshener begins to work immediately, even while you're boiling it, and it can last for a long while as you can boil it up to three times.
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    Essential Oils.
    Essential oils are the most important part of several natural air fresheners, as it gives the base a more pleasant smell. Besides vodka and potpourri, you can also add essential oils to anything — like homemade candles, for example.
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Do not just freshen; liven!

While these natural air-fresheners are all well and good, they are temporary solutions to a much bigger issue, as these recipes only cover up the nasty smell - the smell and its source are still there If you really want your home to smell fresh (virtually smell like "nothing"), then you need a house that is clean and fresh. You can acquire the following to help:

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  • Empty your garbage bins often, especially the ones containing compostable food items.
  • Deodorize your carpets and upholstery by cleaning them regularly.
  • Vacuum daily to remove dirt and odors from carpets.
  • Try not to wear shoes in the house.
  • Try not to smoke when you're inside your house.
  • Always open windows to let fresh air in. Do this as often as you can when the weather permits.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to get rid of odors and moisture from the home.
  • Manage your pets properly. Empty litter boxes and clean pets' paws after they are outdoors.
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Dangers of Commercial Air Fresheners

There arguably are hundreds of chemicals found in commercial air fresheners that can negatively affect a person's health. Just recently, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit American health group that promotes health protection, found 87 chemicals in Febreze Air Effects - need we say more?.

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  • Ethyl acetate: A neurotoxin (affects the brain), this can be also linked to developmental and reproductive issues.
  • Benzaldehyde: A neurotoxin as well, this affects the hair, skin, lung, and eyes.
  • 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol: This toxin can cause cancer.
  • Limonene: A potent allergen and a immune system toxin, it is also an irritant to the eyes, skin, and even lungs.
  • Acetaldehyde: This is a widely-known carcinogen that contains reproductive and development effects to a human's immune system; it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs.
  • Fragrance: This is arguably the most generalized term that contains up to 400 diverse ingredients, most of which can have a list of health concerns ranging from depression to headaches to skin irritations and even more.
  • Propylene Glycol: A widely known carcinogen, propylene glycol is highly toxic to the immune system, it is also linked to allergies as it can accumulate in the body and irritate a person's skin, eyes, and lungs.
  • Methyl pyrrolidone: A reproductive system toxin which is linked to potential birth defects, allergies, body's immune system toxicity, and irritation to skin, eyes, and lung.
  • Alcohol, denatured: Alcohol in this particular form is linked to cancer, organ system toxicity, birth defects, and skin, eyes, and lung irritations.
  • Butylphenyl methylpropional: This is widely known allergen, irritant, and an immune system toxin.

Questions and Answers

Natural deodorizers bins home made?

You can collect orange or lemon peels onto a meshed fabric and put them in a small container with an open top. It will emit really good smell and is known to reduce offensive smell at home.

You can also collect charcoal onto a small pot and just let them be exposed. Charcoal is well-known to absorb foul odors. With not much effort, you will notice that the air around your house is deodorized.

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What are the basic compounds in air fresheners?

What kind of role played by chemicals i.e. DEP and JOJOBA in room fresheners ?

DEP is a phthalate used for its syrupy consistency in air fresheners. There are many warnings about the use of DEP this way as it enters our atmosphere and some studies suggest it wreaks havoc on human hormones. Jojoba is an all natural carrier oil and safe to the environment and mankind.

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How does one prevent and/or remove unpleasant odors after a bowel movement?

I do not see how spraying something in the toilet bowl works, because the second the feces hits the air moving from the body to the water in the bowl it has already emitted its unpleasant odor.. I have tried: Essential oils, typical air freshener sprays, etc. (the usual). I think it was caused by: I would prefer not to put anything into the air therefore inhaling or breathing something worse than the unpleasant odor I am trying to cover.

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The Poo Pourri method works because you spray it in the toilet BEFORE you use the facilities. The smell will be eradicated immediately. You can pick an essential oil that you do like. There are so many essential oil scents now so it is not just flowers and food smells like sugar cookie.

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